Spring time in Dogpatch ... the snow melt is on and mother nature is showing all her stuff from copious amounts of water in the Upper Sac to abundant blooming of flowers and trees. Right now I am anticipating the runoff to be with us for some time. With a normal snowpack those who have been spoiled the last few years by a lack of runoff are in for a surprise. Having witnessed about 30 plus years of a variety of springs here those who are looking for 300-600cfs flows better strap it on and be prepared for 1500-2000cfs flows for awhile ... the whitewater people are digging it. This is not to say you cannot fish the river, I am saying it is a different ballgame ... think more edges, soft spots and side channels where the trout do not have to over exert themselves as opposed to trying to hang in the teeth of the current. Remember too that the river is very dangerous, do not be STUPID, stay within your comfort zone when wading. One slip and you could be riding all the way to Shasta Lake. With all that said I have been on recon the last few days and have found hungry fish, nice fish in some of my favorite high water spots. I am spotting Salmonflies from about Sims down river and some Yellow Sallies also but nymphing seems to be the ticket for now until we get a little warmer weather. If you want to learn this river at these high flows give me a shout and I will get you on my calendar.
The Lower Sac continues to be a great place to spend a day, lots of boats but the fish do not seem to mind. I would consider it for sure through May. I have been on it the last 2 weeks and it has not disappointed.
FYI ... I will have a report on the McCloud River conditions and access about a week prior to the April 30 opener so stay tuned.
If you have any further questions please call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and bug Bob.