Klamath River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Klamath River, OR
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Klamath River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Swinging small streamers and soft hackles can be productive. Fishing a big tan caddis (size 12,14) and swinging it at the end of a drift is productive, also.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 22 / 2014
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Klamath River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Roe Outfitters

Water flow: 1,610 at JC Boyle Dam

Visibility: 7 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Wild & Scenic section

Best access point: Topsy Grade Rd

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis, Mayfly, Midges, Stonefly

Fish species: Trout, Salmon, Steelhead

Fishing season: Year-round: Consult regulations for detailed information

Nearest airport: Medford Airport (MFR)

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Klamath River Description

The Klamath River is an American river that flows 263 miles southwest through Oregon and Northern California, cutting through the Cascade Range to empty into the Pacific Ocean. The River near Klamath Falls, Oregon provides excellent Redband trout fishing with the lower river providing Salmon and Steelhead opportunities. The Upper Klamath is difficult to fish from land because of the canyon terrain, with ...

Techniques & Tips

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) closed to fishing Monday June 16. It will re-open for fishing October 1st, 2014. The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers dry fly fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. Excellent hatches during low water times (early morning and late afternoon) and provides great dry fly opportunities. PMD's are hatching so look to match size and color. Big Caddis Patterns work great during low water (Grey, Tan, Olive). Most attractor dry flies will work well. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower. Check current flow levels. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or flash back bead head pheasant tails can be good. Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching around 1 p.m. and can continue to hatch sporadically until dusk. Look for rising trout in the slow backwater areas near tailouts of pools or in back eddies along foam lines. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has fishable flows in the very early morning till 7-8 am. Flow release estimates are now available by PacifiCorp.

7-Day Forecast

Check water flows before heading out. Fishing should remain good. A heat wave is in the forecast, so remember proper fish handling procedures to minimize stress on fish.

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