Flyfishing guide reports: McCloud, LSac, USac, Klamath, Pit, Fall & Hat Creek

Galen with a last light dry fly trophy McCloud River Rainbow Alex enjoys a fine spring adult Klamath River Steelhead on a Salmonfly Dry!A quick study, Brennan enjoys success on his first fly fishing tripJune 15-July 4th

The weather has turned gorgeous, flows on local rivers have dropped and hatches seem anywhere from a week to a month behind schedule.  As a result, the dry fly fishing on the McCloud and Upper Sac has been exceptional, particularly in the evenings.  The Hex hatch on the Fall River is in full swing and nymphing on the Pit continues to produce some exceptional catches.  Hat Creek has some stoneflies still hanging around and warm weather has summer caddis on the Lower Sac popping.   While the Salmonfly hatch continues on the Klamath we have concluded our spring season until fall water temps drop to a safe level to practice catch and release.

McCloud River Trophy Rainbow brings smile to novice anglerBill poses a colorful McCloud River 'bowLast cast brings big 'bow and wide smileFlows on the McCloud are at a season low, having reached summer levels with pocket water and nearly all crossing spots opening up for the first time this year.  A bit of glacial color came into the river the last few days, reducing visibility to four or five feet which is making the fishing a bit less technical.   We took advantage of the conditions with several guests, casting dry flies to the far bank all day, followed by phenomenal fishing to risers during the evening hatch of Pale Evening Duns and a Rusty Spinner Fall.  Many Stoneflies continue to linger with an occasional Green Drake getting eaten as well.  Craig hosted several good friends on the Bollibokka club and the fishing got better each and every day.  Darren, and his son Brennan, enjoyed success on their first fly fishing experience with Darren landing a couple exceptional fish, including a trophy Rainbow on a dry fly!  Bill, James, Brian, Bill, William, Kimberly, Autumn and Andrew enjoyed nymphing and streamer fishing during the day along with the evening dry fly action.  We caught a few nice Brown Trout on streamers and had some exciting moments sighting an enormous Brown which chased but wouldn’t eat.  The month of June concluded with a trip with Paul, and his good friend Dan who’s son landed a trophy ‘bow on his last cast of the day that gained him entry into Shasta Trout’s Hawg of Fame.

Carlo enjoys a dry fly Fall River RainbowCraig Nielsen, Tom Peppas, Gabe Duran and George Durand report several guests are enjoying the evening Hex hatch on the Fall River which has reached 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. Combined with action nymphing and casting drys to a midday PMD hatch makes for a very fulfilling day.  We expect the hatch to continue through July and we still have some guide dates available.

Mike pleased with a chunky Pit River 'bowTim with a nice Pit River RainbowLocal guide Alan Blankenship (aka The Pit Pirate) has been finding some fish on the Pit River as flows have dropped and cleared.  Several guests have enjoyed outstanding days, catching chunky ‘bows who have seen very few anglers this season. We expect flows to continue to drop and the fishing to improve.  Alan has some availability for hearty waders who have not yet sampled the bounty this fishery can provide.

Siv lands a Klamath River adult Steelhead on a dry fly!Dad shows Alex he's got a dry fly game as well!Craig and Wayne Eng hosted a few groups of anglers who attend the International Women Fly Fishers gathering in Mt. Shasta including Jeane and Siv who caught her first Steelhead ever! The Klamath River’s famed Salmonfly hatch provided solid action all day and she landed her fish on a Salmonfly dry no less! Wayne shared some local creeks and ponds with Maria, Becca, and Maria’s daughter which they enjoyed thoroughly. Alan also hosted some guests floating the Klamath, Alex and his father enjoyed a couple exceptional days of fine weather casting big dries from a driftboat as did Scott who fished solo. All landed their first dry fly steelhead! We have concluded our Steelhead fishing on the Klamath for the season but still have some fall dates available starting in October when water temps drop and we can safely practice catch and release.

Rick with a rainy day Rainbow on the Lower Sacramento RiverThe Lower Sacramento River continues to fish well and Craig hosted a new guest Rick to a couple of stormy days as a squall moved through, prior to the heat of summer arriving.  A midday blizzard hatch of PMD’s provided some exciting action but the fishing before and after was solid as well with a few spring caddis lingering and the summer caddis getting started in earnest.  Rick caught fish on his first and last casts with several fish, mostly in the teens, in between.  The warm weather will have the summer caddis taking center stage and the evening fishing on the Lower Sac in summer can be spectacular!

Flows on the Upper Sacramento River continue to drop, this week over 100 cfs per day and much more water is becoming fishable.  Nymphing during the day continues to produce and the evening dry fly bite on Mayflies and lingering Stoneflies has been outstanding for those in the know.  The fish are fat and happy as most have yet to see an angler this season.  Craig and Jerri enjoyed a couple hours casting dries to rising ‘bows just a few minutes from home before the kids and grand kids arrived for the holiday weekend.

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