The McCloud River is perhaps one of the prettiest places in the west to fly fish. This scenic wonderland is also home to one of the most famous strains of rainbow trout in the world. In the late 1800s, McCloud River Redbands were sent overseas to stock the now famous rivers of Patagonia, New Zealand, and Australia. If you catch a rainbow trout in another continent, odds are the origins of that fish start back at the McCloud River. These native trout still exist here and thrive in her cold, clean glacial waters below Mt Shasta.
Although it takes some driving to get down into the river’s canyons, this magical place is certainly one of our favorite rivers to guide fishermen — especially the 10 miles of public water between McCloud reservoir and Lake Shasta. With early hatches of various stoneflies, caddis and mayflies, dry fly fishing in the early season can be fantastic. This is more of an advanced river to wade fish, so be sure to bring your felt boots and wading staff. Our McCloud river fly fishing guides haves decades of combined experience.