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Legendary Rivers, local guides

Shasta Trout is a family owned and operated fly fishing guide service based in the beautiful town of Mt. Shasta, California.

Ideally situated in the heart of the finest fly fishing for trout and steelhead the Golden State has to offer, our guide service features the legendary rivers of Northern California and the finest local guides.

All of our guides are local experts who in most cases spend as much time individually on the rivers they guide as our biggest competitors’ guides spend collectively.

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Our Guided fishing adventures include walk and wade trips in the spectacular canyons of the McCloud River, Pit River, and Upper Sacramento River, along with the fabled spring flows of Hat Creek and Fall River, as well as driftboat floats on the productive tailwaters of the Lower Sacramento River, Trinity River and Klamath River. Our resident fish, the Shasta Rainbows, Klamath Steelhead, McCloud Redband Rainbows and trophy Browns are among the most revered wild fish in the world.

fly fishing northern california, trout fishing northern californiaOur guides utilize a skills development approach to maximize your enjoyment of the art of angling. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran with a lifetime of experience, the diversity of our waters, hearty wild fish and friendly and knowledgeable local guides provide limitless opportunities to discover the joys of fly fishing. Our guides are patient instructors providing a wide variety of proven techniques, tactics and tips honed through years of experience.


Shasta Trout guide service features the very finest local guides. All of our guides are seasoned local professionals, many of whom who spend as much time individually on the rivers they guide as our biggest competitor’s guides spend collectively. Each has been chosen for their ability to provide friendly patient instruction covering a wide variety of proven techniques, tactics and tips aimed to please the novice and expert alike. We believe there is no substitute for their wealth of first hand knowledge honed through years of experience on local legendary streams. Drop us a line to insure a successful and enjoyable adventure for your group large or small.

Rates & Services

At Shasta Trout we strive to make each trip an enjoyable and fulfilling adventure. We believe a day of guided fly fishing more than improves your chances of success, it is a long term investment in developing skills as an angler that enhances your enjoyment. Our experienced and friendly local guides are able to reveal hard earned secrets on a particular stream or focus on specific skills that best suit your needs and interests. We provide all of your terminal tackle needs, leaders, tippets, split shot, floatant and flies, sparing you an embarrassingly large bill at the fly shop checkout counter. Rods and reels can be provided by request. We have rental wading equipment available as well. Our renowned stream side lunches are included on full day trips along with beverages and snacks on all outings. All you’ll need are valid fishing licenses, sunglasses and a favorite hat.

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Each member of your trip is required to complete a liability waiver form.

Guided Flyfishing – full or half day: $445/$335

The cost is for one or two anglers sharing a guide and typically last 8-9 hours for a full day, 4-5 for a half day. A third angler can be added for an additional $100/$75. Our renowned streamside lunches (full day), snacks and beverages are included along with all of your terminal tackle needs. If you have dietary restrictions or requests, please let us know in advance so that we might accommodate you. Rods and reels are provided by request, wading equipment is available for rent. Half days are not available on all rivers in all seasons. Drop us a line for details.

Evening Hatch $225

The cost is for one or two anglers sharing a guide and typically lasts 2 hours timed to intercept the evening hatch. Snacks and beverages are included along with all of your terminal tackle needs. Rods and reels are provided by request, wading equipment is available for rent. The evening hatch is not available on all rivers in all seasons, summer evenings on the McCloud and Upper Sacramento River are our most popular requests. Drop us a line for details.

Gratuitities are customary and appreciated but never mandatory. We suggest 10-15% of the trip cost. Shuttles on driftboat trips are typically arranged using participant’s vehicles. If you do not plan to use your vehicle to shuttle please let us know in advance.

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We have provided a number of successful and entertaining presentations at fly fishing shows and fly fishing club events including “Fly Fishing Freestones”, Dry Flies and Freestones, Seasons on the Klamath, The Secrets of Summer, Winter Windows, and Why Switch? Presentations typically last 45 minutes to two hours. Pricing is flexible relative to a sponsor’s budget, and our travel and accommodation expenses.

On Stream Clinics $125 per person Full Day, $75 per person Half Day We are currently offering clinics on “Switch Rod Casting, techniques and tactics”, Introduction to Fly Fishing and “Fly Fishing Freestones.” On stream clinics typically have a five to one participant to instructor ratio. Drop us a line for details.


We support wild trout and so practice only catch and release angling. We are licensed, insured and bonded for guiding in California and hold the permits required to guide the rivers of the Shasta Trinity & Klamath National Forests as an equal opportunity provider. We contribute generously to our partners that support wild trout and steelhead, including Cal Trout, The Federation of Flyfishers, The Nature Conservancy, The Fall River Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited.

Hosted Trips

Each season we travel to spectacular corners of the planet to sample fly fishing beyond the Shadow of Shasta. Our destinations are selected not only for the excellent fishing but also the quality of the overall experience. The dates we have reserved are with the finest outfitters during the peak of their seasons. For information on our trips for this season, and booking info, please visit the Hosted Trips page.


A few words about Shasta Trout’s Hosted trip to Fishing Bear Lodge: “We had a fantastic time. The rainbows and char were big, abundant, and fought hard. The guides were super knowledgeable, very accommodating, and made us feel right at home. Justin Johns is a superb host and the entire experience is down to earth – fully satisfying without expensive unnecessary frills. The location has some of the most visually striking scenery in Alaska. We were full of smiles all week, and are already planning to go back for more. I have been recommending Fishing Bear to all of our fly fishing friends.”-Tim Wykle and Judy Boucher, Trinidad, California

As always you were the quintessential ambassador, always focused and full of fun. You have a delightful manner of introducing the Magic demystified, the Craft defined and the Pleasure delivered. You have a great team of guides who worked as hard as I have ever seen a guide work with two separate put-ins and unique drifts in the same day. It paid off in spades. Kudos to Shasta Trout! Keep going – we’ll keep coming.”-Stephen Starke, San Rafael, California

You are the ‘quintessential guide’. A man who teaches the art and experience of fly fishing as well as anyone whom I have ever met. Craig, not to blow smoke, but you really have a gentle and amiable teaching quality that is excellent for assisting people in having the complete fly-fishing experience. If anyone asks me about a fly-fishing teacher or guide, I will recommend you, and your rivers!”-Shane Cunningham, Medford, Oregon

I have fished many places with many guides and I have to say you are the most complete guide I have fished with and boy do you know the river. Thanks for a excellent trip, you worked hard to make it great, I will be recommending you at each and every opportunity!”-Bill Leinheim, President Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers, Redding, California

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