Snow on Mt. Shasta and good shots of much needed rain along with spectacular fall colors is making the perfect recipe for fishing right now around Dogpatch … except for the poor McCloud River. Unfortunately as I had speculated … rain and the state of Mud Creek producing surges of mud down the creek, into the reservoir and out the bottom of the dam mucking up the river to the point where it just aint possible to effectively fish it. Just when it shows signs of clearing another storm rolls in and the cycle starts all over. We need the rain but unfortunately the fish gods, as a sacrifice, have taken the McCloud from us. My guess too is we will be up against this next season given the debris field along mud creek and up on the mountain …. sad news for McCloud devotees.