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Guide Notes

Ted Fay Report : November 6, 2018

Rick Cox

 Fall On The McCloud Photo by Rick Cox

Fall On The McCloud Photo by Rick Cox

Fantastic Fall here in Dogpatch. The weather has been mild for the most part with the morning temps hovering around 30 degrees. Unfortunately there is no rain in sight and Mt. Shasta is down right naked with no white stuff covering any and all of her body parts. The National Weather Service is showing nothing but above normal temps and bone dry precip for the next 2 weeks. This isn’t starting off very well for me and you, so am not going to even think the D word for the time being.

McCloud River Report

The McCloud has really put on a spectacular show for us this Fall with its mosaic of brilliant colors. So with the river closing very soon (November 15), the popular October Caddis hatch and the quest for the big brown trout the river has been packed with anglers. It’s been tougher lately to bring fish to the net but there have been stellar windows where we have been lucky to experience hungry fish. Mornings have been the toughest due to the frigid conditions so I recommend the afternoon. Nymphing is solid but we have also enjoyed some outstanding dry fly fishing with some quality fish taking Stimulators and small mayfly patterns such as Baby Adams and Humpys. BTW too we have been witnessing the abundant leaf hatch, always popular this time of year.

Upper Sacramento Report

The USac has been producing a few lake run fish lately. To get away from the crowds I recommend the lower river from Lakehead up to Gibson and the possibility of hooking into one of these explosive fish. You get above Gibson and you start seeing more anglers. From Sims up to Ney Springs the October Caddis are still abundant so definitely throw your favorite imitation. The great thing about this river is it’s open all season so with the lack of rain so far and the McCloud closing soon this is a great alternative to consider for you junkies.

Klamath River Report

The steelhead are here and the run of early fish has been very good. A lot of half pounders so far but there are definitely adults in the mix. Reports from the lower river indicate this strong start to the season will continue as more more fish enter the system. Fish are being taken on single handed and two handed rods swinging and on the bobber with a couple of bugs hung off it.

Give us a shout if you want to join in on the fun here.

Cheers

Rick Cox

info@wildwatersflyfishing.com

 Never Tired Of This Beauty Photo by Rick Cox

Never Tired Of This Beauty Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud Rainbow Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Rainbow Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud Brown Photo by Edward Boyd

McCloud Brown Photo by Edward Boyd

 McCloud Bow Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Bow Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud Bow Photo by Edward Boyd

McCloud Bow Photo by Edward Boyd

 What An Amazing Brownie Year On The McCloud           Photo by Rick Cox

What An Amazing Brownie Year On The McCloud Photo by Rick Cox

 Klamath Steelie Photo by Andy Marx

Klamath Steelie Photo by Andy Marx

 Klamath Fun Photo by Andy Marx

Klamath Fun Photo by Andy Marx

 Klamath Steelie Photo by Andy Marx

Klamath Steelie Photo by Andy Marx

 Tart Porn       Photo by Rick Cox

Tart Porn Photo by Rick Cox

 Cake Porn          Photo by Rick Cox

Cake Porn Photo by Rick Cox

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

Ted Fay Report : October 16, 2018

Rick Cox

 Damn Brown Hunkered Down Under Rock Photo by Rick Cox

Damn Brown Hunkered Down Under Rock Photo by Rick Cox

The Fall season recipe is in full swing here in Dogpatch. Crisp mornings prevail, brilliant colors from Mother Nature’s paint brush grace us and the days keep getting shorter and the nights longer. All of this of course kicks the fish in the butt and the happy meter for you fishers should start rising.

The McCloud River is living up to its Fall reputation for fishing. The Brownies are getting very active in preparation for their spawning soon. This has to be one of the best if not the best Fall I’ve witnessed for these beast, am seeing a German Brown hatch like no other. Not only am I finding them in their typical lies but have been finding them in some very strange locations too. Streamers and nymphs are the current ticket but as the October hatch increases they will start gobbling on top … tighten your boot straps and enjoy. A word of caution, be aware of their redds when they start their mating thing which starts shortly. Then too lets not forget the Rainbows, we have been seeing some very nice ones coming to the net all the way from the dam down through Bollibokka. These guys have been on the dries mornings and evenings with midday results using the bobber. Expect to see Caddis and Mayfly hatches late afternoon so throw on the trusty Adams or Elk Hair Caddis for success. The downside here though is the crowds, you will have to search around for water to fish but at least you will have a good social experience meeting new friends and swapping lies.

The Upper Sacramento River is in great Fall shape too. The October Caddis are out in abundance and fighting crowds here isn’t as bad. From all reports the entire river is fishing very well with some big boys being caught from mid river down to Delta. Be prepared to see a different landscape on the lower river since the fires though. Evenings are good for dry fly fishing right now and a big Stimulator in the pocket water has been successful. Otherwise nymphing has been the ticket using October Caddis Emergers, Fox Poopahs, Birds Nest, Micro Mayfies, Gordon Prince and P.T. patterns. The downside here is the leaf hatch on the windy days. Be prepared to catch more leaves than fish.

For those interested in Steelhead the Klamath River is having an incredible half pounder run throughout the system. Our guides report finding them from Happy Camp up to Iron Gate Dam. Also some very nice adults can be found in with these pods hanging with their little brothers and sisters. On the Rogue we are also finding some nice Steelies. We are getting into some quality adultsand it should just get better and better as we go further into Fall.

Give us a shout if interested in spending a day with one of our excellent guides.

Rick Cox

1-877-934-7466

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

 Fall’s Here Photo by Pauline Cox

Fall’s Here Photo by Pauline Cox

 McCloud Fall Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud Fall Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud Rainbow Photo by Edward Boyd

McCloud Rainbow Photo by Edward Boyd

 Very Distinctive McCloud Bow Photo by Rick Cox

Very Distinctive McCloud Bow Photo by Rick Cox

 October Caddis Migration Starting Photo by Rick Cox

October Caddis Migration Starting Photo by Rick Cox

 That’s Either My Client Or Big Foot

That’s Either My Client Or Big Foot

 McCloud      Photo by John Rickard

McCloud Photo by John Rickard

 Swinging The Klamath Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

Swinging The Klamath Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

 Klamath Is Loaded With Half Pounders Photo by Andy Marx

Klamath Is Loaded With Half Pounders Photo by Andy Marx

 Rogue Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

Rogue Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

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 : September 26, 2018

Rick Cox

  The Delta Fire First Day

The Delta Fire First Day

Fires, fires have been the theme this summer. First the Carr Fire that devastated Redding, then the Hirz Fire that threatened the McCloud River and now the Delta Fire which engulfed the lower section of the Upper Sacramento River and I-5. My trip to the North Umqua and Montana was cut short by the alarming threat of the Delta Fire as it spread rapidly along I-5 in an area that hadn’t seen a fire for over a 100 years. Fortunately the first two are out and the Delta Fire is now at 98% containment. We are finally seeing smoke free days but on the down side the fires have had a toll on the forest. With winter approaching we can only hope that the McCloud and Upper Sac River watersheds don’t suffer too bad …. time will tell. For the moment though conditions look good for an excellent Fall season season here. The McCloud River is having a very good showing of Browns. With the cooling nights and days Fall is the wake up alarm that triggers these brutes into an active mode in preparation for their spawning later in November/December. The Rainbows are waking up also and have received the getty up memo as the water temps drop and the bugs start showing. Expect the hatches to ramp up soon, not seeing any October Caddis yet but any time they will start migrating off the bottom and moving towards the bank. Nymphing and streamers have been the ticket for success, fish deep for nymphs, the clarity is about 3-4 ft. and put a heavy sink tip on for those deep pools. Most productive bugs have been LBS and a variety of streamers. Big bushy dries can work too, seeing a lot of looks along with an occasional suicidal grab. The Upper Sac is fishing very good too up around Dunsmuir and down to mid river. The further south you go on the river the more likely to find bigger fish. Access below Gibson has been tough due to the fire mop up but when it opens up I expect the fishing to be very good. Haven’t seen any October Caddis yet but that should happen any day. Nymphing has been most productive by far, best results have been LBS, rubber legs and soft hackles.

Wild Waters guides recently did a recon to the Lower Klamath to checkout the steelhead run. To their pleasant surprise the lower river showed a very strong steelhead presence with numerous pods of them moving through. We experienced some double digit days with a mix of half pounders and adults. I don’t want to get too cocky but hang on to your knickers, this may be one of those good years after a couple of mediocre ones. Up on the Rogue we have been experiencing some very good days too, there are steelhead spread throughout the system. Most of our efforts have been from TouVelle Park up river where there seems to be good number of summer and fall run fish.

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Give us a shout at Wild Waters Fly Fishing to get in on some the many choices for Fall fishing in and around the area.

Cheers

Rick Cox

rick@wildwatersflyfishing.com

1-877-934-7466

 Aftermath Photo by Rick Cox

Aftermath Photo by Rick Cox

 Fire Cleanup Photo by Rick Cox

Fire Cleanup Photo by Rick Cox

 Hirz and Delta Fire Footprint

Hirz and Delta Fire Footprint

 Finally, A Smoke Free sunset Photo by Pauline Cox

Finally, A Smoke Free sunset Photo by Pauline Cox

 The McCloud In Fine Shape Photo by Rick Cox

The McCloud In Fine Shape Photo by Rick Cox

 North Umqua Photo by Pauline Cox

North Umqua Photo by Pauline Cox

 North Umqua Dude Hooked Up On A Paddle Board….Totally Illegal  Photo by Pauline Cox

North Umqua Dude Hooked Up On A Paddle Board….Totally Illegal

Photo by Pauline Cox

 North Umqua Beast Photo by Pauline Cox

North Umqua Beast Photo by Pauline Cox

 Upper Sac Putting Out Nice Fish Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Putting Out Nice Fish Photo by Rick Cox

 McCloud Brownie Year Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

McCloud Brownie Year Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

 Another McCloud Brownie Photo by John Rickard

Another McCloud Brownie Photo by John Rickard

 Scouting The Klamath Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

Scouting The Klamath Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

 Dough Hook Dunsmuir ………. Great Way To Begin A Day Of Fsihing

Dough Hook Dunsmuir ………. Great Way To Begin A Day Of Fsihing

Recommended Bugs .... Nymphs

  • Dirty Bird #8-12

  • Red Fox Squirrel #8-10

  • October Caddis Pupa #8-10

  • Plump Poopah #8-10

  • Jimmy Legs #4-14

  • LBS (dig back to a certain previous report)

  • Gordon Prince #14-16

  • Copper John (red & copper) #14-16

  • Tan or Olive Fox Poopah #14-16

  • Soft Hackles #14-16

Dries

  • Humpy #8-16

  • Adams #8-18

  • X-Caddis #14-16

  • E/C Caddis #14-16

  • Stimulator #8-14

  • PMD #14-16

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

Cheers

Rick

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.