Peninsula Fly Fishers

October General Meeting with Chip O'Brien

  • October 20, 2022
  • 7:30 PM
  • Highlands Community Club, 1665 Fernside Street, Redwood City, CA 94061 and Zoom videoconferencing

Fly Fishing the Keswick Reservoir (Zoom presentation)

The relative anonymity of fishing in Keswick just below Shasta Dam is likely due to multiple factors. It’s very difficult to get there by boat, and shore fishing is pretty limited. To gain access to the waterway, you have to show your I.D. and drive across Shasta Dam. Once on the water, Chip uses a float tube to maneuver and find the beautiful fish.


A professional guide in California for 18 years, Chip O'Brien always wanted to be a fly-fishing writer/photographer, and takes his avocation seriously. He has authored hundreds of articles in magazines including Fly Fisherman, Northwest Fly Fishing and California Fly Fisher, and his books are available through He also moonlights as editor of Active NorCal magazine.

While living in Northern California O'Brien served as president of Shasta Fly Fishers six times and was named “Fly Fisher of the Year” and “Doc Graves Fly Tier of the Year." He guided northern California‘s best trout waters and taught fly fishing classes at the local junior college for over a decade. He is an FFF Certified Casting Instructor.

O'Brien now teaches high school English and Digital Photography in Oregon. He also advises the Regis (High School) Fly Fishers, a devoted group of young anglers who will sustain our fisheries in the future. Teaching allows him to take summers off, cherished time he spends exploring the fly-fishing venues all over the West, usually on his motorcycle.

Peninsula Fly Fishers 1976-2022
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