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.
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.
Photos by John Rickard
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bass ponds and lakes have offered up some explosive takes on topwater in the early mornings
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.
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.
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.
Besides the fantastic Lower Sac we have been out and about on all sorts of adventures.
February brings Wild Waters Fly Fishing all over the place. We’ve been in 3 different states, floating, wading, casting, hooking and last but not least, some catching. Unseasonable warm weather made for some great days out on the river. The rains are back and California is swamped under some much needed water. Spring conditions are right around the corner. Hope to see you out there!!!
The call of the coast brings you back.
Happy Leap Year Birthday to Peter Sharer. Thanks for spending your birthday with us.
Lower Sac trout fishing has been fabulous and we are excited to spend some time chasing trout again.
Its hard work being a steelhead fisherman… A nice warm day in Feb., plus a friend that wants to swing a run, plus a gravel bar, plus a hangover… equals nap time…
Yet another dog that wanted to fish with us. This is Sadie. I never met her owner but I’m thinking Sadie got let out to pee in the morning and decided my cott was a good place to go back to bed.
Drive along the 101, and get to where you want to go, sometimes slow…
The Kid holds a nice one!! @acflyfishing
Pedro and the Kid!! with Gabe Duran
The Portal of Destiny
Anthony guides Chris into a chrome bright beauty!
Not the biggest or the brightest, but obviously still really fun!!!
I know your out there somewhere…
A very common scene this time of year. We will be seeing some fish on redds well into April. Note the clean gravel under the fish. Please let these fish be, make plans to catch their children. You wouldn’t want someone picking a fight with you in this moment.
January for us is a special month. Its time for us to get our fish on. We have been running all around the State of Jefferson and beyond, sleeping on the side of rivers, in the truck and even the luxury of the well needed dry warm hotel room. Can’t tell you how much fun its been. Not all play though, were still doing our guide trips and if you want to get out and get some fishing in for yourself feel free to hit us up. Hope to see you out there!!!
A great day of Winter Steelhead fishing! My old friends from Colorado came out to get in on some chrome lightning. We hired Casey Malepsy and his buddy Robert to take us out with the spinning rods and man did we have a good time. The boys went home with some great looking fish!
There are signs of Fall on the horizon. Colored leaves and cool nights, have things changing up here in the State of Jefferson. The McCloud River remains very colored up with about 28 inches of visibility, however the fish have been eating and looking healthy. We’ve had some epic battles with brutes and some wonderful fish to hand. Though there is very little dry fly action right now, some of our bigger rainbows were still taken off the surface. The Upper Sac has really benefited from the cool nights and some great fishing is being reported. The Lower Sacramento is to remain your best bet for big fish but if you put your ear in the Klamath River you can hear them coming. A wad of salmon, steelhead and half pounders are pouring their way up the lower river and heading our way. We are keeping a close eye on their progress. It is an annual event and that time is here. They are coming.
To the rope at the Nature Conservancy.
Where the big one got away.