Trip Report for the week of May 14th -21st:
Local guides and our guests have enjoyed another wacky and wonderful week of fly fishing in Northern California. We have found ourselves in short sleeves on one day and in foul weather gear in a snowstorm the next. The bugs have been confused about their scheduled hatch times but the fishing continues to be good! We have an enormous snow pack and we expect the great fishing to continue for sometime.
Craig enjoyed a few days on the McCloud with good friend Bill who performed a perfect dance with a big beautiful McCloud River Rainbow, followed by a couple great guys who traveled south of the Oregon border to experience the magic of the McCloud. Mark and Jeff found several willing fish during the day on nymphs then switched to dries and droppers for the evening finale.
After a half day on the Upper Sac, Craig headed to the Klamath River where he was joined by fellow ShastaTrout guide Jim Andras, owner of Andras Outfitters for a two day driftboat adventure with Carol and Joyce along with Joyce’s son Dennis and her grandson Mason. We were hoping for a great dry fly bite but the weather couldn’t have been worse. We suffered well the first day with rods bent to keep us warm. Joyce found a big spring Steelie that provided entry for her to the ShastaTrout Hawg of Fame!
The following day dawned sunny and much warmer and the great bite continued until the next day when Craig was joined by another storm and the famed Beard Brothers who’ s Trinity River UTube video is a comedy cult classic. Todd Gillihan is a westslope fly fishing guide and you couldn’t ask for a better guy to spend a day with. His “beard brother” Kelly is a protege and you can tell Todd’s instruction has paid off. He is a real stick but they both had a tough time getting it going in the morning. We had a difficult time getting any sizable fish to grab. Fortunately after Craig showed them a few pics of the ladies’ lunkers the day before they caught a little inspiration along with some very fine fish.
Tom Peppas has been spending his days on the Fall River with little reason to fish elsewhere as it has been very good. He was joined this week by local guides Art Teter and Bob Norman to host a great group of guys who we enjoy fishing with a few times each season. Their ringleaders, brothers Joe and Jeff Eberle pick a destination and do it right, including creating phenomenal feasts after their day on the river. Jeff was again the top rod, rumor had it he netted sixty? We think it was just a fish story, or perhaps he has been corrupted and adopted the new math guides use to count fish ;>) ?
Guides Alan Blankenship and Fred Gordon have enjoyed a successful week on the Pit River and McCloud Rivers. Alan has sampled all the reaches on the Pit this week and described it as HOT! We can assured you it was not a weather report. Rick Cox also tried his luck on the McCloud which has been quite technical with perhaps the clearest water we have ever seen, easily more than ten feet of visibility. Not to worry, he pulled out his bag of tricks and was able to get his guest Eric into a very nice fish, his first ever on the Mac!
The National Weather Service is calling for more of the same, today’s snow squalls followed by a couple days of sun and then more unstable weather. If the fishing turns out to be as good next week as it was this week, we will very much enjoy taking it all in stride. We hope you can joins us soon!
Click on any pic above to see more photos from last week’s outstanding fishing.
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