kayaking/ fly fishing/ river rafting trip
Come join us on a multi adventure women’s trip to northern California. This trip is paced to be fast, fun, and full of variety. From kayaking along the Russian River through unspoiled wilderness, to fly fishing from a float boat on the Sacramento River as we cast our lines in search of rainbow trout, to hiking through the surreal Jurassic Park setting of Fern Canyon. We know you will go home with memories, newfound friends, and a taste for more adventures.
We’ll travel by van through the Sonoma vineyards on our way to the Russian River, then onto the coast stopping for a half day ride on the Skunk train as it travels through the dense northern California redwoods. From there we will head north up the coast, spending our nights at quaint scenic campgrounds and lodges along our journey. Two-days of fly fishing instruction will instill confidence and excitement as you learn beginning techniques of fly-fishing. Our second day we will fish from drift boats with our guides practicing casting and using our new techniques and skills as we try our hand on the river. Our final trip adventure, also our last day, is on the Sacramento River as we raft through Class III whitewater before returning home albeit tired but full of wonderful memories of the week.
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Day 1 We meet early and head north into the wine country to our first nights destination on the Russian River We’ll inflate our kayaks and head down the Class I & II Russian River. We’ll spot fowl and predatory birds along the way. Learn how to negotiate small rapids along the way. We kayak right to our campsite along the river, and enjoy our first home cooked meal as we get to know each other over an evening fire.
Day 2 Today we’ll paddle through a lovely semi-wilderness area banked with large trees and mountains that rise near 1000’. The river winds in all directions, north, south, east, and west. Our day's paddle will carry us nearly 14 miles down the river.The last 6 miles we begin to see signs of civilization, homes built along the shoreline, old tires stacked near water's edge that create a wall, vintage automobiles left behind from decades ago providing a rather curious but interesting history of the area. We lose our lazy current the last few miles of the journey and must work as we paddle our way through deep channels into the heart of Healdsburg. After packing up we head west till we meet up with the wild and beautiful Pacific coast of Northern California.
We’ll stay tonight at the spectacular Sea Cove house overlooking the Pacific. This will be our home for the next two nights and we know once you settle in, you will want to stay forever.
Day 3 This morning we head back to Albion River, not far from Mendocino for a morning kayak paddle. The view upstream entices us to trace the gentle coastal stream snuggled between lush fir hillsides. We’ll make our way up the river three plus miles enjoying the lazy paddle and back again.
After our paddle, we’ll head into Mendocino for the rest of the afternoon and early evening. Unique gift shops, spas and the spectacular coast all desire our attention. Dinner is on your own tonight. Not too worry there is hardly a lack of restaurants to choose from. We will suggest a few you might want to visit. The witching hour is 7:00 pm, so before you turn into a pumpkin, hop the bus back to Sea Cove to relax for the evening.
Day 4 Wake up and get ready to enjoy our four-hour scenic ride on the historical passenger Skunk Train. The train takes us over numerous trestles along the Nolo River, past meadows and plenty of tall majestic redwoods. Wildlife sightings are a good probability today, so keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of wildlife, herons, eagles, osprey and ducks, or even a basking turtle.
We’ll head to Prairie Creek State Park when we return, about three hours from Fort Bragg. This will be our second and last night camping together. The park is full of old growth redwoods, hosts a prairie, and nearly 10 miles of sand dune beaches to explore.
Day 5 Fern Canyon beckons us this morning with its primitive ferns and water soaked rock walls that remind one of Jurassic Park. The six-mile hike takes us through the awe inspiring fern canyon, up to a prairie, and back along the driftwood littered dune beach. With a little luck and good spotting skills we have the opportunity to glimpse a black bear, some rare but awe inspiring Roosevelt elk, deer, coyote, bobcat, and a few of the innumerable bird species that make their home here.
After lunch we pile into the van and we’re off to our next home at Indian Creek Lodge. The Lodge sits on the banks of the Trinity River in the heart of the renowned steelhead and salmon water near the charming gold rush town of Weaverville.
Day 6/7 Our first class day will be held at Indian Creek Lodge on the Trinity River. Our instructions guides will teach us practical skills of fly fishing from reading the water, to casting, and landing a fish. We’ll learn about fly fishing knots and fly entomology all the way to how how to pick your gear.
On our second day we head to the Sacramento River to practice our new found skills fly fishing from our drift boats, our guides in the boats with us to assist and instruct. Our guides concentrate on the 16 trout-filled miles between Redding and Anderson.
At the end of our fishing day, we head up the road a bit for our last night at Historic Caves Spring Resort. We won’t be far from our last days adventure rafting on the Sacramento River.
Day 8 Stow the fishing gear and break out the paddles! This section of the Sacramento is fast and fun. Class I-III rapids all day. What a great way to end our trip. We’ll head home late in the afternoon tired and full of memories.