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International Sportsmen’s Expo

January 8-11th, Cal Expo, Sacramento

Shasta Trout will be exhibiting again this year at the 2015 International Sportsman’s Expo at Cal Expo in Sacramento.  If you are in the area, please stop by our booth to say hello and register for a free guided fly fishing trip!

Craig Nielsen, owner and guide with Shasta Trout will offer casting instruction  along with a multimedia presentation “Nymphing Top to Bottom” featuring proven tackle, tactics, techniques and strategies, honed on rivers in the shadow of Shasta by Craig and Shasta Trout guides.

For more info, check out the event website for the 2015 International Sportsmen’s Expo, Sacramento, CA January 9-12th (Thurs – Sun). We hope to see you there!

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Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Longtime California angler lands biggest steelhead ever, enters Shasta Trout Hawg of Fame

Dave's big double striped Klamath River winter buckDecember 28 & 29th

Fly fishing on the Klamath River has been incredible with weather and river conditions that have been nearly ideal.  This week Dave, an avid angler who has been at it for years enjoyed his best day ever chasing steelhead with his son including landing a phenomenal trophy buck gaining him entry into Shasta Trout’s Hawg of Fame.

IMGP2044IMGP2051IMGP2045Dave was amazed at how hard this fish battled and the time it took him to land the beast.  Dave’s son Brad joined him for a couple days for their annual pilgrimage and  he also had an amazing trip with the two of them landing multiple fish each day including several ultra hot chrome beauties that tested their skills.  They could not believe how bright and well conditioned these fish were and how hard they pulled. Dave even managed to swing one up with a two handed rod on his very first cast!   For more pics of recent trips, check out the Shasta Trout FlickR site.

Dave and Brad are already planning a return trip, we hope you can join us also and perhaps experience an epic day!  Drop us a line for available dates.

Holiday Fishing Report: Klamath, Upper & Lower Sacramento Rivers (Shasta Ski Report)

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Fishing on the Klamath River this season remains as good as we can ever remember seeing it.  A fresh run of winter fish came in with the last storm and we have been finding some hot, bright chrome acrobatic steelhead.  We even got a chance to fish with Santa as he needed a break before hauling presents all night in his sleigh! The most recent storm brought a dusting of snow to downtown Mount Shasta Christmas eve so we were able to enjoy a white Christmas and a few days of skiing at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park with our son who is visiting from college in Chico.  The weather forecast for the coming days is showing nothing but sunshine starting Tuesday!  This is a great time of year to visit Mt. Shasta or Ashland and sneak away for a little time fishing with the family and friends, perhaps also enjoying some winter sports, skiing, sledding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling or just shopping, making snowman and throwing a snowball or two! We do have a number of guide dates available.

Fishing Conditions

Tom&KlamathhenIMGP2036Caye&KlamathbuckFlows on the Klamath are very low and clear and the fish are stacked in the upper river.  We have enjoyed good numbers of fish nymphing but have also been able to swing some up for a few diehard as well as newbie two handers.  The Upper and Lower Sac are again fishable but less than ideal.  Flows on the Upper Sac have dropped to 1,930 cfs (the median is 1490, the median is 625 cfs) and fish can be caught in a few of the bigger runs, particularly if you can locate a midday hatch of Blue Winged Olives.  If not, you can still find some fish nymphing the deeper, slower pools with a Rubberlegs and BWO nymph combo.  Do not expect a great number of fish but this is the time of year that the biggest fish in the river are vulnerable and fly fishers find a real chance of landing a bonafide 20 incher.  The Lower Sacramento River is suffering not from high flows, flows below Keswick are at 3,260 (5,960 is the median) but the water has been off color, mostly chocolate brown.  The color appears to be coming from Lake Shasta so it is unlikely to assume it’s normal crystal clear state anytime soon.  With that said, we have had a few adventurous anglers out with guides and they have hooked a reasonable number of fish, including some good sized ones.  With the off colored water, most fish are coming on legs and eggs, though we still find a few on nymphs when we run into a sparse hatch.

Ski Report

Craig skis with his son on Kevin's 18th BirthdayOn a more upbeat note, the Mount Shasta Ski Park has reopened after missing an entire season last year and the back country skiing has been truly epic.  Groomer runs have decent cover and with cooler temps in the forecast snowmaking should be able to keep things covered for a while.  We took a break from fishing and enjoyed several days slipping and sliding. For the latest on conditions check out the Park’s most up to date report and snow cams.

Just a reminder that there are just a few days left to take advantage of our Holiday Special for guide dates in 2015 @ 10% off, the offer expires December 31st.  Drop us a line for the latest on conditions, we are always happy to share all we can.  We hope to see you soon, until then we wish you and yours the very best new year!

Holiday Gift Certificates 10% off on all guide dates for 2015!

Craig with a nice snow 'bow10% Discount on Holiday Gift Certificates

2015 Guide dates for only $400

We would like to thank our loyal customers for helping to make 2014 our most successful season ever by extending a special offer on Shasta Trout Holiday Gift Certificates.   We hope this might be the perfect gift this holiday for you, a family member or fly fishing friend.

Gift Certificates can be purchased for a 10% discount, only $400 for a full day of guided fly fishing for two people, including lunch, snacks, bevies, rods & reels and all terminal tackle, including flies for the day.  Guide rates for 2015 remain at $445 so this holiday special means a savings of $45 per guide per day with no limit on the number of guide days you may purchase. This special offer ends December 31st so drop us a line or simply use the Pay Pal link below to charge a gift on your credit card.

This offer includes all available dates with our great guides in 2015 for float adventures on the Lower Sac, Klamath, or Fall Rivers along with walk and wade trips on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Pit Rivers or Hat Creek.  Our guide line up features the finest local guides:  Shasta Trout owner Craig Nielsen,  guides Tom Peppas, Wayne Eng, Fred Gordon, George Durand, Tom Steele, Galen Doherty, James Sampsel and Scott Saiki.

Many thanks again, we wish you and your family the very best of Holiday Seasons!

Our Holiday special offer ends December 31st so drop us a line or simply use the Pay Pal link below to charge a gift on your credit card.

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Shasta Trout Fly Fishing guides holiday report

Frank swings up some bright chrome on his third cast of the day!Happy Holidays!

Klamath, Trinity, Upper & Lower Sacramento Rivers

December 15, 2013

We had a record breaking two day storm hit late last week blowing out everything except the Klamath River which continues to amaze us with both numbers and the size of steelhead this season.   As a result several of our guests enjoyed the best steelhead fishing of their lives.  The Trinity, Lower  Sacramento & Upper Sacramento rivers blew out completely with the Upper Sac raising from a couple thousand cubic feet per second (555 cfs is the median) to 30,000 cfs overnight.  Fortunately the water in Dunsmuir stayed within the banks and no major damage was reported.

Flows have dropped significantly in the past few days and with only a few smaller storms in the forecast fishing should return to normal winter conditions.  The Lower Sacramento River continues to experience silting from Lake Shasta and it could be sometime before it clears more than the foot or two we have had.  The Trinity started fishing fair to good prior to the storm and could be a good bet for those wishing to visit during the holidays as flows drop and clear.

Flows

Flows from Iron Gate on the Klamath have been very low, clear and steady at 950 cfs which is half the norm.  Water clarity has been three to five feet which has created ideal conditions and an exceptional bite.  Flows on the Trinity  have remained at 300 cfs at Lewiston, which is the norm but blew up to 5,500 during the storm at Junction City.  Flows have dropped back to  792 cfs at Junction City with the norm at 500.  With showers in the forecast for the rest of the week and sun on the horizon for the weekend and next week, we hope to experience some fresh fish and a much improved bite.

Releases out of Keswick on the Lower Sac are currently at  4,000 cfs, dropping from 8,000 on December 11th, with flow changes scheduled to drop to 3,250 tomorrow.  The mean is 5,790 and the median 8,190 cfs so the fish will packed tight. Prior to the storm fishing was just fair with poor days outnumbering great days as water clarity has ranged from 1-3 feet (wind was an issue as well) though a few nice fish were found.

Fishing Conditions

IMGP2020IMGP2014IMGP2024On the Klamath, both nymphers and swingers have been enjoying great steelhead fishing.  Several large fish have shown recently, which is typical this time of year, thound  most adult steelhead are running in the 2 to 5 lb range.  We are only finding a few half pounders remaining but they have been bright and hot!  The word is out so the river has seen more than its share of traffic.  For those nymphing, legs and eggs have been the top producers.  Swinging flies continues to find fish,  last week (prior to the storm) we even hooked a fish on a Muddler fished on an intermediate tip and raised a fish to a foam skater!   We have primarily gone to sink tips with small leech and Intruder style patterns.  For details on tactics, techniques and flies, check out our post on Fly Fishing the Klamath in Winter, first published in California Fly Fisher magazine.

The good news is that with one of the better run in years, and this big storm the tough technical fishing on the Trinity is a thing of the past.  More water usually means fresh fish which tend to be better biters.  With only a few light storms in the forecast the fish should get back on the grab and we could be seeing some great days coming this winter as well.   Eggs, stonefly nymphs, PT’s and Copper Johns have all found fish.  A few folks swung successfully for fish just before the storm.

photo3The Upper Sacramento River blew out bigger than most can imagine. Flows have already dropped significantly and with colder weather and only light storms flows should drop and stabilize making the river fishable over the holidays.   For more on fishing the Upper Sac in Winter check out our articles first published in California Fly Fisher, Winter Angling on the Upper Sac Year Round Angling on the Upper Sac.

The Lower Sac continues to be a hit and miss affair with poor water clarity and low flows.  The great days of fall have passed and the winter bite will be tighter. We are looking forward to some fair weather next week would should improve the fishing, perhaps more than the catching, but a sunny day on the Lower Sac and a few fish to net is always a great escape from the craziness the holidays can sometimes bring.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season.  For the latest on conditions please drop us a line.  We are always happy to point you in a direction you might enjoy whether you are seeking guide service or not, we hope to see you soon!

Klamath, Trinity, Upper & Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Guide’s Report

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This fall has been unseasonably warm and drippy, exactly the weather diehard steelhead anglers wish for.  As a result the fishing as well as the catching on the Klamath River has been exceptional with many of our regular guests enjoying their best days ever for both numbers and size of fish.  We still have a few guide dates available before the holidays get in full swing, drop us a line for availability!

Fishing on the Lower Sac, Trinity, and Upper Sac on the other hand has been more challenging, particularly for less experienced anglers as conditions have become quite technical, with low water and crowds on the Trinity, sparse hatches of small and tiny bugs on the Upper Sac and cloudy water from Shasta Lake at times spoiling the Lower Sac.

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Flows from Iron Gate on the Klamath have been very low and steady at 950 cfs which is half the norm.  Water clarity has been three to five feet which has created ideal conditions and an exceptional bite.  Flows on the Trinity  have remained at 315 cfs at Lewiston, which is the norm but only 405 cfs at Junction City, so the low, crystal clear water is causing steelhead to sit in tanks with a very soft bite despite decent return numbers for Steelhead this season.  With wet weather on the horizon and hopefully some significant precipitation to move some fish, we expect conditions to change and hope to experience the same kind of epic days several guests enjoyed earlier this fall.  We do have some guide availability so drop us a line.

Releases out of Keswick on the Lower Sac have been low and steady around 4,000 cfs with some flow changes scheduled dropping to 3,600 today and 3,400 on December 8th.  The mean is 5,540 and the median 8,270 cfs so the fish are packed tight and very wary.    A great concern is the water clarity which has been varying from a foot to 3 or 4 feet at best.  Our guests recently enjoyed some spectacular days fishing egg patterns behind a few remaining spawning salmon we found, otherwise tiny nymphs have been the ticket particularly on the few days we’ve seen with fair hatches.  We’ve skipped the days (rescheduled trips) when the  clarity dropped and bugs are sparse but heard the bite has been tough.    Flows at Delta on the Upper Sac jumped this week from 250 and are currently at 405 cfs, which is still quite low.  Water temps are in the forties so the bite has been best midday.  This is the time of year we target large fish, it is technical and can be good fun for those interested in learning how to stalk and catch the biggest fish in the river.

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On the Klamath, anglers of all levels have been enjoying multiple steelhead days, but the solitude we typically experience has been lost as the word is out.  To preserve the experience we have spent a good deal of time on beats downriver from the Irongate dam reach.  Most adult steelhead have been running 2 to 5 lbs but several fish in the the larger range have shown recently along with a few hearty half pounders each day.   For those nymphing, legs and eggs have been the most consistent producers but later in the day when it warms some fish have been taking small nymphs as well.  Swinging flies has been quite good including a good number of fish on floating lines.   Sink tips with small leech and Intruder style patterns will become the top producers as temperatures cool.  On more than one occasion jigged or retrieved flies have out fished those swung slow and deep.  For details on tactics, techniques and flies, you might like to check out our post on Fly Fishing the Klamath in Winter, first published in California Fly Fisher magazine.

DSCF3814Fishing this fall on the Trinity was fair to good for the most seasoned anglers, but poor for those less familiar with the river.  With low, cold crystal clear water fish have “tanked” so even when you get the fish to take the bite has been soft. The biggest problem has not been a lack of fish, but the lack of rainfall so the fish are not moving and stale as a result.  The good news is that with steelhead in the system, warm temps and a few storms in the forecast the fish should get back on the grab and we could be seeing some great days coming this winter as well.   Eggs, stonefly nymphs, PT’s and Copper Johns have all found fish.  Swinging successfully for fish recently has been difficult at best.

Trophy Upper Sac Rainbow in winterAfter a spectacular fall season, the Upper Sacramento River has slowed,  and is now more of a midday affair nymphing and hoping to find a good hatch of Blue Winged Olives.  Nymphing the slow water in the biggest runs has been the most productive.  Finding productive runs and utilzing stealth to target trophy fish has been key.  With the dripping weather we are hoping to find some dry fly fishing opportunities utilizing our favorite dry dropper rig.  For more on fishing the Upper Sac in Winter check out our articles first published in California Fly Fisher, Winter Angling on the Upper Sac Year Round Angling on the Upper Sac.

IMGP1927Since the peak of the egg bite and Salmon spawning has passed, fishing on the Lower Sac has been a bit of a hit and miss affair with fair days outnumbering the great days.  The great days have been worth waiting for as some of our best fish of the season show this time of year.  We found a few pods of late spawning salmon last week and the fishing was epic.  Otherwise, hatches of mostly Blue Wing Olives have been sparse and unpredictable, if and when you find them they are also a bit technical as the bugs are tiny and the fish just sip them making hooking and landing the trophy trout that eat this time of season a challenge.

For the latest on conditions please drop us a line.  We are always happy to point you in a direction you might enjoy whether you are seeking guide service or not.  Wishing you and yours the very best of holiday seasons, we hope to see you soon!

Seasons on the Klamath: A winter fly fishing guide

Brian with one of his small orange original swing flies Mark with the trophy of the trip Klamath River Bounty LARGE and small Seasons on the Klamath, Wintertime

by Craig Nielsen, first published in California Fly Fisher Magazine February 2010

In California, we fish all winter, because we can.  Angling during winter in the Golden State might mean ice in the guides one day followed by a second application of sunscreen a day or two later.  The fishing for steelhead on the upper Klamath River in winter can provide both extremes and most everything in between.

Klamath102105.03The upper Klamath lies in a banana belt north of the Shasta Valley, in a rain shadow south of the Siskiyou Pass and west of the Trinity and Marble Mountains.  The river is also a tailwater, with regulated releases below Iron Gate Dam, which help keep the angling consistently good through all but the most severe storms.   Miles of marshland, which make up the headwaters, also provide relatively warm water temps and absorb precipitation like a sponge making the Klamath one of the last rivers in the state to blow out and  one of the first to drop, clear, and provide quality angling in days, rather than weeks after major storms.

So…why haven’t you visited?

Most likely because the Klamath is a remote river, nearly a full gas tank away from the larger population centers of California.  It is located just south of the Oregon border, in Siskiyou County, which is approximately the size of Connecticut, but with a population of only about 40,000 people.  The county is the home of several other fine trout and steelhead rivers and one of the few places left in the state where the trout and steelhead vastly out number the human population.

When to Visit?

Since the Klamath can fish well most anytime in the winter the old adage “The best time to fish is when you can” is not far from the truth. The first runs of Steelhead begin showing in the upper river below Iron Gate dam in October and continue arriving well into January providing quality angling opportunities all winter until the Steelhead spawn in April and May. Klamath fall and winter runs also overlap (unlike those on the Rogue and Trinity) without a slow period of fishing in between the runs.

There are some differences in the fish and the fishing that, depending on your appetite, might guide you  in planning a trip to suit your preferences.   Late in the fall and early winter is the time of year when the catch rate is highest.  Water temps are typically in the fifties and upper forties, the fish are actively on the grab and it is not an uncommon occurrence to hook a fish in each pass through a run.  This time of year  there are still a few Chinook Salmon spawning and it can be easy to locate the Steelhead stacked just downstream from them. With near perfect water temps it can also be an ideal time to swing flies successfully.

halfpounderSo what is the downside?  Nearly all the fish you will find this time of year will be small.  The run is made up primarily of “half-pounders”, trout sized juvenile fish that earlier in the spring traveled downstream to salt and returned in the fall.  They are accompanied by a run of adult Steelhead that came upstream the season before as half-pounders, returned to salt and are arriving once again, this time to spawn.  The half-pounders are “trout” sized, ten to sixteen inches, while the early run adult fish are typically wild and sixteen to twenty three inches or so.  The adult steelhead having typically spent just a half season in salt, followed by a year in salt which  makes them small compared to adult Steelhead in other rivers that spend two years or more in salt. A Steelhead 25 inches or longer caught in the early season on the Klamath is considered exceptional.

Jay-&-Paula-in-driftboatSometime in December temps drop and winter sets in for real.  Water temps drop into the lower forties with air temperatures on most mornings below freezing.   The fish become lethargic in the cold temps and the grab softens as a result.  Fish no longer chase down swung flies with reckless abandon, the salmon have spawned and are gone and the fishing can become very challenging.  Fortunately this is also the time the fall run of hatchery fish arrive in the upper river along with a run of bigger wild fish.  These fish are typically 21 to 26 or 27 inches long and heavy bodied with an occasional exceptional fish that can be even larger.

Rich's Klamath Chrome 1/08While the opportunity to catch these bigger fish is to be enjoyed, these new arrivals usually also spark the bite for steelhead that have been in the river for a while as well. It is important to remember steelhead do not travel hundreds of miles to eat, not even the flies you painstakingly tied. They come to spawn and their behavior reflects this primal urge.  I liken this phenomena to a bar scene.  Imagine a pub where the patrons have been sitting nursing their drinks and listening to music or watching television when a sorority arrives.  Everyone in the place livens up with not only the new arrivals ready to party, but almost everyone buying drinks and looking to dance.

Winter run fish arrive upstream in waves through the coldest months and are well conditioned, chunky and bright.  Downstream anglers call this run of fish the “ghost run” because of the speed they move upstream through the system.  They arrive today and are gone tomorrow.

Angling in the dead of winter can be slow and cold.  Although a few fish are caught each day winter steelhead fishing in the Klamath has a boom or bust element.  Most epic days come during a few weeks in midwinter when the bite is unbelievable, but unfortunately also unpredictable.  It often coincides with a warm spell, but not every warm spell. So the best plan is again to fish when you can.

How to Catch ‘em?

Ross with a big bend in his Spey rodIf you’re planning to go steelheading on the Klamath in winter, the first decision you need to make is how you choose to play the game.  Do you prefer to swing, bob, or swing & bob?  If swinging flies is your passion, you must then choose between a floating or sinking line and big leeches or classic wet flies.  If you prefer to bobb (with an indicator) you must decide if you care to fish egg patterns or stick strictly to nymphs.  If you choose eggs you must also decide between pegging plastic or limiting your game to glo bugs and other yarn based imitations.

The good news is that on the Klamath, unlike many other steelhead streams, choosing any of these games will catch fish.  We’ve enjoyed surprising success on a few occasions in the heart of winter swinging classic wets with a dry line.  The bad news for purists is that a swung wet fly on a dry line will find fewer dance partners than a well drifted pegged plastic egg, particularly as water temps drop into the lower forties and colder.  In order to have fewer decisions to make, on winter days I’ll cover all my bases and simply have two rods rigged, most often a single handed rod with an indicator to fish nymphs, eggs and legs (rubberleg patterns) and a switch rod with a fast sinking tip to swing leeches and classic wets.  On the Klamath be certain to pinch your barbs as you are much more  likely to have them checked than on any other river in the state.

For swinging flies, I typically load a four or five weight switch rod with a Skagit line and an 8 to 12 foot tip of fast sinking tungsten.   The head and tip together will usually run 350 to 450 grains total. I’ll add 3 to 5 feet of ten pound Maxima and a marabou, rabbit or Intruder style leech that is two to four inches in length.  In shallow water I prefer a size 4 to 8 classic wet or unweighted spey pattern which will hang up less and find the most aggressive fish.   I have come to believe that darker colors most often work best and save the bright flies only after I have exhausted my efforts with dark buggy patterns.  I must admit I would likely catch more fish on bright flies if I fished them with more confidence.

Most of the fish I catch swinging in winter are oriented to structure such as boulders in a run or holding downsteam from drop offs.   I find few if any fish in the tailouts and riffs that produced so well in fall.  The fish most often hold deep into the run in the softer water and getting the fly right in front of them is usually the best chance to get them to eat.  For this reason I occasionally prefer to cast from an anchored boat rather than wade.  The fly is simply moving through good holding water for more time during the swing and I believe this increases my odds dramatically.   It has the added benefits of keeping my toes warmer and reduces my chances of falling in, which in winter will probably end my day.

SteelheadFor nymphing on the Klamath, most folks select a six or seven weight rod with a floating line and their bobber of choice.  You can bring your special collection of steelhead nymphs, egg patterns and rubberlegs and you will likely find something that works as well as the other guy’s assortment of special flies.  Most fish are taken while side drifting from a boat through runs, deep holding pockets, and slots.  Wading anglers can fish this water if they are able to wade within range.  Again the idea is to drift the fly right in the fishes face, as cold steelhead prefer not to chase.  This requires some line management and the ability to mend and feed line effectively.  Most anglers can learn the basics of getting an adequate drift pretty readily.

What separates the most successful winter steelhead nymphers from the rest of us is strike identification and their hook sets.  On a good day of nymphing for trout an angler might expect a couple dozen grabs or more.  A couple dozen grabs while winter steelhead fishing is considered awfully good, even for the Klamath.  With fewer opportunities it is important to take advantage of each and every one.  In cold, slow winter holding water, steelhead takes can also be quite subtle.  The anglers who are best able to recognize a strike and quickly get tight to the fish are the ones who enjoy the dance most often.  The key is to maintain a relaxed focus and to keep your hands in the best position to set the hook as you manage your line through the drift.   The mindset is  not unlike a batter hitting a fastball, a tennis player returning a serve or a soccer or hockey player scoring a one timer.  Sorry golfers, I don’t have an analogy for you.

Klamath River Access

The most popular access on the upper Klamath is the drift from the hatchery below Irongate dam down to the Klamathon Bridge (also called the Copco Ager Bridge)-and for good reason.  The reason is that there is no need to find fish.  The fish arrive in October and remain until the spawn in April.  You merely need to find a way to get them to eat your fly.

Downstream, the next most popular drift is past the hamlet of Hornbrook and the Collier Rest Stop on Interstate 5, roughly eight miles downstream from the dam put in.  The launch ramps are gravel bars, rough at best and a four wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Whitney-&-Barb-on-raftDrifting the Klamath should not be taken lightly.  While the whitewater upstream of I5 is tame compared to the class III, IV and V rapids and drifts found downstream, it can easily spook a boatman accustomed to drifting, say the Lower Sacramento, Feather, Trinity or Yuba.  The river has  a good deal of structure that is not easy to see or read.  It is not at all uncommon to suddenly find oneself perched on a rock midstream- a rock that was all but hidden until you left a bit of aluminum gleaming on it.

Wading access upstream of Interstate 5 is confined to a couple runs, because most of the riverbank is on private property.  Public wade access below I5 is quite good, with Highway 96 running on one side of the river and a secondary road running on the other from Ash Creek about 25 miles downstream nearly to the community of Horsecreek.  Plan on enjoying this water by yourself, it is an event to encounter other anglers.

There is little in the way of amenities along this part of the Klamath River.  Plan on basing your winter trip out of Yreka which is just a few minutes down  I5 south of  Hornbrook and the Collier Rest Area.  For more upscale options including fine dining and entertainment try our hometown of Mount Shasta, about 45 minutes south or in Ashland, Oregon just 25 minutes north. Do be aware that you will need to get over Siskiyou Pass to get to Ashland which sometimes closes during stormy winter weather.

So…tell me again, why haven’t you visited?   Shake off those winter shack nasties, fill up the tank, pack the rods, and repeat after me: “The best time to fish is when you can.”#KlamathRiver,#Flyfishingguide