The midsummer doldrums that hit the Northern California region in the early weeks of July seem to have kicked the bucket, as the fishing on almost all of the local rivers has really started to pick up over the past week.
The Lower Sac is red-hot right now for big rainbows, with rubberleg stones and caddis pupae producing the most fish, and increasing dry-fly action just before dark.
The Trinity is on fire for chrome-bright fresh Chinook salmon averaging 10-20 lbs, and the big sea-run browns are just starting to roll in as well. It’s still a little early for the steelhead on the Trinity, but they shouldn’t be far behind.
Low water on the mountain streams slowed the fishing some, but the Upper Sac, McCloud, and Pit Rivers are all still producing some nice fish, the McCloud especially has been displaying some big browns.
Both Hat Creek and Fall River have been fishing fair with some good Trico hatches around mid-morning and some caddis in the evening.