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Ted Fay Report : April 26, 2017

Rick Cox

            Celebrating

     A New Fishing Season

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The holiest of days is close and I'm sure the twitches are settling in for all you die hards. As you know and can witness below the north state is experiencing the results of the record setting Winter. Current conditions on most of our rivers present marginal fishing until all this settles down. The nonstop march of storms from the Pacific is predicted to finally end and a normal Spring with dry sunny weather is in the long range forecast. Right now the best option for those who have to pay their respects Saturday is Hat Creek. I recently paid a visit to it and enjoyed the great work Caltrout has put into it's restoration between Power House 2 and Carbon Bridge. Although hatches were very sparse I noticed feeding fish dimpling under the surface. The down side here is it will be CROWDED for the opener. Otherwise all the other local rivers are big and dangerous. The saving grace is all are slowly dropping so a window of opportunity will soon present itself until the high mountain melt starts when the weather warms. Recent info from the Forest Service snow survey shows the McCloud watershed water content running about 105% above normal and the Mt. Shasta content about 109%. The Upper Sac River should be approachable by this weekend for high water spots that open up when flows drop below 2000cfs. The McCloud River is pumping water out of the dam and is a beast. For those of you who just have to get on it be prepared for lots of walking/hiking between spots, it's presently running about 1100cfs at Ah Di Na which is big (normally 250-300cfs summer). Attempting crossings on either river is suicidal. Figure hanging on a branch with one hand and casting with the other. Also, good news, the Lower Sac flows have dropped from 30,000 to a more manageable 20,000 cfs and great reports are coming in for fish being caught ... nothing like a beautiful Spring day float in May for this river....give us a shout!

Now for those who are concerned about the McCloud River access to Ah Di Na and the Conservancy. I had a discussion yesterday with 3 different Forest Service administrators. They said they are attempting to open up the road and make it temporarily available for the opener by Friday. If the government doesn't experience a shutdown they will then close the road next week and do a more permanent fix. They mentioned they have a very large tree blocking the road entirely and another washout past the Battle Creek culvert washout to deal with.

Stay tuned kids, more updates to follow. The up side on all this, fishing will be stellar all the way through summer.

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Zen Thought Of The Day ..... What do you call a fly fishing guide who looses his girlfriend? HOMELESS!

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

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : April 6, 2017

Rick Cox

Upper Sac Is A Beast At 5000cfs

Upper Sac Is A Beast At 5000cfs

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".

 

 

 Road to Ah Di Na Is Toast

 Road to Ah Di Na Is Toast

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.

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Comfort Food From The Azores

Comfort Food From The Azores

If you have any further questions call the shop and when you are in the area stop in and say howdy to Bob.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com 

Ted Fay Report : February 3, 2017

Rick Cox

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Apocalyptic rain and snow, a winter for us Dogpatchers to remember. It just keeps coming and coming, needless to say the kibosh has been put on fishing. Windows of opportunity have been short and pretty damn nonexistent. I had not touched my trout rod since mid November so when a brief window for rod/river bonding appeared this week I jumped in the truck and headed out to one of my favorite high water spots. Driving to the river off of I-5 provided snowbank challenges but was able to plow though it. I eagerly rubbered up, grabbed my rod and stumbled to the river only to find Bob Grace. Long story short he was killing it. Our favorite fly shop owner doesn't get the chance to get out much during most of the season but this is his time and he had been blessed by the fish Gods that day. Pics below are of the pigs I had the pleasure of landing for him. If I had been on a steelhead river I would have sworn these brutes were steelhead. My theory, I may be wrong, is when Shasta Dam was built it trapped steelhead above the dam.  We now have their decendants who spend most of their time in the lake but migrate into the river to spawn anywhere from now into spring. Thus the bright, ballistic lake rainbows that we start seeing in summer and into winter. Here's the latest up to date rain gauge reading from McCloud Dam, 20 inches in a month! It's going to be an interesting Spring and Summer folks.......

Date               Rain Inches                                                                                

01/05/2017         35.04

02/02/2017        55.66

Screw it, I going to Hawaii next week. Rain/snow in the forecast next 2 weeks. 

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Downtown Mt. Shasta

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Uncle Bob's Pig

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USac Steelhead?

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USac Slab

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Beautiful Translucence 

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Backyard View Squaw Creek Buried

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Lake Siskiyou Frozen

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Downtown McCloud

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FEETS of Snow For Your Spring/Summer Pleasure!                                        

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Rick Cox

                 

 

 

 

 

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HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE?

 

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We here at The Ted Fay Fly Shop wish all of you fly fishers a very happy and joyous holiday season and give thanks for your patronage and support. If you are having a tough time making gift choices for the special person in mind just remember the shop is full of ideas for your shopping list. Remember too we offer gift certificates. So give Bob a call at 530-235-2969 or email at info@tedfay.com . 

Happy Holidays from Bob, Rick and Steven

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Santa Has A Present For You If You've Been Nice

Santa Has A Present For You If You've Been Nice

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Go to www.mccloudflyfishing.com for my special Christmas Gift Certificate discount offering for guided 2017 trips.

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : November 15, 2016

Rick Cox

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Big fish are ready to play on the Upper Sacramento River .... the only reeeel trout stream open all winter here in Dogpatch. Now that the traditional trout season has come to a close .... by that I mean ALL LOCAL RIVERS ARE CLOSED! You would be surprised how many sports do not know the closures in Northern California let alone the regulation changes on the USac (catch and release, NO FRIGGIN BAIT, artificials only!) I saw two guys chucking salmon roe a couple of winters ago in the dead of Winter ... dude, come on. In any event the USac has been a kind place this last week for my happy clients. Great clients and smiling faces, that's what it's all about. The river is fishing very good but you have to time your days due to the pulsing from the rain/snow we have been getting. Yes we are having an old fashion Fall segwaying into Winter. You treat the river like a steelhead river under these conditions, when the river is rising go eat pastries and have a beer but when she starts to drop then get with it and get to it. It's a river not to be neglected during those days of Winter when your mind wanders off thinking of where you can chase some trout and have some solitude .... that can be now rather than next Spring. From now till April the river produces some QUALITY fish .... just gaze above. Give us a call at Wild Waters Fly Fishing to experience this great Winter fishery. We can also set you up with one of our great steelhead guides for the Klamath, Trinity, Rogue, and the coastal rivers of NorCal and Oregon.

The Ghost Of Fall Hanging Around

The Ghost Of Fall Hanging Around

Steelhead ... Not ... Just A USac Prize

Steelhead ... Not ... Just A USac Prize

Magic

Magic

Rod Tip UP!!! PLEASE!!!

Rod Tip UP!!! PLEASE!!!

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Nope Not A Steelhead .... USac Rainbow

Nope Not A Steelhead .... USac Rainbow

Pornilicious ... I Get Turned On By The Claw

Pornilicious ... I Get Turned On By The Claw

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

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.mccloudflyfishing.com

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com