Clearwater Lodge Suggestions

Clearwater Lodge is located at 3,000 feet elevation. Spring and Fall months present chilly mornings and evenings with cool to moderate days. Summer months bring cool mornings, warm evenings and hot sunny days. Lodge dress is comfortable casual for meals and entertainment.

Clothing - Cool Weather (April, May, September, October and November)

  • Polarized sunglasses- for spotting fish and cutting glare on the water
  • Waterproof rain jacket with hood (not a thin windbreaker)
  • Hat - whatever style you prefer, keep in mind you will want sun protection and something to keep the rain out of your eyes. If it is really cold, a knit cap or fleece beanie.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover (something really warm for cold mornings and under your rain jacket, try to stay away from cotton sweatshirts)
  • Warm top layers- personal preference, might include a Capilene or other synthetic shirt under a button down fishing shirt with a fleece vest or a fleece jacket/pullover
  • Warm bottom layers for under waders- waders keep you dry, not warm. Many of the streams we fish are 45-50 degrees. You will be in the water up to your waist most days. Some people wear a thin synthetic long-john with a thick fleece long john over the top.
  • Warm socks- they don’t have to be thick, just warm. Wool stays warm if it gets wet, but synthetic is fine also. Some people like to wear liner socks as well.
  • Shoes- you will mostly be in waders and boots, but easy to remove shoes are helpful when you have to change out at the river.
  • Backpack/knapsack/tote - bring something to store extra clothes and gear in for day trips, especially if you need medications or other items close at hand.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, hand lotion
  • Gloves (optional)- you may want gloves for cold mornings

Clothing - Warm Weather (June through August)

  • Polarized sunglasses- for spotting fish and cutting glare on the water
  • Hat - whatever style you prefer to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face
  • Breathable layers- may need long sleeves for sun protection and warmth in the morning, and short sleeves for midday heat
  • Quick dry pants and/or shorts- you will wear pants or shorts underneath your waders, be sure they are comfortable and made of quick drying material (not denim) in case they get wet
  • Light socks- you will wear socks in your waders, choose a light, breathable style
  • Shoes- you will mostly be in waders and boots, but easy to remove shoes are helpful when you have to change out at the river
  • Light rain jacket- thunderstorms are not uncommon here in the mountains, and a light jacket you can put in your vest or pack is a good idea
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt- mornings can be chilly, so a jacket or sweatshirt is helpful
  • Backpack/knapsack/tote - bring something to store extra clothes and gear in for day trips, especially if you need medications or other items close at hand.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, hand lotion

Recommended Fishing Gear List

  • 4-, 5-, and 6-weight rods are all appropriate for our waters. A 9 foot 5-weight rod is the most versatile rod we could recommend bringing.
  • There are several smaller streams in the area that are perfect for light tackle enthusiasts, and rods from 0- to 3-weight can be used on certain waters.
  • Reels - We recommend a sturdy reel that's matched to the weight of your fly rod.
  • Lines - Weight forward and double taper floating lines are standard trout lines. Be sure your line is matched to the weight of your rod and reel.
  • Some rivers and stillwaters in the area are excellent places for intermediate (clear) lines and deep sinking lines and sink tips. If you are interested in fishing these techniques, your guide will be more than happy to spend time working with these specialty lines.
  • Waders - Breathable Gore-Tex waders are our top recommendation. During the summer months on some rivers, wetwading is a possibility as well.
  • Wading Belt - For safety, you should always wear a wading belt around your waist when wearing waders.
  • Boots - Modern felt or rubber soled wading boots with studs are recommended.
  • Wading Staff - A sturdy wading staff is an important part of a California fly fisherman’s gear. Whether wooden or metal, collapsible or not, a good staff is indispensable.

"You have created such a welcoming "home away from home." Every detail was appreciated and every kindness made me grateful. Our guide was knowledgeable and gentlemanly teacher with a positive attitude and respect for nature."

Marsha Malis

"We had a great time. You have an uncanny eye for the little amenities that make a stay so appealing. You genuinely care that your guests have the best possible experience."

Douglas Higgins

"What a beautiful experience you allowed us to have for the 3 days we spent at the Lodge. We hope to be back soon."

Joanne & Nunzio Alioto

"Clearwater Lodge is a piece of paradise! Very enjoyable and the fishing was great. I'll be back."

Jane Lyons Conover

"I am glad I learned how to fly fish. I learned from the best guides, Mike & John"

Laurel

"We had a wonderful time staying at the Lodge and learning the art of fly fishing. You have created a new generation of anglers in our family and we hope to return to learn more."

Pat Caskey