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Guide Notes

Ted Fay Report : June 13, 2019

Rick Cox


The Upper Sacramento River

The river flows are now just south of 1000 cfs. These flows allow added access locations and as the river continues to drop additional spots will open up. It has been a crazy spring for the river but we are starting to see a shift to normalcy and it will continue to get better as each day passes. We have been drifting it along with walk wade trips and the fishing has been surprisingly good to excellent. Best bets right now are chasing the Golden Stone hatch that’s been occurring in the evenings along with their buddies the yellow sallies, caddis and mayflies. Be prepared for some great evening dry fly fishing and stay out till dark thirty. Of course day time nymphing has been good, remember these fish haven’t been harassed much this spring so the spockability meter isn’t high.


The McCloud River

The McCloud flows are juicy good. The entire river is back to its normal summer type flows and is fishing very good. Now is the time to be on it for some great June (one of the best months) action. Like the USac this river is prime time with the Goldens and Salmonflies dancing around. Expect to have very clear visibility so get your stealth game on. Crowds are starting to show up for the McCrowd but don’t let that stop you. Similar advise here, evenings are PRIME time for you dry fly aficionados and day time nymphing is good with bugs such as Dark Lords, Gordon Princes and good ole soft hackles.


Fall River

Recently spent some time at Fall River, not fishing but just enjoying my brothers gorgeous place. This is a magical time to take in Fall and its beauty plus enjoy the great fishing.


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Dunsmuir’s Madelenas Restaurant Desert Porn


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


Rick Cox

Ted Fay Report : May 22, 2019

Rick Cox


It’s been quite the dance this past week with all the rain and even a bit of snow. However we have been making things work . It’s been about putting on the raincoat and dealing with the increased flows. We’ve seen some spectacular fish come to the net and even the dry fly has been working.

The McCloud River

The river has seen its fair share of recent rain , the gauge at the dam registered 7 inches since last week. Releases out the dam bumped up but are starting to decrease. The river is still high running at 700 cfs but fish can be found. It continues to drop slowly and the forecast after this Memorial Day weekend is for great spring weather. Also we are seeing another start to a good brownie year, they are even gobbling dries. You want to be here, the Golden Stones will be busting out soon along with the Mayflies and Caddis. Give us a shout for Prime Time NOW!

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The Upper Sacramento River

The river has been bouncing aroundover the last week but has just dropped below 3000cfs and is heading south rapidly.. She’s a beast but its all about the edges and soft spots. Best to fish areas where it spreads out rather than the tight narrow ones you normally would fish. Be prepared to see a completely different landscape in the lower river from the Delta Fire cleanup, fortunately though the river itself survived but the memories of before and after the fire has changed her appearance dramatically. Again here we expect a big turn around next week, June should be dynamite!


Give us a shout, we have a lot of availabilty and our McCloud and Upper Sacramento guides are some of the best around.


Rick Cox


P.S. If you have any frther questions give Bob a shout and when you are in the area stop in and bug him.

Ted Fay Report : May 3, 2019

Rick Cox

The Wild Waters Fly Fishing crew was not letting high water conditions spoil our "traditional" trout opener last weekend. Our guides found water to fish and fish to be caught. The snow melt is making it tougher than normal but over the years we have learned where and how to successfully handle these conditions.


The McCloud River

Although flows were very high, somewhere north of 1100 cfs we were able to get it done. However they are dropping and today are at 700cfs at Ah Di Nah. You can fish the edges effectively but expect to move around to find good locations. If the flows continue to drop many more spots will open up. Hatches are not really kicking in yet but we are seeing Golden Stone nymphs getting ready to join the party. The Conservancy is open and the care taker has set up residency. There is one shaky spot in the road just past the campground where a culvert has washed out but repairs are coming. Remember too the road to Ash Camp is closed just past the dam. You can walk in if you feel inclined or take a mountain bike, scooter, roller skates, etc.


The Upper Sacramento River

The Upper Sac is running right around 2000cfs which is high and fast. Probably will be such for a few more weeks. Currently thinking late May is when you best be ready to get in some serious fishing. It is fishable but be cautious wading. Fish the edges and softer water, there are hungry fish here who haven’t been harassed since last season. We have been seeing salmonflies from mid river upstream but not much for top action, it’s all about nymphing and getting the bugs down. Recommendation … You might think Golden Stone nymphs, their getting ready to to pop anytime soon.


Hat Creek

Although Hat Creek was a very social scene and crowded Saturday Sunday proved otherwise. Our guides and clients found very good fishing at the Power House 2 riffle both days with Sunday being far fewer anglers. The creek is in excellent shape running a bit high but gin clear. We witnessed occasional PMD's and Caddis but nothing to get excited about....yet. This is an excellent choice right now for ya'll.


Trout Lake

A nearby lake that's off most people's radar other than locals is Trout Lake. This is a gem that offers outstanding trout and bass fishing. Poppers on the surface were the ticket for us for some nice bucket mouths. This is a great option when others are off the table.


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


Rick Cox


Ted Fay Report : April 25, 2019

Rick Cox

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Well here we are just before the general opening of all our rivers and guess what, we have a lot of water to deal with. The McCloud is flowing north of 1100 cfs at Ah Di Nah and the Upper Sac is north of 4000 cfs. These numbers are double and triple what our average spring flows are. I’ve seen these types of springs before so we just deal with it and pull out all the options….Lower Sac, Hat Creek, numerous local lakes, etc. It’s about fishing the edges of these big flow rivers and not getting too squirrelly wading. Looking ahead there is a lot of upper elevation snow pack which will not start melting for a couple more weeks so don’t expect flows to drop very fast any time soon. The McCloud access has been affected this winter and the road to Ash Camp is closed just across the dam. The Forest Service and PG&E are battling over who’s responsible for the repairs so don’t hold your breathe for any quick fix. You can however park at the closure point and hike in if you like. The road to Ah Di Nah and the Conservancy is open although I just found out that a portion of the trail into the Conservancy cabin is flooded but passable. Currently you can expect to see Salmonflies, flying ants and a few mayflies hatching. Soon to come will be the Golden Stones and a plethora of mayflies and caddis. Just remember caution wading and be envious of those white water dudes as they go flying by. If you have any further questions call the shop, Bob will be more than happy to help feel your pain.


Rick Cox

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If you have any further questions call the shop, Bob will more than happy to feel your pain.

Remembering Joe Kimsey

Rick Cox

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As we approach the upcoming season Bob and I agree we should remind all of you about why and how the shop is what it is and why it is an institution here in Northern California. Ted Fay started his guiding business in Dunsmuir in the early 50’s out of a motel he owned offering free guiding for guests who stayed in it. He popularized the short-line, weighted fly tactic known as “short line nymphing.” Fay popularized his version of the pocket water technique, which usually involved two flies; one tied at the end of the tippet, the other some distance above as a dropper. For a time in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Fay’s fly patterns were hot items, so much so that “authentic” Ted Fay flies began appearing on the shelves of other fly shops. Fay died in 1983 a year after I met him and Joe Kimsey at Ted’s shop. Joe was tying and guiding for Ted then and continued the shop at the Acorn Motel until 1996 when Bob Grace, the current owner, bought it from Joe. Joe carried forward Ted’s short line technique, teaching it using all the popular Fay flies such as the Bomber, Spent Wing, Peacock and Burlap. After Bob purchased the shop Joe continued to be a fixture here. One of my fondest memories of Joe was when a customer would walk through the doorway and inquire enthusiastically, “Where are the fish?” Joe would reply in a blink “In the water!” Joe continued to show up every day almost to the end tying flies in the old Ted Fay style and swapping stories with Bob and the customers. Joe was laid to rest in 2010 wearing his signature red suspenders. We miss his presence but know that his spirit is minding the store.

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Rick Cox

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