Upper Sac, Lower Sac, Pit and Klamath Rivers: A Fly Fishing Guide’s Report

Mike finds a Klamath River Winter Run Steelhead Klamath River Winter Swing Fly Scott scores a chunky Klamath River winter Steelhead Scott with a trophy Lower Sac 'bow Guided Fly Fishing Trips on Northern California Rivers

February 9th – 15th

What a week!  We started out with an epic afternoon on the Pit River which during any other time of year would have been fantastic.  To experience catching fish after fish in the dead of winter was just too good to believe.  On an afternoon on the Upper Sac we did not have the epic proportions, finding fewer fish but all were sizable, most well into the teens.

This week the bite on the Klamath turned on for us as well, particularly when we swung flies, on a few runs we enjoyed multiple grabs. We are in the midst of prime time with increased water temps and spring like weather.  Just before the weekend, Scott and George found several fish including a couple brutes.

We followed up with a day on the Lower Sac which has also turned on after a long spell of poor water clarity.  The grab was increasingly good up to and after lunch after which it turned suddenly off.  When we arrived at the ramp another party said they had a very slow morning but it improved until the takeout.  Asked what flies they were using, it was the same as ours, eggs, legs and small beadhead nymphs.  Go figure!

Over the weekend we had a great time hosting a trip we donated to Cal Trout for their annual gala fundraiser.  A great group of guys joined guides Craig Nielsen, John Rickard, Jim Andras and Mike Hibbard for two days of fishing on the Klamath and a stay at the Klamathon Lodge.  Look for an upcoming post with the details.

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