Gage's Fly Fishing and Eco Tours Northern California

Ecological Tours and Guided Fly Fishing excursions that educate river goers on local wildlife, ecology and responsible habits while fostering an appreciation for the outdoors.

Owner/Operator: Robb Gage

Robb grew up in a fly fishing family here in the north state. He has been fishing and guiding these waters for over 40 years. For the past decade and a half he’s been chasing fish and water all over the western states and in Alaska for himself and his clients. Born and raised on rivers, Robb is a natural steward of our waterways and wants to help spread his passion for taking care of our rivers. Education is the best way to achieve this and there is no better place to start than your own back yard.

Target Clientele: Families, youth, and outdoor-enthusiasts-to-be; tourists, artists, photographers, fisherman, hikers, hunters, businessmen, birders; ecologists, biologists, geologists, anthropologists, and anyone who enjoys learning about where they live. All ages.

We have a ClackaCraft driftboat, specifically designed with eco tours in mind. This new 19-foot craft will safely accommodate 4 guests, a naturalist or photographer (if requested) and the river guide.


From half-day to multiple-day, multiple river and multiple species! Includes day use of gear, lunch and instruction. Great for a girls or guys get-away, couples, families, children, grandchildren and more. Small stream and stillwater clinics also available.

From half-day to overnighters and multiple day tours. A chance to get out and learn about what’s in your back yard. Experience the river, local flora and fauna and get connected with Northern California!

What IS an Eco Tour?

A drift down a section of river to view and learn about the river and the plants and animals. All our trips are conducted in quiet, safe, paddle-powered drift boats by experienced river guides. A Coast-Guard approved flotation devices is provided for all guests.

Get your family and friends together for a day of fun on the water! Full-day, half-day and overnight excursions available. Concierge camping trips— sit back, relax, and let us do the rest!

Enjoy an evening cruise on the river with a quality riverside meal. We can tailor any trip to your liking from hot dogs and hamburgers to white linen service.

Dreaming of a moonlit float, a nice bottle of wine and some quality time you’re your sweetie? Perhaps you want to reward your employees with some fun for a job well done. Give us a call and tell us your ideas! We can customize any excursion to suit your needs. For example…

Enjoy a quiet evening on the river and a hot dutch-oven dessert on our Full Moon Floats.
Wow a client with one of our Business Trips – you bring the agenda, we’ll provide the fun… and lunch!
Couples, engagements, anniversaries, families, youth groups, birthdays, and special occasions of all types!

Learn more about our opportunities in education and ways you can help get classrooms of kids on the water!

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Education & Field Trips

Gage’s Fly Fishing & Eco Tours provides opportunities for teachers and students to get on the water for a hands-on learning experience. We can accommodate an entire classroom of students for a day of learning in the great outdoors. Lesson plans are customizable by grade level and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

See our Education Brochure and River-based Eco Tour Curriculum Guide for more information.

Gage’s partners with the Waterways in Education Fund to help offset the cost of our trips for schools.


Fly Fishing Mayfly
Dave Agee

I have fished with Robb on many of our valley rivers. His knowledge of the local fisheries and ecosystem is impressive. Beside putting you on fish, Robb will provide an education, allowing you to have future success. His enthusiasm also makes for an enjoyable day on the river.

Dave Agee Law Enforcement Officer
Eco Tour

Spent a wonderful day on the Sac River with Robb! His drift boat is extremely comfortable and his boat handling skills and knowledge of river ecology had me immediately relaxed. I thoroughly enjoyed the quiet solitude of the river corridor with occasional calls of belted kingfishers, woodpeckers, quails, and red tailed hawks as well as sightings of river otters, beavers, turtles, ospreys, herons, swallows, bald eagles and lots of other wildlife along the riparian banks. A fabulous trip!

Debbie Chakarun U.S. Forest Service
Fly Fishing Mayfly
Rich Thurman

Robb, we had one of the best days our family has experienced in a long time! Your patience with the beginners was appreciated. The progress we made and the joy of becoming very efficient in a short time was rewarding and added to an amazing day. We’re already planning our next trip and have recommended your services to several of our friends and close family.

Thanks again— you’re a real professional and a river guide’s guide!

Rich Thurman Surgical Tools Representative
Fly Fishing Mayfly
Matt Moore

I’ve been hiring Robb as a fly fishing guide for the last 8 years. We have fished the lower Sac, Yuba and the Feather together. The knowledge he has and the ability to put his clients on fish is top notch. From novice to expert fly fisherman, Robb can customize your trip to improve your skills, catch and you will have a great day on the water.

I took my mom out on the Yuba River Fall of 2010, who had never fly fished before. Within one hour of instruction, my mom was catching fish on the fly. Mom had a blast! She landed about 15 rainbow trout and has been hooked ever since. Whenever we get together we talk about that special day.

My best day on the river with Robb was Spring steelhead fishing on the Feather in 2012. Robb called me on a Tuesday. Told me I would be calling in sick on Thursday because, “It’s happening.” I took his advice and the day was epic. My best day ever! I hooked over 20 fish and landed over half of them. I will use Robb for all of my future fly fishing needs. Thanks again!

Matt Moore Healthcare Recruiter
Eco Tour

From the put-in at Balls Ferry, to the final destination at Bend Bridge, I had the most amazing time. It was quite the luxury to be in a comfy, personal seat with binoculars and an earful of river history. Learning about the riparian corridor along this stretch of the Sac gave me more of an appreciation for Gage’s commitment to take people to the river so they can experience how beautiful and fragile the ecosystem really is.

Sophie Somers Student at CSU, Chico

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Eco Tour
Chris Mills

WooHoo! Just got home from an Eco trip on the beautiful Sacramento River, west of Chico. It was getting close to sunset when our guide launched the boat, and we started drifting downstream. I had envisioned hard wooden seats and a sore backside, but the boat (brand new) had a very comfortable captain's seat for each of us, and plenty of leg room. The seats swivel, so conversation among all four guests was easy to achieve.

As the big Harvest moon started to show along the horizon, with its reflection glinting on the smooth, quiet water beneath our boat, it fell silent in the boat - I think we all were just soaking in the moment and the beauty of a Moonlight Float! Then&ellips; SLAP&ellips; a large beaver was within perhaps 30 feet of the boat, barely visible in the near complete darkness! Our guide pointed a flashlight in his direction, and several times the beaver slapped the water's surface with his formidable tail, holding his ground, warning us that THIS WAS HIS TERRITORY AND WE WERE INTRUDING!

Our guide rowed us close to shore, tossed out the anchor and out came the hot coffee and homemade apple crisp! Does it get anymore relaxing?? Fresh air, crickets chirping, the quiet roll of the water past the boat, the Harvest Moon in full view, good company - better than a day at the Spa. This was a first for me, but it won't be a last!

Chris Mills Retired Nurse


Eco tour rates start at $400 for a half-day for one to four people. $500 for a full day for one to four people. A quality riverside lunch available @ $10 a head on full day floats.

Fly fishing rates start at $350 for a half-day for one or two people. $450 for a full day for one or two people. Trip includes all gear needed, full day trips include river-side lunch. Fishing services are restricted to two clients per boat for safety.

A 10% discount will be available Tuesday-Thursday floats for both fly fishing and eco tours. Custom packages are available upon request.

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Contact Us

Feel free to call or email to ask questions, schedule a trip, or just to say hello!

(530) 990-3990