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Guide Notes

The Hirz Fire Sept. 2, 2018

Rick Cox

The nearby Hirz Fire has now been affecting all of us here now for almost a month. What began as a small fire at the north end of Shasta Lake has now grown into a beast and currently stands at 42,000 acres and 42% contained.  Cal Fire and the Forest Service have assured the cities of Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta and McCloud that we are not in imenent danger and no evacuations have been issued ... so far. There is currently a fire camp setup in McCloud now with approximately 2,500 personnel, more than the entire population of McCloud. I am including some link information for those of you to dive into further but rest assured both the Upper Sacramento River and McCloud River are currently open for fishing and access but be prepared for smoke depending on the wind direction. As a side note the Bollibokka Club dodged a bullet and is back in operation.

Current fire map .... https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6116/0/

Daily status report .... https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6116/

Todays current situation..........

Firefighters worked yesterday and through the night along the west side of the fire from Pollard Flat north to Yellowjacket Mountain to connect all control lines. Crews completed the necessary tactical firing operations to further secure control lines and limit the fire’s westward spread. Firefighters also improved and strengthened the control line from Yellowjacket Mountain east to Squaw Valley Creek with tactical burning operations to hold the fire on the north side.

Warmer and drier conditions will continue today, which when paired with the predicted wind and dry vegetation, could increase fire behavior and activity. With warmer temperatures and cleaner low-lying air, air operations should be able to start early again today to assist with fire suppression efforts.

A priority for firefighters today will be to strengthen and improve control lines along Yellowjacket Mountain and along Squaw Valley Creek. They will focus on conducting firing operations from the northeast corner south to the McCloud River confluence. Crews will also continue holding and securing control lines along the western edge of the fire where successful firing operations to connect adjoining lines have taken place. Firefighters in this area will begin mopping up hot spots along the perimeter and removing hazard trees where possible. The southern and eastern edges of the fire that are contained remain secure, and crews continue to patrol this area to ensure that no hazards or threats exist to compromise containment.

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If you have any further questions please call the shop.

Rick Cox

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

 

 

Ted Fay Report : August 24, 2018

Rick Cox

 The Wind River, Wyoming

The Wind River, Wyoming

The last month has been crazy with fires and smoke from nearby and afar fires in California and Oregon. Needless to say this has put a big dent in the recreation side of things. Summer is slowly slipping away and the outdoor activities have suffered. At one time both nearby fly fishing operations at Bollibokka Club and Clearwater House were under threat of burning and had to be evacuated. Fortunately both have been saved but the landscape has changed. The Hirz Fire is the closest to us, approximatel 15 miles from both McCloud and Dunsmuir but CalFire has put enough resources on it to slow it down, as of this morning it is 17% contained. All of us up here in the north state cannot express our gratitude enough to the brave fire fighters and other first responders out there putting their lives on the line .... THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! So under the circumstances here's the fishing report for what it's worth.

For those hearty enough to get out under these unpleasant conditions the fishing has been decent. Lack of pressure has helped on both the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers. My sources tell me that excellent days have been had for those willing to put up with the smoke on both the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rvers. The Dunsmuir area is loaded with truck trout and reports of big fish out of the McCloud have been broadcast. Also the good news is that the smoke currently tends to come and go so hope grows eternal and better days are coming ... we hope.

 In the mean time for the last two weeks (just returned) I’ve been in Wyoming and Idaho enjoying the hopper action throwing every hopper pattern I can get my hands on. Fortunately or unfortunately (there was still some CA smoke there) I have had to go that far but it was well worth it for me and my buds, Fred “The Fish” Gordon and Buster. Straight up hopper, hopper dropper and hopper dropper dropper was the game. We were on the Wind River, Big Horn, Salt and Snake in WY and Teton River and South Fork of the Snake in ID. The hoppers were thick and the fish grabby. The Wind River is a tail water holding rainbows and browns that are very big and energetic. Recommended tippet for these strong brutes is 2x and a 6 or 7 wt. rod. When hooked up on one expect explosive runs sometimes into your backing and be prepared to loose about half of them. On all rivers we drifted and cast from the raft pounding the bank, walk waded edges and side channels, and some days just plan left the raft at home and wade fished. Enjoy the pics below and look for Wild Waters Fly Fishing to be hosting some trips here for this phenomenal time of the year.

Cheers

Rick Cox

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

 These Guys Were Thick

These Guys Were Thick

 The Mighty Wind River

The Mighty Wind River

 Wind River Average Trout

Wind River Average Trout

 Stalking The Bank ... note that grass was full of hoppers

Stalking The Bank ... note that grass was full of hoppers

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Buster Hooked Up

 The Magical Tetons and Snake River

The Magical Tetons and Snake River

 South Fork Snake Side Channel.... That's Where They Are

South Fork Snake Side Channel.... That's Where They Are

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Salt River, Wyoming

 Snake River Cutty and Derf

Snake River Cutty and Derf

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Bent Stick On The Big Horn River

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Looking For Evening Gulpers On The Big Horn

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Big Horn Double ... Buster  and Fred "The Fish" Gordon

 California Smoke On The Snake

California Smoke On The Snake

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Big Horn River

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Saw Lots Of These Guys

 Buster's Fresh Out Of The Oven Muffies

Buster's Fresh Out Of The Oven Muffies

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Our Modus of Transportation

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Ouch ... The Only Battle Wound Of The Trip

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These Beast Live In The Wind River

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Nice Having Our Pastry Chef Along ... Thanks Buster

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and bug Bob.

Ted Fay Report : July 25, 2018

Rick Cox

 Hooking Up On USac

Hooking Up On USac

Upper Sacramento River

Well it's officially the Dog Daze of summer now. This means temps are north of 100 degrees during the day, the water is warming, the bugs are suffering heat stroke, wet wading is required unless you are allergic to water (wtf), and you best think about mornings and evenings with a nice midday break for lunch and a cold beverage. Whoopsies and falling in are acceptable too. Not to be discouraged though, the fish have to eat sometime so it's not like they have lock jaw. I am finding fish in the oxygenated water, heavy pocket water and deep in the runs and pools. With the river at it's lowest now (melts over and no rain in sight) the fish are on the bottom looking up for something to gobble so it's imperative to get your bugs down in that lower water column. Fish can be enticed with a dry dropper early, early and late, late but otherwise it's nymphing, nymphing, nymphing that will get you fish. My favorite go to bugs for this time of year are the LBS (little black shit) which I have addressed in previous post or just call Bob.

 McCloud River

McCloud River

 

McCloud River

The McCloud has also reached Dog Daze status so the drill is think mornings and evenings. Fish the oxygenated water, the pocket water, and deep in the runs and pools. Heads of pools have been especially effective, get the bugs into that foamy rough water and pay attention to those quick bites that occur there. This river is presenting more opportunities for dry fly fishing so as soon as the shade from the ridges and trees cover the water think about an Adams or PMD. Be prepared for very hot air coming up the canyon from Redding so wet wading is a great alternative to cool down. Also we have fires around that have been bringing in smoke so be prepared. On the up side you will not find this river crowded so the fish are having a break from the crowd hatch and your opportunities are increased for hookups.

 

Rick Cox

877-934-7466

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

P.S. Look for my next post from my Wyoming/Idaho trip coming up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Nine year old John first time at fly fishing rocked! Staff was almost taller than him.                             Photo by Rick Cox

Nine year old John first time at fly fishing rocked! Staff was almost taller than him.                             Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud River                             Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River                             Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud River                                     Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River                                     Photo by Rick Cox

 Summer Pastry Porn

Summer Pastry Porn

 These local girls make killer pies, you will not be disappointed ... www.wildflowerbakes.com.

These local girls make killer pies, you will not be disappointed ... www.wildflowerbakes.com.

 McCloud now has some great restaurants, here's one of my favorites from The McCloud Meat Market ... rib eye steak with mashed potatoes  Perfect after a long day on the river

McCloud now has some great restaurants, here's one of my favorites from The McCloud Meat Market ... rib eye steak with mashed potatoes

Perfect after a long day on the river

If you have any further questions call shop and when you are in the area stop in and bug Bob.

 

Rick Cox

Ted Fay Report : June 20, 2018

Rick Cox

 Henry's First Day At It

Henry's First Day At It

Upper Sac

The Upper Sac has been fishing well with flows just about at their summer norm. The Golden Stones are plentiful and fish can be enticed with a big Stimulator …. I always like to add a dropper off of it. With days heating up now you can expect to find fish in the faster water when the sun is high and definitely at the top of runs and pools. Evenings have been very good for dry fly fishing if you find the right spot. In the mornings I have been finding fish in those shady spots created by the trees and ridges. Nymphing the long deep runs require getting your bugs down, most fish are hugging the bottom, so get the lead out. Hatches right now are Goldens, PMD’s, Pink Cahills, and Caddis.

McCloud Magic

The McCloud is living up to its reputation as the McCrowd for this time of year but we are still finding fish on this very special river. Ah Di Nah Campground has been filling up early before the weekends so be prepared. The Golden Stones are hatching in big numbers so don’t be surprised to have one land on you to show itself off.  A big bushy dry fly with a bead head dropper is working well in the heavier water. You want to pop it rather than trying to let it have an extended drift, the fish love that action. Small nymphs are producing best now … LBS and soft hackles although you never want to forsake the rubber leg. During midday high sun the water is very clear so think stealth …. lighter tippet, making yourself less visible, and put away that noisy metal wading staff. Evening dry fly fishing has produced so it’s well worth hanging in there if you can although it’s zero dark thirty about 9ish now.

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Now Where Did Mom Go        Photo by Rick Cox

Now Where Did Mom Go        Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Magical Fall River Evening                          Photo by Rick Cox

Magical Fall River Evening                          Photo by Rick Cox

 Fall River                                     Photo by Pauline Cox

Fall River                                     Photo by Pauline Cox

 Open For Business Pastries In Dunsmuir

Open For Business Pastries In Dunsmuir

 Dunsmuir Pastry Porn

Dunsmuir Pastry Porn

Recommended Bugs .....

Nymphs:

LBS (as follows)

  • Dark Lords #14-16
  • Soft Hackles #14-16
  • S&M #16-18
  • Zebra Midge #18-20
  • Rock Worm #18
  • FBPT #16-18
  • Micro Mayfly (blk.) #16-18

Jimmy Legs #4-10
Gordon Prince #14-16
Possie Bugger #8-10
Copper John (red & copper) #14-16

Dries:

  • X-Caddis #16
  • EC Caddis #16
  • Parachute Adams #14-16
  • Stimulator #8-14

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and bug Bob.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : May 24, 2018

Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Fishing Report

The McCloud River continues to give up some great fishing. The river is in fantastic shape with showery weather mixing in with sunny days. The wild Azaleas are in full bloom and their fragrance makes you wonder if you are in a perfume shop. Bring your raincoat for those unexpected thunderstorms and bring your game face, the McCloud River has been giving up some beautiful fish. The Golden Stones are out and about and we have been having good luck with a big Stimulator or Chubby Chernobyl with your favorite dropper hanging off of them. Think stealth too, the clarity of the water is a good 4-5 ft. so skinny up on that tippet. It's that time of year and folks are coming out of the wood works to enjoy this gorgeous river thus we entitle it The McCrowd..... Ah Di Nah Campground was full up yesterday with more sports rolling in.

Give us a shout here at Wild Waters Fly Fishing, we would love to help you enjoy this fabled river.

Cheers

Rick Cox

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

877-934-7466

 

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Carl Mogerly

Photo by Carl Mogerly

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by John Rickard

Photo by John Rickard

 Photo by John Rickard

Photo by John Rickard

Upper Sacramento River Fishing Report

The Upper Sacramento River is and has been a terrific option for fishing this Spring.  It is starting to sound like a broken record .... good to excellent. Flows remain at a healthy 400-500 cfs with many choices for you to play. The top end from Dunsmuir up river is still seeing a good number of Salmonflies and from mid river (Sims) upstream the Goldens are popping out. The lower river is all about Caddis, Caddis and more Caddis. Cool showery days are producing excellent hatches around midday. Nymphing remains very solid so think about Birds Nest, Poopahs, LBS and soft hackles. This is river is a great option during these busy holiday weekends, you have about 35 miles of accessible water to pick and choose from.

Cheers

Rick Cox

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

 Photo by Edward Boyd

Photo by Edward Boyd

 Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Rick Cox

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and bug Bob.