FishCamp™ is a 5-day, 4 night summer fly fishing adventure in Northern California.

We first opened our tent flaps to generations of future fly fishers in 1998, and over the years we’ve developed the finest youth fly fishing camps in the country. Each summer kids from all across the U.S. come to our very own Antelope Creek Ranch to enjoy a week at FishCamp, a unique program that offers children the opportunity to experience the mystique of fly fishing coupled with the serenity of the outdoors.

Boys and girls, 10-15 years of age, arrive each week with smiles painted on their faces and sleeping bags in hand, visions of leaping fish dancing in the back of their minds. A few short days later, FishCampers have all caught fish on a fly (many on their own hand-tied flies!), met new friends, and experienced countless adventures in the great outdoors.

Imagine your child rising every morning to the smell of bacon, eggs, and hot chocolate wafting through the woods of the beautiful high country. Meals at FishCamp are plentiful, and healthy, with three squares a day. Our cooks work hard every day to ensure that our campers enjoy tasty, nutritious food.

With over a decade of experience initiating hundreds of young FishCampers to the wonders of fly fishing, we’ve put together a great weekly itinerary, with plenty of fishing time every day, workshops on a variety of different aspects of fly fishing, fly tying in the evenings after dinner, and stories and S’Mores around the campfire each night. Some of the lessons include:

•  Fly Casting (roll cast, overhead fly cast, false casting, shooting line)
•  Fly Tying (many kids even catch fish on their own hand-tied flies!)
•  Knots (Improved Clinch, Double Surgeon’s, Perfection Loop)
•  Basic Entomology and what fish eat
•  Reading the Water
•  Safe Wading Techniques
•  Catch & Release Rainbow & Brown Trout in our stream and lakes
•  Leave-No-Trace

Most important, FishCamp is FUN! There are games to be played, and stories to be told around the campfire in the evenings. And, of course, what would FishCamp be without lots of fishing! Every kid that comes to camp catches fish, and many are big ones.

FishCamp™, a destination: FishCamp™ is located in the shadows of Mount Shasta near the town of Weed, California, at our very own Antelope Creek Ranch. The historic 440 acre ranch is only a one hour forty minute drive from The Fly Shop in Redding, and surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of pristine Klamath National Forest. Antelope Creek is a privately leased ranch with both a stream and two lakes teeming with fish. The ranch is set at 5,000 ft elevation, so even in the heat of midsummer the days remain comfortable and the nights are always cool. Campers are housed in state of the art walled tents where they rest their heads on comfortable bunks. There are bathroom and shower facilities – separate for boys and girls – and a shaded outdoor grill and eating area.

The FishCamp™ staff is a selected group of talented individuals who make learning fun and easy. Our team of counselors are patient experts who enjoy sharing their love of flyfishing with children. They are role models who share their positive attitudes on life with the campers. FishCamp™ is not only a kid’s dream, but also a parent’s dream to share the healthy lifestyle of fly fishing. Indeed, fly fishing can open up a world of mystery and passion for a child to develop for the rest of their life.

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Reservations and Rates

The cost of the weekly rate for the FishCamp™ package is:
• $795 per camper (limited to 20 campers)
Included in your camper’s stay are all accommodations and meals, as well as the use of the finest fishing tools available (from Rio, Scientific Anglers, Sage, Simms, Galvan, Ross Reels, Scott, Echo, Loon Outdoors, Solitude, Montana Fly Company, Umpqua Feather Merchants, FishPond, Angler’s Book Supply, Sierra Stream and Mountain, and The Fly Shop™). Every fly, leader, tippet, rod, reel and drop of fly floatant is included in the package, as well as The Fly Shop's FishCamp™ Notebook, souvenir cap and T-Shirt.
Items needed for your campers stay are 2 pairs of sunglasses (polarized is best), sleeping bag, pillow, twin fitted sheet for bed, towel and washcloth, bath robe (optional), bag for dirty clothes, rainjacket/windbreaker (brief summer storms are possible), sweatshirt (it is cool in the mornings and evenings), clothes (Plenty of shorts, jeans, T-shirts, socks, underwear, sweatshirt, sweat pants, and PJs), Teva or any kind of sandal or shoe/wading boot that can get wet (no flip-flops for fishing), old pair of shoes or hiking boots, flashlight with extra batteries, sunscreen, bug repellent, toiletry items, camera (the waterproof disposables work great), fishing vest (optional – a fanny pack will be supplied).
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Dates for FishCamp™

The FishCamp™ staff is a selected group of talented individuals who make learning fun and easy.

FishCamp™ Dates:
• June 17 - 21, 2019
• June 24 - 28, 2019
• July 8 - 12, 2019
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Lodging at FishCamp™

FishCamp™, a destination: FishCamp™ is located in the shadows of Mount Shasta near the town of Weed, California.

Campers stay in our state-of-the-art walled tents on comfortable bunks, with the whispers of the wind amidst the pines lulling them to sleep at night. Healthy, well-rounded meals will be prepared and served in our outdoor kitchen by our professional camp cooks. We also have a great bathhouse, composed of two separate bathrooms complete with flush toilets and plenty of hot water for showers.
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Getting to FishCamp™

Antelope Creek Ranch is located on the northeast side of majestic Mt. Shasta.

Note:
The nearest gas and services to Antelope Creek Ranch are at the town of Weed. If you are running low on gas, please be sure to refill in Weed before continuing on Highway 97 towards the ranch.
From Redding:
Travel north on I-5 approximately 70 miles to the community of Weed. Take the Central Weed Blvd/ Highway 97 off ramp (towards Klamath Falls). As you come off of I-5 you will turn right on S. Weed Blvd and go 3/4 mile to the Hwy 97 turn-off for Klamath Falls. Turn right on Hwy 97 and travel north and east 28 miles to the Tennant/Bray Road turn-off.

Turn right and proceed 12 miles to the ranch entrance, located just after you cross over Antelope Creek and before you reach the town of Tennant. There is a stone entranceway with a sign that reads, "Antelope Creek Ranch".

Turn right in to the ranch (Please close the gate behind you) and drive ¾ mile on a gravel road. Please drive slowly to minimize dust! You will drive past the main lodge on your right, and to the left you should see our log-cabin cookhouse and several large tent-cabins set back in the woods. Travel time is usually an hour and 40 minutes from Redding.

From Reno:
Take Hwy 395 to Susanville. From Susanville take Hwy 44 to its junction with Hwy 89. Turn right or north on Hwy 89 and travel to Mt Shasta and I-5. This will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn right onto I-5, proceed to Weed and follow the directions for From Redding. Total travel time will be approximately 4 hours and 40 minutes.

From the Burney Area:
Get on Hwy 89 and follow the directions shown above. Travel time will be approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes.

From Oregon (I-5 Corridor):
Take I-5 south to Weed. Take the N. Weed exit. The turnoff is marked by freeway signs showing Hwy 97 and Klamath Lake. Proceed to the Hwy 97 turn off and then follow the directions outlined in From Redding.

From Oregon (Hwy. 97 Corridor):
Take Hwy 97 south to the Bray/Tennant road. It will be approximately 46 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon. When you pass through the community of Macdoel you will be about 14 miles from the turn-off. Mount Hebron Summit is just north of the turn-off. Take the Bray/Tennant road and proceed some 12 miles to the ranch entrance.

The street address for GPS coordinates is 12516 Tennant Road, Macdoel, Ca., 96058 though the ranch is nowhere near MacDoel and only about a mile from the community of Tennant). Please do not rely solely on GPS devices to get to the ranch, as they do not always provide the most direct routes in rural areas such as Siskiyou County.

The lodge phone is 530-398-4755, and cell phone coverage is very spotty near the ranch; cell phones don't get coverage at Antelope Creek Ranch.
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Itinerary for FishCamp™

The schedule shown below is an approximation of time and may be adjusted when necessary.

Day of Arrival:
We ask that FishCampers arrive at Antelope Creek Ranch around 12:00 pm on the day of arrival. This gives everyone an opportunity to check into their cabins, meet their counselors and fellow campers, then enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch with their families.
12:00 pm: Check-In: Cabins assigned, name tags, fanny packs, hats, water bottles passed out to campers
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Introduction to Fly Fishing: Slide show and general overview
2:00 pm: Goodbye to parents
2:30 pm: Ice breakers with the group (Liar, Liar/TP Game)
3:00 pm: Get to know your Conselors & Camp Tour (Rules)
3:30 pm: First Aid Basics/Leave-No-Trace
4:00 pm: Putting the rod together & equipment: Assign and string up the rods
4:30 pm: Casting: Hand and arm position, grip, rod loading, and roll casting
5:30 pm: Fish Handling: how to hook, fight, land, and release fish
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Knots 101: Improved Clinch Knot
7:30 pm: Let's go FISHING!!!
9:30 pm: Showers and free time
10:30 pm: Brush teeth, journal writing, and lights out

Day 2:
7:30 am: Wake-up call and hot chocolate
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Casting: Roll cast review, basic overhead fly cast (pick-up-and-lay-down cast)
10:00 am: Let's go FISHING!!!
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Reading the Water: classroom presentation discussing different water types, how to find the fish, where to wade, etc.
1:45 pm: Walk the stream with each counselor, explaining stalking, shoreline cover, spotting fish, etc.
2:00 pm: Safe wading techniques in the stream
2:30 pm: Snacks at camp and free time
3:00 pm: Knots 101: Clinch Knot Review & Double Surgeon's Knot
3:30 pm: Games: Egg Toss
4:00 pm: Let's go FISHING!!!
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Fly tying in the classroom
9:00 pm: Showers and free time
9:30 pm: Campfire: Chubby Bunny
10:30 pm: Brush teeth, journal writing, and lights out

Day 3:
7:30 am: Wake-up call and hot chocolate
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Casting: Roll cast review, basic overhead fly cast review, false casting and shooting line, adding distance to your cast
10:00 am: Let's go FISHING!!!
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Entomology: classroom presentation discussing bugs, what fish eat, etc.
2:00 pm: Bug collecting in the creek, identifying insects
3:00 pm: Snacks at camp and free time
3:30 pm: Knots 101: Review Clinch Knot, Surgeon's Knot, and Perfection Loop
4:00 pm: Let's go FISHING!!!
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Fly tying in the classroom
9:00 pm: Showers and free time
9:30 pm: Campfire: Old Time Radio Stories
10:30 pm: Brush teeth, journal writing, and lights out

Day 4:
7:30 am: Wake-up call and hot chocolate
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Fly Casting review casting games
10:00 am: Let's go FISHING!!!
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Nature hike
2:00 pm: Games and free time
4:00 pm: Option: Fishing with counselors, fly tying in the classroom, or casting practice (double haul)
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Fly tying in the classroom: Creative Fly Tying Contest
9:00 pm: Showers and free time
9:30 pm: Campfire: S'More's & Old Time Radio Stories
10:30 pm: Brush teeth, journal writing, and lights out

Day 5:
7:30 am: Wake-up call and hot chocolate
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Clean up and pack up, pass out T-Shirts
9:00 am: Free fishing time
10:00 am: Parents begin to arrive
10:30 am: The Test: FishCampers show off what they've learned
11:00 am: Graduation and awards ceremony
11:30 am: Lunch
12:30 pm: Camp Closed, thanks for coming, see you next year!

What to Bring:
• 2 pairs of sunglasses (polarized is best)
• Sleeping Bag
• Pillow
• Twin fitted sheet for bed
• Towel and Washcloth
• Bath Robe (optional)
• Bag for dirty clothes
• Rainjacket/windbreaker (brief summer storms are possible)
• Sweatshirt (it is cool in the mornings and evenings)
• Clothes (Plenty of shorts, jeans, T-shirts, socks, underwear, sweatshirt, sweat pants, and PJs)
• Teva, Chaco, or any kind of sandal or shoe/wading boot that can get wet (no flip-flops for fishing)
• Old pair of shoes or hiking boots
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Sunscreen
• Bug repellent
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant (plus any additional toiletries)
• Camera (the waterproof disposables work great)
• Fishing Vest (optional – a fanny pack will be supplied)

Please do not bring radios, CD players, tape recorders, or cell phones (no signal on the ranch). Please do not bring candy or sodas to camp. Any contraband items such as tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons will be confiscated and are subject for dismissal from camp. The Fly Shop® cannot be responsible for any items brought by your child. Parents please do not buy new clothes. Old clothes are better; children can play and do activities in them without worry.

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Making Reservations to FishCamp™

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.