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Guide Notes

Ted Fay Report : August 30, 2017

Rick Cox

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The worm is turning on our local rivers and the Dog Daze of Summer is being shown the door. We are seeing some very nice fish being brought to the net on the McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit Rivers. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, just the recipe for waking up the fish and turning up their taste buds. Hatches still have to wait awhile, the days remain hot and there's a prolonged heat spell forecast for the next week but once we get over that hurdle the Fall insect activity should kick in. Right now getting your bugs down in the sweet oxygenated water and in the deeper runs will increase your grab meter. The current Pit River bite seems to be on the Jimmy Legs and the Upper Sac/McCloud River ticket has been the good ole LBS, commonly called Little Black Shit. Start checking your calendar and tell the boss you are in need of some vaca time, this Fall looks to be one of the best. We are seeing more October Caddis casings in the rivers than ever, I guess the record winter flows did some good. Give us a shout if you need some guidance. 

Just in from the Forest Service ............

ATTENTION!!!

ON WEDNESDAY (9/6) AND THURSDAY (9/7), THE AH-DI-NA ROAD WILL HAVE A TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE AT THE BATTLE CREEK CROSSING. CREWS WILL BE REPLACING CULVERTS. EXPECT LONG DELAYS (4-8 HOURS)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE MCCLOUD RANGER STATION AT 964-2184. THE RANGER STATION IS OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:00-4:30.

Rick Cox

Wild Waters Fly Fishing

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by Rick Cox

Pit River Photo by Fred Gordon

Pit River Photo by Fred Gordon

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

Upper Sac Photo by Rick Cox

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by John Rickard

McCloud River Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

McCloud River Photo by Chuck Volckhausen

The Rare USac Sucka De Oro Photo by Rick Cox

The Rare USac Sucka De Oro Photo by Rick Cox

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

 

Cheers

Rick

Ted Fay Report : August 7, 2017

Rick Cox

       McCloud Browns Are HUNGRY                                                                                                            Photo by Chuck Volckhausen WWFF

       McCloud Browns Are HUNGRY                                                                                                            Photo by Chuck Volckhausen WWFF

The beauty of fishing our rivers these days is the lack of people fishing, we have had recent days where we haven't seen another soul on the water....believe me not complaining. The recent hot spell is behind us now and temps are hanging around highs of 90 degrees with some afternoon thunderstorm activity. I like these types of days, the humidity increase along with moderate temps and overcast skies can induce a fish to step up to the feeding trough. The Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers are having a sporadic Caddis hatch that necessitates you making sure you have the appropriate nymph and dry imitations for this.....see the recommended bug list below. The Upper Sac has been good down low in the morning then best to move up river in the afternoon before the water temp spikes. The McCloud on the other hand has it's normal cold water and thus a chance to get into one of these big browns the river is so famous for. If you want your own personal river now is the time to be here, give us a shout!

Rick Cox

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                             Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                             Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                          Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day On The USac                                                                                                                          Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

   Dan's USac Big Boy                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

   Dan's USac Big Boy                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Nancy's First Day On The McCloud                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Nancy's First Day On The McCloud                                                                                                                                   Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Dan Hooked Up On The McCloud                                                                                                                                      Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Dan Hooked Up On The McCloud                                                                                                                                      Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

   Buster's Little McCloud Brownie On A Sculpie                                                                                                                Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

   Buster's Little McCloud Brownie On A Sculpie                                                                                                                Photo by Rick Cox WWFF

  Healing Waters Day USac                                                                                                                                        Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

  Healing Waters Day USac                                                                                                                                        Photo by Carl Mogerly WWFF

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 #14-16
  • Adams #10-18
  • X-Caddis #8-14
  • 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 Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : July 19, 2017

Rick Cox

Mother McCloud Daze

Mother McCloud Daze

Dog Daze officially here. Best fishing has been mornings and evenings. If you must get out there during the peak of the day when the sun is directly overhead seek out the heavy, oxygenated, frothy water. The fish on both the McCloud and Upper Sac love this type of water during midday. Little Black Shit has been working the best ... remember get those flies down, the fish are hugging the bottom. River conditions on both excellent. The visibility issues on the McCloud have improved as you can see and the Upper Sac flows remain very good, exceeding the normal summer averages and running colder. We've been sticking some nice fish this summer, the happy face abides with our sports. Give us a shout.

Rick Cox

Vishal just broke off a toad, that's why he's empty handed and I am retying                                                                Photo by Elliott Wright TNC 

Vishal just broke off a toad, that's why he's empty handed and I am retying                                                                Photo by Elliott Wright TNC 

Tristan's first go at fly fishing ... landed 3 fish

Tristan's first go at fly fishing ... landed 3 fish

John stuck 2 nice fish right here

John stuck 2 nice fish right here

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

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com 

Ted Fay Report : July 1, 2017

Rick Cox

Fine Tuning Fred's Technique In Preparation For Later

Fine Tuning Fred's Technique In Preparation For Later

Both the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers are in excellent shape now. Clarity of the water is great so a bit of stealth is required. The McCloud has been crowded and will be through the 4th of July extended weekend. For both rivers mornings and evenings are the best time to be on the water and look for those shady spots midday. Some big fish were hooked this last week on an assortment of nymphs, take a look at the list below for the bugs that will get you into the game. It's July now, we have plenty of water unlike the previous drought years so this summer should offer excellent opportunities for you. 

Fred Just Graduated

Fred Just Graduated

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                    Photo by Rick Cox

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Photo by Rick Cox

Photo by Andy Marx

Photo by Andy Marx

Seven Suns Three Layer Chocolate Orgasm                                             Eaten By Rick Cox

Seven Suns Three Layer Chocolate Orgasm                                             Eaten By Rick Cox

Recommended Bugs .....

Nymphs:

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

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

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

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com

Ted Fay Report : June 23,2017

Rick Cox

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The heat wave has hit and the snow melt is finally pooping out. The McCloud and Upper Sac are now in excellent shape and beckoning all of you. Morning and evenings are the ticket for best results but if you must fish during the day get your junk in the thick of all of that heavy oxygenated water with lots of lead. Both rivers are running gin clear so more stealth than usual is recommended. Hatches have been better in the evenings with Golden Stones, PMD's, Gray Drakes, Little Yellow Sallies, Caddis and BWo's showing on both rivers. Hat Creek has also been worth a visit where a nice PMD hatch happens regularly this time of year. Fortunately temps are due to drop next week so the brain baking will not be as severe. Heads up on the McCloud, we have been seeing more rattlers than usual, someone got bit in the Preserve recently so be careful!

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See last report for recommended bugs. If you have any further questions call the shop and bug Bob.

 

Cheers

Rick Cox

www.wildwatersflyfishing.com