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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.


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


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




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.



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

nuther bright one

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.


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.

10906273_10205333654453396_369346142771523999_nThis must be the place!!!!

Southern Oregon, Northern Cali, March Madness

With no real rain storms, March has been open season on steelhead.  One big storm could close it all, but I can’t remember what a brown river looks like.  By mid April a winter fish could be a thing of the past and we’ll eagerly await the return of the summers.  Check out some pics from earlier this March!  Including a 38″ steelhead caught on the swing w/ Rich Zellman

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Steelhead fishing is “AWESOME”

At Wild Waters Fly Fishing we are passionate about our Steelhead fishing.  A day like this is what we live for, we crushed it, and having my dad in the front of the boat made the experience all that much better.  When I was young I would steal his fishing vest and fly rod and head to the river.  I wonder if he ever thought it would be to his fishing benefit that I did…  Deep down, I think so…  Thanks Dad.

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North Umpqua, Steehead on a Skated Fly

What a awesome river!  I made it up twice so far this summer and hoping to get in at least one more trip.  Chris thanks again.  Andy always a pleasure!  But the real hero of this trip is Rose,  Great gift!!!  She hired Rich Zellman for 2 days for Chris’ birthday and Rich was cool enough to throw in a third day for free.  We all got to take advantage of Rich’s knowledge and he comes highly recommended by yours truly.  I have been humbled here a few times and Rich strait up had the know how to put fish on my line.  I was impressed,  Thanks Rich!

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