ORVIS 101 & 201

June 28, 2015 Dunsmuir City Park 


Learn the basics of fly fishing in a streamside location on the Upper Sacramento River. Clinic topics will include equipment, terminology, basic casts, entomolgy , and more... followed by “reel” time on the water instruction by local Wild Waters Fly Fishing Guides.

Clinic 2 Clinic 4

Dunsmuir City Park. 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Cost $75 ... Orvis discount coupons for all attendees. Contact or call 877-934-7466 or signup at the Ted Fay Fly Shop

*class size is limited book now to reserve your space
Clinic 3


Ted Fay Report : May 12,2015

Two weeks into “The Season” …. meaning all rivers now opened to fishing around Dogpatch other than the Upper Sac which has and is and will be open all year round for us diehards seeking river winter solace time. The last 2 weeks have been filled with visiting the McCloud River, getting reacquainted with her and her reawakening beauty along with the familiar faces of other anglers met or guided in years past … a class reunion per se at the Holy Church of the McCloud. Buster joined me for a recon right after the opener and he brought our normal ration of donuts and pastries to get us through the day. A visit with Chris and Ada, caretakers at the Conservancy, was enjoyable. We had not had a chance to chat it up over the last few years so some catching up was appreciated. All's fine down there but we did touch on a disturbing topic, specifically the decline in fish numbers for both small and big fish. Three reasons were mentioned . Disturbing the redds (spawning beds), holding fish, particularly big fish, out of the water too long for those gotta have photos … “hero shots” and of course the dam. Food for thought ya'll. Once again I am including a picture of a redd shot a few days ago on the McCloud (just for your memory bank), yes the rainbows are still spawning … remember too the browns spawn in the fall. And about those hero shots, try and keep those gills in the water. Studies show kill rates rise rapidly once the fish has been removed from the water even for a short period of time … time to change the whole picture taking thing. How would you like to be pulled under water (even for a short period of time) and have a fish take your picture as you struggle for air??

As far as fishing lately the McCloud is fishing fair to good. Fair for those who do not know the river well and good for those who do. The bugs are improving by the week and fish are grabby. Recent guide trips have produced fish on both nymphs and dries. Good nymph selection should include Golden Stones, pheasant tails, copper johns, and soft hackles. Good dry selection should include PMD, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Drakes and Stimulators. The Golden Stones are just starting to show and will peak in a few weeks. The river is a bit low but not bad. Under these conditions try not to wade/charge straight up the river. As mentioned above this takes the fish out of their normal lies and you risk destroying the redds. Unfortunately I am seeing more of this and it is a bit worrisome. Remember too no bait is allowed on the McCloud, I ran into someone last week with a night crawler the size of a garden hose and reminded him of the regs. A heads up, as of this last week the water at Ah Di Na was non-potable. It is on but do not drink it.

The Upper Sac is also fishing fair to good. Recent reports from Billy and Brad, former students, indicated good fishing from them all day over the weekend. Other reports coming in are showing fair results. Salmonflies and Golden Stones are showing from mid river up to Ney Springs. Evening fishing has been good dry flies with a combo of hatches occurring … PMD, caddis and stones. Nymphing during the day has been best. The river flow is around 300 cfs which is good. We are getting light rain today and showers are predicted through the week … a good recipe for fly fishermen.

Recommended Bugs ....


Golden Stones #8-14

Jimmy Legs (brwn., blk. & olive) #4-10

Prince #8-16

Gordon Prince #12-16

Flashback PT #14-16

Copper John (red & copper) #14-16

Soft Hackle #14

Micro Mayflies (olive & blk.) #14-18

Fox Poopah (olive & tan) #14-16

Silveys #14-16

S&M #16-18

Dark Lord #14-16

Birds Nest #12-16


Stimulator #8-14

Little Yellow Sally #14

Adams #10-18

Parachute Adams #10-16

Humpy #10-18

X-Caddis #14-16

EC Caddis #14-16

Pink Cahill #14

Royal Coachman #10-14

X-Caddis #14-16

Drakes (green & gray) #10-14



Brad With A Good USac Fish Release

Gods Gift To Fishermen & Fisherwomen

McCloud River Rainbow Opening Week

From A Fishes Point Of View

Buster ChasingMcCloud Love

USac Slab

Jonathan Looking For McCloud Love

Once Again This Is What A Redd Looks Like

Billy's USac Chunky Rainbow

Who Dat On A Favorite USac Run

Buster Like Pocket Water

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

Rick Cox

Ted Fay Report : April 23, 2015

The McCloud River opens this coming Saturday April 25. A recent look see shows the river in purrrrfect shape. A fairly wet winter and a couple of VERY BIG storms scoured the river clean and flows are sweet. Just to put things in perspective the rain gauge at the McCloud dam is currently reading 52 inches of rain which is pretty close to normal. Creeks and springs are running now that were dry last year … the same holds true for the Upper Sac… great conditions! The silver lining here is that we do not have to put up with snow runoff thus giving everyone an early season of normal flows. The poison oak, Chaparall Iris and Dogwood are busting out and a nice little hatch of flying ants was observed (put on an ant pattern). Caution when wading there are still fresh redds (spawning beds) around!! The Upper Sac is fishing very good right now. A midday hatch of March Browns is occurring and the Salmonflies are starting to show in numbers as the afternoon progresses.

Recommended Bugs ..... Nymphs

Golden Stones #8-12
Jimmy Legs #4-10
Prince #8-16
Gordon Prince #14-16
Flashback PT #14-16
Copper John Copper & Red) #14-16
Soft Hackle #14-16
Micro Mayflies #16-18
S&M #16-18
Bird Nest #12-16
Silvey (Blk., Tan & Olive)#14-16

Dry Flies ....

Stimulator #8-14
Yellow Sally #14
Humpies #10-16
Parachute Adams #10-18





Chaparall Iris


Meet Mr. Poison Oak


Don’t Tread On Me



Flying Ant Hatch … Fish Love Them


Where's Da Fish

Where’s Da Fish


Upper Sac Love


From A Trouts Eye View

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

Rick Cox



Ted Fay 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. It is all about nymphing and getting your flies down this time of year. Midday seems to be best. Snow and rain a couple of days ago has bumped the river up but it is starting to drop and should be in good shape by the weekend. Both rivers will only continue to improve as Spring warms up.


Eric's USac Rainbow

Snow Day

Anthony Carruesco Wild Waters Fly Fishing LSac Rainbow

Lower Sac Anthony Carruesco Wild Waters Fly Fishing

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

Rick Cox








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