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Spring and Summer Fishing In Redding and Shasta Cascade

Fishing Their Own Secret Spot or using one of Many Professional Guides, Men, Women and Children Enjoy World-Class Fishing in Northeastern California 

Redding, CA – May X, 2015 – There’s an old saying that fishing is not a sport, it’s a way of life, and that sentiment could not be truer than in Redding and Shasta Cascade, located in the majestic northeastern region of California, where fishing thrives. “Right now, we’re experiencing the season’s best rainbow trout fishing here in Redding and Shasta Cascade,” says professional fishing guide Dave Jacobs of Forbes has already ranked Redding as the top trout fishing town on the west coast, and this far northern California fly haven is poised to live up to its reputation as much as ever.

Michael Caranci, Director of Outfitters at Redding’s own The Fly Shop, listed as one of the top 10 fishing tackle shops in the USA by Field & Stream, couldn’t agree more. “Fly fishing for trout on the Sacramento River right now is red hot. This time of year always sees prolific hatches, but the flows out of Keswick Dam are usually much higher, so the lower releases this year are making for some exceptional fishing opportunities. In fact, we’re on pace for one of the best late spring and early summer seasons we’ve ever had.” 

While the Fish and Game Department temporarily closed 5.5 river miles of critical salmon spawning habitat to fishing, the mighty Sacramento River above Redding still offers more than 40 miles of perfect fishing water flowing out of Shasta Lake, south through Shasta Cascade. Miles of abundant fishing can also be found along the Pit River, McCloud River, and Upper Sacramento Rivers that flow into Shasta Lake, making the entire region the perfect place for fishermen, women and children of all levels.  

The Shasta Mayflies
Fly-Fishing on the Sacramento River is not only attracting seasoned male anglers these days, but according to local river guides, women are also joining in on the fun. Many local guides agree that women are actually much quicker at learning to fly-fish, pointing to The Shasta Mayflies, an active group of female fly fishers. Members of this women-oriented subgroup of the Shasta-Trinity Fly-Fishers organization include “fisher-women” of all skill levels, ranging from those who never baited a hook to women with a lot of river miles behind them. Locals and visitors alike are invited to join in any of the women-oriented fishing outings to area lakes and streams for a relaxing learning experience. 

“From a tourism standpoint, Redding is a prime destination for fishing because we have two lakes and a river all within 20 minutes of each other, offering a wide variety of fish species, waters, and fishing styles,” explains Laurie Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau and General Manager, Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association. “Fishing is an incredible opportunity for men, women and children to make memories together as they play in the great outdoors.”

Professional Fishing Guide Services in Redding and Shasta Cascade
It’s not just the waters that make Redding one of the top fishing destinations in the country, the professional and passionate guides help bring home the big one. You may have your own secret fishing holes picked out, but if you’d like some good company and insider knowledge, you’ll find that Redding area guides really are the best around.

Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service 
Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service caters to all groups and ages, from big business, corporate, multi-boat trips, to small intimate family fishing trips. They offer year-round guided fishing trips tailored to skill levels from the novice all the way to the very experienced angler. Come bring the kids – or the company – fishing! 530-646-9110; 

Hook'em Hecky's 
Hook’em Hecky’s offers premier professional fishing guide services for the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers. Whether you are looking for a professional fly fishing lesson or are a seasoned fisherperson seeking the ultimate thrill of landing a giant wild rainbow trout, steelhead or salmon, Greg Hector, a native of Shasta County, has the experience to make it happen. (530) 515-5918; 

Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service
Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service offers year-round, private party, guided sport fishing trips on the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. They offer guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River for king salmon, wild rainbow trout or steelhead, and striped bass. (707) 616-1905;

Sac River Guide
Kirk Portocarrero has been a full-time guide and outfitter specializing in salmon, trout, and steelhead fishing since 1988. Kirk has over 30 years’ experience in his field and is a Master Guide and Outfitter. Kirk's passion, natural talent, and experience are what makes him tops in his field. 530-221-6151;

Shasta Tackle
It was a boyhood dream and the love of fishing that inspired Gary Miralles to begin inventing fishing lures at age 16. Starting out of his garage he began bending metal with a hand press and began selling his lure to local tackle shops under Shasta Tackle Company. Today, Gary is an incredible fishing guide and respected seminar speaker who loves to entertain fisherman of all ages. (530) 275-2278;

The Fly Shop
Redding is the proud home of The Fly Shop - the largest commercial fly distributor in the world. Their guide staff is comprised of patient, hard-working professionals who work exclusively for The Fly Shop. Their ability to work together and share information makes them a powerful and productive team. 800-669-FISH (3474); 

Dining, Events and Lodging in Redding
Redding, known as Shasta Cascade’s hub city, offers fabulous dining, a year round roster of events, and a variety of lodging opportunities for visitors. To discover other adventures, attractions and additional information about fishing in Redding and Shasta Cascade visit 



About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page, or find us on twitter 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page or find us on twitter at For up-to-date happenings, follow our blog at  


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