Fly Fishing Guide
"Fly Fishing allows me to be immersed in the present moment, there is nothing else to do and nothing else to pursue."
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
Ketchum local Cal McCarthy graduated from Wood River High School (Go, Warriors!) before attending Western Washington University and Colorado Mountain College. But he felt the call of the Wood River Valley and returned home and to the waters he grew up in. His first fishing memory is as a four-year-old, tossing dry flies into the river while sitting on his father’s shoulders. Now, his favorite flies are hoppers. “The length of the hatch, how willing large fish are to eat them, and hopper dropper rigs make hoppers a blast,” he enthused.
Flexible. “I consider myself goal oriented, I like to tailor my day to the guests,” Cal says. A natural teacher, he also wants his guests to fall in love with fly fishing.
Fun Facts about Cal
What folks say about fishing with Bret
“Cal was great. We had a wide array of skills and he worked patiently with all of them and several good size fish were caught.”Jim Cooper
“Cal was one outstanding guide. I would rank him as one of the best guides I have had and would recommend him without reservation.Mark Sheehan
“Incredible time; Warm & friendly, informative& FUN.”Tema Burkley
“Cal was extremely knowledgeable and patient with us.”Randy Browne
“I've had to guides now Cal and Carl Evenson - Both top notch!”Anonymous
“Cal was terrific-- friendly guy, and really enjoyed his helping my daughter and I learn how to fly fish. Cal is a skilled teacher-- he had some techniques which were really good to get the "feel" of how to properly cast, and explained things well. For example, when mending, I didn't realize that if the not mending causes the fly to look unnatural to the fish-- so it was really helpful to understand not on the "how" but also the "why". Again, excellent teacher-- hope I get to fishing with Cal again. 5 stars!”Anonymous
“Best day on the creek ever.”Steve Strandberg
“Cal was great, both for local knowledge and for tips on fishing in general.”Anonymous
“Cal was wonderful. We took his card and would absolutely hire him again. He was personable and extremely knowledgeable.Anonymous