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

Bob enters Shasta Trout's Hawg of fame with  a Lower Sacramento River trophy Rainbow Another Rainbow makes you feel like yelling yippee! Success on stillwater in the shadow of Shasta Tammy's first ever McCloud River catch John with one of many Pit River 'Bows on the day

McCloud River, Lower & Upper Sacramento, Pit & Fall River Fly Fishing Guide Reports

May 6th -13th

Fly Fishing for Guides in Northern California has held up surprisingly well despite the wacky weather we experienced in the last week.  We have had everything from snowstorms and thundershowers to eighty plus degree afternoons.

Craig Nielsen enjoyed a few stormy but productive days on the Upper Sac and Fall River before heading to the Cal Trout Gala and fundraiser in the big city where trips donated by our guides raised $13, 750 for this awesome organization.

Craig then jumped on the oars for an amazing day on the Lower Sac with returning guest Bob and his son John who was visiting from the East Coast.

These great guys suffered without complaint through a thunderstorm in the morning, thankfully with rods bent a good portion of the time.  The skies began to clear when Bob hooked a fish of a lifetime.  After a dance we will not soon forget he landed a trophy Rainbow that earned Bob an entry into the ShastaTrout Hawg of Fame!  Several more fish and he had to rest his weary arms while son John took us to the takeout hooking fish after fish,  landing several fine specimens in the very last run of the day.

After a day in the office Craig headed to the McCloud with Charles Gehr from FlyWater Travel where we enjoyed a memorable day with elusively grabby fish.  We enjoyed dancing with a number of fine Rainbows including several that took  dries at the end of the day and landed one big beautiful Brown Trout that turned out to be a bit camera shy.

Local guide Fred Gordon enjoyed a little stillwater action with a delightful couple finding a number of Rainbows along with a few Bass as the bucket mouths are just getting started.  He then headed to Caldwell Park for a few days on the Lower Sac which has been very good of late with midday hatches of mayflies along with  caddis that are getting started in the afternoons.

Rick Cox has spent his time on the McCloud this week where one of his guests, Tammy caught her first ever McCloud River Rainbow!  She and her husband, Wayne found success both nymphing and with dry flies as the McCloud continues to be superb!

The “Pit Pirate,”  guide Alan Blankenship continues to enjoy an exceptional bite on the Pit River with both caddis and mayflies coming off steadily with very grabby fish.  Our guest John fished with him over the weekend, had the stream nearly to themselves in near perfect conditions.  The big bugs of spring including Stoneflies and Salmonflies are just days away.  Alan took a different turn and enjoyed a fine day on the Lower Sac this week as well.

Tom Peppas has enjoyed some calm and not so calm days on the Fall River and has seen it all in terms of weather,

thunderstorms, wind, and a blizzard followed by calm clear days with exceptional hatches.  The nymphing and streamer fishing has held up through the worst of it while the dry fly fishing has been outstanding whenever conditions allow.  The Fall River is in great shape and fishing as well as we’ve seen it for some time this early in the season.

Gabe Duran guided trips in his backyard on the Lower Sac several days this week and was planning to send pics until he accidentally donated his camera to the river gods.  One guest he fished with this week is an 83 year young accomplished dry fly fisherman, who is quickly becoming a seasoned Lower Sac nympher under Gabe’s tutelage ;>).  Some mornings on the river have been slow but when the hatches turn on the grab takes off.  Gabe is beginning to see some Stonefly activity and with warm weather in the forecast it should only get better!

Click on any pic above to see more photos from last week’s outstanding fishing.

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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