Fishing Reports

Current information on river flows, fishing conditions, fly selection, and closures for Northern California including the Upper and Lower Sacramento River, the Klamath River, the McCloud River, the Pit River, the Trinity River, and Hat Creek.
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Update: Fires & Fly Fishing in Shasta/Burney & Southern Oregon

Dry fly time on the Upper Sacramento RiverAugust 7, 2014 The worst of the smoke has cleared in the past two days in the Shasta, Fall River and Burney areas and fishing continues to be fair to good on most local streams with the exception of Hat Creek being closed.  In fact on Tuesday, a guest enjoyed perhaps the best evening of dry fly fishing local guide Craig Nielsen has seen on the Upper Sacramento River all season. A colorful Upper Sacramento River dry fly summertime RainbowBlue skies have returned and air quality has improved to ten miles or more of visibility in the Mt. Shasta, Fall River, Yreka and Southern Oregon areas with conditions perhaps a bit worse in the Hat Creek and Burney area.  A Ranger at the Hat Creek station described blue skies and visibilities to all the surrounding mountains this afternoon. Reports from guides on Fall and Pit Rivers is that fishing continues to be good, again with the exception of Hat Creek which is closed, silt in the McCloud reducing clarity to two feet, and Pit 5 which is suffering from 70 degree water temps, much too high to catch and release wild Rainbow Trout safely.  Highway 89 is currently closed southbound at the junction with 299 and Highway 299 is closed to nonresidents at Johnson Park.  Best to double check on lodging reservations in the Fall River/ Burney area before you leave home as the majority are in use by firefighters. A link to current fire conditions can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/5/  Feel free to drop us a line for the latest fishing conditions if you are considering heading this way.

Fly Fishing the McCloud River remains cloudy

Carrie's McCloud RainbowAugust 7, 2014 Fly Fishing on the McCloud River remains cloudy as the river continues to suffer from an infusion of silt from Mud Creek. Folks have been calling so we thought we'd update you on conditions. Turbid McCloud River Below Ash Camp ShastaTrout fly fishing guides have cancelled trips until conditions improve.  While the river is fishable, reports two days ago at Ash Camp were that water clarity remained at perhaps a foot and a half or two feet.   The gauging station near Lake Shasta is showing very low levels of siltation.  One good bit is that not much stealth is required and fishing pressure has been nonexistent.  While catch rates are typically low in these conditions, anglers get shots at some of the larger fish including this one a few seasons ago under similar conditions by Carrie, a guest on a trip with local guide Rick Cox.  Do stay tuned.  Feel free to drop us a line for the latest.

Umpqua & Rogue River Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

IMGP1699July 16-August 4th For a few years now Craig and Jerri have enjoyed a tradition of friends and family joining them for a week of steelhead fishing on the Umpqua River in Oregon for Craig's birthday. This year we celebrated Craig's second 60th, which one friend noted makes him 120 years old (and he can still fish reasonably well!).  We enjoyed our best fishing (and catching) in recent memory and most every angler found a fish or more, including even Craig who managed to land a birthday fish. IMGP1658photoIMGP1697The Umpqua is steeped in tradition and is famous in the lore of the sport so the camaraderie for us is what it really is about.  We most enjoyed telling some long fish tales about our success or lack of it during cocktail hour, a breakfast at the Steamboat Inn or one of our afternoon potluck BBQ's. photo 3A great trip for family and friends who don't fish as well, some folks took hikes, biked, toured Crater Lake, swam, or whitewater rafted.  A few folks new to the river, as well as a couple not so new, opted to fish with some great local guides who we heartily recommend, Rich Zellman and Tony Wratney.  A big thank you to Dan, Ed & Melinda, Joel, Tim & Judy, Gui, Rick, John and Tim for helping to make this year one of the most memorable visits ever. Craig also joined a great local guide Carl Mogerly for a morning on the Rogue this week.  The steelhead seem to be arriving in good numbers this year as they hooked three fish in a morning session of swinging dry lines with their two handed rods.  We can't wait to see what the Klamath brings us this season.  Early reports on the lower river have been encouraging.  Do stay tuned.

Guides report: Summertime fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta

DSCF4036The Blackberries are ripe, the weather is perfect (no local fires), the trout are fat and feisty and solitude is easy to find. We recommend you join us soon!  To help you take advantage of the great local fishing we are offering a group special.  Bring family or friends and hire two guides for a day (or longer) and receive 20% off.  Save $180 per day, guide fees are $445 per day reduced to $355, or $90 off per guide per day.  Contact us now to schedule remaining summer dates with the finest local guides, this offer expires August 31st. IMGP1654Fall is still a few weeks away, and we are enjoying some exceptionally fine weather and the final days of summer, enabling us to wade wet on our local freestones, the McCloud, Upper Sac and Pit Rivers.  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 pocket water, fishing a dry dropper through a classic run, or casting tiny dries to selective evening risers. With the warm weather as usual, the fishing has been best early and late in the day when the sun is off the water.   Evening hatches on local freestones 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. IMGP1712Local creeks have been outstanding all during the day.  A number of families have joined us to share the joy of fast action, casting dry flies to eager trout, perfect for folks new to the sport.  Most of the native fish are small but a few places harbor some larger natives along with some hatchery plants that keep it exciting for the more experienced souls.  Not just for beginners, local creeks are one of our guides' favorite places to go on a day off.  We take a picnic lunch, enjoy a swim and perhaps a midday nap making for a very soulful day. IMGP1703IMGP1706IMGP1715The Upper Sacramento River is low and clear and fishing well even midday for anglers searching fast water pockets with nymphs or dry droppers.  Dry flies and droppers find 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 terrific 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 light and difficult to find at times, fish are very wary so stealth is at a premium. The Pit River has been a bit on and off during the day, with fishing being tough for a few hours but when it turns on it has been exceptional with folks enjoying a couple hours of the their best fishing ever.  The bite is usually driven by a caddis hatch which comes off later in the day.  Nymphing earlier in the day has been less reliable. IMGP1707IMGP1656The McCloud experienced a glacier silt event two weeks ago (same as last year at this time) and is still colored but is again fishable.  Water clarity dropped from ten to fifteen feet to less than a foot and is back to a foot or two.  As it clears more, fishing will improve and actually be better than having the crystal clear water that made fishing technical prior to the event.  Prior to the silt, the action was nearly non stop but most of the fish were small, with a few fish in the teens mixed in during a day.  Best action was on dry dropper rigs with nymphing fast water finding fewer but larger fish.  Not a bad time to consider streamers! Fall River Hexagenia Hatch SunsetA Handfull of Hexagenia MayfliesWe have enjoyed some great dry fly fishing on the The Fall River with a mixture of Callibaetis, PMD's and Tricos from morning into the afternoon with some nymphing and streamer fishing before and after.  You can have the place to yourself.  On most days the fishing drops of completely mid-afternoon and doesn't pick up again until the last of the Hex hatch during the last hour of light.  In early fall as the weather cools we expect Blue Wing Olives and PMD's to reappear along with some Mahoganies providing some top water action. Those who like it hot have enjoyed some fine catches on the Lower Sacramento River of late with plenty of big 'bows.  Daytime temps have been in the hundreds, so it is most comfortable to fish later in the day.  Flows have been steady, around 10,000 cfs making hatches of summer caddis and mayflies more predictable and fishing has been consistently good.    A good place to visit after sleeping in, the grab has been best later in the day with some mornings and early afternoons being unusually slow, more than made up for by the late afternoon and early evening bite. photo 1photo 2We have enjoyed some summer evenings on Lake Siskiyou casting poppers to smallmouth and finding some Rainbows as well at dusk with our Hexagenia dries.  Watching the alpine glow build up the mountain at sunset is a great way to cap off your day in the shadow of Shasta. Breakfast-in-LodgeSummer fishing on the  Klamath has concluded for the season but we still have some fall Steelhead dates available starting in September, including some special offerings at the incredible Scott River Lodge.  Now is the time to schedule your fall Steelhead trip as bookings for prime dates fills early. We hope to see you soon, drop us a line if you are headed our way, we are always happy to share all we can whether you are seeking guide service or not.

Shasta Fly Fishing Guides Report: Clear cold water & great summer fishing!

RolandKlamathSpringSteelie There might be nothing better in fly fishing than casting a dry fly to rising trout on a cool summer evening with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop.  After a couple of weeks of hot weather, temps have dropped and flows on local freestone rivers are at summer time lows with solid hatches of caddis and mayflies.  As a result, dry fly fishing on the McCloud and Upper Sac have been outstanding, particularly in the evenings.  The Hex hatches on the Fall River and Lake Siskiyou have been phenomenal and nymphing on the Pit continues to produce some exceptional days.   The Stonefly hatch on the Klamath has concluded and we are scheduling folks for fall steelheading starting in September when water temps drop to a safe level to again practice catch and release. IMGP1598IMGP1582The McCloud has been one of our top destinations with Flows at a season low, having reached summer levels weeks ago with nearly all crossing spots open and wading at it's best.  We've been taking advantage of the conditions with several guests, casting dry and droppers to the far bank and pockets all day, followed by phenomenal fishing to risers during the evening hatch of Pale Evening Duns, Flavineas along with a Rusty Spinner fall.  The July 4th crowd is gone and particularly on weekdays you can find some solitude. Deb & Rus MossbraeGreg USac 003Flows on the Upper Sacramento River  have been at summertime norms for several weeks.  Springs on the upper river keep water temps low so the entire river remains very wadable and fishable all summer long.  Local guides Craig Nielsen, Rick Cox, Alan Blankenship, Wayne Eng and Fred Gordon have hosted several guests and found nymphing during the day continues to produce and the evening dry fly bite on Mayflies and lingering Stoneflies have been outstanding the last few weeks.  The fish are fat and happy as angling pressure has been noticeably light this season.  We have not yet seen the typical influx of Shasta Lake Rainbows moving into the lower river yet.  These feisty, hot fish average 14-18" and provide great sport, much like half pounder steelhead and we expect them to be showing up in our nets in the coming weeks. Jeremy with Fall River HawgHexagenia Dun a large bite for trophy trout Tom Peppas, Scott Saiki, Jason Cockrum, Jeremy Baker and George Durand report several guests are enjoying the evening Hex hatch on the Fall River which is moving up from the confluence of the Fall and Tule Rivers. This hatch allows us to nymph and swing emergers prior to the hatch and cast enormous Mayfly dries at last light to target the biggest fish of the season on the surface. Combine this action with some nymphing and casting drys to a morning PMD hatch and it makes for a very fulfilling day.  In most seasons we see the hatch continue through July and the first few weeks of August.  We still have some guide dates available, drop us a line if you have not yet experienced this amazing seasonal event. Local guide Alan Blankenship (aka The Pit Pirate) has been finding some fish on the Pit River as flows have dropped to the summer minimum.  Several guests have enjoyed outstanding days, catching chunky 'bows who have seen very few anglers this season.   Alan has some availability for hardy waders who have not yet sampled the bounty this fishery can provide. IMGP1630 The Lower Sacramento River has been a bit up and down lately as flows have been fluctuating, and we have had some windy days.  Flows and weather have tempered and the bite has taken off.  PMD's  and Hydropysche Caddis have been popping but day time temps have been a bit too much for most of us.  Cooler temps and steady flows should making the fishing as well as the catching more enjoyable in the coming weeks. IMGP1623photo 5photo 3Local headwater creeks have also provided some excellent action casting small dry flies for eager trout.  This is a perfect venue for kids, those new to the sport, and folks who want to relax and enjoy consistent action and the visual joy of watching small trout dart from the stream bottom to intercept their flies.  For some it can't get any better than this! BW6H3465We have concluded our spring stonefly hatch fishing on the Klamath for the season but still have some fall Steelhead dates available starting in September, including some special offerings at the incredible Scott River Lodge. Drop us a line if you are headed our way, we are always happy to share all we can whether you are seeking guide service or not.