Jack's Background & Team Trout Fly Guides
Jack 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 25 years (Since 1994) 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 30 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 and writes articles of such in the California Fly Fisher, Mt Shasta News, Plumas News, Mountain Messenger, Yubanet.com, Sierra Booster and Herald & News. Jack Trout was voted by the news readers in Siskiyou County in Northern California as Best Outdoor Guide Experience year after year, we couldn't agree more, we love what we do and it shows.
We also are the #1 Fly Fishing Company in the World On Tripadvisor for Day Trips. We always included all the gear for free.
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."
JACK TROUT DOES COMMERCIAL WITH JOHN MAYER FOR LAND ROVER January 2020
It didn’t take much to convince John Mayer to take a little vacation earlier this year. Always touring and connected, the renowned musician was itching for a break from it all. So we sent him to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and put him in his favorite vehicle: the Land Rover Defender 110.
The world has changed a lot since those meandering days we spent in the northern California redwoods. But our deep appreciation and respect for the wilderness has only increased. And Mayer’s adventure underscores something that’s as true today as it’s always been: We all need to go outside.
Jack Trout Fly Fishing Guides Hollywood Stars
Billy Connolly - Comedian / TV Personality - 1999
Danny Devito Hollywood Comedian Star - 2003
Peter Cambor American Film & Television Actor - 2016
Steven Berez - Rock Legend - Hollywood Producer - 2019
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FLY FISHING GUIDES
Ryan 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.
Chris Gearhart After all these years I still love sharing my passion for fishing with others. Nothing beats the thrill I get seeing someone hook a fish for the first time. Chris guides on the Lower Sac, Klamath and Molkeloumne rivers. For over 20 years Chris Gearhart has professionally fly fishing guiding and provided our clients the best opportunity for catching trophy trout & steelhead.
Jim 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.
Peter 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.
Jared Shakin This very talented entertaining fly fishing guide floats the Lower Yuba, American and Lower Feather rivers in his drift boat. He also wades the North Fork Yuba and the MF Feather. You will like his enthusiasm and knowledge in instructing beginners as well as experts. Spey, line management, casting techniques or how to read rivers, look no further if you're wanting a guided fly fishing trip near the Sacramento Foothills & Valley, Jared Shakin is your guide. From Roseville to Graeagle, California - We got you covered!
Quin McDowell A lifetime of fishing Northern California rivers led Quin in the direction of water. Majoring in Hydrology at the University of California Davis and guiding fly fishing seemly go hand in hand. Quin has been studying both since the basement of time. An expert fly fishing guide on the Upper Sacramento, Klamath, McCloud and Hat Creek, look no further his guiding skills can become a game changer for your angling success.
Oregon & Coastal Northern California
Jim Bansemer The Klamath stole Jim’s heart at a young age. After vacationing/fishing here throughout the year for three decades he finally moved to the area full time in 1998 and started his guide business and lodge. Jim guides on the Chetco, Smith and Lower Klamath rivers in Oregon and California.
Kenton Bansemer When he was 7 years old when 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.
Brian Silvey Deshutes & Sandy River Spey Fly Fishing Guide
Brian Silvey Everyone in the fly fishing industry knows that Brain Silvey is one of the best fly fishing guides in all of Oregon, but when he came out with his Silvey Caddis and all his spey casting and stripping techniques, many clients and guides in the industry said he's got to one of the best in the Pacific Northwest. We all believe in him and say it must be both and then when you add that gentle thoughtful personality, you have another memorable experience out on the steelhead rivers of Northern Oregon.
Nevada & Tahoe Truckee River
Chris 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.
MIDDLE KLAMATH RIVER – HAPPY CAMP AREA
Mario 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 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.
Miguel Hermosilla Family man, great fly fishing guide, very professional are some of the words used to describe Miguel. You will enjoy your day off the cruise ship in Puerto Montt, Chile with Miguel as he is one of the areas best fly fishing guides. His warm ways and happy go lucky personality will make you feel right at home in his boat.
Ben 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 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.
COYHAIQUE AREA FLY FISHING GUIDES OF CHILE REGION 11 PATAGONIA – CHILE
Eduardo Otorola (Tolin) Born and raised in Coyhaique, Tolin was one of the first fly fishing guides in Coyhaique in early 1990's. His dedication and knowledge has landed himself in many fly fishing magazines and shows, you can't find a better fly fishing guide while visiting the 11th Region of Chile. We will guide you on the Rio Simpson, Nirehuao and many other local streams in the area.
Alex 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 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.
PATAGONIA ARGENTINA & LAKES DISTRICT ARGENTINA
Carlos Viscarro (Tuqui) San Martin de los Andes - Carlos Viscarro is one of the most celebrated fly fishing guides in Argentina. He floats our clients on the Rio Alumine, Chimihuin and the Rio Colon Cura near San Junin de los Andes.
Walter Ruiz Puerto Madryn Argentina fly fishing guide, famous boater & Argentine photographer. You can't go wrong with a day out in the elements with Walter, his warm heartful personality and knowledge of his local surroundings makes for interesting successful day. You always leave enriched in Argentine lore and culture. Walter is an expert in reading rivers for both trout and drifting, rest assured you're in good hands with Walter Ruiz.
Ushuaia Fly Fishing Guide
Mickey Castor Born and raised in Ushuaia, Mickey does skiing instruction in the winter and is a famous fly fishing guide in the spring, summers and fall. You will like his charming humor and vast knowledge of his country and local region which he is on top of his game in.
Juan 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 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.
BELIZE CENTRAL AMERICA
Lloyd 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.
Dennis Young ~ Belize City & San Pedro Born and raised in Belize City, Dennis at a young age was always fascinated by the ocean. He soon became a dedicated fisherman and after years of being out on the ocean he decided to become a fly fishing guide out on the best cays. He might be the only guide ever to have multiple Grand Slams from people coming off the cruise ship in Belize City while others are paying thousands staying out at lodges for weeks to obtain the same outcome. Dennis is a fly fishing Caribbean legend, let us show you why.
Wayne 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.
Eloy Gonzalez Ambergris Cay After graduating from San Pedro Roman Catholic School, Eloy began fishing for a living. For almost six years, he would venture out on fourteen-day trips to catch lobster and conch while riding the waves of the deep blue sea. Eloy also received his dive master certification, and made a living as a diver for nearly eight years. Eventually, though, he returned to his job as a fisherman, specializing in bone and reef fishing. Eloy proudly purchased his first boat in 1987, and today boasts a fleet of four water vessels, each employed for a different purpose. In those days, like any other energetic youth, Eloy enjoyed the game of football and played on the island's semi-professional team from 1985 to 1994. In 1995, Eloy and Jackie started their first family business in San Pedro Town.
Sidney Walker The most celebrated fly fishing guide in Nassau, reviews don't lie and Sidney's commitment to his fly fishing guiding and our clients is always paramount. Sidney might just be the best fly fishing guide in Bahamas, but well let you be the judge.
Solomon Murphy One of the best known and favorited fly fishing guides in Andros. Solomon has become Jack's right hand man in Andros and together they are dedicated to providing you the best information for lodging and fishing, our goal is to save you money while providing you the best value.
Tommy Kee Born in Andros Island, Tommy is the "Tarpon King!" His goal daily is to find a huge school of tarpon or possible jump a permit. You can't go wrong with Tommy Kee as your fly guide, let us show you why.
Bradley Mackey For over 20 years Bradley Mackey has provided lasting memories and amazing hook ups off the island of Andros and for Jack Trout clients.
Jon Soler When he's not guiding he's a formula race car driver in Barcelona, Spain. What more do we need to say this guy is a badass and also loves guiding fly fishing in the Catalonian Pyrenees, Jon is a professional guide enjoys guiding Americans and sharing his knowledge out on the local rivers he guides on.
Jon Serra For Jon, guiding on the Rio Ter and Rio Segre is like playing in his backyard. Jon always says he likes his office and is more than willing to teach anglers the secrets in the streams and tributaries that make their way down from the Pyrenees Mountains. We have all the fly fishing gear included to make it easier for you on your holiday to Spain, Jon will be the guide to help land a quality trout, most likely on a dry fly.
George Minculete Excellent rod builder, fly fishing guide, nature lover. These are just some of the words I've heard to describe George, he's always sending us pictures of the trout he lands with our clients or some great stream he drives to to show off his countries best opportunities. George is a serious instructor who has studied the art of fly fishing and shares his knowledge out on the water openly.
Bosnia & Croatia
Sasa Dragojevic Hunter, fly fishing instructor known throughout Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia. Sasa has some great dry fly fishing on chalk streams chalk full of brown trout & grayling. You can't beat the prices and lodging Sasa has to offer on his tour of fishing one to three countries, truly one of Southern Europes unique fly fishing experiences as well as the cuisine daily.
Miles Rushmer Miles Rushmer specialises in fresh water and salt water fly fishing in the sunny Bay of Plenty. Miles offers a variety of services from highly visual clearwater sight-fishing for trophy trout in spring creeks (the ultimate fly fishing experience), lake or stream mouth fishing to saltwater fly fishing at the world famous Bay of Plenty reefs.
Tom McAuliffe Born and bred local kiwi from the South Island of New Zealand, and has a lifetime of experience and knowledge in fly fishing for trout in New Zealand and around Dunedin, Otago and Southland regions.Best professional New Zealand guided fly fishing trips from Dunedin.
David Hern Dave specializes in shoots and fly fishing, we service cruise ships out of Napier and provide all fly fishing gear and shotguns. Cast & Blast - All trout are catch and release and we'll get you back in time for your cruise ship exit.
Joel Jefferson You can't beat his attitude and 100% commitment to fly fishing only. Family man, island celebrity - We can't emphasize the level of professionalism and years of experience out on the waters. Possible one of the best fly fishing guides in the Caribbean.
Felipe Rodriquez The most famous fly fishing guide from Cuba, we provide one day trips at Las Salinas in the Bay of Pigs. We also catch baby tarpon in the Rio Hatiguanico, located about 3 hours from Havana, Cuba.
Lazaro Reyes Rafter, fly fishing guide and lover of everything Costa Rica. Lazaro can get you to the most remote jungle rivers full of Machacas and Rainbow Bass on the fly. You will like when he says "Pura Vida" during the course of the day, which means in Costa Rica,"Living The Good Life!" or "Living Large!" You can't beat Lazaro's knowledge and lifetime dedication to his profession.
Tom Enderlin With a background in fly rodding New England striped bass in the surf, a drive for adventure has propelled Tom throughout the Americas, Europe, and Oceania with fly rods and cameras in tote. More recently, Tom has dedicated years to chasing fish across Costa Rica’s tropical freshwater and saltwater landscapes, and his local expertise will help you make the most of your fly fishing adventure. Besides fly fishing, Tom is also an experienced birding and nature history guide, and he will take great pride in showing you a side of this striking country that sometimes goes unnoticed by traveling anglers. Tom is also a professional photographer and writer specializing in adventure, nature and conservation subjects.
Pete Gordon Pete's knowledge of Southern England's premier Atlantic Salmon rivers near Cornwall England will make you a believer. His vast knowledge of fly fishing has taken him to such places as Chile, Argentina and many other countries that makes him a great person to converse with out on the rivers about foreign fly fishing travel. But more so, he is a wealth of knowledge in swinging flies, names of casting techniques, and spey casting instruction in all areas of the British Isles as Pete is not only a accomplished fly fisher worldwide but a retired Game Warden who spent three decades patrolling the waters of the UK and keeping it fair for all of us sport fishing enthusiasts.
Bruce Horner Victoria Seychelles couldn't have a better fly fishing guide to meet you off the cruise ship in Mahe. Bruce's fun and witty humor as well as his knowledge the island makes him the best.