At Central Sierra Fly Fishing Adventures, guides teach students the basics of fly fishing. The staff pools their collective 75 years of knowledge of the area’s rivers, lakes, and streams, tailoring lessons and expeditions to the skill level of each student.
The experienced staffers at H2O Craft Rentals tend a fleet of fully equipped patio boats, Yamaha jet-skis, ski boats, and XCR series fishing boats. Each craft comes equipped with amenities that suit its purpose, with patio boats featuring with barbecues for grilling the day's catch and fishing boats bearing a fish finder to garner an advantage in games of Marco Polo. Customers can launch right from the marina or take advantage of the tow-and-go service and load vessels onto a trailer to ferry to a different body of water. This service enables boaters to cruise a range of area waters, whether coasting across the California Delta, Don Pedro Lake, and Lake Camanche, or plumbing the waters of Lake Tahoe for mackinaw trout and salmon.
Since 1969, the folks at Larson Marine have outfitted customers with everything from brand-new boats to wakeboards and inflatable tubes to get out on the water. A self-professed one-stop shop that's large enough for all boating needs, the shop stocks an enormous inventory of gear and accessories and is run by a knowledgable staff that can help visitors find what they need for an aquatic outing.
The Headwaters owners Dan and Ashlie Arbuckle strive to make aquatic exploration accessible by providing patrons with high-quality equipment, as well as moral support from their canine companion, Henna. The shop rents paddleboards and kayaks to paddlers intent on exploring the Mokelumne River and also organizes guided trips, exhibitions, and private or small group classes for newbies. In addition, fishing kayak packages rent out rod holders, fish finders, and scripts for tall tales about "the one that got away."
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: 21-foot North River Seahawk boat, Okuma rods and reels
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fishing for stripers or kokanee salmon
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Dress in layers as it can be cool in the morning and much warmer as the day goes on.
The Rosemarie wasn't always this pretty. The 55-foot long houseboat underwent a seven-month transformation in 2010, when she received canopied upper decks, granite finishes, a homey main salon, and other beauty marks that would almost certainly make her a frontrunner on a season of The Bachelor. Today, the now-luxurious Rosemarie glides gracefully around the California Delta under the direction of Captain Morgan, who has been boating those same waterways since the age of 16. He invites passengers onto his vessel for customizable adventures, some of which even last overnight. Others trips, meanwhile, operate on an hourly basis, including one that cruises up the Old River and beneath the risen Orwood Railroad Bridge.