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5732 Dunsmuir Ave
Dunsmuir, CA, 96025

530.235.2969

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Guide Notes

Ted Fay Report : February 7, 2018

Rick Cox

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Well it's been awhile but we are back. All's good, the shop has reopened and is humming along with a newer brighter look. Fortunately too all the old laughs and lies are still present and Bob is manning the helm as usual. Compared to last year this mild Winter has opened up many fishing opportunities not only locally here on the Upper Sac but also all other nearby rivers that offer steelhead fishing. Chasing them has been the focus for a lot of us and the season certainly has not disappointed. Looking ahead February and March are prime months for these beasts so with the long range forecast showing no storms in sight guess what we are going to be doing....... and you should too. So far it has been a good steelie year on all the major nearby rivers with the Klamath River leading the way with a sustained strong return since Fall. In addition the Trinity, Rogue and coastal rivers have rewarded us with successful days. What a difference a year makes, come on up and enjoy the opportunities.

Locally the Upper Sac is fishing well, the flows are very friendly (600 cfs) and some very big rainbows have been put in the net. It's predominantly a nymphing game but if the weather stays like this you will start seeing small stones, Caddis and March Browns appearing along with BWO's. The pressure has been very light and midday temps are in the 60's .... time to jump in on the fun! BTW the rainbows are beginning to spawn so beware of redds.

The Lower Sac has also been a good option. Temps in the 70's, light pressure and plenty of fish. Flows are a constant 4000 cfs, much better than the 10,000 cfs we had to put up with last year. 

All in all it's has been an excellent Winter for fishing. Looking ahead to the trout openers around here you should be ready to get on the water from Day 1, our snow pack, which has a major impact on the early season with runoff, is nil so every river up here will be in prime shape and ready for you to have some fun ... mark it April 28.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

1-877-934-7466

 

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

Ted Fay Report : January 9, 2018

Rick Cox

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The shop is still in the midst of it's remodel and will be closed from January 15 to the end of the month...... in the meantime you might consider the offer below.

The Upper Sacramento River

I have had the opportunity to winter fish the Upper Sacramento River since it opened to year round fishing a few years ago.  She can be a tempermental thing with a lot of pulse flows but when we have these drier years such as now the fishing on it can be extremely good, particularly for those elusive big fish that you always hear of but for some reason don't see. The prime time is midday, forget the frigid mornings and that evening bite thing. You do not have to wait for Spring, I would love to introduce you to this winter gem, give me a shout, 877-934-7466.

There is a window ..... generally below 2000cfs
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis/uv?site_no=11342000

Half days recommended .... $400 for 1 or 2 anglers, time frame is usually from 11am-4pm. 
Cheers
Rick

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

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Ted Fay Report : December 8, 2017

Rick Cox

                                                                                         OH OH OH MERRY CHRISTMAS                                                                                                        December 2017

                                                                                         OH OH OH MERRY CHRISTMAS

                                                                                                       December 2017

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As you can see above the shop is currently whacked out with a building remodel. The good news is Bob is still there amongst the chaos and all the merchandise is in safe hands next door. If you have a special someone in mind for a great Christmas gift Bob is at the ready to assist you. He is maintaining regular store hours and he's ready to help you with all your needs.  You might wonder what MY Christmas wish is during this discombobulated time ..... a new killer bakery stuffed with fresh pastries and off the chart coffee next door, please Santa please.

So, the fishing report ..... the weather has cooperated nicely and all the go to rivers here in Dogpatch have been fishing very good. The Upper Sac still has October Caddis from Conant upstream to Cantara and the fish are all over Big Ass Stimulators. All of my go to Steelhead rivers within a 2 hr. radius are kicking out Iron Heads. The Trinity River although crowded has been fishing very good and of course the Klamath here in our back yard has been excellent. The Lower Sac Fall/Winter fishing is enjoying one of its better years for Trout and Steelhead. The weather continues to be kind and looks that way for the next couple of weeks ..... NOW is the time to be here enjoying the goods.

Keep Em Wet                                                    Photo by Rick Cox

Keep Em Wet                                                    Photo by Rick Cox

Swinging One Up                                     Photo by Rick Cox

Swinging One Up                                     Photo by Rick Cox

USac Winter Fish                                                    Photo by Rick Cox

USac Winter Fish                                                    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.

 

Rick Cox

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : November 21, 2017 Happy Thanksgiving

Rick Cox

Fresh Klamath Steelie               Photo by Rick Cox

Fresh Klamath Steelie               Photo by Rick Cox

A heads up for those of you thinking about stopping by the shop any time soon, the store is currently closed for a well needed Thanksgiving vacation and will reopen November 29. Once it is open again be prepared for remodeling work, the building owner is not only putting in short term rentals (think VRBO over the shop) upstairs but he is also upgrading the shop floor and plumbing. Bottom line you can still do your Christmas shopping at The Ted Fay Fly Shop, Bob will be present offering presents.

Although the general trout season is over for most of our local rivers the Upper Sac continues to be open and will do so all winter. It has been fishing good its entire length. Stimulator/dropper is working mid to upper river along with a variety of nymphs. The lower river on those long slicks is always good for a Baetis hatch particularly on the cloudy days. My favorite nymphs for this time of year are Caddis Poopahs, S&M's, Micro Mayflies, Soft Hackles and the trusty LEGS. Takes can be slower than you might be used to so get twitchy and set on the slightest movement. It has been raining so best to time your outings when the river is dropping. Long range weather forecast is showing a good stretch of dry mild weather coming soon .... my suggestion would be DO IT rather than think about it!

Steelhead fishing continues to get better with each storm that moves through. The rain has been such that nothing is blowing out on the Klamath River and fresh fish are moving in, they are being caught under a bobber or swinging, in the boat, out of the boat....whatever. This year has been a complete opposite of the terrible conditions last year ....  there are fish, the weather has cooperated and no crowds. Give us a shout if any of this tickles you .... trout and steelhead, whatever!

Cheers

Rick Cox

Wild Waters Fly Fishing

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com  

It's Been A Long Season and These Guys Are DONE!              Photo by Rick Cox

It's Been A Long Season and These Guys Are DONE!              Photo by Rick Cox

The Proverbial Winter Ghost We Love To Chase                   Photo by Rick Cox

The Proverbial Winter Ghost We Love To Chase                   Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Bow ... What A Year For Big Fish                  Photo by Bob Searle

McCloud Bow ... What A Year For Big Fish                  Photo by Bob Searle

Lets Swing One Up                   Photo by Rick Cox

Lets Swing One Up                   Photo by Rick Cox

Love The Fall On The Klamath                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Love The Fall On The Klamath                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath Hookup                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath Hookup                      Photo by Carl Mogerly

Pastry Porn For Steelhead

Pastry Porn For Steelhead

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 : November 9, 2017

Rick Cox

Collin's USac Brownie (First time fly fishing)                       Photo by Montana Mclean

Collin's USac Brownie (First time fly fishing)                       Photo by Montana Mclean

What an incredible Fall season lately, big fish time on both the Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers. No complaining, just enjoying the rewards of the BIG winter last year. The opportunity is currently there for you to hook into one of these beast, this is the time of year they come out and play. The McCloud has always been noted for the German Brown party over the years and rightfully so but now I am seeing it beginning to manifest on the Upper Sac also.  On the Rainbow side I have seen more big lake runs this year on both rivers than ever before. What's creating this you ask, I personally believe that when Shasta Lake is full or close to full (such as now) these fish have an open highway to move upstream to spawn. You will see the Browns spawning in November-December and the Rainbows spawning February-April. Unfortunately you only have until November 15 to enjoy the McCloud but the Upper Sac remains open all winter with special regs of course. Remember too with the rains, and it's raining right now, the rivers spike so if you are considering a trip best to check flows or better yet give us a call. We are finding these fish in the deeper runs and at the tailouts taking nymphs, streamers and even dries.

The Klamath River is experiencing a very good showing of steelhead right now on the upper stretches. Our guides are reporting some quality fish coming to the net and things will only continue to improve. We have been getting most of the fish nymphing but swinging flies has had it's moments.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com 

USac Brownie                                                          Photo by Montana Mclean

USac Brownie                                                          Photo by Montana Mclean

USac Brownie                                                Photo by Montana Mclean

USac Brownie                                                Photo by Montana Mclean

McCloud Brownie                         Photo by Todd Morgan

McCloud Brownie                         Photo by Todd Morgan

McCloud Bow                   Photo by Todd Morgan

McCloud Bow                   Photo by Todd Morgan

Klamath Steelie                                           Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath Steelie                                           Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath Steelie                                           Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath Steelie                                           Photo by Bucko Theriot

Klamath River                     Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath River                     Photo by Carl Mogerly

We go the extra mile for Steelhead                  Photo by Carl Mogerly

We go the extra mile for Steelhead                  Photo by Carl Mogerly

And it pays off                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

And it pays off                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath River                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

Klamath River                             Photo by Carl Mogerly

Photo by Carl Mogerly

Photo by Carl Mogerly

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