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Dunsmuir, CA
United States

Wayne Eng, Fly Fishing Guide and Cabin Rental Host


Wayne Eng - A Teaching Guide

Wayne Eng, a fly fishing guide specializing in teaching at all levels. 

Wayne Eng.   A Teaching Guide.

Wayne Eng.   A Teaching Guide.

Beautiful, wild rainbow trout.

Wayne Eng, the respected northern California fly fishing guide and instructor, agreed to teach me some techniques that are well suited for the Upper Sacramento River if I agreed to let him start from the very beginning. “Pretend you’re from Mars and you’ve never fly fished before. It’s just easier for me to teach you if we do it that way,” he said.
There was a time when I would have protested, but that was before I fully understood that all fishing is regional. I really am a beginner when it comes to fishing the Upper Sac. Where I come from we do a lot more sight fishing. Fishing the Upper Sac is totally about reading the water, getting good drifts, and matching a technique to the water you’re fishing.
Wayne started me off roll casting on his front lawn. As well as learning to tighten up my roll cast, the ultimate goal of session is its application to mending the fly line on the river. Once we were on the river the talk shifted reading the water—feeding lanes, cushions, seams, slots, run-outs, potholes—-all that stuff I thought I understood until Wayne showed me I was seeing fewer than half of the fish-catching opportunities right in front of my eyes.
We went straight to technique and execution from there—strike downstream, ways to keep your nymph imitation in the water and not the trees, by eliminating backcasts in favor of roll casts and practical tight line nymphing without all the razzle-dazzle. I sort of knew about all of this, but Wayne fine-tuned what I did know for use on his river and showed me some new tricks, too.
Wayne is what we called a teaching fly fishing guide when I was in the guide business. He’s happiest helping absolute beginners get off on the right foot. And anyone who can teach a Martian new tricks is okay with me….
— Ed Engle, Fly Fishing author and guide. Ed is based in Colorado, and travels the world fishing, writing, and guiding. He is the author of numerous books including "Fishing the Tailwaters" and "Tying Small Flies".


Dunsmuir, California is nestled along the Upper Sacramento River just ten miles below Mount Shasta. Historically an important railroad town, today Dunsmuir is a major destination for fly fishermen. They come to enjoy the excellent rainbow trout fishing in a river that flows right through a quaint, historic town.  And they have access to other nearby waters, for a truly rich and varied fishing getaway.

A handful of lucky anglers and families know that Dunsmuir is also the home of Wayne Eng: fly fishing instructor and guide. Together with Myrna Rae, they rent a comfortable and cozy cabin right across the street from the river.  
Book a guide date with Wayne.   Or stay in the cabin across from the Upper Sacramento River.