Each season we travel to spectacular corners of the planet to sample fly fishing beyond the Shadow of Shasta. Our destinations are selected for the excellent fishing but more importantly the quality of the overall experience. We have visited numerous fisheries in Oregon, the Rocky Mountains and most recently British Columbia and Alaska. We host a few trips each season that we believe are unsurpassed for their value. The dates we reserve are with the finest outfitters during the peak of their seasons. If you or your group are considering other destinations and would like to utilize our expertise and experience to organize or host your trip, please drop us a line.
August 2-8th, 2015
In the summers of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2015 Craig Nielsen, owner of Shasta Trout had the pleasure of hosting trips to Fishing Bear Lodge in southwest Alaska. It was all we had imagined and more, this is the Alaska we dream about. We are planning to return in 2016 for another magical week.. August is prime time for dry fly fishing for trophy Rainbows and Artic Grayling along with Artic Char and vicious takes by Pike on mouse flies. Owner Justin Johns and his family are incredible hosts, his guides are hard working and friendly, the food is great, the weather is mild and bugs in late summer are not a bother. The scenery is breathtaking and at $3600 for a full service lodge it is easily one of the best values in Alaska. We would love to share this opportunity with you, your family and friends. Click on the photo to the left to view a slideshow from previous year’s adventures or visit http://www.fishingbear.com to view their website. Book this adventure early as space is limited to eight guests per week and we’ve already had a few friends reschedule these prime dates. To schedule a trip or discuss it in detail please drop us a line.
In 2009 Kevin and Jerri joined Craig hosted a trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. This was a great couples and family trip, perfect for anglers and non-anglers alike with different rates applying to each. In terms of true wilderness, exciting whitewater, hot springs, and quality dry fly fishing for Westslope Cutthroats, nothing compares. This trip has stemmed from our partnership with our good friends, Ken Morrish, Brian Gies and Rachel Andras at Fly Water Travel, who are widely recognized as the finest in fly fishing travel. The leading fly fishing and rafting company on the Middle Fork, award winning Solitude River Trips is the outfitter. This is a great value, $1995 per person for rafters with ample opportunities to wade fish and $2775 for anglers wishing to fish out of a boat. Just click on the photo for a brief slide show. To schedule your trip or discuss it in detail please drop us a line.
Each year for three consecutive seasons Craig joined a group of friends for a week of Steelhead fishing on the Southeast coast of Alaska. The Situk is a small intimate coastal stream known for abundant runs of both fall and spring run fish. Most of the fishing is done on foot hiking along the banks to the most productive runs. Boats and guides are sometimes used to provide access to the most remote locations. The weather in April and May can be daunting and this is a trip best suited for hearty souls with bomb proof rain gear. We planned our trip two weeks later in 2009, timing our visit to coincide with the peak of the spring run. These chrome beauties are just minutes out of the salt and provide blistering runs making hooking one just the start of the game. Just click on the photo for a brief slide show. To discuss this venue or similar destinations please drop us a line.
In the summer of ’07 Craig was invited by a few friends to join them for an adventure down the famed Dean River swinging flies for steelhead. Most anglers fish the Dean from lodges where prime times are expensive and difficult to acquire. We planned ours as a do it yourself eight day rafting and camping trip. There are several rapids including a couple Class III/IV’s along the way and no camping facilities, requiring anglers to be self sufficient and resourceful. Two of us drove a truck to Bella Coola loaded with rafts and gear. We met the other two members who flew in to sample the local waters teeming with Salmon and Dollies prior to our helicopter flight to the remote Dean. We set up four camps along the Dean fishing each for two days. Though it was a poor year on the Dean for these famed summer run Steelhead the fish we hooked and landed were memorable. The river and scenery are absolutely spectacular and the overall experience exceptional. Just click on the photo for a brief slide show. If you or your group have an interest in the Dean or similar destinations please drop us a line.
Each season we arrange a trip or two to float, fish and camp on the Deschutes. If we had only one river to fish outside of Mount Shasta this would be the one. It has a great combination of Wild Rainbows and Steelhead that are surface oriented with great camping, whitewater and broad beautiful vistas. In 2008 we fished Father’s Day weekend successfully seeking fat Rainbows on Stonefly Dries. In September we returned for caddis dries and some nymphing. We have sampled both the Upper and Lower River for Steelhead swinging dries and sink tips as well as nymphing. The accompanying photos are from a Father’s Day trip we hosted for our good friends at Stickeen http://www.stickeen.com/in 2007. Just click on the photo for a brief slide show. If you or your group have an interest in the Deschutes or similar destinations please drop us a line.