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Jack's Background & Team Trout

jack troutJack Trout, owner and guide, started fishing Northern California streams and rivers as a youngster, with his father, a fishing guide on the Feather River in the little town of Portola, California.

For over 16 years Jack has guided and outfitted in the Mt Shasta area and as far away places as Chile, Argentina and Belize. He has been featured on Fly fishing shows such as ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, Fine Living Network and PBS, as well as written about in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury. Jack can be heard by thousands on the Fishing Report Show weekly out of San Francisco on KNBR 680 AM (the sports leader)! His passions are people and teaching fly fishing. He is an expert oarsmen and is a certified class 4 rafting guide as well. Jack has fly fished all over the world in 23 countries. On many of these trips Jack was the client, scrutinizing his guides to determine what he liked and disliked about each one, giving him the opportunity to develop and offer one of the best client-oriented guide services available. Jack is always enthusiastic with his clients and is very good at listening to and answering questions. He willingly shares his knowledge and is always empathetic to individual needs. For the novice, veteran, or something in between, Jack's keen sense and intuitive nature provide a customized experience. Jack knows the holes that hold the quality wild trout our local waters are so famous for as well as in other countries. Jack is famous for always finding the best possible guides in the industry to work with.
Jack Trout is always a strong supporter of stream protection.
You're in for a Real Adventure!

"My Guides and I will take you to secluded, pristine fishing spots so extremely beautiful, you'll want to return again and again."


Dale LangstaffDale Langstaff born in the town of Mt Shasta, Dale grew up fishing all the rivers around Siskiyou County as a kid, then moved over to Burney and learned all the rivers in Shasta County.

You can rest assured that Dale will provide an excellent day of fly fishing guiding as well as take you to the spots only true locals know of. His main expertise is on Fall river, Hat Creek and the Pit river, but he also guides on the Klamath, Lower & Upper Sacramento, McCloud River and Baum Lake.

He looks forward to guiding you.

Jim PettisJim Pettis ~ Guide / Fly Fishing Instructor / Inventor ~ Jim is a Redding area native who grew up along the banks of the Sacramento River his whole life. His dedication to studying, examining and perfecting his guiding knowledge and countless hours of fishing the entire North State has won him a legendary reputation for being one of the most intelligent guides in the industry. His inventions of the Pettis Sliding Indicator, the Pettis Pulsating Beaded Caddis & the Pettis Unreal Egg patterns are sold by the hundreds by Umpqua Feather Merchants annually and he has a lifetime contract with them. Truly a North State Guiding Legend, who is always revered by his many repeat clients as they know he always has some guiding surprise up his sleeve or some private location no one else knows about. One of the best casting instructors in the fly fishing industry.

Matt Mitchell ~ Guide and Fly Fishing Instructor ~Matt Mitchell is an expert fly fishing guide on the Fall River in Northern California as well as the Trinity River and the Lower Sacramento River in all sections. His warm gentle vibe and patience with new anglers has earned him an outstanding reputation for being one of the best of the best in fly fishing instruction. But we warn you, call early as he is often booked months ahead of time based on his outfitting skills and demand for this fly fishing rock star.

Peter SantleyPeter Santley ~ Guide and Fly Fishing Instructor ~ Peter Santley guides on the Trinity River as well as the Lower Sacramento and the Tahoe area rivers, his enthusiasm and dedication to learning all areas of California fishing has earned a reputation of being the “All CAL” Fly Fishing Guide! This guy is the John Muir of fishing guides in California as there is no river, no stream, creek, no ocean he hasn’t conquered in California.

Ryan WilliamsRyan Williams born and raised in Vacaville California, Ryan spent his teenage years fly fishing Putah Creek every chance he had. Ryan’s fly career began in 2004 when he landed a job in a fly shop at the age of 16 in Napa. Shortly after, being very familiar with Putah Creek, he began guiding. Eventually, moving to Chico Ryan decided to put his walk/wade guiding on the back burner to focus on college and learn new local waters. While going to college, he decided to put his drift boat to use. He’d been rowing for the past 6 years plus and he began his guiding career for the second time. He has since moved out to Lake Oroville and guiding full time, and has become a serious fly tier. Ryan primarily focuses on the Lower Sacramento and Feather Rivers. He is also an avid striper and bass fly angler, and enjoys drifting for shad. He’s known for his ability to catch bass on a fly all winter long on Lake Oroville, and he’s currently pioneering Clear Lake with a fly rod. Ryan has a vast arsenal of tricks for just about all fish species, and any situation in Northern California. He has a true passion for passing on his knowledge. He has devoted his life to fly fishing with zero regrets. A big enthusiast of teaching beginner’s of whatever ages, and he will have allot to bring to the table for even the most veteran of anglers.


Kenton BansemerKenton Bansemer When he was 7 years old his father and family moved from Sacramento to the Lower Klamath river and bought a fishing lodge. Kenton soon became very familiar with the area as his love began with fishing the Klamath, Smith & Chetco rivers. As a teenager he became a guide helping his father on trips and refining his knowledge of all the area rivers. Kenton has now become a premier guide on the North Coast of California and is highly revered by his past clientele and Jack Trout Fly Fishing for quality guiding trips, equipment and lodging on the Klamath Rivers. He also guides on the Smith, Chetco & Klamath Mouth.


ZachariahZachariah 'Z' Stone Silver Born and raised in Northern California, Z lives in Graeagle, California, he started fishing around the age of 3 in Plumas County and neighboring areas. Growing up along the Feather River, Lake Davis and Truckee Rivers, Z has naturally been exploring the tributaries, rivers and high mountain lakes for the last 30+ years with fly rod in hand. Z is extremely insightful in fly fishing, equipment, locations and technique as well as having a deep knowledge of the area wildlife and plant species.


Chris WhartonChris Wharton Our Head Guide Chris Wharton has been guiding the Reno/Tahoe & outlying areas for over 18 yrs. He guides on the Truckee in both California & Nevada and does one person floats or two person wading. He also guides Lake Davis, Pyramid Lake and many other high mountain trophy lakes in Nevada & California.



Mario GomezMario Gomez Born and raised on the Klamath River in Happy Camp, CA, I grew up on the creeks and rivers fishing for salmon, trout. and steelhead. I was fortunate enough to have a great year-round fishery in my backyard. After catching my first steelhead, and later learning about guiding, I knew that being a Klamath River Fishing Guide was something I would pursue. After 15 years of fighting fire, I chose to follow my dreams and bought my first drift boat and decided to guide and explore the world of Salmon and Steelhead fishing during my off season. I am now an accoplished fly fishing guide with a lifelong fever for the sport who lives near Happy Camp on the Klamath River. Let me show you how my skills and expertise can benefit you on a steelhead adventure in a special section of the Klamath River, one of California’s best options for scenery and cromer steelies.


Mattias BayerMattias Bayer ~ Guide / Fly Fishing Instructor ~ Mattias owns a ranch on the Rio Maullin where he has a private section that no else but Jack Trout International Fly Fishing can access. His dedication, spirit and sense of humor will compliment your fly fishing trip while your adventuring on rivers in Chile.He grew up on the banks of the Rio Maullin and knows where to go at all times. He also guides on the Rio Petrohue in 2 private sections in the Lakes District of Chile.

Edgar Simpferdorfen ~ Guide/Instructor/Inventor ~ Edgar could be one of the most knowledgeable fly fishing guides in Chile as he has guided and fly fished in every region that holds trout & salmon. His fly patterns he has invented and ties on a regular basis are the most effective patterns in all of Chile. His dedication and expertise along with his sincere attitude has clients singing his praises, some have asked if they can take him back to their country just to have him guide them there. Truly one of the best guides in Chile that would never let you down and speaks perfect English, German & Spanish. On every river listed above Edgar is an expert that knows every spot a trout, steelhead or salmon would be hiding.

Ben VialBen Vial At an early age Ben Vial starting fishing Patagonia rivers and soon this became his passion and his career. Now Ben guides for Jack Trout Fly Fishing International and shares his private ranch access to a terrific river not far from Puerto Natales, Chile. A great lunch amazing fishing and views always accompany a wonderful day out and about in the wild Patagonia.

Rafael GonzalezRafael Gonzalez “Rfaspey”, is the founder of the first lodge in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego – Punta Arenas Chile. He specializes in fly fishing trips for over 20 years in the Chilean /Argentinean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego regions. He is also the Fishing Program Manager for Lakutaia Lodge. Located in Chile’s Austral Zone, Lakutaia Lodge operates the only helicopter fly fishing program in the region for the southern most trout fishing in the world. His interests include a love of helicopters, fly fishing, and environmental conservation.


Alex PriorAlex Prior ~ Guide / Fly Fishing Instructor ~ I started guiding with Alex Prior in Chile 1993, this is one of the funniest guides you’ll ever meet. His expertise as a fly fishing guide and overwhelming warm personality has landed his story in books like, A Tiny Thin Country as well as several international fly fishing publications. He started guiding around the Coyhaique area in 1990 when he traveled there from his homelands of Uruguay. His English impeccable, his home made Pizzas legendary, his past clientele follow him like the Paparazzi.

Nicolas Gonzales RojasNicolas Gonzales Rojas ~ Guide / Fly Fishing Instructor ~ My first year in Chile I worked with Nico at the El Saltamontes Lodge on the Rio Ñirehuao, the most famous hopper river in South America. There we both learned how to perfect our guiding skills, comparing notes, chasing trout in the rios as well as the lagoonas that the area is so famous for. Over 20 years later, we’re still keeping our valued clientele happy and successful. If you’re looking for a guide in the Coyhaique area of Chile look no further Nicolas is the one, he can access you to places others don’t know about as his whole family was born and raised in the area. A true 11th region legend that is familiar with all the rivers, lakes & Lagoonas.


Esteban UrbanEsteban Urban ~ Lives and guides out of the town of San Martin de los Andes, Argentina. His passion on his days off is to find new waters and places he can share with our valued clientele. He has fished, guided and lived in San Martin for most of his life and has a passion for being a complete guide that provides a quality Patagonian Argentinean experience. He always has the right flies and knows what streams in his region are fishing best and will take you there in his comfortable vehicle as well as in his elite outfitted fly fishing raft. Esteban prides himself in his extraordinary Argentine lunches as well as providing you with current local knowledge on where to dine and eat well while staying in his home town of San Martin de los Andes. What sets Esteban apart from others is his sense of humor out on the river and his commitment to being one of the top guides in all of the Patagonia as he has heart. We are all big fans of Esteban, but it’s the clients who rave about him after every guide trip, so you’re in good hands on any river he guides you on in Argentina.

Juan CernadasJuan Cernadas ~ Guide / Fly Fishing Instructor ~ Juan has been guiding for over 20 years in the Patagonia section of Argentina on some of the most famous rivers in South America. His expertise and knowledge matched with his awesome streamside lunches are always a hit with our clients. He guides all rivers listed and we can accommodate a group of even 4 or more drifting or wading. Juan has terrific fly fishing rivers in every direction and he specializes in finding you a dry fly opportunity you’ll never forget, with expert casting instruction.

Martin ReboraMartin Rebora ~ Guide / Fly Fishing Instructor ~ Martin has been a Bariloche area fly fishing guide for over 20 years, his love of the sport and high energy will win you over. His local rivers are some of the best known on the planet. If your heading towards Bariloche, Argentina he can guide you on the Rio Limay or the Rio Manso, he also offers amazing lodging and food. We are fortunate to have such a fly fishing professional in our industry today, one of the best fly fishing guides in Argentina.


Lloyd NunezLloyd Nunez ~ Lloyd can see bones & permit where you can’t, all his life the sea is all he knew. As a boy for his families income and survival he was the best fishermen in Hopkins Village. 25 years ago he took up fly fishing and became the only fly fishing expert in Hopkins Village. He doesn’t consider himself a fishermen now, he only wants to be known as the best “Fly Fishermen.” He will guide you into bones and jump you into permit on any given day out in his 22 foot professional flats boat. He’s always is the earliest to rise and the last to leave the waters he guides. One of the most celebrated guides in Belize for fly fishing, if you want to spin fish though, don’t call on him, because Lloyd only knows fly fishing these days.

Mark HydeMark Hyde ~ Mark Hyde in Belize City, has been fly fishing for over 22 years and guiding professionally since 1999. On average, Mark spends about 200 days on the water in hot pursuit of giant tarpon, hellacious permit, and the ghostly bonefish! Being on the water this much brings vast amounts of experience which enables Mark to be the most friendly and courteous guide available in Belize and one which will take you to the fish at lightning speeds. He enjoys photographing your catches and has a tremendous amounts in pride in where he guides and who he guides for out there in the bays, rivers, reefs and oceans of Belize. Mark looks forward to your day together and will make sure you have a successful experience in his home country.

Tarpon Wayne PlacenciaWayne Castanellos Expert fly fishing guide for Placencia Belize, look no more as he is the most famous guide in Southern Belize, Wayne is all about fly fishing for permit, bones and tarpon in one of the best areas to fish in all of Belize. Wayne is famous for his positive attitude and vast knowledge of the cayes and fishing grounds that all the fish migrate onto during the seasons. Give us a call for Wayne, he will make your fishing dream come true.

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Location: P.O. Box 94
Mt. Shasta,
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