Monday, October 1, 2012

Back to the Future: Wading Into Northern California's Blue Ribbon Waters...Again

Eight years ago my dad, brother and I fished the McCloud River, Upper Sacramento River, Burney Creek and Squaw Valley Creek. It was an awesome trip!

Next week we're going back. Hopefully, we'll relive some memories from 2004 and make some new for trout with more experience these days, and better digital camera equipment.

Here are a few pictures from our 2004 trip. Maybe we'll be fortunate enough on this trip to catch some 20+ inch fish.

My 19 1/2-inch McCloud River Brown Trout on a PT Nymph Darin (right) tied.

Darin's fat 18-inch McCloud River Rainbow Trout.

Beautiful Burney Creek

 My dad with a nice Upper Sacramento Rainbow Trout

Getting nymphs to the bottom of the water column and into the feeding lanes should do the trick. Anything from Copper Johns to Bird's Nests to Prince Nymphs and Pheasant Tails (add some red Brassies to the mix). We will be hunting for trout. And, maybe we'll drag some streamers for the BIG fish. Not maybe, for sure!

Anyway, we'll post our fishing reports here on the Virtual Fly Guides website. Stay tuned...not just for pictures of fish and reports on what we caught them on, but for some nature photography, too.

Tight Lines,

Sean Wallentine
Co-Founder, The Virtual Fly Guides


  1. Very nice,how was the trip?
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  2. As a native Californian, and a lifelong fly fisherman, I am embarrassed to admit having almost no experience fishing Nor Cal waters (except for the Lower Sac once). Doing some workplace fly fishing reconnaissance brought me to your site. It is on my priority list, but probably should move up higher! I've taken countless fly fishing trips with my Dad and brothers as well and it's always a great time. Have fun, and I look forward to the report.