SSFFC Sept 13th Speaker Jack Trout

Our September speaker, Jack Trout, will describe various historical facts about the McCloud River, it’s trout, as well as other rivers and fish of Northern California.

This month, Jack Trout (now there is a name for a fisherman) will give us a history lesson. His presentation, The McCloud River Rainbows–Well Traveled Trout, will detail for us how trout, steelhead, and Salmon were shipped out all over the US & southern hemisphere. With historic pictures, rarely seen he will delve into the Aqua Train car that was built to transport fish after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Ten of them were built. Have you ever wondered how the shad got into the Lower Sacramento River? Where the striped bass came from and how they survived the 2900 mile journey across the United States Who purchased the famous private clubs along the McCloud. Learn the history of Northern California trout from 1840 to the present and why we have rainbow trout in the Midwest. Jack has stories to tell.

Jack was born and raised in Portola, California, grew up fly fishing on Lake Davis and the Feather River and road trips with his father to the McCloud and Upper Sac. Jack’s dad, Ray, was a fishing guide at the Feather River Prep School in Graeagle & Walton’s Grizzly Boys Camp for years, where he taught and guided Leighton and Gray Hills of the Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River how to fly fish and school for their hunter safety licenses, so guiding and teaching is in the family blood.

Jack used to play sports against Mt. Shasta, Weed & McCloud area schools as a kid and later decided to move to Mount Shasta in 1994 and start a full-time local guide service. After that he started going down to guide in Chile and he met his Chilean wife Carola. They operate one of the best Chilean fly fishing guide services for one day trips and non lodge multiple day adventures. Jack guides in northern California on the Upper Sac, McCloud, Klamath, Trinity, Pit, Hat Creek and has 4 other independent guides he has worked with for years. Check out his blog adventures at or the business site at

Come and get your fill of history while being entertained with rich stories of intrigue and daring do of the early pioneers of fishing.
We will be meeting at the Fly Shop at 7:00 pm Sept 13.