“I am extremely picky about who I hire as a guide. I have hired many, and have only returned to one company over and over again – Wild Waters Fly Fishing. Thanks to them, I feel comfortable fishing the McCloud on my own, confident that I will choose the right flies and find the feeding lanes. I feel safe with them. And I am a stronger fisher as a result of their teaching and patience. They focus on what the client wants out of the trip…very client focused. I have learned incredible casting tricks for catching steelhead to get a perfect drift which makes even the pickiest fish bite. I am a regular customer and would not go with any other company. Believe me, I researched guides for a while before I went with them years ago. I have been a regular customer ever since. Regards, Happy Female Client”
“Fishing with John at Wild Waters is always a great experience. This trip focused on a day on the McCloud where John’s experience really paid off because he knew where all the big browns were hiding. The next day was all about Stealhead, floating the Klamath. Great fun and some nice fish. The last day was spent on some secret holes on the Upper Sacramento. Not only is John knowledgeable,(think fish whisperer), but he is patient and fun to spend long days on the water with. I highly endorse Wild Waters Fly Fishing Guide Services. I wouldn’t fish the Mt Shasta area without them.”
“Wild Waters offers an emmersion into the world of NorCal flyfishing that doesn’t come around very often. They not only were incredible teachers of technigue and fly selection, they were true sportsman with a depth of knowledge of the McCloud, the Klamath, and many other California rivers. They took me into a remote part of the McCloud that was tricky to hike into and wade through (an area that I would not be able to access on my own bc I’m an above the knee amputee), and they made it an experience of a lifetime standing side by side me through fast rapids, and sneaking up on boulders to scout good holes, and tweaking my casting technigue just enough to land dozens of rainbows. I will never fish with anyone else again in NorCal. I’m hooked on Wild Waters for the long term!”
“John and Chuck are incredible guides. Aside from being great guys, they couldn’t have been any more helpful as they took us from beginners to catching fish in a matter of minutes, with tips to remember for next time.”
“I’ve fished with the guys at Wild Waters a few times now (I think I’ve fished will all but one of their guides), and they have impressed me more and more each time. They know the water incredibly well, and it even feels like the know the individual fish sometimes. Plus they’re fun guys to fish with, and you can’t underestimate the value of that. Recommended without reservation.”
“Fantastic experience. Knowledgeable, personable guides made it a tremendous fishing adventure. Thanks guys!”
“John and Chuck were incredible guides during my recent fly fishing trip. Being a complete novice, they were extremely patient and informative. I learned so much and can’t wait to return to the sport! I highly recommend them as guides for fishers of all levels and ages.”
“I went out with Chuck for a full day and loved every minute. He’s an excellent fisherman and teacher. I’ve fallen in love with a new sport. Wild Waters rocks!”
“John and Chuck are fantastic! I have gone on two trips to the McCloud with John and Chuck as guides, both times with a group of varying skill sets. They both are knowledgeable, patient, wonderful teachers who also happen to be a ton of fun. From the beginners to our most experienced anglers, we were all thrilled to be on the river with Chuck and John. I would recommend them to everyone without hesitation.”
“They don’t come better! I’ve fished with countless guides and outfits, and I can honestly say that Wild Waters are the best around. They have immense knowledge of the river and history of the places you go and have countless fishing techniques to take you to the next level. If you’re looking for the ultimate fishing trip, look no further.”
“The guides at Wild Waters Fly Fishing are truly some of the best that I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with on the water. They’re incredibly knowledgeable, fun and know how to catch a ton of fish. Whether they were guiding some of the more experienced fishermen in our group, or teaching others the ways of nymphing and dry flies, they were awesome, and everyone in our group had a great time. It’s also worth noting that these guys are some of the best fishermen on water, no exaggeration. They taught us some new casting and nymphing techniques that immediately increased the # (and size) of the fishing that we were catching. John, Chuck, Tory, thanks so much for everything. It was great! Tight Lines, David”
“I had the opportunity to fish the McCloud River with 15 friends at the beginning of October. Being new to fly fishing, the guides made my experience – Chuck and John were patient, instructive and FUN. The stunning setting, abundant trout and awesome company made this an unforgettable trip. I would highly recommend Wild Waters Fly Fishing guides to the experienced or novice fishermen! An experience of a lifetime…”
“I recently had the pleasure of fishing with a large group of guys with Wild Waters and can safely say they exceeded all of our expectations. With a very diverse group of anglers comes a wide range of expectations and the guys at Wild Waters fulfilled them all. Everyone left excited about returning next season for a longer trip.”
“The title says it all: Wild Waters is the best guide service in Northern California. I fished with them for winter Steelhead on the Klamath River and Rogue River and was blown away with how well they knew those waters and provided tips, input, and talked about the rivers that really made the experience a special one. There are too many “cookie-cutter” guides in N. California and these guys break the mold. It’s also worth noting that if you lose count of how many wild Steelhead you catch, you really have some amazing guides. Bravo!”
It was a very successful Autumn season in the State of Jefferson. Our local rivers held strong with many fishable days and good runs of steelhead, mixed with some of the best trout fishing of the season. We haven’t been sharing many pictures this season, so this a great opportunity for you to see what Sept. Oct. Nov. and Dec 2015 brought to the Klamath River, McCloud River, Upper and Lower Sacramento Rivers, Rogue River, and the Trinity River. Lots and lots of great photos here with contribution from all of the Wild Waters guides, our loyal clients, Adam McNamara, Tom Evenson, Darren Campbell, and Val Atkinson. Please take the time to check them all out.
Sometimes I have to stop and take a picture of the valley. This time I decided to stand in the middle of the Interstate to get the truck and the boat in the shot. Not a car passed the entire time I was stopped. Sunrise and on the way to work
Our first steelhead trip of the year happens in Sept. Heres a shot of Ellis, setting up the kitchen and prepping for the next 4 days
Looking pretty shiny…
You see some crazy things down river. This road is literally amazing. So many turns. Sometimes you get stuck behind this guy, but I guess that beats coming the other direction around this corner.
Adam McNamara holds one of the cleanest fish I had the pleasure of meeting all year. We had a great time with a awesome group of people that stayed down at Paradise Point. Adam thanks for putting this together and all your help.
Wait, what? Nothing?
The last two weeks on the McCloud River have been great. Silly numbers one day, the largest Rainbow I have ever seen caught another, big Brownies, and fall colors worthy of a portrait. The weather cooled, then it rained, and then the river lit up. It has been excellent fishing since but alas she closes this Sunday, November 15 for a much needed rest. Mark your calendar April 30, 2016 is when she opens again. In the mean time rest well this winter you beautiful living being, those of us who have been seduced by you will be back … God willing.
The Upper Sacramento River keeps rocking with the upper sections still showing many October Caddis. You are not going to get fish to come up on your big Oct. Caddis imitations on every cast but now is a good time to cast away with a dry/dropper setup. The fish are so anxious after seeing the ovipositing from these guys the last month that they can no longer control themselves. The suicidal fish just gotta have one of these choice bugs and their resistance meter is at zero. The lower sections have also been fishing well but your best bet on getting into fish is nymphing with my favorite choices …. LBS!!! Remember this river is open all winter but regs switch over t catch and release … no bait, dynamite or hand grenades. This river is an excellent fishery for big rainbows during the winter and our guides know it better than anyone else. Give us a call.
The Klamath River is giving up some very good steelhead days now. The Wild Waters Fly Fishing guys are covering the river from Happy Camp up to Iron Gate Dam and reporting good numbers of fish with fresh fish mixed in. Recent rains are helping things out along with a big temperature drop in the water. If you like this river or have thought about it now is the time to get on it and book a trip with us.
The Lower Sac is producing some nice fish as reported by Wild Waters Fly Fishing guides and the “egg bite” is still on. Another excellent choice I must say. Give us a shout.
The Brownies have been active on the McCloud, the gorgeous fall weather continues and the October Caddis are blanketing the river the last couple of hours of daylight. The native browns as opposed to the less stylish Shasta Lake run browns are busting out in their finest colors to match the colors of fall. Also the McCloud Rainbows have joined in the gig …. they are all holding a dance card for you. It’s a spectacle that only occurs this time of year and you best get your ticket and pack your bags, there’s only a few more weeks left till “Party Over”.
The Upper Sac is also fishing well. The drill is nymph mornings and afternoons then when the October Caddis start their party use a stimmie/dropper. You will find the October Caddis concentrated from Sims up river and are especially THICK from Dunsmuir to Ney Springs.
The Klamath River just gets better and better each day with fresh fish showing from Happy Camp up to Iron Gate Dam. The last 3 weeks here have been memorable so enjoy the fish porn below …. wishing you were here.
My annual tour of Montana recently took me through the southwestern part of the state. Along with my pals Buster and Derf we fished 8 rivers in 3 weeks either floating or wading. Bears and moose were encountered but we survived to fish another day. We used the full arsenal of flies and methods with the collateral damage being 3 broken rods. Mothers little helpers … 2 bottles of Ibuprofen for the sore knees and backs, 75 cappuccinos (I brought a machine) and copious quantities of pastries. Enjoy the shots and put this area on your bucket list.
The McCloud river is running with a little less color every day. We are seeing very few hatching bugs (some) but fish still seam eager to eat in summer holding water. The upper sac is still low and clear but cold nights in Mt. Shasta have been helping the water temps stay down. We eagerly await the large numbers of fish coming up the Klamath and Trinity rivers but patience is still in order for our sections of the river. Guided steelhead trips officially start next week for us but the scouting has been fun. As we approach the fall the Wild Waters calendar is filling up fast as just about every river we know turns on in its own way. We hope to see you out there.
There are signs of Fall on the horizon. Colored leaves and cool nights, have things changing up here in the State of Jefferson. The McCloud River remains very colored up with about 28 inches of visibility, however the fish have been eating and looking healthy. We’ve had some epic battles with brutes and some wonderful fish to hand. Though there is very little dry fly action right now, some of our bigger rainbows were still taken off the surface. The Upper Sac has really benefited from the cool nights and some great fishing is being reported. The Lower Sacramento is to remain your best bet for big fish but if you put your ear in the Klamath River you can hear them coming. A wad of salmon, steelhead and half pounders are pouring their way up the lower river and heading our way. We are keeping a close eye on their progress. It is an annual event and that time is here. They are coming.
To the rope at the Nature Conservancy.
Where the big one got away.
The McCloud river is holding strong with 2′ or more of visibility. We have been seeing some very healthy fish come to the net. Hatches are not easy to find but fish have been reacting to a variety of different bugs throughout the day and into the evening. On the Lower Sac fishing remains hot. These fish are really showing what the Lower Sac is all about, with some of the fattest bellies on trout I have ever seen. If you feel like trout are easy to land, your not fishing here. The Upper Sac is low and clear and the upper sections have been providing some good fishing for the less experienced anglers. McCloud Res. is full of fish and were not having any problem picking up good numbers on any given day. Some hatches are still happening out there in the early morning and later part of the evening.
The McCloud blew out a few weeks ago and has been on a steady rate of recovery ever since. She’s back to her glacial color and providing some good fishing. Some big fish have made our anglers days while the average fish is still in the 10-12 inches. Afternoon hatches have been slim but the fish will still feed off the surface. Stick to your favorite attractors or match the yellow sally for best top water success. We will be out there a lot over the next weeks so stay tuned for more fishing reports on the McCloud River.
Besides the McCloud, Our Guides have been on the Rogue catching some Salmon and Summer Steelhead.
Our past week on the Nor Cal rivers has brought successful summer days of fishing for clients. Yes there is plenty of water up here, all of our streams are flowing at healthy levels and the trout are enjoying the cool water during the warm summer. Recent thunderstorms have even added a little flow to the rivers. The McCloud River is running a bit off color but that has not stopped us from putting fish in the net. The 60 degree water is just the right recipe for these bows and browns … angling pressure is light so enjoy the bite. The Upper Sacramento River has been fishing well on the mid and upper sections. On hot days we do not recommend fishing on the lower sections of the the river. Nymphing and getting your flies down has been the ticket here. Lake Siskiyou in the evenings is rewarding customers with a combo of trout and smallmouth bass. McCloud Reservoir is looking great right now and we are seeing double digit days of fish to the boat. Anthony Carruesco reports the following for the Lower Sac …
The early morning and evening fishing down here in the Valley has been stellar. Good dry fly happening at last light. Half day is the way to go right now.
Looking for some summer fun, give us a shout at Wild Waters Fly Fishing!
Northern California has had some heat waves, thunderstorms, heavy rain, and a full moon to throw some inconsistent fishing over the last week. Overall, fishing has been good with some really big fish being put in the net on the McCloud River. Though there are some big fish in the system right now, the little fish have taken over the feeding lanes and voraciously grabbing our flies, a typical full moon trend. Plan on some great yellow sallies stoneflies and pmd hatches to make the dry fly the technique of choice. As the nights become darker daytime feeding of the bigger fish will return.
The Mt Shasta region has been fishing well this summer. The days are hot and long but there is no better place to be than in a cool river catching trout. Junes highlight has been the McCloud River. With great hatches it has been a dry fly fisherman’s dream. We went from salmonflies in the early days to golden stones, green drakes, and lately the pmd’s and yellow sallies. Some large fish have crushed big stonefly patterns lately, just a couple of those kind of takes is all I need to smile big all day. The McCloud should remain awesome but expect the upcoming full moon and hot weather to slow the bite. As the water warms the dead drift becomes less meaningful, swing some soft hackles and hang on.
Meanwhile, other fisheries like the Sacramento have been delighting anglers with some big bows, drift trips on the Lower Sacramento have been great in the mornings or evenings, our guides have been reporting good dry fly action!
What the Hex else is there? Oh yeah, those big yellow mayflies are being eaten by bass and trout nightly. Fifteen minutes of crazy fishing, dont tangle or break one off or you’ll miss the bite.
We have been busy but we still have openings and would love to get you on the water. Check out all these photos from our latest trips and go fish.
I made a trip out to see Colorado, my family and my oldest friends. All in all a better than great time! My dad and I went for an awesome adventure. One I will never forget. Down into the Black canyon, on a route I dare not mention. This place makes any wading on the McCloud or the Pit seem like a walk in the park. Huge thanks to Jeremy and Naomi for helping us get in out of the canyon safely, and for being great company! A truly epic day.