Learn to Fly Fish in Wine Country

Richard Loft, owner/operator of Napa Valley Fly Guides will accompany you to our local Putah Creek for a hands-on introduction to the art and sport of fly-fishing. He will meet you at Monticello Dam and you will follow him to fishing spots on the creek. He will outfit you with waders & boots and all necessary gear. He will teach you about gear, reading water, the roll cast, the downstream water-loaded cast, how to rig a nymphing rod and what flies to choose. This offering is a great starting point for those interested in fly-fishing or those who want to give it a try. Fly-fishing is a life journey and it will take you as far as you want to go.

Experience Highlights

Outdoor Adventure


Experience the beauty and wildness of Putah Creek while learning to fly-fish.
Fly Fishing


Discover the art, challenge, and fun of catch-and-release fly-fishing on a wild trout river.


Spend time of a wild trout river in Northern California.

At a Glance

The Fly Fishing private Experience is available daily, by appointment only, depending on availability of the Guides.
4 hours
Putah Creek, CA
Monticello Dam, Napa, CA 94558
Layered clothing, hat, sunglasses. You Guide will outfit you with waders & boots and all necessary gear.
Tax is included in price.


Napa Valley Fly Guides is a family-owned and operated Fly-Fishing Guide Service and Fishing Charter, started on August 14, 2013.
Putah Creek, just below Lake Berryessa, is a 4.5 mile stretch of clean, cold fresh water for the now native Rainbow Trout in the recently designated, Snow Mountain Lake Berryessa National Monument.
Napa Valley Fly Guides has partnered with Putah Creek Trout and the Heritage Wild Trout Program since 2008 to be a steward of this Northern California river by doing annual California Coastal Clean-Ups, and Putah Creek Surveys and Habitat Restoration on a regular basis.


Day Fishing licenses must be procured by the customer at: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Online-Sales
Your guide, Richard Loft, has been an avid fisherman all his life, starting at age 10 in West Covina, CA. He loved fishing so much that, before he had his drivers license, he would hitchhike up to Silverwood Lake or into Azusa Canyon, to fish for the day.

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Napa Valley Fly Guides

Napa Valley Fly Guides
Richard has been an avid fisherman all his life, starting at age 10 in West Covina, CA. He has easily logged thousands of hours fly fishing on his favorite local river–Putah Creek. He has also fished a few hundred hours on the Yuba River in Marysville, the Truckee, and the Little Truckee, the Feather the American, the Lower Sac, the East Walker, the East Carson, the Pit, Hat Creek, and the Stanislaus River. He started Napa Valley Fly Guides in 2013 and has been teaching others fly-fishing ever since.
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