Northern California Fly Fishing Guide Trip Reports

Mark with the trophy of the trip Chuck with a Shasta Trout Guide Tom Peppas helps find a McCloud River Brown October 2010

Our first big storm of the season arrived last weekend with wind and rain that provided freshets and improved fishing for steelhead on the Klamath and Trinity and trophy trout on the Lower Sac and Fall River but dampened the bite on our local freestones, the McCloud, Upper Sac and Pit.  The storm is scheduled to pass on Monday, the National Weather Service is forecasting warm sunny weather this week which should make for very pleasant fishing conditions and hopefully spark the October Caddis bite as well.

Rick is a big fish magnet, finding more early season Klamath River Chrome Underwater steelie The Klamath River has a good number of early steelhead in and fishing has been good to great. Flows have been just above 1,300 cfs, and water temps are holding in the mid fifties making for ideal conditions for nymphing as well as swinging flies. Guests fishing with local guides Craig Nielsen, Alan Blankenship, Jim Andras and Gabe Duran have been finding a number of immature fish and half pounders along with a few adults per angler each day.   An annual gathering of good friends enjoyed the river with several boats on the water each day last week and Mark had the fish of the trip, a big shouldered buck that gained him entry into Shasta Trout’s Hawg of Fame.

Chuck with a Shasta Trout Mike with the The Lower Sac has also been outstanding, though catch rates are a bit below the norm. the size of fish of fish has more than made up for few numbers with a good percentage of fish in the upper teens and twenties.  Guests fishing with guides Craig, Gabe, Jim, and our new addition, veteran guide George Duran have even seen a few fish near the mid twenties!  Chuck and Mike, while fishing with Craig had one of those magical days with a couple of fish that entered them into the Shasta Trout Hawg of Fame and finished the day with an average near twenty inches, wow!  Some King Salmon have arrived along with some Steelhead on the lower reaches and with the water clouding a bit, the bite hasn’t been as technical since storms arrived.  The river has been busy but will lighten as the Trinity River takes off with some fresh steelhead moving into the upper river.

Bill finds a colorful rainbow Wow! Fishing on our local freestones, the McCloud, Upper Sac and Pit Rivers slowed significantly last week from the hot bite earlier in the month with the cold weather as air and water temps dropped dramatically.  Flows on the Pit and Upper Sac also increased making conditions more difficult.  Craig hosted an annual trip on the Bollibokka Club with a group that enjoyed their best week of fall fishing ever.  Our guests have had to work a bit harder for their fish recently but as conditions stabilize and the sun returns, local guides Craig, Alan, Rick, Tom, Chuck and Wayne have all been fishing it recently, and we hope and expect the bite will pick again up this week, particularly for the dry fly October Caddis which was just getting in full swing.  The weather got the Blue Wing Olives going and with both bugs in action it will be a good time for a send off trip on the magical McCloud who’s season closes November 15th.   While fishing on the Fall River has just been fair, last week the dry fly action picked up and our guests enjoyed a couple of hours each day casting dries to big fussy Rainbows with Tom Peppas, along with the newest addition to our lineup George Durand and a guest appearance by local guide Art Teter.  A reminder that the Upper Sac and Pit are now open year round.

We thank you for checking in and apologize for not posting trip reports more frequently as we are experiencing our busiest season ever and it has been a challenge to keep our blog up to date.  Fortunately the fishing has been exceptional and many recent guests have enjoyed some of the best fishing and catches of their lives.  For more pics of our guests just click on any photo.  The fall season is shaping up to be one of our best ever. Drop us a line to check on the latest conditions and guide availability.

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