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Rick Cox, Mt. Shasta/McCloud Fly Fishing Guide - Photo
Come experience with local guide Rick Cox the adventure of fly fishing northern California's Mt. Shasta blue ribbon rivers, world famous for their legendary trout.


Enjoy the beautiful and wild McCloud River in the Mt. Shasta/Dunsmuir area of Northern California, home to a historic strain of rainbow trout that now inhabit various rivers in the United States. These McCloud rainbows have also been transplanted to Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. In addition, you have the opportunity to hook up with one of the elusive German Browns that can exceed 24 inches.

Photo: Patagonia McCloud Rainbow Trout; McCloud River Fly FishingPhoto: German Brown Trout; McCloud River Fly Fishing

Fish the Upper Sacramento River which sports a variety of water types--from freestone, to pocket, to deep runs and pools. Salmon and steelhead both bred in this river before the construction of Shasta Dam. The hearty rainbow trout here can run up to 20 inches plus in length.

For the true addict, willing to suffer the agony of steelheading and its explosive adrenaline rush, join Rick on one of his winter steelhead trips.

Song: "Sweet Louisiana Sound" by Billy Pilgrim

Photo Mt. ShastaRick has lived outside of McCloud in Squaw Valley, guided locally since 1993 and fly fished the western United States for over 30 years. He utilizes classic techniques along with new ones developed specifically for local rivers. His knowledge is appreciated by beginners and experienced anglers alike. Novices and the curious are welcome, rental equipment is available, lessons and instruction are offered. Friendly patience coupled with fun is the theme of the day. And, for those who inquire, Rick will share the Zen of river fishing as taught to him by an old sage.

For visitors new to the area, not only will you experience a wonderful day of fishing but also the magnetism of the mythical, mystical Mount Shasta, third highest peak in the Continental U.S. Returning visitors will have some understanding of this because, surely, it's ONE of the reasons you return!