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From our good friend Randy Sultan after returning from a recent trip to Jurassic Lake:
“This was truly the greatest trout fishing experience anyone could possibly have. I caught them on streamers, dries, nymphs and even my big mouse pattern. Average size was 10 lbs and I caught several over 20 lbs (35 inches). Food and accomodations were great for the isolated location. The drive was tough but the fishing made it worthwhile.”

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to book your Jurassic Lake adventure!

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Our good friend Chris Daughters, owner of Caddis Fly Angling Shop, has just returned from New Orleans with his wife and fishing friends. Although it’s currently 50 degrees and raining here in Oregon, New Orleans is a pleasant 85 degrees and breezy. As all of us here at Fly Water Travel are watching river levels and weather patterns, casting to visible redfish in short sleeves sounds pretty appealing…

You mean, I don’t even need bootfoots? Sign me up!

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There’s been a lot of photo work here at Fly Water Travel lately. Brian’s recent trip to Farquhar became a veritable buffet of saltwater species…


See more of Brian’s photos on Fly Water Travel’s Facebook page

Ken has just returned from his first Spring trip to the lower Skeena River, fishing out of Skeena River Lodge



Ken has a slideshow posted on the Skeena River Lodge page of our website. As soon as Ken’s fingers thaw out he will be publishing his trip report on the Fly Water Travel Trip Summaries Page.

Charles has been presenting slideshows of his trout and steelhead fishing adventures to fly fishing clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. You can see the Deschutes River section of his Oregon Steelhead presentation here.

Give us a call toll-free at 800-552-2729 to star in your own photo gallery!!

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Our good friend Jay Forrest has just returned from Z-Boat Lodge in Terrace, British Columbia. Although river conditions were abnormally low, clear and cold Jay had some great success on winter steelhead.



Congratulations Jay!!

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With the northern California trout opener less than two weeks away, it’s time to think about the early season fishing opportunities. Confluence Outfitters has secured exclusive access and accommodations on the Fall River and Hat Creek in Northern California. Within striking distance are the Pit and McCloud rivers, both productive and scenic freestone rivers. There are several other smaller creeks and stillwater opportunities in the vicinity. Walk-wade, raft, jon boat, and even jet boat trips are available on our local waters. Here’s a summary of our big four:
Fall River

The Fall River is one of the finest spring creeks in the West. It shares many of the traits that make the Henry´s Fork, Hat Creek, and Silver Creek famous: predictable hatches, crystal clear water, steady flows and water temperature, sight fishing opportunities, and large trout that feed on small bugs. However, the access to Fall River is very restricted. It is only fished from boats, specifically flat-bottomed prams fitted with electric motors and/or small gas engines. Fishing from the boat allows anglers to make deadly downstream drifts to visibly feeding fish.

Hat Creek

Hat Creek is one of the most famous spring creeks in the West. The 3.5 miles between Powerhouse #2 and Lake Britton include classic spring creek flatwater and long riffles. The riffles at Powerhouse #2 and the lower end of the creek provide an excellent on-stream classroom for beginner fly fishers. Conversely, the flatwater in between the riffles is some of the most challenging water to fish anywhere in North America. The depth of the water makes wading difficult in many areas, calling for long casts. Fish are spooky and feed very selectively. Getting a fish to rise to your fly here is a great accomplishment.

Pit River

The Pit River below Lake Britton dam has the highest catch rate and most consistent fishing of all the streams in northern California. Thirty miles of river provide endless opportunities to get away from other anglers. There are parts of the river right alongside a paved road as well as portions that require a strenuous hike to access. No matter where you choose to fish, you are likely to be rewarded with strong, wild rainbow trout pulling on the end of your line. The Pit fishes best from April through mid-July and again from mid-September through December. Mid-summer can be excellent, too, especially if the weather is not overly hot. Dry fly fishing is good mid-day early and late in the season and is excellent on summer evenings. Most of the time we fish with nymphs on the Pit. This river is an excellent place to learn various nymphing techniques, including indicator and high-stick techniques.

McCloud River

The McCloud River is perhaps the most scenic of all the rivers in Northern California. The lush riparian vegetation and milky-green water give the river a unique character. The color of the water comes from the glacial flour, or dust, high on Mt. Shasta. The glacial waters seep into the ground and emerge in a series of springs near the town of McCloud. These springs form the Upper McCloud, which flows into McCloud Reservoir. The river below the reservoir is one of California’s finest trout streams.

Lodging Options

Fall River Retreat

Just below the CalTrout public access, the Fall River Retreat is situated in the heart of Fall River’s best fishing. This two story house has sleeping quarters and a bathroom upstairs and a living area and kitchen downstairs. Both floors have a spacious deck overlooking the Fall River. This rental is perfect for folks who enjoy cooking their own meals and relaxing in solitude. There are great views of the river, Mount Shasta and Soldier Mountain. Bird-lovers also love this property as it is a thoroughfare for migrating birds. Two night minimum stay for 1 or 2 guests.
2011 Rate = $150/night for one or $200/night for two guests + 10% county lodging tax

Hat Creek Retreat

Located on Cassel Forebay and recently remodeled, this rental is perfect for families and groups of friends. The Hat Creek Retreat is a two-story house with a deck upstairs and downstairs and a great yard and swimming pool. You can walk right through the gate in the back yard and go fishing on Cassel Forebay. The deck and back yard are ideal for relaxing and enjoying a nice evening meal.
2011 Rate = $200/night for two guests plus $25/person for each guest over two + 10% county lodging tax

Give us a call toll-free at 800-552-2729 to book your California trout fishing adventure!!

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There are places on earth that can stun even the most jaded of travelers. 4UR Ranch is one such place. Its centerpiece is Goose Creek, with over seven miles of private stream that brims with willing trout. Add to that sporting clays, trap, hiking, trail rides, majestic vistas from almost anywhere on the ranch property, mineral hot springs, and superb dining, and you will quickly understand why families from around the nation return here year after year, generation after generation.

4UR Ranch Two-for One Kids Weeks:
June 11-18
August 13-20
Bring the entire family to 4UR Ranch this summer during either of the above two weeks and kids under 10 years old are two-for-one! For families bringing two children this represents a savings of $1,960!!
Cost of this trip = $2,275/person per week, based on double occupancy
$2,450/person per week, based on single occupancy
$1,960/child per week for kids age 5-12

Both of these weeks are during prime summer fishing at 4UR Ranch.

June 11-18 is one of the “smorgasbord weeks.” Anglers fishing mid-June should expect a daily buffet of stoneflies, gray drake mayflies, caddis, pale morning dun mayflies and/or blue-winged olive mayflies.

August 13-20 is typically the beginning of terrestrial season at 4UR Ranch. Guests should expect low, clear water in Goose Creek and warm, blue skies overhead. Grasshopper, ant and beetle imitations will be the primary fare for anglers this week. For those of you who have not yet experienced the magic of the Morrish Hopper as it drifts over Rocky Mountain trout, you’re missing out!





Give us a call toll-free at 800-552-2729 to book your trip to 4UR Ranch!!

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In addition to being the second longest free flowing river in the United States, the John Day River is arguably the finest smallmouth bass fishery west of the Mississippi. Here anglers of all skill levels can enjoy high catch rates and action packed early summer fly fishing for feisty smallmouth bass while experiencing one of the West’s most interesting and least traveled wilderness float trips.

For families and private parties keen on fly fishing success, these multi-day rafting trips provide a high level of adventure and creature comforts. The spectacular canyons of the lower John Day are dominated by towering rock walls and rolling hills dotted with sagebrush and juniper. While the fish average 8-12 inches, there are strong and willing and specimens of over 20 inches available.

We have prime dates open for a bass trip on the John Day River.
Available dates for a multi-day camp float: June 25th-27th, July 5th-8th

These camp floats accommodate 4-8 anglers.
Cost of this trip = $1,500/person for a 4 day/3 night float trip
$1,900/person for a 5 day/4 night trip

Included: Guiding, flies, tent with cot, meals while on the river, water and sodas, fly rod (if needed), and good old folklore stories of the John Day Canyon.
Not Included: Breakfast first morning (the Country Cafe at 6:00 AM Condon), hotel and dinner the evening before trip put in, alcohol, personal toiletries, sleeping bag, pillow, clothes, private land fees ($40 per person), vehicle shuttles ($75 CASH per vehicle), and guide gratuities.

NEW John Day Package!!
Fish the John Day River for two days and stay at the Wilson Ranches Retreat for three nights. Perfect couples trip!
Cost of this trip = $1,400/two anglers for a 2 day/3 night package.
Available dates: July 5-7th (room for 2 anglers), 19-21st (room for 4 anglers), and 24th-26th (room for 4 anglers).

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to book your John Day bass trip!

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