Northern California Fly Fishing Guides Trip Reports: The McCloud River, Lower and Upper Sacramento Rivers, Pit and Fall Rivers

A Rainbow creates a deep bend under the bridge for John Carlo with a full bodied trophy Lower Sacramento Rainbow Kelly poses a wild fly caught Lower Sacramento River Rainbow Bill finds an Upper Sac beautiful Rainbow Todd McCloud River Brown Trout McCloud River, Lower & Upper Sacramento, Pit & Fall River Fly Fishing Guide Reports

April 28th to May 5th

With great fly fishing on so many Northern California Rivers it is difficult for guides to choose where to fish.   Nymphing and dry fly fishing on the McCloud River has been exceptional as guides Craig Nielsen, Rick Cox, and  John Rickard can attest.  The flows and water clarity have been perfect and the hatches and fish cooperative.

Rick’s guest  Todd was treated to some exceptional fishing including a nice afternoon hatch where he found some trophies including a couple fine Brown Trout.

While Rick and John have focused their attention on the McCloud,  Craig also took the opportunity to sample a smorgasbord of fisheries including a couple outstanding days with Carlo, John and Kelly on the Lower Sacramento River, two days on Lake Siskiyou, a day on the Upper Sacramento River as well as joining fellow guide Tom Peppas for some Fall River action after which Craig stopped to wet a line for a short bit to sample the Pit River.

Alan Blankenship

continues to ply the Pit River where the river is in superb condition and guests are enjoying outstanding springtime fishing for hungry ‘bows .

Tom continues to treat folks to stellar days on the Fall River with some great afternoon mayfly hatches to go along with swinging and nymphing during non hatch periods.

Local Guides

Fred Gordon and Gabe Duran headed for the  Lower Sacramento River this week where the fish continue to be very grabby and their guests enjoyed superb weather, good hatches and excellent conditions (the water is a bit lower than the norm) with many willing trout.

Fred has enjoyed the upper section finding untapped runs with his Jet Sled while Gabe, now that the flows and water clarity are near perfect, has moved to the Anderson to Red Bluff drifts for some solitude and water that he knows as well as anyone, having grown up on it.   This has been the best spring we can recall on the Lower Sac.

The Upper Sacramento River continues to run high from runoff but some local knowledge comes in handy.  Craig enjoyed a day with Bill, co-owner of Streamtime Maps, and while many fished were hooked only a fraction get landed in the heavy flows.  Not always a bad problem to have  ;>).  Little water is fishable but some of the bigger runs and glides continue to hold many large fish, including some trophies that will not only make your day but perhaps make your season.

As usual, fun was had by all, click on any pic above to see more photos from the last few outstanding days.

We hope you’ll join us soon.  For the latest conditions and to check availability for any of the finest local guides drop us a line!

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