Northern California Fly Fishing Charters

Northern California Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Northern California

Northern California: 17 fishing charters available

Northern California Guide Service – Colusa

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Colusa
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Northern California Guide Service – Redding

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Red Bluff
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Garrison Fishing Guides

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
San Francisco
trips from $120

Jacob Frye's Guide Service – 25'

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Anderson
trips from $600

Fly Fishing in Northern California

Fly fishing in Northern California is something that should be added to every angler’s bucket list. With a wealth of crystal-clear mountain streams, vast lakes, and winding rivers to choose from, this part of the “Golden State” is the perfect place to test your skills on the fly. And when it comes to what you’ll be hooking, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be casting off for a whole host of desirable Trout and Salmon species. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil day on the water, or want to reel in some delicious dinner, NorCal’s diverse fishing grounds have plenty to offer. Grab your fly rod and get ready to strike gold!

Where should I go?

For Newer Fishermen

Perhaps the best place to cast your line as a beginner is in the waters of Lake Tahoe and the nearby Truckee River, which are home to Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, as well as Kokanee Salmon. Even better, you’ll find local guides up and down these waterways. They’ll have you casting like a fly fishing pro in no time.
 
Traveling with the whole family? You can still fit in some fly fishing! The Sacramento River is the perfect spot to head to, thanks to its year-round population of Rainbow Trout, as well as seasonal Salmon. Both the Upper and Lower sections of the river are easily accessible to the public, and provide excellent scenery, too. 

For Experienced Anglers

If you’re looking to test your skills, head straight to the lower McCloud River, located around an hour from the town of McCloud. This part of the river provides plenty of challenges, as the water (and the fish!) are much heavier than its upper section. 
 
The most popular catch is Rainbow Trout, which will give you plenty of fight at the end of a line. Brown and Brook Trout can also be hooked on the fly. In addition to this, the area is also home to some pretty incredible scenery. Get your slice of escapism along with some first-class fly fishing!
 
Hat Creek and the East Fork of the Carson River also offer up some exciting angling action. Hat River is an ideal spot for experienced anglers, as these fish-filled waters are pretty narrow and fast-moving. They’re also full of wild Lake and Brown Trout! Carson River’s East Fork is home to diverse waters, including rapids and narrow creeks. Here, you’ll find mountain Whitefish, as well as Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout, and some stunning mountain scenery.

How to Prepare

Generally, you should bring your own fly fishing gear along, or rent a rod from one of NorCal’s many bait and tackle shops. If you’re traveling with a guide who caters to newbies, you’ll usually be provided with fishing equipment. All anglers over the age of 16 will need to purchase a valid California fishing license before casting off. 
 
The best time to visit NorCal for your adventure is between April and November, when these waters start bustling with Salmon and Trout. All you need to do is pick up your best rod and come discover the magic of fly fishing in NorCal!
 
Northern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Northern California

If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Cayucos, CA
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Itza  S.
Itza S. Castro Valley, California
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Syed  M.
Syed M. Palo Alto, CA
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Ben  M.
Ben M. Henderson, NV
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Adrienne  M.
Adrienne M. Brookeville, MD
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Jay  S.
Jay S. Shasta Lake, CA
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Boyd  W.
Boyd W. Lincoln, CA
Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Salvador  S.
Salvador S. Fair Oaks, California
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
John  O.
John O. Sacramento, CA
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Ariel  S.
Ariel S. San Pablo, California
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Dan  B.
Dan B.
The Fall is the summer in San Francisco and the Bay is teeming with fish!!! You can't go wrong.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Fall is the summer in San Francisco and the Bay is teeming with fish!!! You can't go wrong.
Michael  F.
Michael F. Emeryville, CA
If your unsure of your sea legs, take a motion sickness medication. Be prepared for Karl to take your sight of land. Have your camera ready for some sensational photos. Prepare for weather and a healthy appetite to consume your catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your unsure of your sea legs, take a motion sickness medication. Be prepared for Karl to take your sight of land. Have your camera ready for some sensational photos. Prepare for weather and a healthy appetite to consume your catch.
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FishingBooker Member Maddington, Western Australia
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Joe  S.
Joe S. Foristell, MO
Be sure to go over parking in advance with your Captain. With all the tourists, it can be difficult to find areas to park without a permit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to go over parking in advance with your Captain. With all the tourists, it can be difficult to find areas to park without a permit.
Mathew  K.
Mathew K. Modesto, California
Bring a jacket because it gets pretty windy. Bring some snacks if you plan on doing the full day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket because it gets pretty windy. Bring some snacks if you plan on doing the full day.
Chase  B.
Chase B. Fernley, NV
Layer up for the weather. It was chili out on the ocean. There were a couple of extra jackets on the boat (and the captain offered my wife a blanket and pillow when she was falling asleep in the cabin) but it's always nice to have your own stuff. Sunblock!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layer up for the weather. It was chili out on the ocean. There were a couple of extra jackets on the boat (and the captain offered my wife a blanket and pillow when she was falling asleep in the cabin) but it's always nice to have your own stuff. Sunblock!!!
Wallace  C.
Wallace C. Auburn, CA
Book a trip on the Warrior Poet. Capt. Dave King will do his best to assure that you have a good time. He's very knowledgeable and will get you on the fish quickly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip on the Warrior Poet. Capt. Dave King will do his best to assure that you have a good time. He's very knowledgeable and will get you on the fish quickly
Baldwin  L.
Baldwin L. San Francisco, California
Salmon fishing needs a long ride toward the ocean, so not very pleasurable for people susceptible to sea sickness. Prepare well before the trip, probably by limiting your meal before the trip and take some pills to combat the motion sickness. Wear thick clothes as well because it could be quite windy even in a sunny afternoon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Salmon fishing needs a long ride toward the ocean, so not very pleasurable for people susceptible to sea sickness. Prepare well before the trip, probably by limiting your meal before the trip and take some pills to combat the motion sickness. Wear thick clothes as well because it could be quite windy even in a sunny afternoon.
Sheng  G.
Sheng G. Palo Alto, CA
Fish with an experienced captain, like Craig Hanson. He knows the water, knows where the fish are likely to be, and has the correct tackle and bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with an experienced captain, like Craig Hanson. He knows the water, knows where the fish are likely to be, and has the correct tackle and bait.
Christopher  T.
Christopher T. Sunbury-on-Thames, ENG

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