Ted Fay Report : July 27, 2015

Yes cupcake there is plenty of water up here, all of our streams are flowing at healthy levels and the trout are enjoying the cool water during the warm summer. Oregon on the other hand has shut down fishing on all of its rivers after 2 pm each day due to warm water conditions …ODFW takes action to help native fish . Keep your fingers crossed that that doesn't happen around here. The McCloud River has unfortunately … once again … gone rogue and is blown out muddy. Figure this river not being fishable for awhile … a replay of last summer. The Upper Sacramento River has been fishing good on the mid to upper sections. The lower sections have been seeing warm water so best to fish there in the morning. Nymphing and getting your flies down has been the ticket. Lake Siskiyou in the evenings has rewarded anglers with a combo of trout and smallmouth bass. McCloud Reservoir has seen double digit days of fish to hand.

See my June 24 report for recommended bugs.

Zen Thought Of The Day (from John Muir) …. Of all places the best …. so abundant and novel are the objects of interest in a pure wilderness that unless you are pursuing special studies it matters little where you go or how often to the same place. Wherever you chance to be always seems at the moment of all places the best, and you feel that there can be no happiness in this world or any other for those who may not be happy here.

The Cloudy McCloud Before The Mud

Bear Want Blackberries .. Yum!

Bear Coming For My Donuts

Upper Sac Pastel

Barbara's USac Kiss

OUCH!!

Brent's USac Bow

Gabriel's USac Bow

Why We Call Them Rainbows

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and say hello ... for further area reports see www.wildwatersflyfishing.com and www.shastatrout.com

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : July 11,2015

Hot weather has left the house and cooler days are prevailing. The big 4th of July holiday stampede has come and gone with limited collateral damage and battle scars. Things are settling in nicely now and both of our favorite rivers are giving us some good fishing. Right now is a great time to be here for the fishing and all the other accessories that the area has to offer. Long range forecasting is showing very mild conditions for the next couple of weeks.

The McCloud River is fishing good. This last week offered up some very nice fish for father/son Keith and Willie. The river is slowly coloring up but is still very fishable. I would guess the visibility is around 2 feet. This means caution when wading ... try letting your feet be your eyes. It is hard to predict if this is a short term or long term event. The lake does not show any mud field so as in some previous years I have experienced it could just be the milky McCloud for the summer. Bobbercator style has produced the best, some streamer success has been had and evening hatches of caddis and mayflies has been spotty. LBS, LBS, LBS has been the proper flies. Look for fish in some of those aint worth it spots you passed over earlier in the season.

The Upper Sac has had water temps spike into the mid 70's on the lower sections. Stay away from there when it like this. The fish are stressed enough and do not need any additional tension in their lives when the river gets this warm. The current cooler weather will help the high temps. Checkout this website for real time flows and temps … http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/staMeta?station_id=DLT. I would stay from Gibson up to Ney Springs and as long as the cooler weather sticks around you should find good fishing all day. Currently the fish are either deep in the runs and pools or are in the heavy oxygenated water … choose your poison. Again LBS, LBS, LBS here.

 

Willie Fish On!

McCloud BIG Bow

Artillery Locked and Loaded

USac Bow Showing It's Good Side

Fluid Mosaic

Fluid Motion

Judy Fish On USac

McCloud Rainbow Love

Why We Love It Here

Birds Eye View

And The Weekly Pastry Porn

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and say hello. Also for further reports go to www.wildwatersflyfishing.com and www.shastatrout.com

 

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

 

 

Ted Fay Report : June 24,2015

As June starts to fade away downstream our first heat wave approaches here in Dogpatch … whoop! Up to now the McCloud and Upper Sac have been fishing good. With the advent of the hot temps though tactics must be changed. Yes once again it's LBS time (Little Black Shit) for those wanting to get into fish …. unless you are stalking the truck trout around Dunsmuir. Speaking of which for those who did not know the planting program for the USac (Dunsmuir area), Upper McCloud and McCloud Reservoir had been on hold since the opener due to whirling disease in the hatchery. DF&G has begun bringing fish in from their hatchery over at Baum Lake though(these fish will get extra miles on their credit card). This coupled with the City of Dunsmuir “bonus trout” program means the summer fishing will be good for stockies. Any way back to the LBS, I have included my list of favorite LBS below, this is a once a season broadcast of these bugs. I highly recommend their use in the wild trout sections of the Upper Sac and the McCloud River if you want to get into the game. The heat also means get out early and get out late, take a siesta break in the afternoon … this goes for both rivers.

The Upper Sac has been fishing good for the last week except for one strange day where it went to sleep for me. We got into some nice fish a.m. and midday as shown in the pictures. One bigger fish had what I call a really bad day. Notice the fresh chunk out of its back, probably an otter. The key has been get your nymphs down and fish the oxygenated water. The evenings have been good but you have to wait till almost the last half hour of the day before the hatch begins. You will see a caddis hatch on the lower river and mayflies on the upper sections. Some Goldenstones still around above Dunsmuir.

The McCloud continues to have crowds, particularly on the weekends. These fish are wising up so you must change tactics and think about pocket water in more difficult reaches. Hatches remain strong and will start up as early as 5 p.m. Goldenstones are still out from Ah Di Na up to the dam … think stimmie/dropper in the oxygenated water … and do not forget those LBS.

 
Zen Thought Of The Day .... I am sick of following my dreams. I am just going to ask them where they are going and hook up with them later.
 

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

Recommended Bugs .....

Nymphs

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

Humpy #14-16

This Poor Guy Still Put Up A Great Fight

USac Rainbow Love

Keep Em WET Baby

She's Got Rosie Cheeks

Me Guess IS This Is A Lake Run

Dogwood Diner Love ... The Brownie Sundae

Mega Pastry Porn To Start Your Day

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop by and say hello. For additional local fishing reports see ... www.wildwatersflyfishing.com and www.shastatrout.com.

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : June 11, 2015

June fishing in Dogpatch so far has been a mix of spectacular and a bit of the ole struggle. The last couple of weeks have had weather ranging from cool and wet to HOT! Thunderstorm activity has been nasty and torrential down pours from these ugly cells have produced run for the truck afternoons .... graphite rods make good lightning rods. Fishing over this period has been excellent on the cooler days with the 100 degree days more of a test. Right now the McCloud has been fishing best compared to the Upper Sac, that’s why June is so popular there and yes it is the McCrowd these days. Don’t give up though on the USac, it too has been fishing pretty darn good. Evening fishing on both is very good, just checkout this nice USac fish caught by Mark the other evening ... I call this bow The Night Stalker. I recommend too if you are doing the evening hatch thing fish two dries, either a big stimulator or large Adams with a size 14 or 16 humpy or Adams trailing about 2-3 feet off the the point fly. Multiple hatches will drive you crazy trying to constantly “match the hatch” but do not make a science out of it .... size and shape are the keys ... color in the evening not so important. Dry/dropper working good all day on both rivers ....  on the USac mainly from Sims upstream. Nymphing remains solid for both rivers, work the heavy oxygenated water for the bigger fish. Flows on both rivers are good, no worries about lack of water. Remember we are upstream from ya’ll at the source ... Mt. Shasta has plenty of snow on her.
 
Alas in honor of National Donut Day which has come and gone for another year I offer you some donut porn ... bon appetite!

Rocky USac Fish On

USac Night Stalker

Filling Up The Big

Nikki Fish On USac

Carol's McCloud Rainbow

Judy McCloud Fish On

Mt. Shasta Thunderstorm ...and Snow

Happy National Donut Day

If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and say hello. For additiional local fishing reports see ... www.wildwatersflyfishing.com and www.shastatrout.com

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

 

Ted Fay Report : May 29,2015

Dogpatch weather is just about purrfect for you blue bird sorts who like the sun shining bright with shorts and sandals as the norm. Up until the last few days we have had a spell of cool and wet which we will take cause we know what's ahead for the summer. The rivers are very happy with the added rain and so are the fish. The Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers are in prime shape for end of May early June and the fish have been obliging over the last couple of weeks. The annual Stone’s party is kicking in and each day that I am out I am seeing more and more …. get that party hat on and git on up here.

 

The Upper Sac's entire length, and I normally don't say this, is FISHING! The water temps are sweet, the flows are good and the clarity is dreamy. Mid day hatches of Little Yellow Sallies have fish coming up, evenings are a gaggle of hatches from various Mayflies to small caddis to Golden Stones. Try stimmie/dropper am and pm in all locations and during the day throw that setup into what I call the “happy water” for best results. When the suicidal fish stop their bite I always recommend getting that bobbercator out and going deep for those more particular fish who like the depths of Davey Jone's Locker. Here's something that gets my twitch meter going, a reliable source standing on a undisclosed bridge recently reported sighting a school of approximately 40 lake run trout moving up river. These guys are like trout on steroids if you ever get into one.

 

The McCloud lived up to its name this last weekend … the McCrowd. It was time spent seeking out your own rock and not moving. Prior to that it was an oasis of no one except the snakes, Osprey, and poison oak. Again here the Golden Stones are showing more and more each day. Gray and Green Drakes along with PMD's and BWO's are consistently hatching also. The water clarity has dropped a bit due to the rain but it really is not an issue, if anything it is good. Evening fishing will be a good bet and do not be afraid to stay right up till dark.

 

A final note. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Frank Moore at the Telluride Film Festival recently held in Dunsmuir where his film “Mending The Line” … http://mendingtheline.com/ was shown and hosted by him. Frank for those of you who do not know is the Godfather of the North Umqua. He has championed it and fished it since his youth fishing for the legendary summer steelhead that the river is famous for. He to this day still uses a single handed rod, ignoring the craze for the two handed rods that is so prevalent in steelheading. His comment on why he does not use a spey rod … “who needs another rod”. What a wonderful, sharing, human being Frank Moore is. He has such a big heart, full of wonderful stories and not so wonderful ... he was damaged by his WWII experiences in Normandy. His movie and story captivated us all. Not just a fly fishing story but also about a mans journey to rid himself of the demons of war and coming to terms with himself. He (and his lovely wife Jeanie) is a one of a kind 93 year old with passion and energy that most of us youngsters would hope to possess ... I bow to him and feel fortunate to have spent time with him. He also took the time the next day to come into the shop and say hello to Bob. Of course he had to tell the tale of him and Ted Fay having the pleasure of fishing the McCloud River together. I left him saying on my next trip up to the NU I would swing by the house and bring a dozen donuts for him and Jeanie … you should have seen the twinkle in their eyes. The twinkle that only those in the “donut club” would understand.

 

   

Recommended Bugs ....

Nymphs

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



Dries

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

PMD/BDE #14-16

                        Coming Out Party For The Stones

                               McCloud Golden Stone

                Miss P Hanging On

                                            McCloud Solace

 

                               

            Bob Oliver’s Been Doing This For 60 Years

                            Wynn’s Got One On Too

                This Is How They Like Their Pics Taken

                            Frank and Jeanie Moore

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

Rick Cox

For further local reports see the following .... www.wildwatersflyfishing.com and www.shastatrout.com

 

 

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 ....

Nymphs

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


Dries

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

PMD/BDE #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

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

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

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Chaparall Iris

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Meet Mr. Poison Oak

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Don’t Tread On Me

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Flying Ant Hatch … Fish Love Them

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Where's Da Fish

Where’s Da Fish

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Upper Sac Love

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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

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

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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

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Rick Cox

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