Spinner Fall Lodge

Come fish in the peaceful beauty of Northern California and stay with us at Spinner Fall Lodge on beautiful Fall River where our friendly staff is looking forward to serving you.

Spinner Fall Lodge on the Fall River is ideally located right on the banks of the upper Fall River, about an hour and twenty minutes northeast of Redding, CA. The lodge is perfectly situated with exclusive access to the upper sections of Fall River, the headwaters of one of the West’s largest and most renowned spring creeks , and is just a short drive to other sections of Fall River or other regional streams like Hat Creek, the Pit River, and Burney Creek.

Fall River itself is some fifteen miles long with an average depth of 7 feet of icy cold water, making it impossible to wade. The entire river bank, from where the headwaters bubble out of the ground to its confluence with the Tule River is privately owned, making public access along the river difficult even though the water itself is open to the public. The Fall River is the nation’s largest spring system, creating a wonderland of crystal-clear, 50-degree rainbow trout habitat. At the same time it is both the finest spring creek fly fishing opportunity in California and one of the best in the United States. It is certainly the angling showpiece of the entire Shasta Cascade region and one of the richest spring fed rivers in the world.

Indeed, Fall River’s reputation among fly fishermen ranks with the best of the spring creek fisheries, including Silver Creek, the Henry’s Fork, Hat Creek, and the Williamson. The Fall is known for prolific mayfly hatches and quality dry fly fishing, and the upper Fall – accessed exclusively by guests staying at Spinner Fall Lodge – boasts some of the best of those hatches of the year. Sight casting to rising rainbow trout is the norm in this stretch of river.

Spinner Fall Lodge can accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 well-appointed rooms, all looking out on the lodges beautiful lawns running down to the river and rising trout below. The restaurant and full bar serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and the bar stays open till 10:00 pm for guests’ convenience. Breakfast and river lunches are available daily for Spinner Fall guests.

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Reservations and Rates

The cost of the daily rate for Spinner Fall Lodge packages are:
• $119 per night (single occupancy)
• $159 per night (double occupancy)
• Full Day Boat Rentals: $100 p/day
• Half Day Boat Rentals: $80 p/day

Included in your lodge package at Spinner Fall Lodge is lodging and applicable taxes, use of the lodge and all of its amenities, complimentary breakfast, and access to Fall River via boat rentals or launch site for personal boats (no gas motors allowed on upper Fall).

Not included in your lodge package at Spinner Fall Lodge are fishing license, waders, rods/reels, and terminal tackle (flies, tippet, etc.). These items are not available at the lodge, so you'll want to bring your tackle and equipment with you to the lodge, and plan on purchasing your California Fishing License ahead of time.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Non-fishing companions will not only be able to enjoy the comfortable lodge atmosphere, grand deck and lawns stretching down to the river, and ranch grounds, but there are some great sight-seeing venues just minutes away, including Burney Falls State Park and several renowned golf courses. In fact, many Spinner Fall guests spend as much time on the links as they do on the river! Other amenities at the lodge include horseshoe pit, satellite television, WiFi, and the regionally well-known bar and restaurant.

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Seasons at Spinner Fall Lodge

The Fall River opens to fishing on the last Saturday in April and remains open through November 15.

The Fall is a spring creek, its flows mostly un-impacted by runoff, running clear and cold consistently almost every day of the season.

May through Mid-June:
May and June are generally considered the "prime time" months on the Fall River because of the daily morning and evening hatches and profuse spinner falls. The largest spinner fall on the river is a heavy hatch of PMDs that begin to hatch in the morning and fall spent to the river and drift placidly down to pods of rising trout throughout the middle of the day. This epic PMD spinnerfall hatch occurs near the headwaters of the Fall upstream of Island Road Bridge.

It's not uncommon to see hundreds of finicky rainbow trout throwing caution to the wind and rising simultaneously during the heart of the intense PMD spinner fall on Fall River.

Mid-June through July:
June and July are two of the most popular months of the year on Fall River, largely due to the famous Hexagenia mayflies hatching at dusk and bringing the biggest fish in the river to the surface every night. Many anglers in the know plan their entire angling season around the arrival of these giant, bright yellow mayflies. Hexagenia are the largest of the mayfly species, yet are only available to the trout for a short window of opportunity from the middle of June through July when they emerge, right at dusk, to mate. Their nymphs are burrowing insects, living in the silty river bottom until their emergence each summer.

In spite of the hype and excitement that always surrounds the Hex Hatch, there are still some great midday mayfly hatches and blankets of caddis that swarm the river every afternoon. Often the best fishing of the Hex hatch event is actually casting emerging caddis patterns in the hour or two before the big Mayflies begin to show.

In addition, there are consistent spinnerfalls every morning through the summer of a tiny species of mayfly. The Attenella, or tiny blue winged olive, hatch and mate at night throughout the warm summer months, falling to the river to waiting trout in the early to mid morning.

Our Fall River guides will put you on the water during the most productive times of day. Sometimes this means fishing early in the morning and taking a midday siesta before going out again in the evening to fish the Hex Hatch, while at other times they'll pick you up at midday and fish straight through till it's so dark you can't see any more.

August and September:
August and September is "trico time" on Fall River. These tiny mayflies hatch most mornings and provide a couple of hours of action casting tiny dry flies on even tinier tippets for some of the most challenging and rewarding spring creek fishing anywhere.

Callibaetis mayflies and small caddisflies are also prevalent at times on Fall River throughout the late summer months and early fall. August and September are sometimes considered the doldrums of the season, but our guides have discovered that these may be two of the best months of the year on Fall River. Hatches are less consistent, but nymphing and swinging wet flies and streamers on intermediate lines is very productive and angling traffic is light.

October through November 15:
October and November also don't get much attention from anglers, but have great hatches of tiny Tricos and Baetis mayflies, and larger Callibaetis mayflies, too. Trout will consistently feed on a variety of dry flies, nymphs, and even slowly swung wet flies or streamers throughout the course of a fishing day. Fall River regulars don't talk much about the fall season, mainly because they don't want everyone to know how good the fishing can be at that late time of year.

Spinner Fall Lodge closes for the season on the 15th of November and reopens the following April, coinciding with the opening of Trout Season.

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Lodging at Spinner Fall Lodge

Spinner Fall Lodge can accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 well-appointed rooms, all looking out on the lodges beautiful lawns running down to the river and rising trout below. The restaurant and full bar serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and the bar stays open till 10:00 pm for guests' convenience. Breakfast and river lunches are available daily for Spinner Fall guests.

It takes about an hour and a half to drive to the lodge from Redding. If

you travel by private plane you can fly into Fall River Mills and you will be only 10 minutes from Circle 7. Vehicle rentals are available through the airport, and the ranch staff can usually accommodate airport transfers from Fall River Mills.

Guests are asked to time their arrival for the late afternoon (2:00 P.M. or later). There usually will be someone at the ranch to welcome you upon arrival and coordinate any last minute questions, special requests, or boat rentals.

Departing groups are asked to check out of their room by 11:00 am on the day of departure. Sometimes a late departure can be arranged in advance, but this is dependent on other groups' arrivals and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Spinner Fall Lodge is perfectly situated with exclusive access on the upper Fall River. Gas motors are not allowed on this section of the Fall, so electric trolling motors keep the solitude and quiet while still allowing anglers access to several miles of river and rising trout.

Getting to Spinner Fall Lodge

Spinner Fall Lodge is approximately 4 hours from San Francisco, 3 hours from Sacramento, and 3 hours from Reno.

From Redding:
Travel East on Hwy 299E to Fall River Mills. Just after you pass the golf course on the West edge of town you will see County Road A20 (Glenburn Rd) heading North. Turn left (North) on A20 (Glenburn Rd) and travel 5.5

miles to a stop sign. Turn right and go 1/4 mile to the Glenburn Church and turn left on McArthur Road (A19). Go 1.2 miles on McArthur Rd (A19) at which point Island Road will veer off to the right. Follow Island road until you see the entrance to the Circle 7 Ranch on your right, before you cross the river. Turn right into the arched entranceway to the ranch, then follow the dirt road to the parking areas in front of the cabins.

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Making Reservations to Spinner Fall Lodge

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at bryan@theflyshop.com or zmiller@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.