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We just finished up another fantastic guide school. Aaron, Rob, Dylan, and Drew was the dream team of students, who will all be guiding someday in the near future. All venues fished excellent for us this week.
The Pit River is fishing excellent. High stick nymphing is the most productive technique here until the caddis hatch is the evenings. If you cover water and have good presentations, you will find plenty of fish.
The McCloud River has also been fishing excellent. Dry dropper is my favorite rig here. If they aren't eating on top, go to a high stick nymph rig and cover water. Every evening on the Mac provides good dry fly fishing this time of year. Stick it out!
Fall River has had some fun head hunting opportunities in the mornings for large fish eating calibaetis emergers and spinners. Its a tough game to play, but more rewarding than just staring at a bobber and cleaning weeds off of it every cast. Sinking line techniques are also working, pulling damsels and leaches. Fishing has been shutting off by around 2pm, so good time for a break then go fish the hex in the evening. It's been starting really late this year, at around 9:15 so don't pack it in too early.
Hat Creek has been fishing great in the mornings and evenings. Excellent trico spinner fall from about 8 to 10. Fantastic caddis hatch in the evenings with a smattering of mayflies to keep you busy. Mid day has been slow here.
The upper Rogue has started to get steelhead trickling in. I'm heading up there this weekend. Mornings are the best time to swing one up this time of year up there. I will be back to guide it for the month of November after the Grande Ronde in October.
Reports from the lower Klamath are good! We start our spey camps down there August 1st and have one open spot left. Contact me for details.
I fished stripers today with Don and Mike from the Santa Rosa area. The weather was perfect (not overly hot) and we hardly saw any other boats on the river. We covered about 20 miles of river by the end of the day. We started off with some good action, but then fishing was tough from about 11am to 2pm. The bite improved in the afternoon, though. Don finished the day with at least five fish, the largest about 3 pounds. Mike landed a couple of larger schoolies too.
Visibility is improving and the weedbeds are starting to come in. The river looks a lot better than it did just 10 days ago. I anticipate more fish and more big fish once the weedbeds become established and the forage fish arrive in good numbers.
I did my first-ever striper/hex combo trip yesterday. We fished the Lower Sac for stripers until 2pm and then headed up to Fall River for the hex hatch. We had pretty good striper fishing, albeit for small fish, in the morning and then the hex hatch was about as good as it gets. My clients Frank and Doug landed close to ten big fish on hex dries last night. Pretty amazing, especially considering the windy conditions. All of the hex fish were 16-19" and were great fighters.
The fishing was challenging during the day today. We landed just a couple fish, but one of them was Doug's best Fall River fish ever, a 21" rainbow.
The hex hatch was really good again tonight. The wind totally changed from last night and there were way more bugs, so our flies were a bit outnumbered. We landed four or five nice fish. Frank and Doug have done the hex hatch many times over the years and they thought this year was the best they've ever seen.
Dax and Leslie have opened up some dates in early July - come up and experience the hex hatch.
The weather has been very sporadic in June here in Nor Cal. Mt. Shasta got a beautiful blanket of fresh snow a few nights ago. It makes for beautiful sunsets on Fall River as you await the hex hatch. Some of the windy and cooler nights this past week kept the hatch from happening, but overall its been a superb hex season despite the unseasonal weather. The hatch is happening both above and below the confluence, which makes for a nice displacement of pressure. Don't drop right below somebody when there is two hundred yards of open water above them. Llights! If you don't have proper lights on your boat, at least have headlamps and flashlights. Better yet, Shasta Angler in Fall River has the proper lights for you, the game warden and other anglers don't care if your crappy rental boat isn't properly equipped with lights...its the operator's responsibility.
Hat Creek has been decent in the mornings and evenings, kinda tough during the day. The warmer weather will help hatches. The Mac has been the typical McCloud. At times you wonder if there are any fish or insects in the place, then all of a sudden it turns on and you are hooking fish all over the place. Afternoons have been better recently for me.
I only have a few more days available for trout season. Fishing should be great these next few weeks.
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