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Happy Thanksgiving … Best Fishes To Ya!

Fresh Klamath Steelie               Photo by Rick Cox

Fresh Klamath Steelie               Photo by Rick Cox

Although the general trout season is over for most of our local rivers the Upper Sac continues to be open and will do so all winter. It has been fishing good its entire length. Stimulator/dropper is working mid to upper river along with a variety of nymphs. The lower river on those long slicks is always good for a Baetis hatch particularly on the cloudy days. My favorite nymphs for this time of year are Caddis Poopahs, S&M’s, Micro Mayflies, Soft Hackles and the trusty LEGS. Takes can be slower than you might be used to so get twitchy and set on the slightest movement. It has been raining so best to time your outings when the river is dropping. Long range weather forecast is showing a good stretch of dry mild weather coming soon …. my suggestion would be DO IT rather than think about it!

Steelhead fishing continues to get better with each storm that moves through. The rain has been such that nothing is blowing out on the Klamath River and fresh fish are moving in, they are being caught under a bobber or swinging, in the boat, out of the boat….whatever. This year has been a complete opposite of the terrible conditions last year ….  there are fish, the weather has cooperated and no crowds. Give us a shout if any of this tickles you …. trout and steelhead, whatever!

Cheers

Rick Cox

Wild Waters Fly Fishing

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

It's Been A Long Season and These Guys Are DONE!              Photo by Rick Cox

It’s Been A Long Season and These Guys Are DONE!              Photo by Rick Cox

The Proverbial Winter Ghost We Love To Chase                   Photo by Rick Cox

The Proverbial Winter Ghost We Love To Chase                   Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Bow ... What A Year For Big Fish                  Photo by Bob Searle

McCloud Bow … What A Year For Big Fish                  Photo by Bob Searle

Lets Swing One Up                   Photo by Rick Cox

Lets Swing One Up                   Photo by Rick Cox

Love The Fall On The Klamath                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Love The Fall On The Klamath                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath Hookup                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath Hookup                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Big Fish Busting Out

Collin's USac Brownie (First time fly fishing)                       Photo by Montana Mclean

Collin’s USac Brownie (First time fly fishing)                       Photo by Montana Mclean

What an incredible Fall season lately, big fish time on both the Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers. No complaining, just enjoying the rewards of the BIG winter last year. The opportunity is currently there for you to hook into one of these beast, this is the time of year they come out and play. The McCloud has always been noted for the German Brown party over the years and rightfully so but now I am seeing it beginning to manifest on the Upper Sac also.  On the Rainbow side I have seen more big lake runs this year on both rivers than ever before. What’s creating this you ask, I personally believe that when Shasta Lake is full or close to full (such as now) these fish have an open highway to move upstream to spawn. You will see the Browns spawning in November-December and the Rainbows spawning February-April. Unfortunately you only have until November 15 to enjoy the McCloud but the Upper Sac remains open all winter with special regs of course. Remember too with the rains, and it’s raining right now, the rivers spike so if you are considering a trip best to check flows or better yet give us a call. We are finding these fish in the deeper runs and at the tailouts taking nymphs, streamers and even dries.

The Klamath River is experiencing a very good showing of steelhead right now on the upper stretches. Our guides are reporting some quality fish coming to the net and things will only continue to improve. We have been getting most of the fish nymphing but swinging flies has had it’s moments.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

USac Brownie                                                          Photo by Montana Mclean

USac Brownie                                       Photo by Montana Mclean

USac Brownie                                                Photo by Montana Mclean

USac Brownie                                       Photo by Montana Mclean

McCloud Brownie                         Photo by Todd Morgan

McCloud Brownie                         Photo by Todd Morgan

McCloud Bow                   Photo by Todd Morgan

McCloud Bow                   Photo by Todd Morgan

Klamath Steelie                                           Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath Steelie                                          Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath Steelie                                           Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath Steelie                                          Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath River                     Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath River                     Photo by Carl Mogerly

We go the extra mile for Steelhead                  Photo by Carl Mogerly

We go the extra mile for Steelhead                  Photo by Carl Mogerly

And it pays off                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

And it pays off                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath River                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath River                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

Photo by Carl Mogerly

Photo by Carl Mogerly

 

Trout and Steelhead Time

McCloud Big Bow               Photo by Fred Gordon

McCloud Big Bow               Photo by Fred Gordon

October has been spectacular in many ways here in Dogpatch. Unlike the pain in the ass conditions of last year with the record setting rains early on this year has been very kind weather and fishing wise. The beautiful Fall colors seem to be matching what you would see in New England, the temps have been very comfortable and the fishing has produced some of the biggest fish brought to hand ever. The McCloud River fishing has been toughest but for those who have their game face on it has been and continues to give up big browns and rainbows. October Caddis are thick and are doing their dance in the late afternoon…. best luck has been on Oct Caddis Emergers, Pupas and Dark Lords.  By now, with the extremely clear water, the fish have seen enough bobbers and fly lines slapping the water that they are a bit educated. This is where you have to start thinking outside the box and use a little ingenuity  ….  the new normal. The Upper Sac has also been a bit of a struggle, the wind has kicked in a lot of leaves and the lower river is root beer colored. We have been seeing a fair to good return of lake runs which are always a gas to hook into. Again here the October Caddis are thick and best put on one of those big emergers. The Klamath River season is in full swing now, we are finding half pounders and adults on every trip, this year is looking like a good steelhead year so far, give us a shout here at Wild Waters Fly Fishing.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

Mt. Shasta                    Photo by Rick Cox

Mt. Shasta                    Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River          Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River          Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Brown           Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Brown           Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River                 Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River                 Photo by Rick Cox

Klamath River Steelhead                    Photo by Brian Slusser

Klamath River Steelhead                    Photo by Brian Slusser

Klamath River Steelhead                        Photo by Brian Slusser

Klamath River Steelhead                        Photo by Brian Slusser

Squaw Creek                         Photo by Rick Cox

Fall Season IS Here

Don Hooked Up Upper Sac             Photo by Rick Cox

Don Hooked Up Upper Sac             Photo by Rick Cox

Fall has really kicked in locally now with it all of our fishing arenas open and ready for business. The Upper Sacramento River has started its October Caddis show from Dunsmuir up to Ney Springs. Any emergent pattern for these big bugs should do the trick during the day but be prepared to pull out those big Stimulators in the evening hours if not sooner. Over on the McCloud the crowds are showing up so be forewarned. Here the October Caddis are just starting to show. You will also find a variety of Mayflies and Caddis, the Caddis in the mornings and mayflies later in the day. And to top things off recent forays by the Wild Waters crew on the Klamath and Rogue Rivers have had success finding early runs of half pound and adult steelhead. Just a frickin plethora of opportunities. Give us a shout if you want to join in on the fun.

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

McCloud River                  Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River                  Photo by Rick Cox

Rogue River Daze           Photo by Rick Cox

Rogue River Daze           Photo by Rick Cox

Rogue River Adult         Photo by Rick Cox

Rogue River Adult         Photo by Rick Cox

The Elusive Rogue Beast             Photo by Rick Cox

The Elusive Rogue Beast             Photo by Rick Cox

Klamath River          Photo by Andy Marx

Klamath River          Photo by Andy Marx

Klamath River      Photo by Rick Cox

Klamath River      Photo by Rick Cox

Rogue River Gnomes At It Again         Photo by Rick Cox

Rogue River Gnomes At It Again         Photo by Rick Cox

September 25, 2017

McCloud Brownie             Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Brownie             Photo by Rick Cox

Officially Fall now, cold nights and cooler days making a good recipe for fishing. It’s been a Brown Trout year so far with recent trips for me producing them on both the Upper Sac and the McCloud. October Caddis are on the move and should be crawling onto the rocks soon. The McCloud is starting to gain it’s nickname once again, the McCrowd. Some nice fish are coming to the net though and this much needed cool down has got the fish on the bite. Same goes for the Upper Sac but without the crowds. For both rivers make sure your box includes Poopahs, LBS, Hares Ears, October Caddis Emergers, Rubber Legs, and your own secret confidence flies. Give us a shout and get in on the fun!

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

Upper Sac Bow       Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Bow       Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Brownie       Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Brownie       Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Bow        Photo by Fred Gordon

McCloud Bow        Photo by Fred Gordon

Pastry Porn by Rick Cox

Pastry Porn by Rick Cox

The Worm Is Turning

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The worm is turning on our local rivers and the Dog Daze of Summer is being shown the door. We are seeing some very nice fish being brought to the net on the McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit Rivers. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, just the recipe for waking up the fish and turning up their taste buds. Hatches still have to wait awhile, the days remain hot and there’s a prolonged heat spell forecast for the next week but once we get over that hurdle the Fall insect activity should kick in. Right now getting your bugs down in the sweet oxygenated water and in the deeper runs will increase your grab meter. The current Pit River bite seems to be on the Jimmy Legs and the Upper Sac/McCloud River ticket has been the good ole LBS, commonly called Little Black Shit. Start checking your calendar and tell the boss you are in need of some vaca time, this Fall looks to be one of the best. We are seeing more October Caddis casings in the rivers than ever, I guess the record winter flows did some good. Give us a shout if you need some guidance.

Just in from the Forest Service …………

ATTENTION!!!

ON WEDNESDAY (9/6) AND THURSDAY (9/7), THE AH-DI-NA ROAD WILL HAVE A TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE AT THE BATTLE CREEK CROSSING. CREWS WILL BE REPLACING CULVERTS. EXPECT LONG DELAYS (4-8 HOURS)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE MCCLOUD RANGER STATION AT 964-2184. THE RANGER STATION IS OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:00-4:30.

Rick Cox

Wild Waters Fly Fishing

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

Pit River Photo by Fred Gordon

Pit River Photo by Fred Gordon

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

McCloud River Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

The Rare USac Sucka De Oro Photo by Rick Cox

The Rare USac Sucka De Oro Photo by Rick Cox

 

 

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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