Its been a great summer and the crew at Wild Waters Fly Fishing has been helping people catch fish all over our local waters. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys right now. Great guide trips coming from all around. Although the fishing has slowed on the McCloud and Upper Sac they still continue to produce everyday. The help of a good guide might teach some of the tricks to mid summer success. The Lower Sac continues to produce trout everyday as usual and some big ones are being hooked pretty regularly right now. But its not all about work all the time. We’ve been getting out and having some fun too.
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.
Shasta Lake filling up
When 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 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.The Sac is back and the fat rainbows that live here are on the feed.
Our past week on the Nor Cal rivers has brought successful summer days of fishing for clients. Yes there is plenty of water up here, all of our streams are flowing at healthy levels and the trout are enjoying the cool water during the warm summer. Recent thunderstorms have even added a little flow to the rivers. The McCloud River is running a bit off color but that has not stopped us from putting fish in the net. The 60 degree water is just the right recipe for these bows and browns … angling pressure is light so enjoy the bite. The Upper Sacramento River has been fishing well on the mid and upper sections. On hot days we do not recommend fishing on the lower sections of the the river. Nymphing and getting your flies down has been the ticket here. Lake Siskiyou in the evenings is rewarding customers with a combo of trout and smallmouth bass. McCloud Reservoir is looking great right now and we are seeing double digit days of fish to the boat. Anthony Carruesco reports the following for the Lower Sac …
The early morning and evening fishing down here in the Valley has been stellar. Good dry fly happening at last light. Half day is the way to go right now.
Looking for some summer fun, give us a shout at Wild Waters Fly Fishing!
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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.
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….
We had a strange start to the Fall Season this year with our beloved McCloud blowing out for the second time this year. We were on the river the day it turned brown, due to the mud slide on the Mud Creek drainage. That made national news and the footage online is jaw dropping. Damn, the fishing prior was so much fun and some nice fish came to the net (see photos below). We have no idea how long the river will stay brown, but fortunately we have many other options here in the State of Jefferson. Our guides have been seen everywhere from the Rogue, Lower Sac, Trinity, Upper Sac, McCloud and Klamath rivers.
David on the Rogue River.
Sun gloves tail fish nicely.
Bollibokka giving a great show after a quick rain.
THEN IT TURNED BROWN.
The McCloud won’t fish for days maybe weeks.
Jeffery on the Upper Sac.
The team at Wild Waters has been busy. Last week we’ve had some windy days with a substantial temperature drop, but still had some great trips. Most of our days are spent on the Upper and Lower Sacramento and the McCloud River. On the McCloud we have been mainly throwing dry flies. Mid-day yellow sallies and pmd’s are making the bite last throughout the day. Once the big goldens start dropping down from the trees around 5 pm the big rainbows turn to them and throwing the big bug can make for some awesome grabs. The Upper Sac is also fishing well with dry flies. Golden Stones everywhere!! Take a look at some great photos from last week. We so appreciate all the business and look forward to taking you fishing soon.
Here in the great State of Jefferson, the fishing has been very good. Its June and the dry fly action is at its best. The snow melt has subsided and we are at our summertime low flows. Last week Wild Waters Fly Fishing saw nice hatches of green drakes, pmds, caddis, abundant golden stones and of course the gargantuan salmonfly. After a month into the season, many of the fish have wised up and are only taking the best presentations. I’ve been fishing the Orvis Superfine Glass rod and loving its delicate placement of the fly. Its dry fly time!
Trout season is open and we are fishing all over… looking forward to a great Spring, fly fishing in Northern California.
We have been spending some fun days trout fishing on the Upper Sacramento river. The water is low and clear for winter levels and good fish depends on a stealth presentation, The warmest part of day produce the best fishing and some decent hatches. Continue Reading →
Now thats a great trip.
Day 1 McCloud…
Day 2 Klamath…
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Jim, Thanks for bringing out the family. Glad you guys had a great time. I’ll see you again soon.
2 days on 2 rivers, Trout fishing in Mt. Shasta, CA. An epic dry fly bite had us out late on Monday. I served dinner instead of lunch, and after dinner… we went fishing.