Welcome to eastern Shasta County’s newest and most remarkable fly fishing destination! We’ve combined the ambiance,elegance, and spacious accommodations of the extraordinary 1921 Arts and Crafts-style Pit River Lodge with the talented guide staff, creative menus, and renowned fly fishing schools of Clearwater House on Hat Creek to create a brand new, full-service fly fishing destination. We offer meals, accommodations, and guiding and instruction on northeastern
California’s five great wild trout rivers and spring-fed stillwaters.
Clearwater Lodge Fishing :
The Fall River
This famous spring creek rises clear and cold from Thousand Springs, in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, and flows nearly thirty miles through the lush Fall River Valley. Its large wild rainbows come readily to a well-fished dry fly or nymph. Fall River’s legendary hatches range from the tiny #22 Trico spinner to the giant #6 Hexagenia mayfly. Fall River is fished only from aluminum prams with electric motors.
Hat Creek is California’s version of the chalk streams of southern England where fly fishing was born. Managed for wild trout only for over twenty years, Hat’s rich waters support a diverse insect population and thousands of trout per mile in the three miles of Trophy Water. The fishing is tough on the flats, with large fussy trout, small flies, and 7X tippets. There is also over a mile of productive riffles and runs for nymphing. The evening caddis hatches often bring the fish to the surface in a feeding frenzy.
The Pit River
The Pit might be the finest naturally-occuring wild trout fishery in California. The final 25 miles, below Lake Britton, are in a deep canyon and are divided into three reaches by dams and powerhouses. Access is challenging, but the beauty of the canyon, the extensive pockets and pools, and the high catch rate of bright wild fish are perfect if you are an energetic wader.
The McCloud River
A classic pool and pocket water river in a magnificent wooded canyon,the McCloud is northern California’s most famous freestone fishery.McCloud rainbows are world renown. Special regulations protect thisfishery and it produces trout to 24 inches, typically on nymphs and streamers. In the fall, spawning browns add an extra thrill. The three miles of Nature Conservancy water is zero-kill and limited to ten rods a day. We fish both this water and the six miles of public water above
The Upper Sacramento River
After a chemical spill in 1992 and subsequent closure for three years,this classic little trout river has astonished everyone with the speed and success of its recovery. The rainbow are back, all wild fish, and in remarkable numbers. Nearly 40 miles of pools, pockets, riffles, and runs, with relatively easy access and wading and the promise that with continued enlightened management, the Upper Sac will soon regain its place as one of California’s premier wild trout fisheries.
The Sacramento River Float Trips
The Sacramento below Redding has become recognized as a world-class rainbow fishery. We use drift boats to fish the excellent water between Redding and Anderson, getting out on the gravel bars and islands to wade and fish. While it’s mostly nymphing, there are good caddis hatches from spring to fall.
Northeastern California Stillwaters
Baum Lake, Eastman Lake, Manzanita Lake, McCumber Lake, Eagle Lake, McCoy Flats – these and other stillwaters around Clearwater offer excellent fishing for outsized rainbow and browns. We provide float tubes and pontoon boats for our guests and guide many of these fisheries. If it’s big fish you want, these stillwaters are the place.5 pound fish are frequent; 10 pounders not unknown.
Private Trophy Trout
The Hat Creek Ranch’s two stillwaters and one half mile of Hat Creek offers fee fishing for big, aggressive rainbows to 10 pounds. A superb private water for guided wading, bank fishing, and pontoon boat access.
Clearwater Lodge Accommodation:
The lodge features seven bedrooms, each with a private bath. The adjoining Annex offers six singles and two large shared baths. The three Cottages, set among the oaks and pines and broad lawns, feature 2 and 3 bedroom suites.
Clearwater Lodge Clothing:
In the Pacific North West it is always possible to encounter a wide variety of weather conditions. We recommend that you always come well prepared with different layers including lightweight long sleeve and short-sleeved shirts, fleece top and bottoms, synthetic long underwear,rain jacket, sun and rain hats and fishing gloves. Evening attire at the lodge is casual.
Clearwater Lodge Climate:
Temperatures typically range from the mid 50’s to the mid 90’s. In the summer it is usually quite warm during the day and cool in the evening.However, it is important for guests to be prepared for cold rainy conditions throughout the season.
Clearwater Lodge Rates:
Packages Vary, Call for details!
Accommodation, meals, guiding, rods, reels, and wading equipment.
State and local taxes, alcohol, fishing licenses, terminal tackle.