Upper Sacramento and Klamath Rivers: A Fly Fishing Guide’s Report

Dave's Winter Buck brings a big grin Jason finishes the day with a beautiful winter steelhead Emerald flows and chrome 'bow Guided Fly Fishing Trips on Northern California Rivers

January 27th-31st

It was great to return to Fly Fishing  on the Klamath River and Upper Sac after last week’s epic storms and trip cancellations.   Flows steadied and water clarity improved, water temps came up a couple degrees and conditions could not be too much better.  We were hoping for the epic kind of days that we enjoy when conditions like this come together but this was not the week to be.  Everyone had multiple fish days, even those dedicated to the swing and while we found some great fish the epic days are still hopefully just around the corner.

Ed, Dave, Mike and Steve enjoyed a day on the Upper Sac finding a few hot rainbows and then headed to the Klamath River to enjoy a day with Craig and Jim Andras before putting on a great show Friday night at The Stage Door in Mount Shasta.  Mike and Steve are members of the Irish band Culann’s Hounds and they played to a full and lively house after a full day on the river chasing and catching Steelhead on the Klamath.

Our good friends Jason and Tim who fished with us this summer returned for a little winter action after digging out Jason’s home which was without power for a couple weeks.   Jason being the perfect host let Tim catch his first, second, third, fourth and fifth Steelhead ever on a fly before finding a couple beauties himself.

Andrew, William and Steve joined us to complete a great weekend as we searched portions of the river they had not seen with walk and wade opportunities on the Klamath.  We had a short day with limited success but fished some good water well knowing that finding fish might be a challenge.  We enjoyed it thoroughly and hope to get out again in the next few weeks looking to have one of those magical days that are sure to come.

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