Here’s a statement released yesterday from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest regarding the road situation into Ah Di Na……
Today, additional work is being completed to clear some rocks off of the roadway and the large tree has been cleared as well. The road will be open to the USFS Campground by this evening (April 27).
NEXT WEEK: We will have a temporary road closure on MAY 4 (next Thursday); to complete the permanent fix at Battle Creek. The road will be closed to vehicles entering and anyone exiting should be prepared to wait until after mid-afternoon before the road will be passable again.
FOLLOWING WEEK: We will have a partial road closure on May 8 (following Monday) to repair the culvert and small hole in the road approximately ¼ mile further up the road from Battle Creek. There is room to go around this spot, but we will need to hold vehicles when the equipment is on the road doing the repair.
Ash Camp: The Hawkins Creek road below McCloud Dam is passable but down to ONE LANE. Please be cautious when driving around the corner; it is narrow with limited sight distance.
Current flows this morning at Ah Di Na are down to 900 cfs, still very high but at least dropping. Lots of snow to melt though, hot days forecast next week.
Big fish are ready to play on the Upper Sacramento River …. the only reeeel trout stream open all winter here in Dogpatch. The traditional trout season has come to a close on the McCloud, Fall, Hat, etc….. by that I mean THEY ARE CLOSED! You would be surprised how many sports do not know the closures in Northern California let alone the regulation changes on the USac (catch and release, NO FRIGGIN BAIT, artificials only!) I saw two guys chucking salmon roe a couple of winters ago in the dead of Winter … dude, come on. In any event the USac has been a kind place this last week for our clients. Great clients and smiling faces, that’s what it’s all about. The river is fishing very good but you have to time your days due to the pulsing from the rain/snow we have been getting. Yes we are having an old fashion Fall segwaying into Winter. You treat the river like a steelhead river under these conditions, when the river is rising go eat pastries and have a beer but when she starts to drop then get with it and get to it. It’s a river not to be neglected during those days of Winter when your mind wanders off thinking of where you can chase some trout and have some solitude …. that can be now rather than next Spring. From now till April the river produces some QUALITY fish …. just gaze above. Give us a call at Wild Waters Fly Fishing to experience this great Winter fishery. We can also set you up with one of our great steelhead guides for the Klamath, Trinity, Rogue, and the coastal rivers of NorCal and Oregon.
With all the current conditions we are putting up with you would think things are tough but guess what, it hasn’t been all too bad. Now that could change on the McCloud (talk about clouded) and the Upper Sac any time but up until recently both rivers have been giving up decent fish. Rain is the big nemisis and we are currently getting some. As you can see the McCloud color is off but that doesn’t bother the fish, they have to live under these conditions and eat still. You must be a tad more patient, work it slow and hard and be careful of course wading. Some very nice fish are being caught in these conditions with big rubber legs and sreamers. Of course hatches are less frequent with days cooling but the October Caddis are still out and about so dry/dropper is worth it. The Upper Sac has been on a roller coaster ride with flows, shooting up big time and then dropping rapidly. The color has not been too bad but you have to deal with higher water flows. All this reminds me of what Fall weather used to be like. We have been spoiled by the extended drought with summer like flows lasting into Winter but this is what the last part of October used to look like … contending with nasty weather and making adjustments … so cowboy up and get with it. Wild Waters Fly Fishing has been experiencing some impressive McCloud River days of late and have been bringing smiles to clients so give us a shout to show you how our guides fish this famous river.
The Klamath is showing a good push of fish with all the rain and the fall colors are spectacular on this State Of Jefferson gem. More rain on the horizon will only make things better for you steelhead chasers. Wild Waters Fly Fishing guides have been nailing it here so put us on your to do list for this Fall and Winter, the Klamath River is back!
Give us a shout here at Wild Waters, we would love to get y’all out on the river.
Fall is now in full swing. We have had our first rain since last spring, the nights are cold and next weeks forecast is RAIN. The mountain is showing off it’s beauty with each snow and the colors are brilliant. Both rivers here are showing the fall uptick in fishing. The October Caddis are making their appearance along with Caddis and a variety of Mayflies. Nice fish, real nice fish are being caught on both the McCloud and Upper Sac. This is the time of year where you need to be prepared for all types of fishing … dry, wet, streamers will keep you in the game. The fish are HUNGRY knowing that winter is not far away so get your asses here … ditch the couch, forget the to do list, tell the boss you are REEL sick, and promise the wife/girl friend/husband/boy friend/kids/dog/cat that you will do anything (within reason) as long as you can get a pass to do some me time here in the State Of Jefferson.
For you steelie folks, yes they are arriving. I spent a day last week on the Rogue and the tug was on. Get ahold of us at Wild Waters Fly Fishing NOW to join in on the Klamath, Trinity, and Rogue fun!
Just back from a road trip to WY/MT in time for the shoulder season here in Dogpatch. This is the time of year I lick my chops for the many choices that start to present themselves in the area. Both the Upper Sac and McCloud River have shown improvement in their fishing. The fish are starting to get active with the cooler water and cooler days/nights. Caddis, caddis and more caddis are showing on both rivers so make sure you have some Fox Poopahs, Birds Nest, Split Wing Caddis, EC Caddis and Elk Hare Caddis on hand. The “mythical” October Caddis are also pupating now so think about Cased Caddis and October Caddis emergers. Reports of some nice fish have been coming in on both rivers and it will only get better. Also reports of steelhead half pounders and adults are trickling in for the Trinity, Rogue, and Klamath (we know this river better than anyone). The salmon are arriving on the Lower Sac and the spawning fish will kick in the egg bite there. Don’t miss out on this excitement …. so many choices, so many rivers and so little time. Drift, walk/wade, spey, single handed NO PROBLEM! Wild Waters Fly Fishing will be more than happy to get you out on any of these rivers, CALL NOW and book a trip!!
August is just about out of here, nights are getting longer, days are cooling down a bit and Osprey juveniles are spreading their wings and learning to fly. All signs that Fall is a few weeks away and starting to show … a welcoming after the hot daze of summer. Wild Waters Fly Fishing has still been having successful days on both the McCloud and Upper Sac though and it will only get better as the cool down kicks in and the fish get more active. Small bugs such as size 16 P.T., Micros, S&M, Birds Nest and Poopahs have been bringing grins to our clients. Fish hard, fish deep, fish the turbulence, and BE surgical …. the fish Gods will be kind to you. Nice thing about now is crowds are nonexistant on both rivers so for you nonsocial sorts you got it all for some me time. As usual I do expect a bump this Labor Day weekend of flatlanders but be forewarned we are predicted to have a cool down with temps in the 70’s.
For you Steelhead junkies reports of them in the lower Klamnath are coming in. Wild Waters is presenting a 4 day Orvis Spey Clinic next month near Happy Camp at Paradise Point. We still have a few spots open so check it out and give us a shout if interested …..
June is always the rocking time of the year and so far this year it has not disappointed. The snow melt has diminished, the days are warm, the bugs are out … perfect formula. Wild Waters Fly Fishing guest have been having fun and success on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Klamath, Trout Lake, McCloud Reservoir, and Lake Siskiyou. Early and late trips to the lakes has been producing large and small mouth bass with Lake Siskiyou offering its “secret” evening Hex chasing. Right now the Upper Sac is just about at summer flows. Mornings and midday fishing is all about nymphs and getting them down. Fish those runs, seams and slow tail outs deep (on the bottom) and tight line the oxygenated riffles for best results. Late evening hatches depend on which stretch you prefer but I suggest mid river up for you dry fly aficionados. The McCloud has been the McCloud, starting to cloud up a bit, cranky one day and game on the next. The Stonefly hatch has moved up river above Ah Di Na. Again nymphing here DEEP gets you the best results along with a dry/dropper in the pocket water. Grabs are quick so be ready to stick it to them when you see the slightest movement on that indicator.
Raining on the party these days and the fishing has dropped off. Forecasters saying will be this way for most of the week but clearing for the Memorial Day weekend stampede. Both the Upper Sac and McCloud have been cranky lately but should start heating up soon, we just need to get this wet stuff out of the way.
The USac flows are creeping down and are at 575 cfs, not ideal but definitely worth fishing. The upper sections have a few Salmonflies out and about …. Caddis, Yellow Sallies and Mayflies were starting to show, but this rain has put the kibosh on the bug hatch. You might see some Baetis hatches though as I witnessed Friday so be prepared. We are still managing to pick up some nice fish though ….. nymphing with a nice swing at the end of the drift (my fav) got Pat G. a nice beefy brownie above Dunsmuir the other day.
The McCloud was it usual McCrowd up until the weather moved in and has quieted down as a result, resting until the next surge. I predict that fishing will improve here, hatches as usual will explode and finding your own personal rock to fish from will be a challenge. But it is what it is and you cannot find a better river to spend a day on for fishing and scenery ….. so cowboy up and have fun. The Salmonfies are around, am starting to see some Drakes, occasional Mayflies and a few Caddis but so far not much top feeding … unless you throw a dry/dropper in some pocket water.
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.