Summer special 20% off & guides report: fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta

Craig, Fall RiverWhat a couple of great weeks since our last report!  The weather has turned gorgeous, flows on local freestone rivers are at summer time lows and hatches are in full swing.  As a result, dry fly fishing on the McCloud and Upper Sac have been exceptional, particularly in the evenings.  The Hex hatches on the Fall River and Lake Siskiyou have been phenomenal and nymphing on the Pit continues to produce some outstanding catches.  Hat Creek has some lingering hatches and the warm weather has summer caddis and PMD’s on the Lower Sac popping.   The Stonefly hatch on the Klamath has concluded and we are scheduling folks for fall steelheading starting in September when water temps drop to a safe level to again practice catch and release.

Cal Trout Klamathon Lodge Group with Guides Craig Nielsen, Jim Andras, John Rickard and Mike HibbardTo help you take advantage of the great local fishing we are offering a group special.  Bring family or friends and hire two guides for a day (or longer) and receive 20% off.  Save $180 per day, guide fees are $445 per day reduced to $355, or $90 off per guide per day.  Contact us now to schedule remaining summer prime dates with the finest local guides, this offer expires August 31st.

Andrew, McCloud RiverKristine, McCloud RiverKristine, McCloud RiverMcCloud River Brown Trout Flows on the McCloud are at a season low, having reached summer levels weeks ago with nearly all crossing spots open and wading at it’s best.  We’ve been taking advantage of the conditions with several guests, casting dry and droppers to the far bank and pockets all day, followed by phenomenal fishing to risers during the evening hatch of Pale Evening Duns, Flavineas along with a Rusty Spinner fall.  The July 4th crowd is gone and particularly on weekdays you can find some solitude.

Beth, Upper Sacramento RiverFlows on the Upper Sacramento River  have been at summertime norms for several weeks.  Springs on the upper river keep water temps low so the entire river remaings very wadable and fishable all summer long.  Local guides Craig Nielsen, Rick Cox, Alan Blankenship, Wayne Eng and Fred Gordon have hosted several guests and found nymphing during the day continues to produce and the evening dry fly bite on Mayflies and lingering Stoneflies have been outstanding the last few weeks.  The fish are fat and happy as angling pressure has been noticeably light this season.  We have not yet seen the typical influx of Shasta Lake Rainbows moving into the lower river yet.  These feisty, hot fish average 14-18″ and provide great sport, much like half pound steelhead and we expect them to be showing up in our nets in the coming weeks.

Craig, Fall RiverRob, Fall RiverHexagenia Dun a large bite for trophy troutCraig Nielsen, Tom Peppas, Scott Saiki and George Durand report several guests are enjoying the evening Hex hatch on the Fall River which is moving up from the confluence of the Fall and Tule Rivers. This hatch allows us to nymph and swing emergers prior to the hatch and cast enormous Mayfly dries at last light to target the biggest fish of the season on the surface. Combine this action with some nymphing and casting drys to a morning PMD hatch and it makes for a very fulfilling day.  In most seasons we see the hatch continue through July and the first few weeks of August.  We still have some guide dates available, drop us a line if you have not yet experienced this amazing seasonal event.

Local guide Alan Blankenship (aka The Pit Pirate) has been finding some fish on the Pit River as flows have dropped to the summer minimum.  Several guests have enjoyed outstanding days, catching chunky ‘bows who have seen very few anglers this season.   Alan has some availability for hardy waders who have not yet sampled the bounty this fishery can provide.

MIke & Jeff LSac The Lower Sacramento River has been a bit up and down lately as flows have been fluctuating, which is unusual.   PMD’s  and Hydropysche Caddis have been popping but day time temps have been a bit too much for most of us.  Cooler temps and steady flows should making the fishing as well as the catching more enjoyable in the coming weeks.

Frank, Hat CreekGigi, McCloud RiverCarol, McCloud RiverHat Creek along with some of the tiniest trickles of water around have offered some joyous days for intrepid souls.  We have avoided the crowds at Powerhouse 2 and enjoyed some solitude on the lower reaches of Hat Creek.  Local headwater creeks have also provided some excellent action casting small dry flies for eager trout.  This is a perfect venue for kids, those new to the sport, and folks who want to relax and enjoy consistent action and the visual joy of watching trout dart from the stream bottom to intercept their flies.

Flywater Travel's new Alaska & Northwest representative David Kalinowski is pleased with his first Klamath River SteelheadWe have concluded our spring stonefly hatch fishing on the Klamath for the season but still have some fall Steelhead dates available starting in September, including some special offerings at the incredible Scott River Lodge.

Drop us a line if you are headed our way, we are always happy to share all we can whether you are seeking guide service or not.

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