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Between the volcanic summits of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen flow some of California’s most celebrated fly fishing rivers. Blue-ribbon waters lace the region, enough to keep the intrepid angler busily searching for trophy-size wild trout. Fall River stands out as 15 miles of crystal-clear, icy cold spring water—aka perfect trout habitat—and the angling showpiece of Northern California. Pit River is a boulder-strewn fantasy of remote canyon waters, a naturally occurring wild trout fishery with a tough reputation. Wade carefully through its swift current, over slippery stones, and you’ll be rewarded with rainbow-filled pocket waters and not a fisherman in sight. The lower 3.2 miles of Hat Creek, flowing into Lake Britton, form California’s original Wild Trout water; guides with outfitters like Clearwater Lodge and The Fly Shop teach beginners the basics and lead experienced casters to local hot spots.

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