Raining on the party these days and the fishing has dropped off. Forecasters saying will be this way for most of the week but clearing for the Memorial Day weekend stampede. Both the Upper Sac and McCloud have been cranky lately but should start heating up soon, we just need to get this wet stuff out of the way.
The USac flows are creeping down and are at 575 cfs, not ideal but definitely worth fishing. The upper sections have a few Salmonflies out and about …. Caddis, Yellow Sallies and Mayflies were starting to show, but this rain has put the kibosh on the bug hatch. You might see some Baetis hatches though as I witnessed Friday so be prepared. We are still managing to pick up some nice fish though ….. nymphing with a nice swing at the end of the drift (my fav) got Pat G. a nice beefy brownie above Dunsmuir the other day.
The McCloud was it usual McCrowd up until the weather moved in and has quieted down as a result, resting until the next surge. I predict that fishing will improve here, hatches as usual will explode and finding your own personal rock to fish from will be a challenge. But it is what it is and you cannot find a better river to spend a day on for fishing and scenery ….. so cowboy up and have fun. The Salmonfies are around, am starting to see some Drakes, occasional Mayflies and a few Caddis but so far not much top feeding … unless you throw a dry/dropper in some pocket water.