Fly Fishing Trip - Sugar Creek Ranch
April 26-28, 2024
Unbelievable Fly Fishing Experience with Bayside Adventure Sports!
Sugar Creek Ranch offers unrivaled still water trout fishing in an intimate setting. Those who have experienced Sugar Creek Ranch will recall the property's unique 114 acre landscape with its tailing piles of river rock dug up from the adjacent Scott River during the gold mining days. When the gold miners broke through the water table, these eight picturesque ponds - mostly hidden from view as small jewels in a rocky desert - started bubbling up from newly exposed cold-water springs. This cold, gin-clear water provides ideal habitat for the mammoth rainbow trout that call these lakes home. Sugar Creek itself winds through the property and each lake further infusing cool, oxygen rich water into the ponds.
The Sugar Creek lodge is where we will be staying. The lodge boasts a kitchen, living room, entertainment room and plenty of accommodations. The kitchen is stocked with pans, silverware, and dishes. There is also a BBQ, laundry facilities, WiFi,and a fly tying station. You will feel well cared for in this beautiful dwelling!You also have the option of camping on the property at a discounted rate.
Travel The Scott River Valley is nestled among the Scott and Salmon Ranges in Siskiyou County. Take Hwy 5 to the Gazelle-Callahan Rd. travels up a steep, winding mountain valley to the pass just east of its junction with HWY 3 or you may choose to travel through Yreka on HWY 3. It is a wide, well-maintained roadway adding a mere 15 minutes to your trip. Detailed directions and address will be provided. We highly recommend carpooling as there is limited parking at the lodge.
Includes two days of exclusive private access to all lakes for BAS and lodging.
Lodge: $515/person for BAS Premium Members, $560/person for non-members (6 available)
Camping: $400/person for BAS Premium Members, $445 non-member (4 available)
BAS Premium Membership - this annual fee gets you member discounts on trip fees and at partner businesses. Premium Memberships are only $49/Individual or $99/family per year.) Go to www.baysideadventuresports.com/membership for more details and to purchase.
Fishing Access, Recommendations, Regulations:
There are 8 lakes and ponds on the ranch. With such a great variety of water to access, Sugar Creek Ranch is a Stillwater angler’s dream come true. All of the lakes and ponds can be fished from the shore, while the larger lakes also are wonderful for float tubes, pontoon boats, or even kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Thanks to the individual character of each lake, you will encounter unique angling situations as you move from one body of water to the other. Some lakes provide excellent dry fly sight fishing while others might require a sinking line and large streamer presentation.
Fishing Sugar Creek Ranch is private, but you are still required to have a CA fishing license. Fly rods of 5 and 6 weight are perfect for these large, hard fighting rainbows. Nine foot leaders tapering to 3x,4x and 5x will get the job done. Carry spools of 3x, 4x, 5x tippet as well.
New to fly fishing?
If you have always wanted to attempt or learn fly fishing this is a great opportunity! Bayside Adventure Sports plans to host a basic fly fishing class prior to the event. Learn basic casting rod set up, and fly selection. Sugar Creek claims the perfect surroundings where a novice can experience a truly successful fly fishing experience
Payment is non-refundable within 60 days of trip (but fully transferable). Otherwise standard BAS Cancellation policy applies.
Arrival and Departure:
Lodge check in is no earlier than 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Please check out no later than 11:00 am on Sunday. Our group may fish until 2:30pm on the day of departure.
Questions: Contact Dave Pringle 916-612-1345
Note: Pets and alcohol are not permitted on BAS events.
Mark is a retired Police Officer and avid fly fisherman. He has experience as an equipment specialist with Orvis and he has taught hundreds of people how to fly fish through their Fly Fishing 101 program. Most recently (2019) Mark hosted one of our “Epic Adventures”, a one-week fly fishing excursion to Montana.
Dave has been involved in various aspects of Bayside Adventure Sports fishing venues for close to a decade. He has vast experience in fishing for numerous freshwater species through various methods but is partial to the solitude and challenge fly fishing presents. His fly fishing experience spans 30 years.