Popeye The Fly Fishing Guide

Popeye The Fly Fishing Guide: A Legend in the World of Fly Fishing

“Popeye” embodies the quintessential image of an experienced and passionate guide and angler. Born and raised amidst the stunning landscapes of Southern Oregon, Popeye’s journey into the realm of guiding began to take shape in 1989, when he first ventured into the pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest with a rod in hand.

Before his illustrious career as a fly fishing guide, Popeye honed his skills as a formidable athlete, having been a Division 1 wrestler at the esteemed University of Missouri. This background instilled in him a disciplined work ethic and a relentless drive for excellence, qualities that would later define his approach to guiding.

Dennis "Popeye" Franco has been guiding throughout Northern California and Alaska for more than 30 years
Dennis “Popeye” Franco

Popeye’s guiding adventures have taken him far and wide, from the rugged terrain of California to the remote wilderness of Alaska and beyond. His tenure at HooDoo Lodge in Alaska spans since its inception, making him an integral part of the lodge’s legacy. Over the past three decades, he has navigated the untamed waters of rivers and streams, sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise with eager anglers seeking the thrill of the catch.

For an impressive 29 years, Popeye was a cornerstone of The Fly Shop in Redding, California, where he honed his craft and earned a reputation as a masterful guide. His dedication to the sport and his commitment to excellence led him to become a certified casting instructor, a testament to his proficiency in the art of fly fishing. Popeye’s certification dates back to the early days of the casting certification program, a milestone achieved under the tutelage of the legendary Mel Krieger himself.

Popeye with a lifelong client who's fished with him for more than 20 years holding a beautiful Lower Sacramento River Rainbow Trout

With an unparalleled guide experience spanning 34 years, Popeye continues to inspire and mentor fellow anglers, imparting not only his technical expertise but also his deep reverence for nature and conservation. His passion for fly fishing knows no bounds, and his infectious enthusiasm continues to fuel the spirits of those fortunate enough to cast alongside him.

In the annals of fly fishing lore, Popeye’s name stands as a testament to the enduring allure of the sport and the profound connection between angler and environment. As he continues to cast his line into the currents of time, Popeye remains a beacon of wisdom and inspiration for generations of anglers yet to come.

Guiding with Popeye: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Now, anglers have the exclusive opportunity to fish alongside Popeye on the pristine waters of the Lower Sacramento River in Redding, California. Renowned as one of the top trout fishing destinations in the United States by Field and Stream Magazine, the Lower Sacramento River offers anglers an unparalleled fishing experience amidst breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife.

Popeye with a Sandy River steelhead landed with a two-handed Echo glass 4wt. rod up at HooDoo Lodge Alaska

When you combine this exceptional fishery and perfect time of year with the opportunity to fish with an experienced guide like Popeye, you’ll not only have an amazing experience but also the opportunity to fish and learn from a fly fishing icon. With over 30 years of guiding experience, Popeye brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to every fishing excursion, ensuring that every moment on the water is enjoyable, educational, and rewarding.

Experience the magic of springtime fly fishing on the Lower Sacramento River with Popeye by your side. Book your Lower Sacramento River fly fishing trip today and discover why Redding, California, is hailed as one of the top trout fishing destinations in the country. Don’t miss out on the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime with one of the most experienced guides in the business.

Popeye and a happy angler posing with a Klamath River Steelhead in Hornbrook California near the Oregon Border

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