Ted Fay Report : July 18, 2014
A lot of you have heard by now but for those who have not the McCloud River has blown out due to a glacial spill on Mt. Shasta creating a large pulse of muddy water channeling down Mud Creek and into the McCloud River at the top end of the reservoir. This is one of the largest events like this to occur and is most likely a result of the extended high temps and skinny snow cover at the higher elevations on the mountain. Below is a statement from PG&E in its regard and some accompanying photos and I will continue updates as time passes so stay tuned.........
I am currently the assigned License Coordinator on PG&E’s McCloud-Pit Project. We were recently alerted to a developing situation on the McCloud River system. Turbid water on the McCloud River is being caused by mud flows from Mud Creek. During dry years, the Konwakiton (Mud Creek) glacier on the south side of Mount Shasta is very exposed with the low snow accumulation and the excessive glacier melt begins carving through deep ash deposits on the mountain. This “river of mud” is a natural occurrence during low snow years and has occurred seven times in the past 100 years. The worst occurrences were in 1924, 1926 and 1930, all very dry years.
Mud Creek flows into the McCloud River upstream of PG&E’s McCloud Reservoir (see attached photo taken by PG&E this morning). As the muddy water is heavier, it flows to the bottom of the reservoir and is spilled out of the dam’s lower outlets. However, the reservoir is showing signs of increased turbidity near the surface.
Mud Creek Spilling Into McCloud River Above Reservoir
McCloud River Between Dam and Ash Camp
Thank you to PG&E for the use of their pictures
Ted Fay Report : July 15, 2014
The 4th of July Mt. Shasta extravaganza has come and gone. The area population over the holiday quadrupled at least (hide the kids) and festivities over the 3 day weekend were awesome. Mt. Shasta's famous walk and run followed by its one of a kind home town parade this year featuring its founder Dr. Jim Parker as grand marshall was a hit. Unfortunately Dr. Jim's battle with Parkinsons was lost 3 days later ... a local legend in deed will be missed but boy did he nail his bucket list over the last couple of years. Local music, BBQ, and fireworks helped make grand this celebration of our independence and freedom.
Dogpatch currently is so hot I saw 2 trees fighting over a dog;. Fishing recently for me has been clients seeking instruction on the Upper Sac. This river offers a great venue for instruction for complete novices to experienced anglers and I say there is something to be learned regardless of what you think you know ... believe me I still learn things after 40 years at this .... anyone who says or thinks they have it nailed is fooling themselves. At this stage of the game satisfaction to me is seeing the bust out smile and giggly laugh that the first fish on a fly brings or the shear panic and scream of "what do I do" and the ensuing fire drill that goes with fighting and landing the fish. Enjoy the shots of Katie, David, Tami, Marly, Gabe and Jeff below and of course the smiles.
The fish this time of year on the USac and McCloud are mostly holding in the faster, heavier water and near the bottom. Thus the ole adage " git r down". Mornings and evenings are best and results will come with the reliable LBS bugs. The USac offers some very early a.m. and late p.m. top action but if the sun is on the water forget it. The Mac is mainly an evening affair for dry fly fishing or you might think about throwing a dry/dropper into a shady spot or two midday. It is the dog daze so don't let the sun mess with your head, the fish are there ... be patient and work it. For you doubters both rivers have plenty of water. This is the time of the year I prefer wet wading the USac but on the other hand the Mac is a bit too cold for my bones. A refreshing dip mid afternoon always helps on either.
Recommended bugs .... see my June 25 report.
4th of July BBQ
4th of July Garage Band
Katie First Fish On A Fly
Tami On USac
Gabe Casting Instruction
David First Fish On A Fly USac
If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area next stop in and say hello.
Ted Fay Report : June 25, 2014
Been busier than a fork in Chris Christie's house these days in Dogpatch .... it's June so deal with it. The fishing on both rivers is starting to fish like mid summer so I so I am officially announcing it is that time of the season to start the nymphing drill with the ever popular "LBS" or as we call them in Dogpatch "Little Black Shit" bugs if you want to catch fish on both rivers .... see below for my once a year list of must haves for the dog daze of summer.
Briefly the McCloud River still lives up to its nickname this time of the year ... The McCrowd. It's crazy, I am seeing people wade through the fishy holding water .... what's worse and this burns my ass, camping out on a run pounding it to death for hours ... come on kids it aint Dunsmuir, it is the McCloud River ... explore it, enjoy it, play in its playground and do not hog the swing. As a consequence the fishing has dropped off in the more popular areas so be prepared to hike and bushwack to get fish. The McCloud fish get smart and wise after seeing an army of anglers slapping and splashing away. I suspect the river will continue to show pressure through the 4th. Evenings are the best time with the tail end of the Golden Stones doing their thing. Also you will see a small mayfly and caddis hatch the last couple of hours.
The Upper Sac has been fair to good. The best fishing is in the morning and evening. Again stones are still out from mid river up to Ney Springs. Fish have shown a tend an cy to be more on the quick grab so be ready to set at the slightest indication. Lower river water temps are up to 70 midday which is not good so fish it either a.m. or p.m. before the sun gets on it.
Zen Thought Of The Day ....
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
LBS (as follows)
Dark Lords #14-16
Soft Hackles #14-16
Zebra Midge #18-20
Rock Worm #18
Micro Mayfly (blk.) #16-18
Recommended Bugs ..... Nymphs
Jimmy Legs #4-10
Gordon Prince #14-16
Possie Bugger #8-10
Copper John (red & copper) #14-16
EC Caddis #16
Parachute Adams #14-16
Nice Smile and Nice Fish
McCloud Tiger Lily
Caroline First Fish On A Fly
Dennis 15 in. Rainbow
The HARD Drugs
If you have any further questions please call the shop and if you are in the area stop in and say hello.
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