2017 Spring Banquet will be on April 29, 2017 Mark your Calendars!!!

Craig Neilson Thursday February 2, 2017

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Craig Nielsen is the owner and operator of Shasta Trout, founded in 2002 featuring two dozen guides and the legendary rivers in the shadow of Shasta. A Northern California native, he has been chasing trout and steelhead with a fly rod for over 50 years and has guided professionally since 1992. Having fished all across the western states, B.C. and Alaska he especially appreciates the beauty and angling diversity Mt. Shasta offers. From casting Spey and switchrods for the Klamath’s fabled steelhead, dry fly fishing and nymphing on the McCloud and Upper Sac for trophy trout, to presenting tiny dries on local creeks, Craig enjoys it all. Most everyone appreciates his patience, angling versatility and local knowledge. A certified casting instructor, Craig has taught at Mel Krueger’s school, instructed two handed casting with Simon Gawesworth, and was one of the first authors on switchrods. Craig has been a featured guide for Flywater Travel, The Ashland Flyshop, Leland, Ted Fay, Fish First, The Clearwater House and The Flyshop. He has presented to dozens of fly fishing clubs in California and Oregon and as a celebrity in the west coast ISE and Fly Fishing Shows. He holds a Teaching Credential and a Master’s degree from Chico State where he worked as an Instructor, Administrator and Counselor before following his passion to guide full time.

Upcoming Outings

February: "Learn how to Tight Line"

We are lucky to have Jared Kaji as a club member. He is an expert using this technique and has converted several club members who have increased their success rate dramatically!

Date: February 11, but we will update based on water conditions.

Place: Hope to fish either the Upper Kings or the Merced, but again will update based on water levels.

Call me if you have any questions,


Kings River Poaching

Now that fishing is good in the Lower Kings River poaching has increased dramatically.  Much of the reported poaching occurs behind Avocado and below Cobbles.  I routinely find empty power bait jars and worm containers in the “Catch and Release” section.  Regulations in that section require single barbless hooks using flies or artificial lures.
If you witness a poaching or polluting incident or any fish and wildlife violation, or have information about such a violation, immediately dial the toll free CalTIP number 1 888 334-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Or you may submit anonymous tips to CDFW using tip411. tip411 an internet based tool from CitizenObserver.com that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to wildlife officers and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation.  Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to CDFW by texting "CALTIP", followed by a space and the message, to 847411 (tip411).

Or download the free CALTIP smartphone App which operates similarly to tip411 by creating an anonymous two-way conversation with wildlife officers to report wildlife and pollution violations.  The CALTIP App can be downloaded for free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.  With this App you may easily send photos of the incident.
Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the suspect, vehicle description, direction of travel, license number, type of violation and when and where it occurred. You do not have to give your name.
Information from the call is relayed to the CDFW region where the offense occurred and an investigation is undertaken locally.  If the information supplied by the caller results in an arrest the caller becomes eligible for a reward.  (Rewards up to $1,000 have been paid.)  The case is then reviewed by a volunteer citizen's group known as the "CalTIP Rewards Committee".

How to find the action of your fly rod by lance Gray

Who We Are

Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation is the oldest fly fishing club west of the Mississippi River. Fresno Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist those who desire to learn more about the art of fly-fishing. Our club includes some of the finest fisherman, fly tier’s, fly casters, and professional guides in the Central Valley, and is comprised of people of all ages, from beginner to expert level.

Our Mission

We are a FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS affiliated club, a national organization whose goal, like ours, is to promote the wonderful sport of fly-fishing as well as protect our natural resources. We promote catch and release, education, conservation, and above all, encourage and help those who desire to learn more about all aspects of fly-fishing.
Fly Fishers for Conservation (FFFC) was organized in 1961 by a group of devoted fly fishers deeply concerned with the preservation of trout and all game fish, their environment, and the quality of fishing. Our club has maintained two goals since that time: To foster and promote the sport of angling with artificial flies. To protect, conserve and increase our angling resources.


Fly Fishers for Conservation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. This means you can use your contribution as a tax deduction. The club gets revenue from member-ship dues and the annual fundraiser dinner. We try to contribute to conservation issues in the area and to our youth with our Trout in the Classroom program, the No Child Left Inside program and by holding a Youth Fly-Fishing Academy annually. The club is al-ways in need of funds. Please consider donating. You may send a check to Fly Fishers for Conservation at 100 E. Sierra, PMB 3310, Fresno, CA 93710. Your donations will be greatly appreciated and they will help the club fulfill its obligations.