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Five Rivers in Five Days

Fall, Pit, McCloud, Sac and Battle Creek


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 Andrew Harris



 

We live in what is often called “The Golden State,” and it’s called that not just because of sunshine. California is described as golden because of the many opportunities available, and we, as fly fishers, realize that the opportunities for us to pursue our sport here are golden, especially in the central and northern parts of our state. For example, we can find gorgeous and prolific wild trout fisheries in the Redding area. And in this month’s presentation, we are going to travel there to see and learn from detailed maps, to hear solid advice on techniques and to understand logistical considerations for getting to these highly regarded fisheries . . . and to enjoy fly fishing at its best. 


 

Our leader on this journey is Andrew Harris, who has 20 years of guiding experience in northern California. Andrew will be showing and advising us about the amazing streams in this focused area, including the Lower Sacramento River and the Upper Sac, the McCloud River, the Pit River, Fall River and, of course, Hat Creek. These rivers are great destinations for guided and non-guided anglers alike and will amaze people who have never been to this lovely area. 


 

Andrew has been guiding in northern California since 1997, when he started helping clients on the rivers surrounding Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. He lives in Red Bluff, California with his wife Katie and daughters Mackenzie and Madison. In 2007 Andrew created Confluence Outfitters, with help from partners Gino Bernero and Jon Hazlett. Andrew actually acts as the "Outfitter" in Confluence Outfitters, as he is the one who answers the phones and emails. Andrew says he definitely enjoys helping clients plan their trips. Confluence Outfitters has a solid and reputable group of guides and a bewildering array of venues in northern California, southern Oregon, and Washington. Andrew can help you select the right guide, destination, and time of year for your next fly fishing trip. 


 

By the way, Andrew is a USCG-licensed Captain, which means he can operate a motorized boat in the inland waters of California. He puts this license to good use on the lower reaches of the Sacramento River where he uses his jet boat to fish for striped bass, trout and steelhead. Andrew has also become recognized as a pioneer of using lightweight two-handed rods for trout on the Lower Sac.

Andrew is a regular on the northern California fly fishing club circuit and typically does five to ten presentations a year. He also writes regularly for California Fly Fisher magazine and is the author of the Plumas National Forest Fishing Guide, a fly fishing guidebook to the Feather River country. 


 

For more information about Andrew and Confluence Outfitters, please go to: confluenceoutfitters.com