Gear Recommendations for the California Coast
Seven- and Eight-weight rods in 9, 9.5 and 10 foot lengths are ideal.
We primarily use floating lines with nymphs and indicators.
Leaders and tippet in 10-15# test.
Heavy split shot (3/0 and 7).
Large and XL size thingamabobbers.
Large Glo Bugs and other egg patterns.
Seven- and Eight-weight rods matched with Skagit lines and heavy full-sink MOW tips.
Maxima tippet in 10-15# test.
Intruders, egg-sucking leeches, Hoh Bo Speys in large sizes.
Waders & Boots:
We primarily use chest-high breathable waders on the coast, although neoprene waders come in handy when it's really cold.
Spiked wading boots are not recommended.
January through March. Much of the time these rivers are all too high or too low to fish.
Occasionally we get extended periods when one or more fisheries are in good shape.
It helps to be flexible in terms of your timing and your final destination.
Meeting Time & Place:
Your guide will suggest the best place to stay for your trip.
We typically meet our clients at their hotel around 7:30am.
There is no shuttle service, so be prepared to use your vehicle to assist with our shuttle.
On nymph/indicator trips we typically spend most or all of our time fishing from the boat. On Spey Trips we wade all day and the wading is moderately difficult.
Length of the Day:
Most trips begin around 7:30am and end around 5:30pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
For trips in the Eel River drainage, our clients usually stay in Fortuna, Redcrest, or Garberville.
For Smith River trips, plan to stay in Hiouchi, Gasquet, or Crescent City.