The Klamath River
The Klamath River is home to historically one of the largest runs of salmon and steelhead on the entire west coast. The Klamath River has a spring and a fall run of salmon. The Klamath also has fresh steelhead entering the system throughout the year (peak season August-September). We fish the lower 30 miles of the Klamath River, targeting these fish at their freshest stage throughout their migration upstream. Its unlikely to catch a fish on the Klamath River that doesn’t look “chrome” or “dime” bright.
The Klamath River
July-August Klamath River
Spring salmon enter the Klamath River mouth and congregate at times by the thousands in the tide water. They are the highest quality fish we catch on the Klamath, fighting extremely hard as some have only been in the river for minutes. These salmon are regulated in sustainable fisheries and are comprised of hatchery and wild salmon. We also have summer steelhead and fall steelhead entering the Klamath River that can be caught during this time as well.
August-October Klamath River
The fall run of salmon start showing up on the Klamath River in August. This is the largest run of Salmon in the Klamath River and can be an unbelievable sight to behold. During Peak season Salmon can literally be seen moving water while heading up the Klamath River. Typically we are fishing off the Ocean and up the Klamath out of jet boats with lighter tackle. Its an extremely fun way to not only catch fish, both salmon and steelhead, but also see just how beautiful and scenic the Klamath River can be. We can cover up to 30 miles of water, while fishing, per day.
Swinging for Steelhead
July-October Klamath River
Like much of what is published in articles and magazines, there really isn’t a better place to swing flies than the Klamath River. The Klamath River has runs that are ideally set up for salmon and steelhead to grab a swung fly on a regular basis. We are targeting steelhead on the Klamath River during this time, but chinook salmon can also be caught. We love to spey cast and swing flies while on the Klamath River!
The run of “half pounders” that the Klamath River can receive is mind boggling. Literally thousands of 2-3 lb fresh aggressive steelhead can be congregating into areas while staging on their way up the Klamath. These fish have earned a reputation for being extremely aggressive towards a sung fly. The Klamath River is one of the few places in the world that has half-pounders. They are extremely acrobatic, and pound for pound are by far my favorite fish to catch on the Klamath and Rogue Rivers. The half-pounders are a great way to get into action while partaking in a typically “challenging” way to catch steelhead. The Klamath River is great for people of all skill levels, and for learning how to swing flies.