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We will see and learn of the great fly fishing available in what is commonly referred to as “Calvada,” the northeast part of California that also includes parts of our neighboring state, Nevada. The beauty of this area, the variety of exciting fly fishing, the size of some of the fish here and the specific strategies used to catch these fish will amaze and delight all who step into Calvada waters. There are rivers, creeks and stillwaters galore and we can dip into all of them . . . and not be that far from our homes in SoCal.
The person to guide us on this journey is, without a doubt, the perfect choice. While for 47 years Doug Ouellette has fished throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand, his waters of choice, concentration and definite expertise include the Truckee River, the Little Truckee River, Knott Creek Reservoir, South Fork Reservoir and Humboldt River. Doug will show us some of these excellent fisheries, the types of fish found there, what food they eat, what flies and techniques they succumb to, how to read the maps and the water in these areas and, in general, how to have a truly memorable fly fishing experience.
Doug’s personal story explains why he is so perfect to be the one to lead us on this journey. He was born in San Jose, California, the third of seven children, six of them boys. As he will tell you, he grew up as a country boy in the oak tree covered hills of Morgan Hill, California. As a youngster, he scouted those hills, cattle ponds and mountain springs to find and study snakes, frogs, lizards and, of course, fish. He caught minnows, bullfrogs and even, when only five-year-old and with only his hands, captured his first bluegill. Doug describes his most traumatic childhood experience as being forced to wear shoes and that was because he was starting kindergarten.
When he was ten, his family moved to Sunnyvale, California where his father became the athletic director and head football coach at Peterson High School. Doug went on to become an outstanding athlete in high school and later became a successful football and wrestling coach.
When Doug was 12-years-old, he spent most of his lunch periods in the school library reading and studying all the books and magazines he could find about fly fishing, including articles in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. In fact, when he was a sophomore, he wrote a thorough and well-researched report titled: Trout, The Thoroughbred of Fishes. (His biology teacher was so impressed, he filed it in his personal library.)
Doug has always gone fly fishing whenever possible, learning all he could of the habits and mannerisms of wild trout in the small spring-fed creeks, the rivers and lakes of the central coast mountains. He learned from, and was mentored by Hall of Fame fly tier Bob Quigley, stillwater great Hal Janssen and legendary nymph fisherman Charlie Brooks.
In 1976 Doug moved to Reno, transferring to Nevada Bell from Pac Tel and, in his free time, started concentrating on learning everything he could about the streams in this area. In 1985 he started presenting slide shows for the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and continues to do that to this day. He retired from Nevada Bell in 2001 and started guiding in 2004. He is a Nevada master guide, a California guide and a Pyramid Lake guide, and can be checked out at <www.calvadaflyfishing.com>. Doug is also a professional contract fly tier for “Umpqua Flies” with three patented fly patterns: Stonedaddy, Peaches & Cream, and Sweet Pea.
Doug explains that he absolutely loves to teach and share whatever he has learned about fly fishing, with absolutely no secrets held back. He lives just a few hundred yards from the Truckee River and has released several trophy browns and rainbows from this river. His most sincere hope is to pass on his enthusiasm and knowledge about his favorite waters.We will see and learn of the great fly fishing available in what is commonly referred to as “Calvada,” the northeast part of California that also includes parts of our neighboring state, Nevada. The beauty of this area, the variety of exciting fly fishing, the size of some of the fish here and the specific strategies used to catch these fish will amaze and delight all who step into Calvada waters. There are rivers, creeks and stillwaters galore and we can dip into all of them . . . and not be that far from our homes in SoCal.
The person to guide us on this journey is, without a doubt, the perfect choice. While for 47 years Doug Ouellette has fished throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand, his waters of choice, concentration and definite expertise include the Truckee River, the Little Truckee River, Knott Creek Reservoir, South Fork Reservoir and Humboldt River. Doug will show us some of these excellent fisheries, the types of fish found there, what food they eat, what flies and techniques they succumb to, how to read the maps and the water in these areas and, in general, how to have a truly memorable fly fishing experience.
Doug’s personal story explains why he is so perfect to be the one to lead us on this journey. He was born in San Jose, California, the third of seven children, six of them boys. As he will tell you, he grew up as a country boy in the oak tree covered hills of Morgan Hill, California. As a youngster, he scouted those hills, cattle ponds and mountain springs to find and study snakes, frogs, lizards and, of course, fish. He caught minnows, bullfrogs and even, when only five-year-old and with only his hands, captured his first bluegill. Doug describes his most traumatic childhood experience as being forced to wear shoes and that was because he was starting kindergarten.
When he was ten, his family moved to Sunnyvale, California where his father became the athletic director and head football coach at Peterson High School. Doug went on to become an outstanding athlete in high school and later became a successful football and wrestling coach.
When Doug was 12-years-old, he spent most of his lunch periods in the school library reading and studying all the books and magazines he could find about fly fishing, including articles in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. In fact, when he was a sophomore, he wrote a thorough and well-researched report titled: Trout, The Thoroughbred of Fishes. (His biology teacher was so impressed, he filed it in his personal library.)
Doug has always gone fly fishing whenever possible, learning all he could of the habits and mannerisms of wild trout in the small spring-fed creeks, the rivers and lakes of the central coast mountains. He learned from, and was mentored by Hall of Fame fly tier Bob Quigley, stillwater great Hal Janssen and legendary nymph fisherman Charlie Brooks.
In 1976 Doug moved to Reno, transferring to Nevada Bell from Pac Tel and, in his free time, started concentrating on learning everything he could about the streams in this area. In 1985 he started presenting slide shows for the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and continues to do that to this day. He retired from Nevada Bell in 2001 and started guiding in 2004. He is a Nevada master guide, a California guide and a Pyramid Lake guide, and can be checked out at <www.calvadaflyfishing.com>. Doug is also a professional contract fly tier for “Umpqua Flies” with three patented fly patterns: Stonedaddy, Peaches & Cream, and Sweet Pea.
Doug explains that he absolutely loves to teach and share whatever he has learned about fly fishing, with absolutely no secrets held back. He lives just a few hundred yards from the Truckee River and has released several trophy browns and rainbows from this river. His most sincere hope is to pass on his enthusiasm and knowledge about his favorite waters.


with Candice Meneghin

Candice Meneghin

Candice Meneghin, CalTrout Conservation Manager, Southern California Region

Candice is a Conservationist bringing a multidisciplinary and international perspective to environmental management and conservation, with several years’ experience managing natural resources including species of special concern, integrated watershed management, environmental law compliance, and protected area management in her native South Africa.

Candice is a member to both the IUCN: Commission on Ecosystem Management: North America and the Caribbean; and, IUCN Mediterranean Type Ecosystem Thematic Group. In 2010, Candice represented the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas Serial World Heritage Site at the Convention of Biological Diversity’s Conference of the Parties 10 in Nagoya, Japan, as part of the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv.


She has coordinated coalitions and has engaged in agricultural and stewardship extension to ensure landscape scale conservation initiatives such as the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Network, Cape Action for People and the Environment Protected Area Expansion Strategy and CapeNature’s Stewardship Program; in particular the Grootwinterhoek Freshwater Corridor. As a Regional Ecological Coordinator Candice supported biodiversity planning and review, managed data effectively, provided ecological decision support, maintained a scientifically sound biodiversity monitoring and evaluation system, facilitated staff development, and promoted biodiversity coordination and networking.


Since immigrating to the USA in 2011, Candice has worked on steelhead restoration and monitoring projects in association with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains; where she was awarded with the "volunteer of the year" recognition in 2012 by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts for her contribution to steelhead conservation and restoration. While working with the RCDSMM she completed monthly snorkel surveys of steelhead trout in Topanga and Malibu Creeks, as well as participated in trapping, tagging, and life-cycle monitoring (DIDSON) efforts, as well as the Malibu Lagoon Restoration project.


Since joining CalTrout in 2012, Candice has overseen the Zuma Creek County Beach Arizona Crossing Replacement Design Alternatives Assessment and Santa Clara River Watershed Coalition. Candice has also secured implementation funds for the Harvey Diversion and 12th Street Infiltration Gallery Fish Passage Projects.


The Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition is a Project that is funded by California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s FRGP (i.e., P1150007) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funding, to develop local watershed groups for South Coast watersheds. The Coalition has yet again been selected to receive generous funds through the FRGP (i.e, P1450008); with further support from corporate sponsorships and private foundation matching funds, to ensure that recovery efforts and momentum continues into 2017.


The mission of the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition is to restore and protect wild Southern California steelhead and its habitat throughout the Santa Clara River Watershed. To fulfill this mission, the Coalition; which is chaired by California Trout, does the following:

- Empowers local restoration practitioners by facilitating collaboration, coordination and communication among: non-profits; state, federal and local agencies; researchers; restoration contractors; landowners; and other interested stakeholders, in steelhead recovery programs and projects.
- Coordinates work on the ground to improve the timeliness and cost effectiveness of restoration efforts.
- Builds stewardship through education about, and increased public awareness of, threats to steelhead recovery, restoration solutions and conservation practice.
- Obtains funding for the Coalition’s restoration projects and for events and materials that raise community awareness about the Coalition’s conservation efforts.

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