Located in a park-like setting on the Pit River, Clearwater Lodge offers fine meals, accommodations, guided fly fishing trips and schools and golfing packages. The Lodge is located between Burney and Fall River Mills on Highway 299. Clearwater Lodge is about 75 minutes from Redding and roughly five hours from the Bay Area.
Fall River Mills is part of a group of inter-mountain communities from the town of Burney to the West, through the town of Bieber, along 299 East, in the area of Big Valley. The landscape changes from timber, to agriculture land to high desert. Roughly fifty miles Northwest is Mt. Shasta, a great town with reasonably priced skiing. Mt. Lassen is an excellent hiking adventure.
The Lodge offers seven comfortable bedrooms in the main building; each features a queen bed and a private bath. These rooms come in two sizes, standard and deluxe. Fly fishing prints decorate the walls and the rooms feature antiques and Oriental rugs. After a day on the river, guests look forward to excellent family style meals from the chef who understands that fishing builds hearty appetites. Modern amenities include wireless internet access and air conditioning.
Described by fisheries biologists as the finest naturally-occurring wild trout fishery in California, the Pit River offers over 30 miles of beautiful, remote canyon water. Below Lake Britton, the river is divided into three reaches by dams and powerhouses. Wading can be challenging, but the beauty of the canyon, the miles of productive pocket water and pools plus the high catch rate of bright wild rainbows make it perfect for the angler seeking solitude and adventure.
The Fall River:
This renowned spring-fed river rises clear and cold from Thousand Springs, in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, and meanders nearly thirty miles through the lush Fall River Valley. Its large wild rainbows come readily to a well-fished dry fly or nymph. Fall River’s legendary hatches range from the tiny #22 Trico spinner to the giant #6 Hexagenia mayfly. All flatwater, the Fall is fished only from aluminum prams with small motors. Big wild rainbows and extraordinary hatches mean great fishing all season.
The most famous spring creek on the west coast, Hat Creek is California’s version of the chalk streams of southern England where fly fishing was born. In 1968, it became the west’s first fishery to be managed exclusively for wild trout. Clear and weedy, Hat’s rich waters support a diverse insect population and thousands of trout per mile in the three miles of Trophy Water. There are 16 fishable hatches. The fishing is tough on the flats, with large fussy trout, small flies, and 7X tippets. There is also over a mile of productive riffles and runs for nymphing. The evening caddis hatches often bring the fish to the surface in a feeding frenzy.
Eastern Shasta County is an exceptional birding area. In the spring and the fall in particular, it is possible to see 50 to 60 species in a day. With such a variety of habitats, including so many lakes, streams, and wetlands, vast numbers of waterfowl stop to rest and feed on their migrations. Notable resident and breeding birds include nesting bald and golden eagles and osprey, Sandhill cranes, and American avocets. Prairie falcons and Peregrine falcons nest in the canyons of the Pit River. Goshawks and Spotted owls may be seen and heard in the forests. The Ash Creek Wildlife Area, a few miles east of Fall River Mills, is home to a great number of species.
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