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McCloud and Upper Sac Rivers Fishing Report June 9th 2016

The McCloud River and Upper Sacramento are both fishing very well. Expect slow times of the day as well as moments of brilliance as the trout are looking up and eating dries. PMDs Drakes and Golden Stones are all on the menu.

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Lindsay with a nice McCloud Loch Leven Brown.

 

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Its in the net. McCloud River.

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The McCloud

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If you spot them.

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You got them. McCloud River Loch Leven Brown.

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The Filson vest with over 1500 days on it. Starting to look a bit worn.

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First fish on a fly for Joal on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Wild Waters Guide Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Wet wading season on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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The McCloud River’s glacial waters. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Upper Sacramento two hander. Photo by Carl Mogerley

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Swinging soft hackles on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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Mark on the Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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The tracks of theUpper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley

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Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley

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Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley

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Fish On! Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley aka Carlos aka Klamath Carl.

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Upper Sacramento. Photo by Carl Mogerley.

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The beach on the McCloud River.

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The McCloud River

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The McCloud River

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The McCloud River

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Carl at work on the McCloud River

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

One of the greatest fisherman.

One of the greatest fisherman.

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

McCloud River. Photo by Chuck V

February Fishing Report 2016

February brings Wild Waters Fly Fishing all over the place.   We’ve been in 3 different states, floating, wading, casting, hooking and last but not least,  some catching.  Unseasonable warm weather made for some great days out on the river.  The rains are back and California is swamped under some much needed water.  Spring conditions are right around the corner.  Hope to see you out there!!!

 

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Klamath River Iron Gate always seems to have some nice fish around.

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The call of the coast brings you back.

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Happy Leap Year Birthday to Peter Sharer. Thanks for spending your birthday with us.

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Its hard work being a steelhead fisherman…  A nice warm day in Feb., plus a friend that wants to swing a run, plus a gravel bar, plus a hangover… equals nap time…

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Yet another dog that wanted to fish with us.  This is Sadie.  I never met her owner but I’m thinking Sadie got let out to pee in the morning and decided my cott was a good place to go back to bed.

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Drive along the 101, and get to where you want to go, sometimes slow…

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The Kid holds a nice one!!  @acflyfishing

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Pedro and the Kid!!  with Gabe Duran

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So shiny, so chrome!  Just a beautiful Coastal Steelhead

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The Portal of Destiny

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Anthony guides Chris into a chrome bright beauty!

Chuck and the KidNot the biggest or the brightest, but obviously still really fun!!!

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I know your out there somewhere…

boatSo many miles, I sometimes wonder if the fish talk about how far the fisherman migrate in hopes of catching.

AceI think the quote was… “hatchery fish don’t fight like this”

Keith3Nice to get Kieth out for a day finally!!

Keith2Waterfall, drift boat, steelhead…  all great things

tangleSteelhead love trees, and trees love causing problems for steelhead fisherman.

spawnersA very common scene this time of year.  We will be seeing some fish on redds well into April.  Note the clean gravel under the fish.  Please let these fish be, make plans to catch their children.  You wouldn’t want someone picking a fight with you in this moment.

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January 2016 winter steelhead.

January for us is a special month.  Its time for us to get our fish on.  We have been running all around the State of Jefferson and beyond,  sleeping on the side of rivers, in the truck and even the luxury of the well needed dry warm hotel room.  Can’t tell you how much fun its been.  Not all play though, were still doing our guide trips and if you want to get out and get some fishing in for yourself feel free to hit us up.  Hope to see you out there!!!

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DSCN1033The Klamath river did finally blow out for a few days below Iron Gate dam for the first time in years.  We’re still out there getting the job done

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dadGreat looking Klamath fish!!!

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chuck steelhead One of these counts as catching one.  We started the day off with 12 in the net.

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stew and chuckStew lands a nice wild buck

DamionDamion holding a beauty.  She tasted so good too!

CO crewA great day of Winter Steelhead fishing!  My old friends from Colorado came out to get in on some chrome lightning.  We hired Casey Malepsy and his buddy Robert to take us out with the spinning rods and man did we have a good time.  The boys went home with some great looking fish!

September 3rd, 2015. Fishing Report.

There are signs of Fall on the horizon.  Colored leaves and cool nights, have things changing up here in the State of Jefferson. The McCloud River remains very colored up with about 28 inches of visibility, however the fish have been eating and looking healthy. We’ve had some epic battles with brutes and some wonderful fish to hand. Though there is very little dry fly action right now, some of our bigger rainbows were still taken off the surface. The Upper Sac has really benefited from the cool nights and some great fishing is being reported. The Lower Sacramento is to remain your best bet for big fish but if you put your ear in the Klamath River you can hear them coming.  A wad of salmon, steelhead and half pounders are pouring their way up the lower river and heading our way.  We are keeping a close eye on their progress.  It is an annual event and that time is here. They are coming.

 

 

 

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To the rope at the Nature Conservancy.

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Where the big one got away.

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So good to see you Barr!  We don’t get to do this enough anymore
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Its that time of year again.  An awesome sunrise every morning!  Guides day off and were going fishing!Bobber and bead downWe put the bobber rod down to swing a run.

big fishWhat a treat!  These early fish are always a gamble.

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June Fishing Report

The Mt Shasta region has been fishing well this summer.  The days are hot and long but there is no better place to be than in a cool river catching trout.  Junes highlight has been the McCloud River.  With great hatches it has been a dry fly fisherman’s dream. We went from salmonflies in the early days to golden stones, green drakes, and lately the pmd’s and yellow sallies.  Some large fish have crushed big stonefly patterns lately, just a couple of those kind of takes is all I need to smile big all day.  The McCloud should remain awesome but expect the upcoming full moon and hot weather to slow the bite.  As the water warms the dead drift becomes less meaningful, swing some soft hackles and hang on.

Meanwhile, other fisheries like the Sacramento have been delighting anglers with some big bows, drift trips on the Lower Sacramento have been great in the mornings or evenings, our guides have been reporting good dry fly action!

What the Hex else is there? Oh yeah, those big yellow mayflies are being eaten by bass and trout nightly.  Fifteen minutes of crazy fishing, dont tangle or break one off or you’ll miss the bite.

We have been busy but we still have openings and would love to get you on the water. Check out all these photos from our latest trips and go fish.

John gravy dogGuides night out after a day in the office.  We caught a bunch a backyard fish.

DSCN0050The McCloud River in June!  A dry fly fisherman’s dream.

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Father sonLike father like son, Brooks and BT getting it done!


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Black Canyon of the Gunnison river

I made a trip out to see Colorado, my family and my oldest friends.  All in all a better than great time!  My dad and I went for an awesome adventure.  One I will never forget.  Down into the Black canyon, on a route I dare not mention.  This place makes any wading on the McCloud or the Pit seem like a walk in the park.  Huge thanks to Jeremy and Naomi for helping us get in out of the canyon safely, and for being great company!  A truly epic day.

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Fishing report May 20th 2015

Wild Waters has been all over the place this May. The fishing has been good and we’ve been experiencing some great dry fly fishing on the Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers. Green Drakes have shown on the rainy days. And those magical hatches and feeding frenzies have blessed a few of our anglers. The Lower Sac still is providing some of the best fishing around. Anthony Carruesco, Chuck and John have been spending a good amount of time fishing from 44 bridge all the way to Balls Ferry. Meanwhile all the way up on the Sandy River was this years annual Spey Clave. A great event with a lot of knowledge shared amounts some of the biggest names in the industry. Don’t miss it next year. Continue Reading →

Northern California – Southern Oregon Fishing Report April 9, 2015

The steelhead fishing is nearing its end right now but a few fish are around in the Upper Rogue and Upper Klamath. Anthony Carruesco one of Wild Waters guides reports …  Lower Sac has continued to kick out some great fishing over the past week. Still, we have yet to see the bigger hatches that the spring usually gives up. There are some spring Caddis still around, PMDs, March Browns and a few Salmonflies, but not in great numbers yet. Probably a symptom of the low water and more silt covering the gravel than usual.. Despite the lack of big bugs hatching the fish are still very healthy and eating well … The river is starting to light up!

The Upper Sac continues to give up some nice fish as reported by Rick Cox. It is all about nymphing and getting your flies down this time of year. Both rivers will only continue to improve as Spring warms up.

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Eric’s Nice Upper Sac Bow

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Fish On Upper Sac !!

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Lower Sac courtesy of Anthony Carruesco

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Lower Sac Courtesy of Anthony Carruesco

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Lower Sac Courtesy of Anthony Carruesco

 

 

Fishing Report March 26 2015

 

It’s officially spring and we’re enjoying amazing days on the river. Fishing has been fabulous as we finish up our last few steelhead days of the season. What a treat to do a couple guide days in a rain jacket, we’ve been so used to low n’ clear conditions, high n’ brown seem foreign.  As we leave our beloved steelhead rivers and start to focus on trout, it’s time to throw some dry flies. We will be sharing some secrets and techniques for the second year in a row at The Fishermen’s Spot in Southern California, April 11th & 12th. Come visit us at the http://flyfishingexpo.net.  For those ready to dust off their trout rods, give us a shout and lets get out on the rivers.  The Lower Sacramento is fishing wonderfully as is the Upper Sac. Check out these great pics from last week.

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Bob Searle giving us a lesson on single hand swinging, aluminum prams, shooting heads and leaving the spey rod at home when on the small coastal streams and tiny steelhead rivers.

 

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 Swinging the single hand rod.

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When you fall in the drink take a drink.

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Winter brings, Winter steelhead

As the cold weather comes in, so do the Winter fish.  Its time to break out the big guns and the good jackets.  So far in our region mother nature has been fair with a good mix of heavy rain followed by some nice Winter sunshine.  The Klamath remains in great shape below the dam and tributaries are running clear at the moment.  We’ve been spending some time on the Rogue as well.  Also a bit of driving, looking for clear water.  We welcome you to take a look at how the winter has started off for us….But as for us we are heading back out.

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Klamath Fishing Report

As most of California’s and Southern Oregon rivers blew out last week from the big storm, the Klamath not only remained fishable but some nice fresh fish were around. The days are getting chilly, the water is colored and cold, but the smiles were big and bright. The boats are having awesome days on the Iron Gate stretch, side-drifting nymphs. Our spey guides are still putting fish on the line, but the days of dry-lining are over. Big flies down deep and slow. Much of the river below the tribs is still too high and colored but they will drop and clear soon, its best to be down there when they do. There are many possibilities coming up for some great Winter Steelheading.

 

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Klamath River Fishing Report

 

The Klamath River remains one of California’s best choice for steelhead fishing. The run was big this year and continual pushes of fresh fish keep showing up! The silly numbers of half-pounders have diminished and these days most of the fish caught are adults. The drift boats have been putting some nice fish in the nets but the numbers of adults caught on the swing these last few days is impressive. The days of our beautiful Scandi casting are temporarily over, the last few outing have been about getting deep and swinging slow. We are sitting this storm out, as it’s howling outside but we’ll be right back out there this weekend. It’s almost winter so expect to start seeing some big ones.

 

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