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McCloud River Fly Fishing Report

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Rick Cox of Wildwaters reports on 10.18.18

The McCloud River is living up to its Fall reputation for fishing. The Brownies are getting very active in preparation for their spawning soon. This has to be one of the best if not the best Fall I’ve witnessed for these beast, am seeing a German Brown hatch like no other. 

Not only am I finding them in their typical lies but have been finding them in some very strange locations too. Streamers and nymphs are the current ticket but as the October hatch increases they will start gobbling on top … tighten your boot straps and enjoy. 

A word of caution, be aware of their redds when they start their mating thing which starts shortly. Then too lets not forget the Rainbows, we have been seeing some very nice ones coming to the net all the way from the dam down through Bollibokka. These guys have been on the dries mornings and evenings with midday results using the bobber. Expect to see Caddis and Mayfly hatches late afternoon so throw on the trusty Adams or Elk Hair Caddis for success. The downside here though is the crowds, you will have to search around for water to fish but at least you will have a good social experience meeting new friends and swapping lies.

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