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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Winter Steelhead Fishing: several weeks remain, get here soon!

UntitledMarch 6 I just completed the longest period in recent memory without wetting a line, nearly a month.   Local river conditions have been extremely high and off color, not conducive to boating or fishing what so ever.  I had to cancel all guided trips during the month of February as a result. Flows on the Klamath River, typically one of the last to blow out and first to come back into shape, just returned to fishable levels last Friday and I am excited to get back on the Klamath over the next month to wrap up the winter steelhead season.  I do have a few remaining openings if you are anxious to feel the electricity of a steelhead on the end of your line, just give me a ring. UntitledUntitledSpeaking of the electricity of a steelhead on the line, before the Klamath dropped last week, I took the opportunity to join my good friend (and fellow guide) Brandon Worthington (Worthington Flyfishing) who is guiding on the Oregon Coast.  The river was surprisingly low and exceptionally clear, not the conditions we typically wish for on the coast.  Brandon assured me that he has done well in these conditions and he was correct, I enjoyed the best coastal fishing I have ever experienced, particularly considering there were very few other anglers around.  In two days I hooked a dozen fish, though I only landed three.  All of the fish were of the highest quality imaginable, bright and hot with a few going well into the double digits in weight, (check additional photos on the ShastaTrout Flickr site).  On the drive back I stopped to fish the Umpqua with friend James Sampsel who has guided for a number of outfitters but recently opened his own guide service Humble Heron featuring southern Oregon rivers. The Umpqua and Rogue have also just recently dropped into shape and should fish well for another month or so.  Both Brandon and James have some upcoming dates available, I would encourage you to drop a line if you (like me) need to get your steelhead fix before the season ends.

Holiday Gift Special & Shasta Area Fishing Report

'Tis the Season of Thanks

I am writing to give thanks for helping me to live the dream life, guiding fly fishing in Mt. Shasta California, one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and traveling the world fly fishing. As a small token of my appreciation I am offering a holiday special.  Gift certificates can be purchased for a 10% discount.  I hope this might be the perfect gift this holiday for you, a family member or fly fishing friend. Guide rates for 2017 will remain at $495 per guide per day, so this holiday special means a savings of $50.  This offer includes any available dates in 2017 for walk and wade trips on the McCloud, or Upper Sacramento, or Steelhead Spey & Switchrod driftboat trips on the Klamath River. Purchase one day or several days, schedule your dates now for prime time on your favorite river, or at your leisure anytime in 2017!  This special discount ends December 31st so drop me a line or simply use the Pay Pal link below to charge a gift on your credit card. Plan Your 2017 Fly Fishing Travel Adventures Now! In 2016 I joined my good friends at Flywater Travel as a commissioned agent selling worldwide fly fishing travel adventures, while continuing to personally guide trips on the Upper Sac, McCloud and Klamath Rivers. North Umpqua dry fly henGroups of Shasta Trout guests utilized my expertise and Flywater Travels' extensive network to travel to several destinations this past year, including Fishing Bear Lodge in Alaska,  The Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho, the Speywater Lodge on the Grande Ronde, Morrison's Lodge on the Rogue, the Steelhead Lodge on the Rogue, Indian Creek Lodge on the Trinity, as well as my hosted trips on the North Umpqua in Oregon, Deschutes River in Oregon, Scott River Lodge on the Klamath, Nass Basecamp and the Skeena River Lodge in BC, Oregon Coast, Owyhee River in Idaho, and Harrison's Homestead in Montana to name just a few. IMG_2237Now is the time to plan a fishing adventure and secure a prime date for 2017.  If I don't have the answers someone at Flywater Travel has been there and does. In addition, I will be hosting a few trips to select destinations every season, so if you are interested or just care to chat, please drop me a line.   DSCN0361Shasta Area Fishing Report.
December 2, 2016 
This fall has been unseasonably wet, much different than recent years (16.45" vs. 1.86" of precip last year) but river conditions have fallen back into shape quickly after storms.  Flows on the Klamath continue to be low and clear and the past few weeks we've seen an influx of fresh, big, bright winter fish, following one of the poorest fall runs in history.  Some guests enjoyed the first double digit steelhead day of the season this past weekend.
Fishing on the Upper Sac has moved to a winter pattern with the middle of the day fishing fair to good with mornings and evenings being slow at best.  The good news is that there are still some October Caddis about on sunny days and this is the time of year we find our largest specimens, trophy Rainbows running into the teens and a few breaking the magical 20 inch mark. I still have a few guide dates available after the holidays, so drop me a line to join the action!

10% Off Gift Certificates

Holiday Gift Certificates 10% discount.  Guide rates for 2017 remain at $495 so this is a $50 savings.  Offer includes available guide dates in 2017 for walk and wade trips on the McCloud or Upper Sacramento or Steelhed Spey and Switch rod driftboat adventures on the Klamath River. Holiday Gift Certificate $445
This special offer ends December 31st, 2016.  Drop  a line at
(530) 926-5763
Or use the convenient Pay Pal button to charge your credit card. Please mention this promotion during booking.

Summertime fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta

28575961462_000526ca80_kAugust 6th 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. 28626726896_3ea30cd3b4_m28397601920_4ccd8ef7e4_mAs 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. 28397593940_7e4a6b46ae_mThe 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.

Fly Fishing Superb on McCloud and Upper Sac

IMGP2538June 28th Conditions could not be much better on the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers and the fishing has been superb!  Flows on the Upper Sac are low and clear while some glacial melt has made it's way into the McCloud helping to disguise anglers approach and create conditions that are much less technical than we saw earlier in the season. GaryUSac'bowNymphing has IMGP2526produced best early in the day with dry fly fishing becoming productive once the sun goes off the water.  A few Stoneflies are still about though fish are not as keyed IMGP2503on them as they were the past few weeks.  Several species of Mayflies and Caddis are out in force and fish have been taking them all.  The weather forecast for Mount Shasta is calling for ideal weather with daytime temps in the 80's so if you are looking to escape the heat I recommend making the pilgrimage to enjoy some splendid fishing.  I do have a few openings in the coming weeks so drop me a line if you are seeking one of the finest local guides.

Guide Report: Dry Fly Time on the Upper Sac & McCloud Rivers!

IMGP2478IMGP2496June 5: It's Dry Fly Time! If you are like me and fishing dry flies to eager trout on freestones releases your juices and makes you feel like a 12 year old again, consider this your invitation to get here now!  This weekend the dry fly fishing on the Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers turned on.  Yesterday afternoon guests fished a couple runs (among others) that I know intimately as they are only a few minutes from my front door and I have to admit I had no clue that they harbored so many large fish (that rose to eat dry flies!).   IMGP2472IMG_2165IMGP2490The feast features Goldenstones, a few Salmonflies, half a dozen species of Mayflies from large to small, and a couple different Caddis along with some Sallies.  We have been fishing dry flies with droppers and had nearly nonstop action from early morning until dark.  It doesn't get much better.