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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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Fall In The North State

McCloud Dreamy Creamy

McCloud Dreamy Creamy

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!

Still Getting Some Nice McFish Though

Still Getting Some Nice McFish Though

McBrownie Blowing A Kiss

McBrownie Blowing A Kiss

Catch Of The Year On The Bottom Of The McCloud ... Someone is missing this 

Catch Of The Year On The Bottom Of The McCloud … Someone is missing this

Upper Sac Fishing Welllll!

Upper Sac Fishing Welllll!

USac Continues It Love

USac Continues It Love

Alternative Vehicle To Ah Di Nah

Alternative Vehicle To Ah Di Nah

Fall On The Fall River

Fall On The Fall River

Klamath Steelhead Are HERE!

Klamath Steelhead Are HERE!

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Klamath Carl With Bigly Smiling Clients

Klamath Carl With Bigly Smiling Clients

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Give us a shout here at Wild Waters, we would love to get y’all out on the river.

Rick Cox

info@wildwatersflyfishing.com

Game On!

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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!

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McBrownie

McBrownie

McRainbow

McRainbow

Great job Matt, you be an excellent student ... he and his dad have been fishing with me for YEARS!

Great job Matt, you be an excellent student … he and his dad have been fishing with me for YEARS!

Matty showing the butter

Matty showing the butter

Swinging The Rogue

Swinging The Rogue

Rogue Bobbercator Fishing

Rogue Bobbercator Fishing

Keep The Fly Box Stocked

Keep The Fly Box Stocked

A McCloud Era Ends

A McCloud Era Ends

Got Snow

Got Snow

The Fall Season Has Arrived

DePuy Spring Creek

DePuy Spring Creek

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!!

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Last days of August on the McCloud

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This August proved to be a productive month on the McCloud River.  Some hefty fish from the lake have reached the upper stretches surprising many anglers with incredible fights and acrobatic get aways. Gotta love it. The water clarity and temperature drastically changes from the upper stretches all the way down to Bollibokka. Up top it has about 2-3 feet of visibility while the lower river at Bollibokka is damn near gin clear. The algae seems to be the only downside to fishing this time of year and diligent fly cleaning is necessary.  Sadly, there are no real hatches and any mayfly that happens to get off the water gets waxed by awaiting dragonflies, mandibles slicing them in half in an unfair dogfight. However, fall is near and caddis hatches are scheduled. It will be a great time to swing through a riffle or skate a tail-out. We hope to see you out there.

 

 

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Photos by John Rickard

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