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Catching In August

       McCloud Browns Are HUNGRY                                                                                                            Photo by Chuck Volckhausen WWFF

                                      Photo by Chuck Volckhausen WWFF

The beauty of fishing our rivers these days is the lack of people fishing, we have had recent days where we haven’t seen another soul on the water….believe me not complaining. The recent hot spell is behind us now and temps are hanging around highs of 90 degrees with some afternoon thunderstorm activity. I like these types of days, the humidity increase along with moderate temps and overcast skies can induce a fish to step up to the feeding trough. The Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers are having a sporadic Caddis hatch that necessitates you making sure you have the appropriate nymph and dry imitations for this. The Upper Sac has been good down low in the morning then best to move up river in the afternoon before the water temp spikes. The McCloud on the other hand has it’s normal cold water and thus a chance to get into one of these big browns the river is so famous for. If you want your own personal river now is the time to be here, give us a shout!

Rick Cox

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                             Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                          Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                          Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                         Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

   Dan's USac Big Boy                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

   Dan’s USac Big Boy                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Nancy's First Day On The McCloud                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Nancy’s First Day On The McCloud                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Dan Hooked Up On The McCloud                                                                                                                                      Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Dan Hooked Up On The McCloud                                                                                                                                      Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

   Buster's Little McCloud Brownie On A Sculpie                                                                                                                Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

   Buster’s Little McCloud Brownie On A Sculpie                                                                                                                Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Healing Waters Day USac                                                                                                                                        Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day USac                                                                                                                                        Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

The McCloud River Fishing Report

The McCloud River gave us a show last week. We ended up with some great fish and some good dry fly fishing. Overall the hatches are weak this year. However for 20-30 minutes, the PMD hatch was damn fine and there are enough Yellow Sallies flying around to keep the trout looking up throughout the day. Unless you see rising fish, its best to cover the water and fish as many spots you can. The fish that are on the hunt don’t need a second cast. The glacial melt allows us to creep up a little closer then normal and perfect the drag free drift. Nymphers should also consider the glacial tint in choosing their fly size and color. When visibility is an issue consider fishing the pocket water or swinging soft hackles through the tail-outs. Despite the good fishing and beautiful sunny days, there were not a lot of anglers out. The McCloud was left for only a few of us. It was a pleasure to pull up to the Nature Conservancy and not see a single rig. We’ve been in every stretch of the river this month and from to to bottom she is fishing well, come fish it with us.

 

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Summer Fish Good

Mother McCloud Daze

Mother McCloud Daze

Dog Daze officially here. Best fishing has been mornings and evenings. If you must get out there during the peak of the day when the sun is directly overhead seek out the heavy, oxygenated, frothy water. The fish on both the McCloud and Upper Sac love this type of water during midday. Little Black Shit has been working the best … remember get those flies down, the fish are hugging the bottom. River conditions on both excellent. The visibility issues on the McCloud have improved as you can see and the Upper Sac flows remain very good, exceeding the normal summer averages and running colder. We’ve been sticking some nice fish this summer, the happy face abides with our sports. Give us a shout.

Rick Cox

Vishal just broke off a toad, that's why he's empty handed and I am retying                                                                Photo by Elliott Wright TNC 

Vishal just broke off a toad, that’s why he’s empty handed and I am retying                                                                Photo by Elliott Wright TNC 

Tristan's first go at fly fishing ... landed 3 fish

Tristan’s first go at fly fishing … landed 3 fish

John stuck 2 nice fish right here

John stuck 2 nice fish right here

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Happy 4th Of July

 Fine Tuning Fred's Technique In Preparation For Later
Fine Tuning Fred’s Technique In Preparation For Later

Both the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers are in excellent shape now. Clarity of the water is great so a bit of stealth is required. The McCloud has been crowded and will be through the 4th of July extended weekend. For both rivers mornings and evenings are the best time to be on the water and look for those shady spots midday. Some big fish were hooked this last week on an assortment of nymphs and dry/dropper. It’s July now, we have plenty of water unlike the previous drought years so this summer should offer excellent opportunities for you.

Fred Just Graduated

Fred Just Graduated

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                    Photo by Rick Cox

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Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Andy Marx

Photo by Andy Marx

Give us a shout here at Wild Waters Fly Fishing for a fun day on the river.
Cheers
Rick Cox

                                             

Grand Start To Summer

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The heat wave has hit and the snow melt is finally pooping out. The McCloud and Upper Sac are now in excellent shape and beckoning all of you. Morning and evenings are the ticket for best results but if you must fish during the day get your junk in the thick of all of that heavy oxygenated water with lots of lead. Both rivers are running gin clear so more stealth than usual is recommended. Hatches have been better in the evenings with Golden Stones, PMD’s, Gray Drakes, Little Yellow Sallies, Caddis and BWo’s showing on both rivers. Hat Creek has also been worth a visit where a nice PMD hatch happens regularly this time of year. Fortunately temps are due to drop next week so the brain baking will not be as severe. Heads up on the McCloud, we have been seeing more rattlers than usual, someone got bit in the Preserve recently so be careful!

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Rick Cox

Game On!

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It is all about the McCloud right now. Flows are a bit high but as you can see very user friendly. The visibility is about the clearest you will see until Mud Creek kicks in its glacial tint which is just around the corner. The snow melt on Mt. Shasta has cranked up and it’s showing in McCloud Reservoir … soon to be in the river. The Golden Stones have arrived and numerous hatches are appearing. June is a great time to be here and the fishing should be excellent. No excuses, pack your bags, tell the wife and dog you have an appointment with a dear friend in need and get up/down here. Dry/dropper has been working along with your favorite Mayfly and Caddis patterns. Evenings are producing a dry fly clinic.

The Upper Sac continues its slow creep down in flow, currently reading 1150 cfs at Delta. More and more spots are opening up and just like the McCloud hatches of Golden Stones, mayflies and caddis are appearing. This river is an alternative as always and the fish have not been harassed by anyone for a looooong time.

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Slowly Improving Conditions

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Memorial Day weekend rapidly approaching and some of you are angsting about the river conditions. The McCloud dropped into very fishy shape this week but the hot weather returned and the high elevation melt kicked in. I of course took advantage of the window with satisfying results. The river is presently at 325cfs, a bit high from normal summer flows of 240cfs. As you can see it is approachable and worth a go. Visiblity is in the 4-5 ft. range and not much for hatches yet. Warm weather is forecasted this weekend so the river could spike up … or maybe not. You just gotta keep checking those online flows.

The Upper Sac has climbed back up to the 2000cfs range or as I call it The Pucker Line. Yes there are a few high water spots available but for the most part if you do not know them then you are probably wasting your precious time. These flows are excellent for the whitewater guys and they will probably be whooping it up here this weekend. When she drops below the Pucker Line then it’s time to get with it, these fish haven’t been harassed since last Fall.

Rick Cox

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Snow Melt Is On

The mighty McCloud

The mighty McCloud

The Snow melt has kicked in after 80 degree weather the last few days. The Upper Sac is now at 4500 cfs, way BIG, and the McCloud is running at 900cfs at Ah Di Na. PG&E has stated that the McCloud Dam release will hold steady at the 900 cfs mark for the rest of May unless there is an extreme weather event. The river at 900 cfs is approachable but be careful….edges, edges is the key for finding fish. The shots below were taken last Saturday on my visit to Ah Di Na Campground and beyond. As you can see there are fallen trees at the campground but people/diehards camping. The water was not on and alot of cleanup had to be done. Also I was able to drive to the Preserve parking lot but there are trees blocking access into some of the rough camp sites. Of note the river has received a major scouring so be prepared to witness a different looking river when you visit …. just as beautiful as usual though.

Ah Di Na tree damage

Ah Di Na tree damage

Note the scouring

Note the scouring

Note how high the river got

Note how high the river got

A kayaker actually shot these falls recently on the Upper McCloud and survived with a black eye.

A kayaker actually shot these falls recently on the Upper McCloud and survived with a black eye.

 

 

 

 

Updated McCloud River Access

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.

Rick Cox

Klamath River Fishing Report

On Super Bowl Sunday the Iron Gate section of the Klamath River saw one guide boat. The clarity of the water was greenish brown and the wind gusted up to 30mph in the afternoon, conditions were tough but we had it all to ourselves. Many of my favorite spots were forever changed as half the trees along the banks were broken and dangling in the river. Despite it all fish were caught, fish were fought, and fish were lost. At the end of the day it was considered good steelhead fishing. After finding some nice ones I was happy to have some trips lined up this week. The following day they bumped the flows to 4k and the last bastion of California steelhead fishing became unfishable. Emoji sad face dude. There is a place however, were you can still go, pull up a stool at the bar and cast your line. Chuck caught one there last night.

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Saying Goodbye To Another Fantastic Trout Season

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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.

The Ghost Of Fall Hanging Around

The Ghost Of Fall Hanging Around

Steelhead ... Not ... Just A USac Prize

Steelhead … Not … Just A USac Prize

Magic

Magic

Rod Tip UP!!! PLEASE!!!

Rod Tip UP!!! PLEASE!!!

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Nope Not A Steelhead .... USac Rainbow

Nope Not A Steelhead …. USac Rainbow

Cheers

Rick Cox

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