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The McCloud River is open for business!

Come one, come all, beckon your wild call. The McCloud River opened to fisherman on April 30th and has been putting on quite a show. Good hatches and rising fish means we have been having a lot of fun with dry flies. Be prepared with Grey Drakes, Golden Stones, PMDs and (fingers crossed) Green Drakes. The biggest concentration of fish are in the first miles below the dam, but you’ll find more bugs down river. June is our favorite month on this river so pack your bags.

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April Fishing Report

April has come and gone and we have not yet given out a fishing report. So here is the recap. The Lower Sacramento River continued to dominate, the spring of 2016 will long be remembered as one of the best. Our guides have been busy and putting in many floats from Redding to Red Bluff and everyone from beginners to experts have had the epic. We watched the flows settle out and the pmds went nuts.

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Besides the fantastic Lower Sac we have been out and about on all sorts of adventures.

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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.

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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

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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.

June Fishing Report

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.

John gravy dogGuides night out after a day in the office.  We caught a bunch a backyard fish.

DSCN0050The McCloud River in June!  A dry fly fisherman’s dream.

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Father sonLike father like son, Brooks and BT getting it done!


Thank You Jesus

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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 →

May 7th, 2015 Northern California Fishing Report

 

We are continuing to fish on the McCloud river, Upper Sac and Lower Sac.  In general the fishing has been fair to good.  We are seeing fish eat dry flies on the upper rivers and we only expect the hatches to grow each day.  The Lower Sac continues to be a strong hold of good fishing.  With all the trout streams open in California we have also been spending time on some lesser know waters.  The best trout fishing of the year is just around the corner.  Be ready!

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April 30th 2015, Northern California Fishing Report.

Great to be back on the McCloud river.  Another opening weekend blew by like the wind.  Just a tease as we start the journey on yet another season in the one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  Conditions were excellent and the fish were happy.  Anthony, Carl, Jim, Andy, Chuck and John all came back with happy clients and stories of success.  Thanks so much to the crew for your hard work and dedication.  Were are more than honored to have you guys on our team and we always appreciate your help.  Some awesome McCloud river photos here, if you want to get excited for one our favorite rivers, check em’ out.

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April 23, 2015 Fishing Report

The McCloud River opens this coming Saturday May 25. A recent look see shows the river in purrrrfect shape. A fairly wet winter and a couple of VERY BIG storms scoured the river clean and flows are sweet. Just to put things in perspective the rain gauge at the McCloud dam is currently reading 52 inches of rain which is pretty close to normal. Creeks and springs are running now that were dry last year … the same holds true for the Upper Sac… great conditions! The silver lining here is that we do not have to put up with snow runoff thus giving everyone an early season of normal flows. The poison oak, Chaparall Iris and Dogwood are busting out and a nice little hatch of flying ants was observed (put on an ant pattern). Caution when wading there are still fresh redds (spawning beds) around!! The Upper Sac is fishing very good right now. A midday hatch of March Browns is occurring and the stones are starting to show in numbers as the afternoon progresses.

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Meet Mr. Poison Oak

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Flying Ant Hatch … Fish Love Them

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Where's Da Fish

Where’s Da Fish

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Upper Sac Love

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From A Trouts Eye View

April 16th, 2015. Fishing Report.

This last week we have been focussing on walk and wade trips on the Upper Sacramento River and drift boat trips on the Lower Sacramento River. Spring time rainbows are becoming more aggressive to the fly with the afternoon bite becoming reliable. Water temperatures have been all over the place.  Some recent snow in the hills melted quickly and the river has receded back to low and clear. Hatches of Beatis, PMD’s, March Browns, and some Caddis can entertain us dry fly fishermen but be on the look out for the monster of stoneflies, Pteronarcys aka Salmonflys. There have been reports of sightings. The Upper Sac offers quite the variety right now and however your pleasure of fishing for trout, it can accommodate.  Meanwhile, down river…  The Lower Sacramento river is still providing awesome fishing from Redding to Red Bluff and our drift boat guides are constantly bringing back happy clients. Some of our guides are still sniffing out large winter steelhead in Oregon. (its’ hard to quit) It is time to go fishing no matter whats your game, so come to Mt Shasta and get bent.

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Guide Carl Mogerley has been finding his fish in all types of water.

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10 foot 4 weight ready for anything on the Upper Sac.

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Crystal clear water is so aesthetic to fish offering that wonderful moment of seeing the fish take your fly, but it requires a stealthy approach.

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One last swing for the season.  A nice bright Sandy river fish in April.

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I drove up and met my friend Drew from California Trout (nice hat eh) in Portland and we went out to fish the Sandy river. Awesome float, beautiful canyon, and some quality steelhead to boot.  Thanks so much Sam, steelhead outfitters for taking us out on your raft.  Really cool trip down the river.  Can’t believe we saw next to nobody all day.

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What a way to end the winter season, already giddy for next year.  Summer fish beware, your next….

matt nets dusty watchesBut we can’t forget about the Lower Sac.  Still a stronghold for great days of fishing.  Hard to beat right now, the sun is out, the nets are out and I hope to see, you out.

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