The Blackberries are ripe, the weather is perfect (no local fires), the trout are fat and feisty and solitude is easy to find. Fall is just a few weeks away, and we are enjoying some exceptionally fine weather after a hot spell, enabling us to wade wet on our local freestones, the McCloud, the Upper Sac, and some local creeks. As is typical of summer, this is not the time of year we expect epic days catching loads of big fish. It is the time of year we enjoy the simple pleasures of fly fishing, the solitude of casting dries on scenic creeks to native fish, nymphing pockets for hot rainbows and perhaps even a streamside nap. With flows at their lowest we can chose a water type and technique to suit our mood, whether it is high sticking pockets, fishing a dry dropper through a classic run, or casting tiny dries to selective evening risers.
As is typical in summer, fishing has been best early and late in the day when the sun is off the water. Evening hatches have been compressed, sometimes lasting an hour or more but seldom longer, mostly small to tiny mayflies and caddis with a few lingering yellow sallies. Nymphing, as well as fishing dry fly attractors with droppers, has been effective before the hatch as well as earlier in the day.
The Upper Sacramento River is low and clear and fishing exceptionally well with dry flies and droppers finding good numbers of small fish, while nymphing fast water pockets has found some of the larger specimens in the river. For those who know where and how to “high stick” the fishing has been exceptional at times. The bite has been best on Black Fly Larva imitations, small to tiny caddis and mayflies, and October Caddis case patterns. The evening hatch has been superb but is compressed into the last hour of light.
The spring crowds on the McCloud have dissipated and guests enjoyed some great fishing in the past weeks fishing dries and droppers as well as nymphing. The action has been nearly non stop but most of the fish have been small, with a few fish in the teens mixed in during the day. Unfortunately Mud Creek recently started spilling silt and water clarity dropped to a foot or two but has started to clear. As this event has a habit of varying greatly from season to season be sure to check conditions before heading to the McCloud.
I hope to see you soon, drop us a line if you are headed our way, I am always happy to share all I can whether you are seeking guide service or not.