Klamath and Lower Sacramento Rivers: Fly Fishing Guide’s Report

Ron with another fat winter buck steelhead Klamathon crew Phil mines some winter chrome
Guided Fly Fishing Trips on Northern California Rivers

January 11-17th

Fly Fishing for Steelhead  on the Klamath and the  Trophy Trout fishing on the Lower Sacramento continued this week with fine weather, some outstanding anglers and a few exceptional fish.

We started the week with a couple new friends from Oregon.  John and Ron are seasoned steelheaders who are members of the Rogue FlyFishers and they traveled over the border to try their luck on the Klamath.  We enjoyed calm overcast weather in the morning and the fishing and catching was quite good.  The afternoon brought some strong winds and the fishing got tough.  These good sports weathered it all in good spirits and we managed a few more fish despite the challenges.

In the middle of the week we headed to the warmth of the Lower Sac to search for a little dry fly action.  We joined our good friend Ross from the Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers and located some risers on a very technical flat.  Earlier in the week some BWO’s were rising and the fish were on them.  Despite some perfect drizzle we saw more tan summer caddis on the water than BWO’s and only a few fish poked their noses up?   We managed a few drifts but not takers on this day.  Fellow guide, Rick Cox did find some trophy rainbows nymphing but Ross and Craig decided instead to flex a spey rod in preparation for a trip to the Oregon Coast.

We concluded the week with a group of good friends who Steelhead on the Klamath with us each season. This year they enjoyed a marvelous stay at the new Klamathon Lodge that sits right on the river.  These guys enjoy themselves and each other wherever and whenever they get together and this weekend was no exception.  The bite was slow but they made the most of their opportunities and everyone landed a few nice Steelhead everyday.  Knowing that big storms were in the forecast but were late arriving only heightened their appreciation of the good fishing and  great times.

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