fly-fishingWestern Anglers Guide Service is co-owned by Brian “Bucko” Theriot Jr., son of Castle Stone Cottages owners Brian Theriot and wife Melissa Crow. Brian Theriot Jr. with partner Dan Giacomaro built Nor Cal’s number one fly fishing guide service as featured on Bucko and Dan first started years ago as Red Hackle Fly Fishing but expanded to the brand Western Anglers Guide Service, a world class fly fishing guide service that incorporates the Castle Stone Cottages in overnight and multiple night stays with guide services if requested. Western Anglers Guide Service offers big fishing. Thirty-five miles of outstanding trout water, easily accessible from Interstate 5 and the railroad grade that follow the river. Railroads follow the river. So it is with the 35-mile stretch of the Upper Sacramento between Lakehead and Cantara. Here, the Upper Sac tumbles through a canyon and down a boulder strewn course, ever widening and smoothing into riffles and runs as it gathers strength from numerous creeks: Soda, Castle, Flume, Shotgun, Slate, and Dog. The Union Pacific’s main north-south line runs along the river’s course as does Interstate 5, yet the pounding of train and truck traffic is muted by aspens, pine, and spruce along the river’s course. Whether with fly, spinner, or bait, for rainbows and browns this area surrounding Castle Stone Cottages is the finest in the West for sport trout fishing. California Game and Fish officials provide heavy stocking. Trout, largely rainbows that have migrated up from Lake Shasta below Lakehead, reached more than 5,000 per mile and continues to grow. Species: Rainbow. Angling methods: spin, bait, and fly-fishing.

At Western Anglers Guide Service we strive to meet our clients needs, providing you with a memorable day on some of northern California’s best Blue Ribbon trout fisheries. We can help you put together whatever fly fishing adventure you might have in mind. We also do specialty trips during the season that allows you to customize your fly fishing experience.

If you book a full day guide service with Western Anglers Fly Guide Service (formerly Red Hackle Fly Fishing) you will receive 20 percent off your stay at Castle Stone Cottage Inn, subject to availability.

Our resort partner of which Brian “Bucko” Theriot is heir:


Brian Bucko TheriotBrian “Bucko” Theriot: Brian has been plying the waters of northern California since he was a young boy. After spending many summers on family vacations in Castella, a mere stones throw from the pristine waters of the Upper Sacramento River, he developed a passion for fly fishing. His passion eventually lead to graduating from the Clearwater Guide School and starting his own guide service while also a star guide for Clearwater Lodge’s guide staff. Brian’s easy going personality and patient demeanor make him a great guide choice for the beginner as well as the seasoned angler looking to learn new techniques on both moving and still waters. Brian’s enthusiasm for flyfishing ensures that you’ll have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Dan GiacomaroDan Giacomaro: Since holding his first flyrod at age 6 Dan has been hooked on fly fishing. An east coast transplant he spent most of his youth fishing the rivers of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York state. After 30 years in the Maritime Industry as a USCG licensed Master he has directed his path back to pursuing his passion for fly fishing. As a graduate of the Clearwater Guide school and co owner of Western Anglers Guide Service his main goal is to pass along his love of fishing to anybody who will listen. A patient instructor with a great sense of humor Dan will make your day on the water a memorable one. Dan is the head instructor of our fly fishing school located a stones throw from the Upper Sacramento River in Castella, CA..


Walk and Wade: Full Day (8 Hours) $425.00

your trip includes Rod/Reel, flies and all terminal tackle. Waders and boots are not included. Lunch and non alcoholic beverages are included.

Walk and Wade: Half Day (5 Hours) $300 your trip includes everything listed above except lunch.

Prices are for 1 or 2 anglers. We can however accommodate an additional angler for $125 for full day and $75 for half day.

Drift Boat: Full Day (8 hours) $425.00
Drift Boat: Half Day (5 hours) $325.00

All tackle is provided on our drift boat trips. Lunch and beverages are included in full day price on half day trips we provide beverages.

Prices are for 1 or 2 anglers

Gratuities for your guide are greatly appreciated.
Secure your reservation with your Visa or M/C. Full deposit is required by personal check, money order or cash within 30 days of scheduled trip date. All rates quoted are cash or check prices. Please send deposit checks to 408 East Lake street, Mount Shasta CA 96067
Call anytime: 949-375-1362

Cancellation Policy

Your deposit is fully refundable prior to 14 days of your scheduled trip date. If you cancel within 14 days of your trip the full amount is non-refundable unless we are able to re-book that date for our guides.

Note: A current California state fishing license, wading gear and proper seasonal clothing are the responsibility of the client. As with any outdoor activity we encourage our clients to come prepared for whatever elements Mother Nature has in store for us. In the event of any dangerous conditions which will be determined by our guides i.e. not suitable for fishing waters, hazardous travel, etc., we will issue a rain check or credit for future booking. We do not however issue refunds for weather, client transportation problems or other personal matters.

The City of Mt. Shasta, nestled at the foot of imposing 14,162-foot Mount Shasta (4,317 m), is surrounded by natural beauty and offers many year-round outdoor activities. The mountain is the second highest volcano in the continental United States and has been a prominent landmark along the historic Siskiyou Trail — the track of an ancient trade and travel route of Native American footpaths between California’s Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest. Today’s version of the Siskiyou Trail is Interstate 5, which provides easy access to the City of Mt. Shasta, located midway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

Castle Stone Inn urges you to visit all we have to offer in the area by visiting here:

Hi, from Brian Theriot and my Wife Mel Crow, we thought while you are staying with us at Castle Stone Inn you all might want to get to know the area and the little town 5 miles north of us historic Dunsmuir (in more detail)

» General Stuff About Dunsmuir

» Water Sports and Fun

» Here are some other fishing spots besides right outside our stone cottages

» Here are some other hikes and things to do for your lovely trip

» When you’re not cooking at the cottages under the stars check out these fine spots

» Great fun with horseback riding at our friends Rockin Maddy Ranch

» Winter is as good as summer so plan for year-round fun and why spend your vacation in crowds? With Castle Stone Inn you can winter fish, winter ski, winter dine, and enjoy paradise without the crowds.

» Railroad buffs worldwide come to Castle Stone Cottage Inn

» JFK and Marilyn Bless Them

» Honoring JFK and Marilyn

Join our fly guide service: Western Anglers Guide Service.

It goes without saying. Hiking, horseback riding, inner tubing…there’s plenty to do and see here in glorious Castella. But, of course, relaxation and a chance to take it easy are the true order of the day…and there is no place better to do so than at Theriot’s Castle Stone Cottage Inn. If you retain our guide services at (949) 375-1362, Western Anglers Guide Service you will receive 20% off your lodging once your guide trip is completed.

Nestled down in the Sacramento River Valley six miles south of Dunsmuir and 14 miles south of Mt. Shasta is a little bit of heaven where five pristine stone cottages await. Completely furnished in classic vintage decor and antiques, each cabin is a relaxation paradise cooled by the surrounding trees and 100 year old stone masonry. All units are move-in-ready with full kitchen, utensils, and bathroom with lovely showers and/or tubs. Cozy living room areas are perfect for quiet reading and romantic evenings and each cabin has a wood burning stove to warm you after a day on the river…or in the winter, a day on the slopes at Mt. Shasta’s fabulous ski and snowboard resort.

Step Outside onto the back deck for some lounging as you take in the magnificent view of Castle Crags…Listen to the winding Sacramento River…you can hear the soothing sound of the swirling rapids and come to understand why many of Hollywood’s most famous stars have chosen to grace this legendary occupancy.

Enjoy the local flavor or take a day trip to nearby Lake Shasta. But, whatever you do, make sure to make an entry in each Cottage’s Family Diary. Your stay will surely be memorable and we will want to hear all about it!

Some Local History! In 1923 James S. White, was killed in the Shasta View Hotel by John Vail, a Federal Prohibition officer. One of many interesting tales from the area.

Sacramento River is only 100 feet away!


Mt. Shasta just a 10 minute drive!


Only a quarter mile walk away is the World Famous Ammirati’s Market and Tavern.!


Historic Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir, 6 miles north, is simply breathtaking.