Klamath River Fish Report

Klamath River - Upper - CA - Hornbrook, CA (Siskiyou County)

by Craig Nielsen

On the Klamath, anglers of all levels have been enjoying multiple steelhead per day, but the solitude we typically experience was lost as the word is out. To preserve the experience we have spent a good deal of time on beats downriver from the Irongate dam reach, until the weather hit and the Irongate beat is again uncrowded. Most adult steelhead have been running 2 to 5 lbs but several fish in the the larger range have shown recently along with a few hearty half pounders each day. For those nymphing, legs and eggs have been the most consistent producers but later in the day when it warms some fish have been taking small nymphs as well. Swinging flies has been quite good including a good number of fish on floating lines. Sink tips with small leech and Intruder style patterns are becoming the top producers as temperatures cool. On more than one occasion jigged or retrieved flies have out fished those swung slow and deep. For details on tactics, techniques and flies, you might like to check out our post on Fly Fishing the Klamath in Winter, first published in California Fly Fisher magazine.

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