Three Forks Ranch Fishing: Situated in the high mountain aspens, Three Forks Ranch straddles the Wyoming Colorado border. This 200,000-acre working cattle ranch is one of the premier fishing destinations in the West. Mountain streams and springs breathe life into the Little Snake River right inside the gate of the Colorado headquarters. The headwaters of this river are home to countless rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. This fishery has been the beneficiary of the largest privately funded river restoration project in the history of America. Once a drying giant, new life has been given to the Little Snake River. Sixteen miles of the river has been restored to what Mother Nature may have wished it 150 years ago and 30 oxbow lakes now dot the property, all connected to the river by reopened river channels and all home to wonderful, fighting trout.
The typical week: The first day you and your guide will take off to a stretch of river or lakes and assess your fishing prowess. From there you and your guide will decide which waters you would like to fish. Whether it's catching "big boys" in the lakes or testing your 3-weight rod on the South Fork, Three Forks Ranch has plenty of water for the novice or the purist. Four-wheeler trips or horseback trips to the upper lakes are available if you choose. For those that would like a break from fishing, cattle drives are usually going on which you are welcome to participate in; trail riding, wildlife viewing, hiking, 4-wheeling, and our 14-course sporting clay course are all available to you.
Season - June 10th through October 15th Three Forks Travel: To get to Three Forks Ranch you will need to make travel arrangements to Hayden, Colorado, with connections through Denver. Three Forks runs a free shuttle to and from Hayden, approximately 75 minutes. There is also a county-owned airport with a 5500-foot paved landing strip at Dixon, Wyoming, that welcomes private airplanes. Shuttle is also available from Dixon, approximately 30 minutes. Three Forks also offers its own private aviation service from Denver to Dixon Wyoming. Flights in their five-seat twin engine King Air depart for the lodge at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. The cost is $750 per person round trip and it is the most reliable service to the area. If you are interested in this flight option please contact us and we will make the needed arrangements. There is also a county-owned airport with a 5500-foot paved landing strip at Dixon, Wyoming, that welcomes private airplanes. Shuttle is also available from Dixon, approximately 30 minutes. Itinerary: Three Forks Ranch operates on a very flexible schedule. Various lengths of stays are available, from 6N/5D stays to 3N/2D stays. Select the length of stay you like and the day of arrival. We will do our best to schedule you in. Early booking ensures the dates of your choice. Departure: The evening before your departure, all incidentals purchased during the week should be paid in full. We will have a driver ready to take you to the airport for the various departure times Three Forks Ranch Accommodations:The River Rock Lodge will provide guests with relaxing enjoyment over hors d'oevres and cocktails followed by delicious dinners served in our guest dining room. The accommodations are very comfortable in our nicely appointed Aspen, Alpine and Hidden Valley homes. We do request that there be no smoking in any of the buildings. Smoking areas are provided on the decks of all the buildings. The guest facilities are within walking distance to a large portion of this incredible trout water. But, with over 16 miles of private river fishing and 14 miles of off-channel and oxbow fishing, one of the lodge's superb fishing guides will escort you to the farthest reaches. Catering to a capacity of only 15 guests the fishing opportunities are endless. Personalized service, warm Western hospitality, and great fishing are their trademarks. Three Forks Ranch Meals:All meals are taken at the River Rock Lodge and scheduled to the angling conditions and where you will be fishing that day. On trips to the more distant fishing locations the kitchen staff will prepare a wonderful picnic lunch. Generally breakfast is between 7:00-8:00 a.m. Fishing times are later as we move into September. After a full day of fishing, you return to the lodge in time to relax before dinner, which is usually served around 6:30 p.m. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Alcoholic Beverages:Three Forks Ranch provides complimentary beer, wine and your favorite mixed drinks. We suggest only moderate drinking before dinner hour. Wading can be dangerous and your guide will decide when excessive drinking has impaired your ability to fish safely. Our elevation at the headquarters is 7200 feet. Alcohol can slow down your body's ability to adjust to the change in altitude. We also recommend that you drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep your first few nights on the ranch.
Three Forks Ranch Clothing:Dress at Three Forks Ranch is casual and comfortable. The weather can change abruptly so be prepared. The nights and mornings are cool, sometimes in the 40's and the daytime temperatures can climb into the 80's. It is best to dress in layers. Long johns are often worn under fishing pants and wool socks under waders. On top, a flannel shirt, warm sweater, rain jacket, down vest or jacket. Included:Round-trip transfer from Hayden, Colorado, or Dixon, Wyoming. Accommodations based on double occupancy; three meals per day; knowledgeable guide per two fishermen with full fishing services; transportation to and from the river on a daily basis; complimentary beverages. Horseback riding, 4-wheeling, hiking, wildlife tours, and sporting clay course. Not Included:All scheduled commercial air transportation; fishing licenses, sales tax, gratuities, tackle charges, telephone calls, and other incidental purchases.
• Sections: Four
• Length: 10'
• Konnetic Technology construction
• Fuji ceramic stripping guides
• Handle: High grade cork, custom tapered
• Reel Seat: Cocobolo insert, Dark Nickel
• Action: Medium
Sage has finally addressed the world of
European nymphing with their new ESN Fly Rod Series, and what an
entrance they've made. We had a chance fish some Czech nymphs with
the Sage ESN 4100-4 Fly Rod, and although we didn't fair quite as well as
some of the famed tournament nymphers, we still had a successful day
and a lot of fun.
Instead of rambling on about the
technicalities of Konnetic Technology, let's leave it at this: a
narrower, more efficient taper means the Sage ESN telegraphs the
slightest strikes down the rod length so you can set the hook.
The Sage ESN Fly Rod is a medium action
and a compound taper mandral construction. Translation: with enough
flex in the tip for a nuanced read of the underwater action and
enough power in the butt for sturdy hook sets, the Sage ESN is the
best of both worlds. Not to mention the lightweight design makes a
day of high-sticking a breeze on your arm and a blast in the water.
Fit and Finish...
Sage doesn't miss a beat when they
stamp their name on a new line of rods, and the ESN Series is no
exception. The forest green shaft and gold trim wraps give the blank
a great finish, similar in color to the famed Sage Z-Axis. The
cocobolo reel seat is a personal favorite, and the choice to use
aluminum instead of nickel silver improves performance without
compromising the great look. Also, the Fuji ceramic stripping guides
are a great touch and the mark of any quality rod.
Pros: In keeping with Sage's commitment
to crafting the best tools for specific applications, the Sage ESN is
true to it's name: an ultra-sensitive tip paired with a powerful butt
for maximum success with European nymphing.
Cons: Although European nymphing is
quickly amassing a following on this side of the pond, some might not
have room in their quiver yet for this specific application. But for
those who are in the know when it comes to contact nymphing, the Sage
ESN is just what the doctor ordered.
Bottom Line: Sage has once again
delivered on their promise to build the best possible rods for one of
the most fun techniques around. The Sage ESN Series marks a welcomed
entry into the world of European nymphing with the best best
materials assembled by innovative minds.
Simms has taken upon it themselves to create a full line of women’s fly fishing gear and the Simms Women's 3XDry® Cottonwood Shirt represents what this line is all about. This technical women’s fly fishing shirt is contoured to your shape for comfort and a relaxed fit. While the aspects of the Women's 3XDry® Cottonwood Shirt are technical in nature, this fly fishing shirt is stylish as well. It’s all about the little things; like vertical zippered chest pockets, articulated sleeves for ease of motion. The cotton/poly blend fabric makes the Simms Women's 3XDry® Cottonwood Shirt an easy-to-care for, go-anywhere fly fishing shirt. So pack the Simms Women's 3XDry® Cottonwood Shirt and hit the tarmac, because you finally have a fly fishing shirt that fits and looks as good as it feels. You just have to decide on where to fish first.
Welcome to eastern Shasta County's newest and most remarkable fly fishing destination! We've combined the ambiance, elegance, and spacious accommodations of the extraordinary 1921 Arts and Crafts-style Pit River Lodge with the talented guide staff, creative menus, and renowned fly fishing schools of Clearwater House on Hat Creek to create a brand new, full-service fly fishing destination. We offer meals, accommodations, and guiding and instruction on northeastern California's five great wild trout rivers and spring-fed stillwaters. Clearwater Lodge Fishing : The Fall RiverThis famous spring creek rises clear and cold from Thousand Springs, in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, and flows nearly thirty miles through the lush Fall River Valley. Its large wild rainbows come readily to a well-fished dry fly or nymph. Fall River's legendary hatches range from the tiny #22 Trico spinner to the giant #6 Hexagenia mayfly. Fall River is fished only from aluminum prams with electric motors.
Hat CreekHat Creek is California's version of the chalk streams of southern England where fly fishing was born. Managed for wild trout only for over twenty years, Hat's rich waters support a diverse insect population and thousands of trout per mile in the three miles of Trophy Water. The fishing is tough on the flats, with large fussy trout, small flies, and 7X tippets. There is also over a mile of productive riffles and runs for nymphing. The evening caddis hatches often bring the fish to the surface in a feeding frenzy.
The Pit RiverThe Pit might be the finest naturally-occuring wild trout fishery in California. The final 25 miles, below Lake Britton, are in a deep canyon and are divided into three reaches by dams and powerhouses. Access is challenging, but the beauty of the canyon, the extensive pockets and pools, and the high catch rate of bright wild fish are perfect if you are an energetic wader.
The McCloud RiverA classic pool and pocket water river in a magnificent wooded canyon, the McCloud is northern California's most famous freestone fishery. McCloud rainbows are world renown. Special regulations protect this fishery and it produces trout to 24 inches, typically on nymphs and streamers. In the fall, spawning browns add an extra thrill. The three miles of Nature Conservancy water is zero-kill and limited to ten rods a day. We fish both this water and the six miles of public water above the Conservancy.
The Upper Sacramento River After a chemical spill in 1992 and subsequent closure for three years, this classic little trout river has astonished everyone with the speed and success of its recovery. The rainbow are back, all wild fish, and in remarkable numbers. Nearly 40 miles of pools, pockets, riffles, and runs, with relatively easy access and wading and the promise that with continued enlightened management, the Upper Sac will soon regain its place as one of California's premier wild trout fisheries.
The Sacramento River Float TripsThe Sacramento below Redding has become recognized as a world-class rainbow fishery. We use drift boats to fish the excellent water between Redding and Anderson, getting out on the gravel bars and islands to wade and fish. While it's mostly nymphing, there are good caddis hatches from spring to fall.
Northeastern California StillwatersBaum Lake, Eastman Lake, Manzanita Lake, McCumber Lake, Eagle Lake, McCoy Flats - these and other stillwaters around Clearwater offer excellent fishing for outsized rainbow and browns. We provide float tubes and pontoon boats for our guests and guide many of these fisheries. If it's big fish you want, these stillwaters are the place. 5 pound fish are frequent; 10 pounders not unknown.
Private Trophy TroutThe Hat Creek Ranch's two stillwaters and one half mile of Hat Creek offers fee fishing for big, aggressive rainbows to 10 pounds. A superb private water for guided wading, bank fishing, and pontoon boat access. Clearwater Lodge Accommodation:The lodge features seven bedrooms, each with a private bath. The adjoining Annex offers six singles and two large shared baths. The three Cottages, set among the oaks and pines and broad lawns, feature 2 and 3 bedroom suites.
Clearwater Lodge Clothing:In the Pacific North West it is always possible to encounter a wide variety of weather conditions. We recommend that you always come well prepared with different layers including lightweight long sleeve and short-sleeved shirts, fleece top and bottoms, synthetic long underwear, rain jacket, sun and rain hats and fishing gloves. Evening attire at the lodge is casual. Clearwater Lodge Climate:Temperatures typically range from the mid 50's to the mid 90's. In the summer it is usually quite warm during the day and cool in the evening. However, it is important for guests to be prepared for cold rainy conditions throughout the season. Clearwater Lodge Rates: Packages Vary, Call for details!
Included:Accommodation, meals, guiding, rods, reels, and wading equipment.
Not Included:State and local taxes, alcohol, fishing licenses, terminal tackle.