Fishing in Clearlake

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A full-service gear and instruction shop, Leland Fly Fishing casts fledgling cod catchers into the heart of small-stream adventure with its introductory fly-fishing lessons. Each lesson acquaints amateur anglers with rod, line, fly, and fish during two hours of small-group instruction. Taught on the ranch's private trout lakes, the class covers basic terminology and strategy, as well as a seven-step technique progression to build the perfect cast for hauling in plaque-worthy piscean prizes and sunken mini fridges. Hands-on coaching ensures that each lure launcher leaves with an understanding of fly casting, fly-line construction, and leader tapering, laying a solid base for continued hours of self-practice. Students will be strapped with all the necessary equipment for their first round of line flinging and duck debating, and previously experienced bait pitchers are welcome to bring their own. Classes are held Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

24120 Arnold Dr
Sonoma,
CA
US

To Jeff Putnam, fly-fishing isn't just a sport; it's also his work, his leisure, and a large part of his identity. He first pulled on fly-fishing gear at the age of 11, and at 16 began guiding fishermen through the trout- and bass-inhabited waters of Northern California. Since then, he's also worked as a fisherman's guide in Montana and Colorado and cast his line over waters as far away as Belize and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. During group and private lessons, Jeff demonstrates fly-fishing techniques before participants try them out themselves. With his guidance, they learn many ways to hook finned prey from streams and lakes, or to snag inflatable rafts from neighbor's swimming pools.

9035 New Dawn Drive
Sacramento,
CA
US

There's treasure hidden across California, though it's not the gold that once brought miners out west. This particular prize lies beneath the state's winding streams and wide coastal rivers: fish beyond a tartar sauce mogul's wildest dreams. That's where PW Fly Fishing & Guide Service takes over. Their guides work with anglers of all levels to take them on both wading and boat fishing trips. They can also teach people the finer points of fly fishing, and they can operate a camera with ease?which is good, since clients will likely want to pose for a photo once they reel in their treasure.

2178 McGregor Drive
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Steelhead on the lower Feather River. Peacock bass on the Amazon River. Tarpon on Mexican flats. The guides of American Fly Fishing Co. have taken anglers in search of these fish on fly-fishing adventures around the world. When not wading through forested streams and rivers, they staff American Fly Fishing’s shop, advising guests on fly tackle, fly-tying equipment, and other gear from brands such as Korkers, Sage, and Abel Reels. They also impart their expertise through classes and clinics, such as private fly-casting lessons. In addition to serving anglers, American Fly Fishing’s team supports a number of conservation programs, and encourages catch-photograph-exchange-emails-and-release practices to help sustain the American River and other nearby waters.

3523 Fair Oaks Boulevard
Sacramento,
CA
US

U Threads facilitates the profession of love for alma maters with officially licensed products from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. The contrast Cal Z cap proudly proclaims school allegiance while concealing forehead tattoos with its classic fitted back and raised, embroidered school logo ($22.99). Large and small craniums snuggle between the adjustable cloth buckles of the Stanford arched-logo cap ($18.99), and the Stanford swimming T-shirt declares specific sport membership with a simple pairing of school and athletic iconography ($14.99). Display the classic Cal script on a hooded sweatshirt ($39.99), a mug ($6.99), and a car flag ($15.99). Parents can convert children to familial fanaticism with youth shirts and baby clothes instead of only feeding them food shaped like the Stanford Tree.

48 Broadway Ln
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

Collins Lake Recreation Area stretches down 12 miles of shoreline around a 1,600-acre lake, offering visitors plenty of recreational activities to enjoy on land and water. Staying for the day, part-time captains can rent boats or launch their own, swim and play at the sandy beach, and fish for trout, bass, bluegill, and catfish. Those aiming to extend their stay can sidle up to RV hookups, rent one of the many campgrounds, or opt for the rustic comfort of on-site cabins, which are available in a variety of sizes to suit families big, small, or gilled.

7530 Collins Lake Rd
Browns Valley,
CA
US