Klamath River, June 14th

Lorenzo with a dry fly Klamath Half Pounder Ken & Lorenzo

These two good friends had not fished the Shasta area and planned a three day trip to sample the local legendary rivers.  On the first day of their visit we opted for a drift on the Klamath as the Salmonfly bite has been superb.    They are both a bit new to the sport, do not fish frequently and also had not fished out of a driftboat before.  They made some great drifts after a little orientation and  instruction, but unfortunately the fish did not cooperate.  The bite was the poorest we’ve seen in several years despite seeing bugs everywhere.  They each had multiple grabs but even those were pretty half hearted.  Naturals were drifting unmolested as far as the eye could see!  The few fish we did land were stuffed but we don’t believe that entirely accounts for the poor bite.  The fishing pressure this season has been the heaviest we’ve seen to date and with 68 degree plus water temps we fear the worst.  They headed over to the McCloud on Monday and the Upper Sac on Monday evening and Tuesday and are planning  to return for a little instruction to up their game on the local freestones, we can’t wait!

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