Clearwater Lodge Guides

The Clearwater guide team is truly exceptional. They are all accomplished anglers as well as patient teachers and pleasant companions for a day on the water. A great many returning guests request the same guide they previously fished with at Clearwater. This entire staff is arguably the best group of guides in the west.

Tom April

Tom has been guiding out of Clearwater Lodge for over 25 years. His passion for fly fishing is evident whether he is instructing at one of our schools or out on the water on a private guide trip. Tom is a gifted teacher, with patience and knowledge that allow his clients to quickly reach their maximum potential. He is quick to laugh and an exceptional guide to spend the day with. Based in Grants Pass, Oregon, in the winter months you'll find Tom guiding for steelhead on the Rouge, Klamath and Applegate Rivers.

Hogan Brown

Hogan has been guiding the waters of Northern California for over a decade for trout, steelhead, stripers, and warm water species. As a signature fly tier for Montana Fly Company, his trout flies have become a staple on many western rivers as well as here at Clearwater Lodge. With a Masters Degree in education he is well versed in teaching fly fishing and his patient demeanor is suited for anglers of all skill levels.

Jason Cockrum

Jason graduated from the Clearwater Guide School in 1999. Jay brings a gentle, quiet competence and great angling skill to his guiding adventures. He can put you on trout wherever you choose to fish on our area waters. He lives in Truckee and when not guiding for Clearwater, he guides for steelhead on the Trinity River, and trout on the Truckee River and the stillwaters around Lake Tahoe.

Matt Dahl

Matt Grew up in the Redding area of Northern California where he honed his fishing skills on the many local creeks and rivers. After serving in combat in the US Marine Corps, Matt returned to Redding and the waters that he loves. A 2015 graduate of the Clearwater Guide School, Matt’s passion for fly fishing coupled with his easy going demeanor guarantees guests a fantastic experience on the water. In the winter, Matt chases steelhead on the Trinity River and trout on the Lower Sacramento River. He is also an active volunteer with the local chapter of Project Healing Waters, an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of military service personnel through fly fishing and related activities. This involvement is a perfect fit that allows Matt to teach his love of fly fishing to his fellow veterans.

Darrin Deel

Darrin joined our guide staff in 2010 after graduating from Clearwater Guide School. After a two season hiatus guiding the South Fork of the Sanke River in Idaho, Darrin now spends much of his summer at Clearwater but can also be found on the Lower Sac, Feather and Yuba Rivers. In the winter months, he focuses on Steelhead venues such as the Trinity River, Feather River, Klamath River, and various coastal rivers with single hand and two handed rods. Darrin takes pride in showing any angler in his boat a wonderful time. With a fun loving heart and ready smile, the pure joy of fishing is sensed anytime you spend time with him.

John Fochetti

John has been fly fishing for over fifteen years, and worked in the industry for the past ten. He graduated from the 2009 Clearwater Guide School, and stayed on to become another great addition to our amazing guide staff. Before coming to the lodge John taught fly fishing schools at the Orvis store in Reno where he was also the fishing manager. His calm and patient style of teaching and guiding will make your day on the water a truly enjoyable experience.

David Neal

David Neal attended the Clearwater Guide School in 2002 and went on to develop a successful spring and summer guide service business in Mammoth Lakes along with guiding steelhead anglers on the Trinity River in the winter. He is the epitome of a professional guide – acutely fishy, exceptionally patient, and always encouraging. Dave enjoys teaching new skills and focuses on always having a fun day on the water. Dave recently relocated with his wife and daughter to Redding to be closer to the amazing northern CA rivers he loves so much. We are happy to have him join our team this year at Clearwater Lodge!

Mike Peters

Mike also started guiding out of Clearwater over 25 years ago. He took a detour with Tom April to set up their own guide service around Mammoth Lakes, but eventually returned to the lure of the Fall River valley and its abundant fisheries. His upbeat personality and enthusiastic teaching skills make Mike a favorite amongst Clearwater guests. A resident of Grants Pass, Oregon, Mike can be found mastering the Umpqua and Trinity rivers during steelhead season.

Brooks “Enrique” Provence

Brooks grew up in Redding and has been fishing local creeks and rivers for wild trout for the past 4 years. A 2015 graduate of the Clearwater Guide class of Young Guns, he loves swinging for steelhead as well as fishing local rivers, creeks and lakes. Brooks uses wonderful creativity to teach his clients techniques for catching trout in all situations. He also is a prolific fly tyer and prefers to have guests use his own flies and patterns when fishing with him. Brooks’ easy going style and quick smile make him a favorite of Clearwater guests. (Fun Fact: A Clearwater guest gave Brooks his nickname. When you meet him, you’ll get it!)

Scott Saiki

Scott came to Clearwater in 1993 on an internship from Humboldt State University. He immediately distinguished himself as an exceptional guide and has established a loyal base of fishing clientele who value his ability to work with anglers of any skill level. Whether on Clearwater home waters, the Lower Sac or Trinity River, Scott distinguishes himself with his exceptional teaching skills and ability to put clients on fish. His skill extends to his "other" job as a full time 5th grade teacher in Redding, CA.

Brian Theriot

Brian "Bucko" Theriot has been plying the waters of northern California since he was a young boy. After spending many summers with his family on the upper Sacramento River, he developed a passion for fly fishing. This passion eventually led him to leave behind the beaches of Southern California and relocate to the beautiful town of Mount Shasta. Brian's easy going personality and patient demeanor make him a great guide choice for the beginner as well as the seasoned angler looking to learn new techniques on both moving and still waters. A 2014 graduate of the Clearwater Guide school, Brian's enthusiasm for flyfishing ensures that guests have an enjoyable and rewarding experience with him.

"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"


"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