Fly Fishing Guide’s report: McCloud, Upper and Lower Sac, Klamath & Hat Creek

Deschutes Redband dry fly magicMay 27th

Flows on rivers in the Shadow of Shasta have fallen and the weather is perfect with the biggest hatches of the season just days away.  The famed Golden Stone and Salmonfly hatches are just beginning to show with a host of Mayflies, Sallies, and Caddis numbers increasing daily.  This past week I have found good fishing on the Upper Sac, McCloud and Lower Sacramento Rivers and received a report from a Hat Creek fan that claimed it is the best it’s been in years.

IMGP0010Flows on the Upper Sac and particularly the McCloud have dropped nicely into shape with 4-5′ of visibility and nearly ideal conditions.  While most crossings on the McCloud will be possible there are still very few places on the Upper Sac for crossing, making first hand knowledge key to avoid wasted time locating fishable runs.  The roads on the McCloud to both Ash Camp and the Conservancy have been opened though a few spots are only one lane.  The bite has been best nymphing with small nymphs still out performing larger ones though a rubberleg can bring the largest fish of the day.  While nymphing will continue to be good, our best dry fly fishing of the season is just days away!

EnochLSac_1On the Lower Sacramento River flows have been dropped to 11,000 cfs which is typical and terrific for this time of year and though clarity is only 2 1/2 -3′ it is not an issue for nymphing.  We’ve had some 100+ degree days but forecasts are for highs in the 80’s and low 90’s which makes floating quite comfortable.  Hatches of PMD’s and summer Caddis (Hydropsyche) are increasing and the big wild ‘bows have been grabby with very consistent action throughout the day.

The Klamath has dropped to 2350cfs and is fishable with the first Salmonflies of the season popping just days ago.  This typically portends dry fly fishing peaking in a couple weeks.  Stay tuned!

I had a last minute cancellation so currently have May 30, 31st and June 1st available as well as a few days after June 13th. Drop me a line if you can make the pilgrimage, I would very much enjoy sharing these great conditions and my firsthand local knowledge with you.

The "kids" float mid riverBrandon with a Deschutes dry fly RedbandLast week I spent seven days on the Deschutes River in Oregon with my wife and good friends chasing the Stonefly hatch, camping and running some exciting whitewater.  The bugs were out in force but not flying much as the weather turned cool with some showers and wind so dry fly fishing was not what we had hoped.  I salvaged my dry fly jones on the last two sunny afternoons with a good session followed by a great one, feeling lucky to have “cracked the code.”  We rotated cooking duties and ate like royalty while lounging and sipping fine wine and whiskey in some spectacular campsites.  Fun was had by all. Here is a link to some Deschutes trip pics.New York strips and sweet potato Ta Ta'sHole in the wall gang hangin'

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