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Upper Sac, Pit River, McCloud, Fall River Fly Fishing Reports

Upper Sac, Pit River, McCloud, Fall River Fly Fishing Reports

LCO Reports on 6.26.2019

We have been up fishing in Northern California and having great fishing. The Upper Sacramento River (check out our Upper Sacramento River Profile)  continue to drop into perfect shape. Reports from the McCloud have been moments of brilliance bookended by hard work. The weather has been unseasonably cool for this time of year throwing the bugs off a bit. The Pit River has been the shining star up north with excellent nymphing and fish holding in nearly every little pocket. 

If you are looking for a killer day on a boat check out the fall river. The 5 rivers just completed and the Fall River boasted some incredible #'s and the largest fish of 22". The hex hatch is in full swing on the Lower Fall too!

from Cal Trout: 

All teams crushed it on the third day of the 5 Rivers Challenge, netting a collective 2,449 fish inches across the five rivers. It was a tight race with only 124.5 total fish inches separating the top three teams

🥉 Third place went to Brent Ryhlick and David Merisko with 1,231.5 total fish inches and 109 fish caught.

🥈 Second place went to David Moser and Steve Johnson, who had an epic day on the Upper Sac and McCloud. They netted 117 fish over the three days for a total of 1,246.5 fish inches

🥇 First place went to returning champ Josh Udesen and partner Chad Alderson who reeled in 513" on day three where they fished the Pit and Hat Creek. Josh netted 29 fish on the Pit alone. Their three-day total came in at 123 fish and 1,356 fish inches.

🎣 Largest fish of the tournament was caught by Michael Parry - a 22" hog on the Fall River

We want to thank all the participants and guides for making the time to support CalTrout in this unique way. Huge shoutout to Clearwater Lodge at The Pit River for hosting the event! All proceeds from 5RC go to our work ensuring these five rivers and others across the state have healthy waters for fish and people.

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Fall River Fly Fishing Lodging - Val Atkinson's & Susan's Cabin

Fall River Fly Fishing Lodging - Val Atkinson's  & Susan's Cabin

Relax in the shade just a stone's throw from the CalTrout public launch on Fall River. This lovely rental is a renovated milk house with walls that are a foot thick. The house is also shaded on all sides by trees, so it stays nice and cool all summer long. There are two twin beds that can be converted to a king bed. There is a great patio with a fantastic view of the Fall River Valley.

The rental is owned by famed photographer R. Valentine Atkinson and is appointed with some of his best framed photos. Stop in next door to view Val's photo gallery.

Val Atkinson's Fall River Cabin

Val Atkinson Fall River Fly Fishing Cabin

Val Atkinson's Fall River Cabin

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Rebecca and I headed up to Clearwater Lodge to fish Fall River...



Rebecca and I headed up to Clearwater Lodge to fish Fall River & Hat Creek. We fished late on Sunday evening on the powerhouse 2 riffle. A storm was blowing through leaving sporadic raindrops and cracks of thunder. The 1 billion mosquitoes out were a sign of a good hatch to come. I was thankful for the Simms Bugstopper Shirt and Ben’s 100that I had brought in anticipation of this particular...

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Fall River Fly Fishing Report

Anthony Carruesco reports on 7.20.18

The Fall River and it’s tributaries are fishing excellent right now. Our guru out there: Jay Cockrum has been putting big fish in the net with consistency. This is a bit more technical fishing but extremely rewarding. T

he Hex hatch is still going strong. That 30-40 minute window before dark can be absolute magic. Big fish and dry flies.. This is a highly...

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Fall River Fly Fishing Report

Dax Messett reports on 7.20.18

“Fall River has been fishing very well from mid-morning to early afternoon.  On overcast mornings, some excellent dry fly fishing can be had.  If not, sinking line techniques are working very well.  

The Hex hatch is still going strong on most nights, starting sometime after 9pm. If the wind comes up it’s a bit tougher, but you can still find fish chowing them in the...

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Fall River Fly Fishing Report

Anthony Carruesco reports on 7.12.18

Hex Hatch

Our Fall River Guru, Jay Cockrum has been reporting solid fishing over there recently. The Hex hatch is in full swing in the evenings and providing some very fun and fast paced dry fly fishing. 

There have been baetis hatches in the mornings with a few PMDs mixed in. Mostly a subsurface game during the mid-day if you want to find some of the bigger fish....

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Day 2 of 5 Rivers Challenge: Another fun day and happy anglers...



Day 2 of 5 Rivers Challenge: Another fun day and happy anglers fishing the wild trout waters of Northern California– Fall, Pit, McCloud, Upper Sacramento rivers and Hat Creek. We have 8 two-person teams out on the water, testing their angling skills to see who catches the most fish and the biggest fish. Congrats to Steve Johnson and Mikk Anderson for both catching a 19” from the Pit and Fall rivers. So far the competition has one team far ahead the rest, but with one more half-day fishing today, let’s see how it turns out. Thanks to Mike Wier for the photos; he joined teams on the McCloud River and Hat Creek, with a little hex in the evening on Fall River. 

Golden Stones, PMDS, and caddis pupa are to be expected this time of year. 

Hex’s are popping on the Fall River too!

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Fall River Fly Fishing Report

Dave Neal reports on 6.6.18

NorCal 

We have been experiencing fantastic fly fishing weather in Northern California
these last few weeks… lots of warm, sunny days followed by a few cloudy
afternoons with thundershowers in the high country above Redding. No century
busting hot spells just yet in early June. Time to get after it!!!
I cannot remember a better spring season than the one we are experiencing...

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Fall River Fly Fishing Report

Art Teter reports on 10.11.17

September is a closed book ending with good fishing that has ensued into mid-October. The big fish just keep coming in. Deepwater small bugs and light angler traffic are why October through mid-November offers some of the best fly fishing of the season! Expect some cloudy and light rainy days mixed with warm autumn sun. On the cloudy days, we typically have some...

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Fall River Fly Fishing Report

Clearwater Lodge Reports 7.27.2017

Danny with a nice Fall River Fattie!

Art Teter Reports on 7/25/17

One of my favorite quotes that you often hear me say is “conditions dictate as to how we fish. “This is the time of year that conditions change dramatically. With that being the case one thing that needs to change is your leader composition. The shorter leaders that you could get a way with earlier in...

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