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I guided the Ah-Di-Na area of the McCloud today.  It's a long drive down to the campground and it was plenty HOT, so the cold water felt really good!  All the guys hooked into multiple fish in the 6-10 inch range fishing nymphs.  The McCloud is a beautiful river and in my opinion, a "bucket-list" river for any fly angler.
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The road to Ah-Di-Na will be closed for construction on Sept 13/14.  For more information, call the Shasta-Trinity National Forest McCloud ranger station at 530-964-2184.  
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Hed the pleasure of trying to beat this heat with client Len from Ohio.  We spent a morning and some of the afternoon on the Upper McCloud.  Although the temps finally did reach triple digits, the canyon and water of the McCloud made for an enjoyable day.  We spent our day throwing dry/dropper rigs.  Len hooked into some nice Upper Mac Rainbows on the dry fly and then did battle with a few smaller fish on the nymph as well.  Good times!
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One of Len's rewards for throwing dry flies.
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The beautiful, and somewhat cool, Upper McCloud River.
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I guided Martin and Ford on the McCloud the past two days.  They fished very hard and both were rewarded with some beautiful fish.  The cold water was a welcome relieve from the heat!  Bring lots of water on these hot days.
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One thing I love about fly fishing is how many ways there is to enjoy the sport.  Last week, we were drifting down the Lower Sac at 115 degrees for linbacker trout with large nymphing rigs, and yesterday I got to spend a great day with clients Lynn and Helena from Los Angeles on the Beautiful Upper MCCloud River, a perfect high altitude trout stream.  What a difference in fishing styles, but equally enjoyable.  Lynn and Helena had a great day learning all of the various techniques that can be used on the Upper McCloud to catch fish.  We fished dries, nymphs, and dry/dropper combinations. We caught wild and planted trout on all set ups and I really enjoyed their enthusiasm and interest in learning the river.  So fun.  
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Lynn with a dandy!
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The beautiful Middle Falls of the Upper McCloud.
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Spending all day in the shadow of Mt. Shasta
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Conditions are great on the McCloud right now.  The water is off-color, but just the right amount.  I took brothers Scott and John down to Ash Camp today and it fished pretty tough.  We mainly found fish in the not-so-obvious holes.  Our big fish of the day was a 10" rainbow, although we hooked a couple that were a little bigger.  No matter how good the fishing is, the trip to the McCloud is always worth it.  It's a beautiful river, albeit moody, and any day on it can yield an incredible fishing experience.
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Scott caught this fish on a nymph
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Had a great ending to this year's trout season on the McCloud river. The Golden Gate Angling Club was up from San Fransisco for a two day clinic. We went over wading safety, proper rigging, fly selection, and most importantly we got to explore a lot of the upper and lower parts of the river.
 
A mixed group of beginner and expert anglers, I really enjoyed spending time with everyone. I love teaching new skills to beginning angers and refining skill sets for the more experienced angers. We even got some much needed rain on the second day; nothing beats fishing in the rain!
 
Looks like the rain dance temporarily worked, but I'll keep up the effort as we can always use more precipitation here in northern California. Now for full throttle steelhead season!! The fishing on the Trinity has already been very productive, and will only get better as the season progresses and we get more rain. 
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Patrick, Ling, Renee and Roger were a great group for day one.
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Day two's group: Kevin, Debbie, Bob and Brad. Another amazing group of avid anglers!
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Fall colors are poppin'
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Using dry fly techniques on the upper river
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High sticking pocket water down near Ah Di Nah
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We had a fun day on the McCloud today.  My client Lisa was determined to catch a fish on her Tenkara rod.  We fished a section of smaller pockets that was ideally suited to the technique.  Lisa got the hang of the casting and by the end of the day she had landed at least half a dozen trout, including two 12 inchers and a brown trout.  Landing fish with a Tenkara rod is kind of a train-wreck since there is no reel and you just have to grab the line and pull it in hand-over-hand until you can grab the fish.  We had a few "Now What?" moments after hooking up.  Lisa's friend Maya also gave the Tenkara rod a try and caught a fish immediately.  The ticket was a size 12 humpy with a small nymph dropper.  The two biggest fish ate the dry and the rest ate the dropper.
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tenkara works great on the McCloud
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Lisa with a nice fish landed on her new tenkara rod
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There was a large mud flow on Mt. Shasta starting Saturday around 3pm.  For more details, follow this link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4120/24594/
 
The forest service reported yesterday:
"As of this morning, the Forest Service reports that sediment from Mud Creek has reached Lake McCloud and the lower McCloud River. Sediments from Mud Creek will likely impact water quality and fishing by creating turbid conditions in the River below Lake McCloud for the next several weeks.
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The McCloud fished really well for us the last two days.  I guided some great clients on the Nature Conservancy Preserve both days.  We fished the pocket water and smaller pools with nymphs, dries, and dry/dropper techniques.  Most of our fish were small to medium, but there were a few fish over 14" in the mix, too.  Small mayfly nymphs worked great under a small corky indicator.  The hopper grab was good in the afternoons, too.  The fish were pretty grabby for the McCloud.
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Jeffrey landed many fish
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Gina with her big fish on her first cast
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I had the pleasure of guiding some great clients on the Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River today.  The river is back to normal in terms of clarity.  The ash flow is over and the water is clear - perhaps too clear!  We fished a lot of great pocket water today.  My experience on the Bollibokka is that the pocket water is much more productive than the really obvious buckets, although the fish in the pocket water are smaller.  We did best in the morning hours and productive flies included psycho princes in yellow, brown rubber legs, and red copper johns.  We landed fish up to 18" in the morning.  In the afternoon we did a lot of hopper-dropper fishing.  A few fish ate the hopper, and a lot of small and medium-sized fish ate the dropper.
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Scott with a rainbow caught on a red copper john
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John caught a lot of fish today
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Tony playing a fish
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Tony with his big fish of the day
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Lots of great pocket water on the Bollibokka
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I fished the McCloud River today with Ross and Nick from Texas.  They are well on their way to their California Heritage Trout Challenge certificates.  The bagged their 4th fish yesterday by catching some McCloud Redbands.  Today we hit both the upper and lower McCloud for some good old Shasta rainbows.  Wet wading was really nice today.  We caught our best fish on a dry fly today but we caught the most on small nymphs fished through the pockets.  The size 6 Chernobyl Ant was popular as an indicator dry, too.  Lots of ladybugs in the air today.  The Nature Conservancy Preserve was a ghost town this afternoon - only three other anglers out.  Not bad for a Sunday in June!
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Nick caught this one on a dry
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Ross hooked up on a dry-dropper rig
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Always a pleasure fishing The Mac. I had Doug from New York City today, and he could charge and fish well. We covered a vast amount of water and hooked many of the beautiful McCloud River wild red bands on various nymphs and drys. The morning was kind of slow, but we still hooked fish as we kept moving and covering lots of water. It shut off around 5:30. Pressure is heavy. Avoid dropping in right above or below another angler without conversation, this makes you look like a kook. There is lots of water to fish if you just hike a little bit, and a quick chat with other anglers helps everyone enjoy the experience on this famous river that is held in the highest regard.
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I just returned from my epic Tarpon Tour in Mexico, and fished this past week on Fall River, the McCloud, Pit, and the Upper Sac.  Conditions were great, and crowds were the lowest I have ever seen them for this time of year, except for the lower Mac which was a circus this weekend.  If you know where do go, it doesn't matter though.  
 
Fall River: There good numbers of fish around from Spring Creek Bridge down below Island Bridge.  Dry fly fishing and nymphing will improve every day, but the sinking line grab is pretty awesome right now.  I hooked 3 fish on my first 3 casts of the sas
 
The Mac: Stones and big mayflies are starting to make their appearance.  The river is quite low for this time of year, and it is much easier to get around.  If you cover water, you can hook lots of fish...especially in the shade.  Fish a dry dropper skillfully in the pocket water, and you will pillage.
 
Upper Sac:  Again, very low for this time of year, which makes it very fishable.  Try to fish the shade and pocket water with a dry dropper, or dredge the bottom with a dirty bobber rig.  Evenings are superb. 
 
Pit: Not easy to get around, but fishing good for hard charging waders ready to nymph or fish a dry dropper.  The more water you cover, the more fish you will catch. 
 
Availability is quickly diminishing for summer bookings.  June should be excellent, and the Hex Hatch should be all time this year.  Get your trip in the books. 
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Gino and I just finished up three days of guiding on the Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River.  What a place!  The lodging and cooking facilities are excellent.  When you drive into the property it feels like you're stepping back into history.  The river itself is the same McCloud you would recognize from the public water upstream, just bigger.  There are also more long flat sections and riffles.  There are definitely some large rainbows on the Bollibokka, although they are not easy to catch.  The McCloud River down there is a very physically demanding river and the fish are no easier to catch than on any other part of the McCloud.  The allure is the privacy, the diversity of water types, the trail system, the history, and the presence of some larger fish.
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There are some nice rainbows on the Bollibokka
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pocket water galore
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There are many smooth sections like this
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Lots of beautiful riffles
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Is this a spotted bass?
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fish on
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Mike with a nice one
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I took Sam and Jim to the Upper McCloud today.  The river fished great and we didn't see any other anglers.  There were hundreds of people out enjoying the waterfalls, but nobody fishing where we were.  We had good luck on dries (elk hair caddis and hopper patterns) and nymphs.  We hooked a couple of truck trout, but mainly caught wild rainbows up to 9 inches or so.
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Gino and I had the opportunity to scout the Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River today.  No fishing, but we got to scout the trail system and get the lay of the land.  We're guiding a group of anglers staying on the Bollibokka in August.  We're looking forward to a lot of wet wading and hopper-dropper fishing!  Many thanks to Michael Caranci at The Fly Shop in Redding and to caretaker Bruce for setting up this scouting trip.
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Gino Bernero overlooks the river
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Gino surveys the scene
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Great water for all techniques
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The confluence with Chatterdown Creek
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There are many beautiful riffles like this
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The view looking down from the Way Station
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The weather was hot on the Mac today but the fishing held up fairly well.  We pretended that we were in Montana and fished dry/dropper all day.  We had a lot of fish come up to look at or eat our Chernobyl ants and a lot more ate the nymph dropper.  Our biggest fish was only about 12", but it was a lot of fun.  The fish are pretty packed into the shallow riffles and pockets right now.  A lot of the really obvious buckets and pools are fishing pretty slow.
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We had some funky weather the last few days but fishing has been great overall. The Mac: nymphing in the morning has picked up, but its all about the afternoon dry fly fishing most days. Hat Creek: the recent chilly whether has slowed down the hatches, but warmer whether will improve fishing next week. Fall River: hex hatch is full on when conditions are good. the best fishing during the day has been nymphing, but I had some epic dry fly fishing today from around 1 to 3:30. Small streams are still fishing excellent.
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The road to Ash Camp and Ah-Di-Na has just been reopened.  Please be aware that the Bagley Fire burned the south (river-left) side of the river from Ash Camp downstream for several miles.
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