Is the McCloud the best trout stream in the world? You wouldn't be the only person to have that thought run through your mind while you're landing the biggest brown trout you've ever seen in the net. Is the McCloud the worst river in the world? You also wouldn't be the only person to think that as you dodge poison oak, scramble down shale hillsides and get refusal after refusal from some of the most educated fish on the West Coast. You can't have the good without the bad, and in the case of the McCloud, nothing comes easy. But as all great things in life, the greater the challenge the greater the reward, and finally landing a resident rainbow or brown trout in one of the most pristine settings imaginable will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
Target Species: Rainbow & Brown trout
River Type: Tailwater
Closest Town: McCloud, CA
Closest Fly Shops: Ted Fay, Dunsmir. Clearwater Lodge.
River Regulations & Closures: The McCloud River is open to fishing the last Saturday in April until November 15th.
Hazards: Rattlesnakes, poison oak, loose rocks on riverbottom and cold water.