This Friday-Saturday, June 21-22, 2019 fish-out on the Upper Sacramento River is initially offered to only the 2019 Intermediate (3rd yr.) registered students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program. LTFF alums or other club members may be invited to sign up later if this fish-out is not entirely filled by the current LTFF Intermediate class.
The Upper Sacramento River is one of Northern California's best known fly fishing rivers for rainbow and brown trout due to all the wadeable riffles and pocket water, especially in its upper stretches, which are relatively easy to access from both Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks that parallel much of the river from Lamoine at the south end up to the Cantara railroad bridge that's just north of the historic town of Dunsmuir. Unlike the Lower Sacramento River, a big tailwater river, that flows out of Lake Shasta, this upper river follows a much more picturesque landscape of forested mountainsides and canyons, including the stunning mountain crags in Castle Crags State Park that borders this river. Most of the Interstate exits along I-5 here lead to some sort of access to the river.
Join this fish-out to learn some of the very best places to fish this gorgeous river with the very knowlegable Steve Slater from Lost Coast Outfitters as your guide for this tour and your teacher for tight-line nymphing. Your fish-out leader will be John Murphy.
Unless told otherwise, the group will meet-up for this fishout each morning at 7:00am at the iconic Ted Fay Fly Shop in downtown Dunsmuir (located at 5732 Dunsmuir Ave., across from the historic California Theater). To get there, use the Central Dunsmuir exit from I-5 (Exit #730) and turn on to Dunsmuir Ave. You'll have a chance when the shop first opens then to pick up whatever additional flies or other gear you may need and to meet the current shop owner and master fly-tier Bob Grace, who (besides being a real gentleman) is a gold mine of knowledge about the "Upper Sac" and willingly shares this info with all his customers.
For those wanting to camp with Steve and John, you may reserve a campsite for yourself in Castle Crags State Park (www.reservecalifornia.com, $25/night) which is a short distance south of Dunsmuir and has showers in the Upper and Lower Loops, or perhaps you'd prefer to reserve yourself a campsite in the private campground at nearby Railroad Park Resort. Otherwise, you are on your own to find lodging in Dunsmuir or (only a few miles north) in Mt. Shasta. For lunches on Friday and Saturday, the group will likely make a stop in town to pick-up sandwiches for ourselves as we caravan from one spot on the river to another. You will need to take care of making or getting all your own meals otherwise, unless the group chooses to dine together (no-host) one night in one of several spots in Dunsmuir -- from the micro-pub "Dunsmuir Brewery Works" to the burger joint "Zak's on 5" to the rather upscale "Cafe Maddalena" (although reservations are usually needed well in advance for this best restaurant in the area). Steve knows the area well and can probably direct you to several more options.
This fish-out is limited to the first 8 Intermediate students to register. The time and date that online registration opens will be announced to the class by email.
Registration fee is $195 which includes 2 days of the guide's fee and a selection of flies, but not the cost of lodging, campground fees, meals, or a nominal guide gratuity.
Contacts for this fish-out: John B. Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Steve Slater, Lost Coast Outfitters, work ph. 408-961-6450