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The McCloud River Fishing Report

The McCloud River gave us a show last week. We ended up with some great fish and some good dry fly fishing. Overall the hatches are weak this year. However for 20-30 minutes, the PMD hatch was damn fine and there are enough Yellow Sallies flying around to keep the trout looking up throughout the day. Unless you see rising fish, its best to cover the water and fish as many spots you can. The fish that are on the hunt don’t need a second cast. The glacial melt allows us to creep up a little closer then normal and perfect the drag free drift. Nymphers should also consider the glacial tint in choosing their fly size and color. When visibility is an issue consider fishing the pocket water or swinging soft hackles through the tail-outs. Despite the good fishing and beautiful sunny days, there were not a lot of anglers out. The McCloud was left for only a few of us. It was a pleasure to pull up to the Nature Conservancy and not see a single rig. We’ve been in every stretch of the river this month and from to to bottom she is fishing well, come fish it with us.

 

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April 20th 2017 Fishing Report.

Our local waters are still under the influence of a wet wet wet winter and early spring. Our definition of fishability has changed a bit. We can’t wait any longer, its time to go fishing. Our best bets in and around Mount Shasta are the Lower Sacramento, McCloud Reservoir, and Lake Siskiyou.

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With the most celebrated holiday of the year “Opening Weekend” of the McCloud River just over a week away, its time to get ready for that annual pilgrimage.

The Lower Sacramento in Redding is  running at 30,000 cfs, with some greenish brown water. It looks pretty rough out there… but its Spring and Springtime on the Lower Sac is as good as it gets. Regardless of the flows and color change, its fishing as good as can be expected. Chuck has been out there most days this week and reports plenty of fish being caught.

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The McCloud Reservoir is seldom showcased on our fishing reports but is always a surprising underdog. This place is a virtual fish factory and a wonderful place to not only catch a bunch of fish, take kids fishing, but even a great place to harvest a couple trout for dinner. We had some grand fun with these kids and were able to bring our bounty to The Wild Waters Lounge in Mt Shasta and have Damion cook them up for us. We taught these kids the virtues of Catch and Release on full bellies while picking our teeth with the bones.

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Lake Siskiyou in Mt Shasta is a ridiculously serene lake to spend the day fishing. Many fly anglers fish the Upper Sac that flows out of Lake Siskiyou but few have targeted Lake Siskiyou as a destination. This place does have a dedicated local following, and they all hate the fact that I’m writing about it. Casting streamers and swimming nymphs to the outcroppings and stump fields with an intermediate clear line and long leader will certainly be rewarded. For me there is no better place to cast a 5 weight again after a winter with the big sticks. Tuning up for the trout season.

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OPENING WEEKEND on the McCLOUD RIVER.

On April 29th the McCloud opens to us trout fishermen. An annual pilgrimage that rivals any spiritual journey. However this year we have a few issues to deal with. Winter storms commonly blew out the McCloud and the high water changed the river substantially. The banks have been ripped of their vegetation and replaced with down trees, gravel beds too displaced, even huge boulders seem to have turned in the heavy flows. This may sound devastating but its not an unusual event, you can never dip your toe into the same river twice. Nature also has played a card in limiting access. Currently and most likely till mid May the road to Ah Di Na and the Conservancy is closed. Not far from the turn off the gravel road washed away and is in need of serious repair. From what I know, the Forest Service and private timber land owners are debating on who’s responsibility it is.

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It seems the river will be left to the dedicated anglers willing to hike in from Ash Camp. Before you get your waders all wadded up in a bunch, know that there is a group of lady power hikers who are known to often hike from the dam to the rope on the conservancy… and back. From the PCT bridge to Ah Di Na is only an hour hike. Many anglers take pride in their vehicles that can drive them down the Nature Conservancy’s bumpy road in comfort, both the AC and AC/DC cranking, but this spring we hike.

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We also expect some pretty high flows this spring and early summer. Quick safety talk…. she’s way stronger then you, be careful! Knowing where to fish and how to fish at high flows takes years of experience and many days of trial and error. We’ve seen these flows many times in the past. My humble opinion is that the river is fishable at anything below 2000k which allows about 10% of accessibility.

At 1200 cfs about 25% of our spots are fishable.

800 cfs = 50%

600 = 75%

400 cfs = 90%

and at 250 cfs 100% of our spots are fishable. As far as flies to use…Go big when its big.

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Klamath River Fishing Report

On Super Bowl Sunday the Iron Gate section of the Klamath River saw one guide boat. The clarity of the water was greenish brown and the wind gusted up to 30mph in the afternoon, conditions were tough but we had it all to ourselves. Many of my favorite spots were forever changed as half the trees along the banks were broken and dangling in the river. Despite it all fish were caught, fish were fought, and fish were lost. At the end of the day it was considered good steelhead fishing. After finding some nice ones I was happy to have some trips lined up this week. The following day they bumped the flows to 4k and the last bastion of California steelhead fishing became unfishable. Emoji sad face dude. There is a place however, were you can still go, pull up a stool at the bar and cast your line. Chuck caught one there last night.

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Last days of August on the McCloud

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This August proved to be a productive month on the McCloud River.  Some hefty fish from the lake have reached the upper stretches surprising many anglers with incredible fights and acrobatic get aways. Gotta love it. The water clarity and temperature drastically changes from the upper stretches all the way down to Bollibokka. Up top it has about 2-3 feet of visibility while the lower river at Bollibokka is damn near gin clear. The algae seems to be the only downside to fishing this time of year and diligent fly cleaning is necessary.  Sadly, there are no real hatches and any mayfly that happens to get off the water gets waxed by awaiting dragonflies, mandibles slicing them in half in an unfair dogfight. However, fall is near and caddis hatches are scheduled. It will be a great time to swing through a riffle or skate a tail-out. We hope to see you out there.

 

 

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McCloud River Fishing Report Thursday July 14th

Bollibokka and the Nature Conservancy are experiences some phenomenal fishing, too bad its only for a couple hours a day. Mid-day is tougher out there. Some of our peers are boasting midges with 7x, but I don’t even own 7x. It has been great wet wading/swimming and though fishing this time of year is not a number game, at least some big ones are coming to the net. This is my favorite times to chase big trout. If you are a “match the hatch” fisherman, stick with the Yellow Sallies and PMDs. Caddis and stonefly nymphs are more important then their adult dry form, but soon the shady spots will have mid day caddis hatches worth fishing.  More and more bear sightings means there are some black berries to eat so no need to pack snacks. Have fun out there.

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McCloud River Fishing Report, June 17 2016.

Its currently raining here in Mt Shasta and the rivers have seen less people on them during these cold days. The bug life has been loving this weather and the McCloud River is seeing all kinds of bug activity. We’ve seen three different types of drakes, pmds, yellow sallies and golden stoneflies. Its a great time to throw dry flies. Most days its pretty damn good fishing so come on out. Please enjoy some pics from last week.

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McCloud and Upper Sac Rivers Fishing Report June 9th 2016

The McCloud River and Upper Sacramento are both fishing very well. Expect slow times of the day as well as moments of brilliance as the trout are looking up and eating dries. PMDs Drakes and Golden Stones are all on the menu.

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Lindsay with a nice McCloud Loch Leven Brown.

 

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Its in the net. McCloud River.

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The McCloud

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You got them. McCloud River Loch Leven Brown.

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The Filson vest with over 1500 days on it. Starting to look a bit worn.

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First fish on a fly for Joal on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Wild Waters Guide Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Wet wading season on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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The McCloud River’s glacial waters. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Upper Sacramento two hander. Photo by Carl Mogerley

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Swinging soft hackles on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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Mark on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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The tracks of theUpper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley

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Fish On! Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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The beach on the McCloud River.

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Carl at work on the McCloud River

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One of the greatest fisherman.

One of the greatest fisherman.

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McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

Mt Shasta area is fishing fantastic.

The waters around Mt Shasta, especially The Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers are fishing fantastic. Hatches of Grey and Green Drakes, PMDs and Golden Stones are prevalent. The fish have spread out throughout the pocket water and looking for a meal. Tie on some big bugs and let them fly. The McCloud saw some crowds over Memorial Weekend but most had great fishing. The Nature Conservancy was filled to capacity, but the fishing was so good everyone was smiling. With crystal clear water and crowds the fish are getting educated fast, but with proper approach and presentation they slam it.

What a great time to be on the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers.  Enjoy some photos.

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Bass ponds and lakes have offered up some explosive takes on topwater in the early mornings

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Part Toy / Part Tool but she is going to open up some new water for us!

Its a sad day when you find out your fishing buddy is moving away. But then you find out he is moving to Florida, buying a flats boat and selling you his raft.

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The McCloud River is open for business!

Come one, come all, beckon your wild call. The McCloud River opened to fisherman on April 30th and has been putting on quite a show. Good hatches and rising fish means we have been having a lot of fun with dry flies. Be prepared with Grey Drakes, Golden Stones, PMDs and (fingers crossed) Green Drakes. The biggest concentration of fish are in the first miles below the dam, but you’ll find more bugs down river. June is our favorite month on this river so pack your bags.

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April Fishing Report

April has come and gone and we have not yet given out a fishing report. So here is the recap. The Lower Sacramento River continued to dominate, the spring of 2016 will long be remembered as one of the best. Our guides have been busy and putting in many floats from Redding to Red Bluff and everyone from beginners to experts have had the epic. We watched the flows settle out and the pmds went nuts.

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Besides the fantastic Lower Sac we have been out and about on all sorts of adventures.

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