Been awhile but there really hasn't been much to write about due to Mother Nature's relentless record setting winter here in Dogpatch..... 90 inches of rain and climbing right now, it's raining again of COURSE!. It has been one spanking after another for us. Really, this whole thing has put the big hurt on any and all fishing/guiding. There has been a brief window or two but nothing to write home about. We are now realizing the results of this whole thing and it is not pretty for us and all you sports itching to get out of the house and up here. Options to start the season are and will continue to be limited. To start off the McCloud River access is in jepaordy for its opener on April 29. Here's an email I got from the Forest Service yesterday, not pretty when you think about they haven't even been able to assess the road beyond this washout to Ah Di Na. I am sure there are snow drifts, downed trees, washouts which cannot be accessed until this is repaired ........
I hate sending these messages, this year it seems like there are several of them. We have been out doing storm damage assessments to the roads with the recent snowmelt and we found another one that is impassible to fishing sites. The road to Ah-Di-Na is currently not driveable from the Battle Creek road crossing. This is the first creek crossing when you turn on the dirt road to Ah-Di-Na from the reservoir (38N53). This is obviously going to cause many problems with accessing the McCloud River. I was also told the road heading to Ash Camp being problematic just beyond the road to the McCloud Dam where the road has been slowly degrading. My understanding is our road crew is currently doing repairs to the Fenders Ferrry road which was also blown out in parts. Please let others know of the condition of the roads to the McCloud River. I know this will create major headaches with the upcoming opening of the McCloud River fishing season. I will keep you all posted as I find out more information.
This sucks of course. There's a butt load of snow in the surrounding mountains yet to melt so at best for those streams that are accessible expect high water conditions. I will be posting a up to date report in a couple of weeks to bring you the latest and nastiest news prior to the "opener".
In the mean time I think I picked the right year to honeymoon in Hawaii and The Azores .... really did not miss much here this winter other than sitting in the bar with my buddies whining and/or taking up knitting.
If you have any further questions call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and say howdy to Bob.