McCloud River, July 7th

Tom with a dry fly McCloud trophy Tom

Tom returned for a day on the McCloud a few weeks after we explored the Upper Sac together.  He is new to the area and this was his opportunity to sample the magic of the McCloud.  Tom is a cane rod builder and enthusiast so he brought his Mike Clark 8′ five weight along and we fished dry flies all day.  The McCloud is in great shape but the water is as clear as I’ve ever seen it which along with the fishing pressure of late has made it very technical.  We fished some out of the way runs and pocket water and found a steady bite all day.  After lunch there was only one run that didn’t produce.  The evening dry fly bite was not as spectacular as it has been but we finished the evening on a classic run with a very nice fish.  Overall this moody river treated us pretty fairly,  what a great introduction to one of the most beautiful and finest fisheries anywhere!

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