We have hosted a number of great groups and guests steelheading on the Klamath River in the past month, including several at the exclusive Klamathon Lodge, and everyone has come away exceptionally pleased, with several folks reporting their best steelheading ever, anywhere!
Anglers have enjoyed a satisfying smorgasbord with good numbers of Jack Salmon, juvenile Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, hatchery Steelhead, wild adult Steelhead, and the most numerous of all, the famous Klamath River half-pounders. The action has been nearly nonstop. We are enjoying an Indian summer with fine weather and spectacular fall colors. Flows have been nearly ideal, steady and clear (about 4 feet of visibility), just above 1300 cfs out of Iron Gate Dam, with no change expected.
The vast majority of Salmon have finished spawning and the Rainbows and Steelhead are making their way out of the shallows and drop offs below the Salmon redds and back into the main runs. While egg patterns will continue to take their fair share of fish, nymphs have become increasingly important. Those looking to swing will find more available dance partners moving into classic swing water. Water temps have dropped into the high forties, so deeper, slower presentations will find more willing dancers. Small dark flies are still outperforming larger patterns and leeches, even for the biggest fish.
The forecast is calling for a small front to move through this upcoming weekend which could make for a terrific holiday outing as fresh Steelhead will likely be pushed upstream sparking an already outstanding bite. We recommend you get here now!
Shasta Trout guides spend as many days on the Klamath individually as our biggest competitor’s guides spend collectively. We still have a few guide dates available and we believe there is no substitute for their first hand knowledge. Drop us a line to schedule a trip steelheading with the finest local guides on the legendary Klamath.