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.
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.
April has come and gone and we have not yet given out a fishing report. So here is the recap. The Lower Sacramento River continued to dominate, the spring of 2016 will long be remembered as one of the best. Our guides have been busy and putting in many floats from Redding to Red Bluff and everyone from beginners to experts have had the epic. We watched the flows settle out and the pmds went nuts.
Besides the fantastic Lower Sac we have been out and about on all sorts of adventures.
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.
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.
To the rope at the Nature Conservancy.
Where the big one got away.
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 →
We are continuing to fish on the McCloud river, Upper Sac and Lower Sac. In general the fishing has been fair to good. We are seeing fish eat dry flies on the upper rivers and we only expect the hatches to grow each day. The Lower Sac continues to be a strong hold of good fishing. With all the trout streams open in California we have also been spending time on some lesser know waters. The best trout fishing of the year is just around the corner. Be ready!
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.
Eric’s Nice Upper Sac Bow
Fish On Upper Sac !!
Upper Sac Daze
Lower Sac courtesy of Anthony Carruesco
Lower Sac Courtesy of Anthony Carruesco
Lower Sac Courtesy of Anthony Carruesco
Lower Sac Courtesy of Anthony Carruesco
Just wrapping up what has been an epic steelhead season on the Klamath, Rogue, Trinity and coastal rivers. There is certainly still some fishing to be had for these special brutes. Up next we start segwaying into trout fishing on the Lower Sacramento and Upper Sacramento Rivers. Rick Cox of Wild Waters Fly Fishing is reporting good results on the Upper Sac running nymphs from Dunsmuir downstream to Lakehead. Hatches are not happening yet in any significant numbers but fish are looking up to BWO’s, caddis and March browns. The Lower Sac also is fishing well with nymph’s being the most productive, but some PMD and caddis dry fly action can be had. The upcoming spring weather makes this river an ideal place for you to spend a day or two or three. Reports from Anthony Carruesco, Jim Roberts, Chuck and John are all exciting and we look forward to a great spring.
The Fishermen’s Spot’s client Peter came up to catch some fish with us.
Carl Mogerley holding a nice Rogue River hatchery fish.
Another day at the office…
A short break from the fish and attempt on some lizards. Good to see you out James and Rachel nice treat running into you guys.
First for everything… at least that I’ve seen, these boys swam across the Lower Sac. Thats cold, and a long ass way to go. Water Polo players, those of you watching, don’t try this at home.
This is what happens when your sleeping on the river! Your buddy takes your picture then wakes you up for one of these. Its a good life and the spring is just starting.
Upper Sac Starting To Produce
Hooked Up On USac
Upper Sac Rainbow Love
Fall is here. Cool nights and much needed rain have receded forest fires along the Klamath River. The smoke is finally gone and fish are being caught throughout the river. Salmon, steelhead and half pounders are finding the net’s of our guides. Swinging flies with floating lines has been very productive. We love the traditional flies but those super pounders seem to chase anything that moves. Flows are a bit higher than normal coming out of Iron Gate dam and a second flow increase is predicted. Its a great time to go fishing in the State of Jefferson.
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 McCloud River has been left alone by most anglers and we have seen it slowly recover from a massive Mud Creek glacial silt flood. The water went from brown to green in a period of two weeks yet it has enough visibility to fish. Any steelhead fisherman would show up and see its color and say “oh hell yeah” but the fishing has been difficult. That said some very nice fish have been put in the net. Adjusting to the conditions and fishing with off color techniques has paid off big time for a few of our guides. The Reservoir on the other hand is filled to the brim with fish and non crowded days can give some excellent stillwater fishing.
The Upper Sacramento River has been fair to good fishing this last week. The lower end of the river is holding some nice trout. Waters temperatures are warm so mid day fishing is not advised. Early morning is the time to fish the lower stretches of the Upper Sac. In the mid day move to the Upper stretches of the river. Water is still very cold in the Cantera Loop area and small trout are looking up for dry flies. The river access in Dunsmuir is fishing very well and lunch at the Dunsmuir Brewery has been a highlight for everyone. Continue Reading →