Klamath, Trinity and Lower Sacramento River Fishing Reports

Bill lands a chunky winter buck Alan netting Bill's Klamath River wild steelhead Northern California Fly Fishing Guide Trip Reports, February 2011

The weather and river conditions have been challenging of late but visiting anglers have suffered well and been rewarded with some fine catches.  Flows on the Lower Sacramento River have been clear and steady and the bite has been fair to good with caddis on clear sunny days and small mayflies popping on the drippy days. Egg patterns and rubberlegs have found fish during non hatch periods as well.  Fishing has been good on most days when the wind has not hampered the bite.  The peak of the March Browns and spring caddis hatches are just days away, we recommend you schedule a trip with one of our great local guides while prime dates are still available.

Storms brought in some additional fish to the upper Trinity River and our great local guides treated our guests to some of the best fishing they’ve enjoyed all season.  March Browns are popping and some Brown Trout as well as a few steelhead have found them.  As a result,  a lucky few have enjoyed the rare experience  of hot spring run steelhead on a dead drifted dry fly.  Some of the steelhead are spawning as the season concludes and we suggest avoiding fishing shallow spawning beds, particularly this time of year.

The Klamath River has seen some unexpected fluctuation of flows and the fishing has suffered as a result.  We’ve had to cancel and reschedule a number of trips but those who have been lucky enough to arrive after flows have stabilized enjoyed some good fishing and some hot fish.  Most fish are coming on legs and glo bugs while we find a few midday on small nymphs during the Blue Wing Olive Hatch.   Hopefully the bite, particularly on the swing, will improve as water temps rise.

Donna with a Klamath river winter half pounder Several folks returned looking to conclude their steelhead seasons before the trout fishing gets started in earnest.  Mason enjoyed a great day on the Trinity with Gabe, while Alan treated Ted to a fine day on the Klamath and Craig enjoyed the great company provided by Anne and Donna as they ventured up from the big city for a few days on the Klamath.

Phil with a bright winter run Klamath Steelhead Klamathon Lodge guests with local Klamath River fly fishing guides, Jim Andras, Craig Nielsen and Alan Blankenship We also hosted two groups of guests who enjoyed stays at the exclusive Klamathon Lodge along with the expertise of the finest local guides.  Craig, Alan and Jim treated a returning group of friends, Phil, Ed, Dave, Bill, Mike and Pat from the central valley to two days of unsettled weather and winter steelheading.  While the catching was not stellar all found fish and they again thoroughly enjoyed their dtay.

Cal Trout auction winners enjoy Shasta Trout & Klamathon Lodge weekend of steelheading on the Klamath River Rich enjoys a fine winter steelhead from a spectacular run on the Klamath River Jeff with a well earned wild winter steelhead The last weekend of the month we hosted our donated annual trip to Cal Trout at the Klamathon Lodge which winning bidder Jeff Dahlgren Of Airtech International shared with his good friends, Rich, Chad, Guy, Dennis as well as Jason who traveled all the way from the British Isles to join us.  Not only were they treated to great guiding and catching their first ever steelhead with Craig, Gabe, Jim and John, they enjoyed a gourmet meal prepared by famed chef Anne Dickey and fine wines donated by Oakville, Titus, Chappellet, Shug and Bond wineries and presented by sommalier Paul Torres from the Cult Wine Central in Napa Valley.

Following the Cal Trout Weekend Craig traveled to the coast to provide presentations to fly fishing clubs including  his entertaining program “Seasons on the Klamath” to enthusiastic members on March 1st at the Monterey Penisula Fly Casters and on March presented “Dry Flies and Freestones” at the fun and friendly monthly meeting of the Santa Cruz Fly FishermenDrop us a line if your club is seeking a program that is aimed to please and amuse.

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