About BeTheFly & Chris Parsons

I’m Chris Parsons and I’m a fulltime fly fishing guide working for The Fly Shop in Redding California. I started guiding the Lower Sacramento back in 2003. How time flies! In 2016, my portfolio of waters includes the Trinity RiverFall River, the Upper Sacramento River, McCloud River, Pit River and the Klamath River. Most of my year long season is divided up between the Lower Sacramento, Trinity and Fall River.

I am committed to guiding. My philosophy is “it’s my guest’s day to fish, not mine”. I am very fortunate to be able to make my living spending time outside, showing fly fisher-people the rivers and lakes of Northern California. I can’t begin to list the many incredible fishing experiences I have been an integral part of.  I am surrounded with trout and steelhead daily. My history with fishing is scattered among summers spent camping with my Dad, hiking and climbing in Wyoming , Montana, exploring river mouths in between surf sessions along the Pacific coast. Trout fishing has always chased me down. While climbing and hiking in the mountains, I fished, while visiting Redding, I fished, while traveling to and from “the too many places to list”, I fished.  Fishing was something to do. It  was, and is fun.

How can I help you?

A productive fly fishing trip in Northern California happens as a result of being in the right place at the right time. Being on rivers weekly, even daily gives me a head start logistically over the uninformed angler looking for a place to wet a line. I know my rivers very well. I can tell you that conditions change daily, the fish in my rivers are not entirely predictable, but there is a high probability that we will encounter good to amazing fishing! I offer a turn key experience. I am exceptionally good with beginners, but offer a much more hands off approach catered to the more experienced anglers that fish with me regularly. I am very capable of helping anglers improve, cast better, and understand better the process of angling for rainbow trout or steelhead with a fly rod. I promise you will at the very least, learn something every time you hire me for a day or more.

A fishing trip is an investment, so why not take out some insurance on your investment. I can be reached by calling 800-669-3474 or by email.