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Five Rivers in Five Days with Andrew Harris

We live in what is often called “The Golden State,” and it’s called that not just because of sunshine. California is described as golden because of the many opportunities available, and we, as fly fishers, realize that the opportunities for us to pursue our sport here are golden, especially in the central and northern parts of our state. For example, we can find gorgeous and prolific wild trout fisheries in the Redding area. And in this month’s presentation, we are going to travel there to see and learn from detailed maps, to hear solid advice on techniques and to understand logistical considerations for getting to these highly regarded fisheries . . . and to enjoy fly fishing at its best.

Our leader on this journey is Andrew Harris, who has 20 years of guiding experience in northern California. Andrew will be showing and advising us about the amazing streams in this focused area, including the Lower Sacramento River and the Upper Sac, the McCloud River, the Pit River, Fall River and, of course, Hat Creek. These rivers are great destinations for guided and non-guided anglers alike and will amaze people who have never been to this lovely area.

Andrew has been guiding in northern California since 1997, when he started helping clients on the rivers surrounding Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. He lives in Red Bluff, California with his wife Katie and daughters Mackenzie and Madison. In 2007 Andrew created Confluence Outfitters, with help from partners Gino Bernero and Jon Hazlett. Andrew actually acts as the "Outfitter" in Confluence Outfitters, as he is the one who answers the phones and emails. Andrew says he definitely enjoys helping clients plan their trips. Confluence Outfitters has a solid and reputable group of guides and a bewildering array of venues in northern California, southern Oregon, and Washington. Andrew can help you select the right guide, destination, and time of year for your next fly fishing trip.

By the way, Andrew is a USCG-licensed Captain, which means he can operate a motorized boat in the inland waters of California. He puts this license to good use on the lower reaches of the Sacramento River where he uses his jet boat to fish for striped bass, trout and steelhead. Andrew has also become recognized as a pioneer of using lightweight two-handed rods for trout on the Lower Sac.

Andrew is a regular on the northern California fly fishing club circuit and typically does five to ten presentations a year. He also writes regularly for California Fly Fisher magazine and is the author of the Plumas National Forest Fishing Guide, a fly fishing guidebook to the Feather River country.

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