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Guide life in Mt. Shasta summer 2016

Its been a great summer and the crew at Wild Waters Fly Fishing has been helping people catch fish all over our local waters.  I couldn’t be more proud of the guys right now.  Great guide trips coming from all around.  Although the fishing has slowed on the McCloud and Upper Sac they still continue to produce everyday.  The help of a good guide might teach some of the tricks to mid summer success.  The Lower Sac continues to produce trout everyday as usual and some big ones are being hooked pretty regularly right now.  But its not all about work all the time.  We’ve been getting out and having some fun too.

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March Fishing Report 2016 Mt. Shasta Headwaters

We started off March with heavy rains.  Norther California and Souther Oregon rivers swelled with much needed water.  Some rivers didn’t become fishable for the entire month.  Among the rivers that did settle was the Sacramento.  The upper sac is still pushing with good amounts of water but plenty of fishing exists from the bank and fish are available within striking distance.  The lower sac has dropped well into shape and flows from Shasta lake are back to low.  The fishing has been in the “red hot” category for now and we expect great fishing to continue for the next couple months.

Dog crk confluenceThe confluence of Dog Creek and the Upper Sacramento river.  Ripping at over 100 times its summer flow.

Dog crkEvery little ditch in the State of Jefferson flushed out anything in its way.

shasta lakeShasta Lake filling up
OPWhen a bunch of steelhead guides get out to go fishing, we spend a good amount of time chilling on the side of the river laughing at each other.  All part of a great day on the water!
Anthony Jet boat Anthony and I took out the jet boat!  Talk about a fun toy.  We drove around on the big river and up some of the small creeks.  They weren’t so small at the time though.BertThe Sac is back and the fat rainbows that live here are on the feed.

Bert2 Some of the hardest fighting trout around.

bignetstaywet Double, double.  Big net stay wet.

BrianJust a couple more.

brian2 Rainbow trout, healthy rainbow trout

chuck DavidThats a male

david Thats a female

double1 Thats two females

Hedge CRK Hedge creek falls

Jim The Chuck and Jim team

Jim2Strikes again


Right below Iron Gate at 10K.

Right below Iron Gate at 10K.

High water pushed passed the banks.

High water pushed passed the banks.

Flows on the Klamath reaching flood stage.

Flows on the Klamath reaching flood stage.

Klamath Carl on the Lower Sac.

Klamath Carl on the Lower Sac.

Perry Sims found some goof ones when the Lower Sac was at 17000 cfs.

Perry Sims found some good ones when the Lower Sac was at 17000 cfs.

The Upper Sac can fish great at high flows.

The Upper Sac can fish great at high flows.

Fly Fishing the Lower Sacramento. Under the famed Sundial Bridge.

Fly Fishing the Lower Sacramento. Under the famed Sundial Bridge.

People on the Sun Dial Bridge cheered.

People on the Sun Dial Bridge cheered.

This is an average size.

This is an average size.

Fear No Fish but watch out for that bug.

Fear No Fish but watch out for that bug.

It is so beautiful here in the spring.

It is so beautiful here in the spring.

Fall 2015 in the State of Jefferson.

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.

first snowA fresh snow on the mountain.  The first of the year.  The very next day, steelhead fishing on the Klamath at Paradise Point

chuckboatSometimes 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

elliskitchen2Our 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

Orvis Clearwater, Orvis Battenkill and a Airflo Rage.  This is a fantastic setup for spey casting/fishing on the Klamath River.

ellislights Looking pretty shiny…

pp1A look around Paradise Point



tent2 speytents Everyone gets out on the home water for a little lesson and chance to work out some of the kinks

spey123Spread em out, lay em out…

spey12 Just another run at Paradise Point

spey1and another

bigbarA good amount of gravel moved through the main stem Klamath this last Winter

nickoFish On!

With a concerning lack of half pounders early this season down on the lower Klamath it felt a bit like a different river.  Nick ropes a beautiful adult that ate on the dry line.

nick1On a few occasions we saw the Klamath river of last year, but those spots were few and far between this Sept.

1-22 I heart half pounders

nick12I really like it when there is a bunch of em in the spot where we’re gonna fish

U2Early morning Klamath river

UFishing until the sun comes up

sunflowersA great little nap spot.  Cold water, flowers, and mid day shade.

napspot2 I could see a few in the creek mouth


lonerangerThe Lone Ranger

ratherfollowYou 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.

samSomes Bar Sam.  Stopping traffic to search my truck, one apple and he was on his way.  This is another animal you don’t want to hit on this road.

timJust before the salmon spawn.  Fish starting to react to eggs

brianmarzBrian Marz pulls hard against a giant King salmon

ijervuRyan holding his own against a Klamath steelhead

anthonyandleeAnthony and Lee headed to work

charlie2Charlie getting the job done down in Sasquatch country

charlieI heart half pounders… again

RickRick shows off a Klamath River beauty

BobandChuck Bob Martin and a beautiful Klamath river steelhead

BobandChuck2 And another…

Reid_ Reid with a hard fighting fish

RiedandchuckfunnyfaceHaving fun out there!  Not a problem when Bob and Reid get in the boat.

theseguysUpriver fish

glesgroupandycarlAndy and Carl arrive at the takeout with yet another happy group of fisherman

andycarlPushing till dark


net fishBig net stay wet…

JohndaveA shot downriver and a day of casting the spey rods

johnworkingJohn, hard at work

johnlessonAn off the water lesson.  This is so the first fish, doesn’t surprise anyone.  If you’ve never caught a steelhead before then you get this lesson first

toby2Toby holds a dandy Klamath river male

tobyand another
markMark with a hard earned native

hikeemuppulling up the waders… time to get serious

chuckdrinkingonthejobPulling off the bottle… time to get serious

AdamsphotossalmonpaintingfishRiver art!  About as cool as it gets…

AdamsphotossalmonpaintingThe whole thing… Awesome

AdamsphotosRobRob patiently selects a fly

adamsphotosFrankNothing like standing mid river, fishing a run

adamAdam 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.  
Picture perfect

perfectfishAbsolutely stunning, not a mark on him, its the color in the gill plate that gets me and the spots, look at those spots, no filter

chuckspurplefucker-2Yup pretty excited

chuckspurplefuckerGuide catch.  I just love steelhead fishing

adamsphotosChuckwadingFollow me…

adamsphotosChucksnaptstrait across…

adamsphotosChuckpockethold the rod up until it dumps in there… and hold on…

Wait, what?  Nothing?

Big net stay wet…

bignetbigfish2iphoneeditBig net stay wet

bignetstaywetBig net stay wet

carlchuckcrewOut doing what we do… having some fun!

carlboatCarl putting the boat online

carlPBR’s and a smile

blueskybluewaterSometimes it just looks so good out here


classic2classic close up

ianIan with the look of enjoyment

keepersNo explanation needed.  Only one Klamath hatchery fish for me this year, and it was a half pounder.  Keep the Wild Wild…

PBRTheres that PBR again…

petespeyPete makes it happen with his first spey cast



petechuck2We had a great time with you guys down at Paradise Point.  Thanks a bunch Drew, Pete and the rest of the crew for coming out to fish with us.



andyspicpetePlus one more great Klamath fish on a day with Andy

roguewithjimAA day on the Rogue helping out Jim and Rachel at Andras Outfitters

roguewithjimA3Thanks so much for the work guys!!  We always appreciate it!!

Jim Andras getting it done.

Best part about a day or two on the Rogue.  Kill a hatchery fish and bring it home for a dinner party.

hourglasschinaYet another beautiful Klamath river scene

moondown As the moon goes down, we’re on our way to work.  Beautiful drive down river



chuck camping

love coffee





Trintiy with andy

Andy and Rich



Dead guy ale



Rough wade

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Sept. 17th Fishing Report

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.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison river

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.

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Fishing report May 20th 2015

Wild Waters has been all over the place this May. The fishing has been good and we’ve been experiencing some great dry fly fishing on the Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers. Green Drakes have shown on the rainy days. And those magical hatches and feeding frenzies have blessed a few of our anglers. The Lower Sac still is providing some of the best fishing around. Anthony Carruesco, Chuck and John have been spending a good amount of time fishing from 44 bridge all the way to Balls Ferry. Meanwhile all the way up on the Sandy River was this years annual Spey Clave. A great event with a lot of knowledge shared amounts some of the biggest names in the industry. Don’t miss it next year. Continue Reading →

Winter brings, Winter steelhead

As the cold weather comes in, so do the Winter fish.  Its time to break out the big guns and the good jackets.  So far in our region mother nature has been fair with a good mix of heavy rain followed by some nice Winter sunshine.  The Klamath remains in great shape below the dam and tributaries are running clear at the moment.  We’ve been spending some time on the Rogue as well.  Also a bit of driving, looking for clear water.  We welcome you to take a look at how the winter has started off for us….But as for us we are heading back out.

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October Klamath River Steelhead!!!

Fall is here.  Cool nights and much needed rain have receded forest fires along the Klamath River.  The smoke is finally gone and fish are being caught throughout the river.  Salmon, steelhead and half pounders are finding the net’s of our guides.  Swinging flies with floating lines has been very productive. We love the traditional flies but those super pounders seem to chase anything that moves. Flows are a bit higher than normal coming out of Iron Gate dam and a second flow increase is predicted. Its a great time to go fishing in the State of Jefferson.

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Rogue River Pre Winter Steelhead Dec. 2013

Two groups for two days each, on the Rogue river.  With a house just a couple hundred yards from the boat ramp we stayed, played, and enjoyed some cold weather steelhead fishing.  A really great couple of trips!!!  Hope to see you next year.  Lots of great photos here…..

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