Tag Archives: summer

Fly fishing in the Shadow of Shasta: Five flies for summer

Upper Sacramento River

Summer Flies: Five Recipes for Success First published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, Summer 2011 By Craig Nielsen I learned to fly fish growing up in Paradise — not figuratively, but literally. Summertime vacation was my favorite time in my hometown of Paradise, which is located on a ridge just above Chico, California, between two […]

Fly Fishing Freestones to Beat the Heat

McCloud

As summer warms, we thought you might enjoy this article by Craig Nielsen: First Published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, August 2006 For as long as I can remember, my favorite time of year has been summer. When I was a kid in Northern California, summers meant long and lazy adventures in canyons, playing in […]

Northern California fly fishing guides report on summer conditions

Bright Lower Sac Rainbow brings a big smile!

Upper and Lower McCloud, Upper and Lower Sacramento, Pit and Fall Rivers, Hat Creek & Lake Siskiyou.  July 2012 The weather has turned gorgeous, flows on local rivers have dropped and hatches on local rivers are in full swing.  As a result, the dry fly fishing on the McCloud and Upper Sac has been exceptional, […]

Fly fishing in the Shadow of Shasta: Five flies for summer

Upper Sacramento River

Summer Flies: Five Recipes for Success First published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, Summer 2011 By Craig Nielsen I learned to fly fish growing up in Paradise — not figuratively, but literally. Summertime vacation was my favorite time in my hometown of Paradise, which is located on a ridge just above Chico, California, between two […]

Colorado fly fisher lands lunker on Upper Sacramento River, enters Shasta Trout’s “Hawg of Fame”

Dave lands a trophy

September 21st Dave, a visiting fly fisher from Durango,  Colorado landed a lunker in the first run, on his first day ever fishing on the Upper Sacramento River.  The wild trophy Rainbow Trout measured over twenty inches long and took some skill and patience to land.  The fish was one of the largest his local […]

Upper Sacramento River Fly Fishing Guide Beats the Summertime Blues

One of many midday summertime Upper Sacramento River Rainbow

I had a few cancellations this week, which are a part of guiding but they felt a little odd.  I had taken some time off from our busiest season ever to vacation with my family in Yosemite, and visit with friends in the Rockies, so found myself anxious to get back to guiding.  When I […]

Fly Fishing Guide Reports: the McCloud, Upper & Lower Sac, Pit and Fall Rivers

A trophy Rainbow and happy angler

August 5-September 4th With fall just a few weeks away, we are enjoying some exceptionally fine weather and the final days of summer, enabling us to wade wet on our local freestones, the McCloud, Upper Sac and Pit Rivers.  As is typical of summer, this is not the time of year we expect epic days […]