B.P. #010: Mac Noble - Fish First! Fly Shop in Chico, CA

Listen in as Chad meets with Mac Noble from Fish First! Fly Shop in Chico, CA.

Mac had an interesting introduction to fly fishing. His roommate from college showed him fly fishing in Chico, and he was instantly “hooked”. After finishing at Cal Poly, he took a drive to see where he wanted to live - checked out Oregon, Washington and Idaho before settling in Chico. After all, the shad were running, Deer Creek had steelhead, and he generally fell in love with the area’s amazing fishing. 25 years later, Mac is still loving it in Chico. In addition to working at Fish First, he does guiding in the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba, Klamath and Coastal rivers.

Mac debates competing in a spey casting competition in San Francisco. He watched it last year and thought it was amazing.

Mac talks about all of the great places to learn to Fly Fish in the Northern California area. Top of the list was One Mile Sycamore Pool in Chico, which is a great place to practice casting in the shallow end. Mac also  mentions the best reasons to go fly fishing in the Feather, Yuba and Sacramento Rivers. Nerd out with Mac as he talks about his favorite types of flies for the different waterways he frequents.

The Fish First! Fly Shop has two locations. Chico is satellite for Albany (next to Berkeley) shop.

The Albany shop has been around for 20 years, Chico for 16 years.

For more information on Fish First! Fly Fishing Shop, check out their website at fishfirst.com,

Visit them at 766 Mangrove Ave, Chico, CA 95926 (in the Safeway shopping center),

Or like them on Facebook.

To listen to Fish First! guide and employee Kayla Katayama’s episode, see episode 1 of the Barbless Fly Fishing Podcast.



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