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The Lower Klamath is fishing fair/good with a mix of 1/2 pounders and adults to 4lbs, I jumped a couple of chrome bright steelhead in the 8-10 lb range in a tailout making there way up river. The mouth of the Klamath is open and fresh Steelhead continue to trickle in, the numbers are down from the average but the pressure on the Lower Klamath is almost nonexistent resulting in some pretty darn good fishing at times ! as well as being some of the best swing water in the Lower 48 !

The fishing on the Trinity is similar, a fair number of steelhead, the overall numbers are down but the size is up from typical. The Feds have trapped and released some fairly large Steelhead at the weir in Willow Creek recently.

The Swing fishing on the Lower Sac is better then normal for this time of year for wild Rainbow's and a mix of Wild and Hatchery Steelhead. With a lack of Salmon on Red's the fish don't seem to have there typical October tunnel vision of feeding almost exclusevly on Salmon Eggs.

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The conditions on the Lower Klamath as are as good as they get right now, the HUGE flows of last Winter have rejuvenated and altered many of the Swing Runs for the better and water quality is good as it gets . The past couple of months the river has seen fresh pushes of adult and 1/2 pounder Steelhead, the numbers don't appear to be huge...but they're there !

Angler pressure has been low which at times can lead to some pretty darn good fishing as well as a Great overall angling experience, over the past week we have hooked into, and landed some... Chrome Bright Adult Steelhead and 1/2 pounders as well as Dime Bright Kings, just the right size for a 6 weight Spey Rod.

If you are an avid Spey Caster and have never been, you should highly consider a trip to the Lower Klamath, there might be different water elswhere but I would argue that there is no better water !.... and if your a novice or just want to try out Spey casting and Swinging for Steelhead, this is an excelent venue for that as well.

My schedule is limited this year but I do still have some available dates...and it's not too soon to plan for next Season , I'll be on the Lower Klamath from early Sept to late October 

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My wife Dava had been interested in learning to spey cast, so I took the smart approach and signed her up for Confluence Outfitter's Spey Camp.  I came along to audit the class so I could better work with my clients during our swing trips - and so I could actually fish on my own for four days!  I brought my jet boat and was able to learn some great swing runs on the lower Klamath.  We will be going back!

Gino, Dax, and Leslie did an incredible job and the property is absolutely beautiful!  The food was AMAZING!  I think we both may have gained a pound or two. The course of instruction was loosely structured (no set times), but very effective in the end.  Gino, Dax, and Leslie were able to provide each of the students with a lot of one-on-one instruction throughout the four days.  The Spey Camps are timed around the famed half-pounder run on the Klamath and everyone hooked into fish, some hooked into several!

If you have ever wanted to learn to spey cast, or even if you have some experience casting a two-handed rod - I would highly recommend attending next year's Spey Camps! This is great experience if you want to go with a group of buddies, or simply go by yourself.  The friendships Dava and I made during Spey Camp will be long lasting!

 

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Spey Camp is for everyone, and the time is almost here!  We have a just a few spots left for our 4th season of Lower Klamath River Spey Camps.  These popular camps are perfect for the following anglers:

Beginners: Learn the basics of casting a two handed rod.  Learn how to read steelhead water and how to fish it.  Learn the terminology of spey casting and understand the gear used.  No need to bring gear, our camps are sponsored by Sage, Rio, and Redington...we have a mega arsenal of fun toys for you to try before you buy them.  

Intermediates: Take the next step up in your casting game.  Are you just doing the same snap t or double spey over and over again?  Time to learn some touch and go casts, refine your sustained anchor casts, and get more proficient with the scandi lines and lighter summer set ups.  Bring your rod and get it dialed in with the right line, we have dozens of Rio lines you can demo to balance your set up.

Advanced: We love to cast, and we love help anglers achieve their highest potential in their casting and angling techniques.  The advanced angler will enjoy the amazing home water we have right in front of camp, fishing for chrome bright fish a few miles from tidewater.  Also explore the classic swing runs that abound on the Lower Klamath Wilderness River, only reached by boat.  Demo the newest rods from Sage like the X and the Mod.  Have casting "jam sessions" with three expert instructors who's passion is spey casting and swinging for chrome bright steelhead all over the Pacific Northwest.  

Everyone: All meals, spey rods, reels, spey lines, flies, and elite instruction included.  Just bring a sleeping bag and appetite!  Our wilderness camp is already set up with comfy tents, cots, and Leslie's legendary camp chef meals.  When not fishing, relax and watch the river go by or nap in the shade.  In the evenings, sit by the fire and take in the beautiful coastal sunsets are followed by superb stargazing in a place where light pollution is far, far away...you will sleep well.

Open dates: 

July 21-23  Weekend Spey Camp.  Quick and easy trip!  Arrive Friday afternoon, settle in and fish the evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning then head back home.  

August 9-12 Spey Camp, 3 nights, 2 half days & 2 full days of fishing.

River flows are the best they have been in years for the Lower Klamath, giving us excellent conditons for our camps.  Spey Camp is an easy trip from the Bay Area, and the best value in the industry for a multi day instructional spey experience.  Couple this with a shot at chrome steelhead a few miles from the ocean, this experience is hard to beat.  Contact me with and questions. 

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No need to travel all the way to the Deschutes or Montana to fish the Salmonfly hatch...it is going off on the Upper Rogue and Klamath Rivers right now.  The fish are just starting to look for them these past few days on both rivers.  The Klamath has finally dropped down to a very fishable 1500 CFS at Iron Gate.  The upper Rogue is at perfect flows to both fish big drys from the boat, and get out and swing trout spey rods to very eager fish.  I floated with Ashland Fly Shop's John Hazelett on Monday, we hooked dozens of trout on big Salmonfly patterns and swinging stonefly patterns on 4wt spey rods.  Most of these fish are between 9 to 12 inches, but we hooked a half dozen or so in that 15 inch range.  All these fish were nice wild rainbows or beautiful cutthrout trout.  The hatch should go for a few more weeks.
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I spent three days guiding the Lower Klamath earlier this week, we got into 1/2 pounders each day but failed to connect with any adult steelhead. It rained hard here in Douglas City over night, the rivers are slowly rising with most of the rain soaking in, we might get more run off from the next wave. The Trinity is currently fishable above the North Fork, the Lower Klamath will need a little time to settle back down. 
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It's been a while since my last report, a busy building season is now transitioning into what is looking to be a busy guide season. Ive spent time on the Lower Klamath over the last several weeks and the conditions on the Lower Klamath have improved dramaticaly, the river is currently and should remain in Great Shape through the Fall ! Water releases out of Lewiston have increased which have cooled water temps greatly, the Steelhead have responded positively and are now steadily streaming in.

We are getting into a mix of adult and half pounders, landing adults to 5lbs and seeing and hooking larger adults to 10 lbs ! I have a few prime dates left in October for the Klamath, if the Fall rains are late the Klamath will be fishable into November.

If your passionate about swinging flies for fresh chrome the Lower Klamath should be on your radar. 

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Katie and I took the girls to the Klamath this weekend.  We stayed at our Spey Camp which is about 3 miles up from the launch at Klamath Glen.  Camping was great and we had a ton of fun on the river, but the fishing is pretty darn slow right now. I spoke to some Fish and Game guys at the Blue Creek Riffle.  They were doing a hook-and-line survey (that means they get to fish!) and they had landed two adult steelhead that morning, including a 28" fish.  We saw just a couple of salmon guides working the river.  The local word is that a big bunch of fish moved through about 2 weeks ago and fishing was great.  Who knows when the next run will come in.  The river looks great, though.  We boated all the way up to Johnsons and saw a lot of great looking riffles.  By the time you get up there they could be filled with fish!
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Mackenzie trying for a steelhead
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Spey Camp 2016 swag
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Picnic at the Blue Creek lagoon
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BEARS!
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Just back from a couple days of guiding for early Winter Steelhead on the Lower Klamath, Wednesday fished well with a good mix of wild 1/2 pounder's and Coastal Cutthroat. We were one day away from swinging up an adult or two but the latest storm hit us hard with wind and heavy rain which left us with a river on the rise at over 500 cfs an hour and was completely blown by this morning. Life of a Winter Steeheader !
 
The Lower Klamath , in any given Winter, only offers a few brief windows of opportunity for the Spey Angler where Swinging a fly for dime bright Winter Steelhead is realistic, flexibility is key. Feel free to contact me if your interested in Spey casting on some of the most epic swing water in the lower 48 ! 
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fish on...
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Classic Swing Water
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Gino Bernero says that the lower Klamath River is fishing very well.  His clients have been hooking adult steelhead every day and there are good numbers of half-pounders, too.  Fishing should be good through the first week in November.
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We just finished up our Spey Camps on the beautiful Lower Klamath River.  Our Spey Camps are instruction based, but we also like to catch chrome half pound and adult steelhead while we are teaching beginner to expert spey casting and angling techniques.  The first few camps had some exceptionally hot weather.  Then things really cooled off dramatically, and the river temperature in our home water dropped from 72 degrees to 69 degrees.  Steelhead poured in and we had some excellent fishing in our home water and the other amazing swing runs close to our camp.  Leslie prepared superb meals, Gino cruised us to some of the best swing water in the lower 48, and everyone left a better spey caster and steelhead angler.  Spey Camp is such a good time.
 
I would like to address some concerns that I have heard regarding high water temperatures on the Klamath, and if we should be fishing in such conditions.  This drought has really heightened awareness for our rivers, which is a great thing.  I appreciate and share everyones concerns about this situation.  We are acutely aware of the water temperatures where we are fishing, and continuously monitor the situation.  We don't look on the internet for temps, we put a thermometer in the water that we are fishing in.  When the temps got to what we felt like was too warm, and it looked like the heat was going to continue, we canceled a few trips.  When it cooled off, it was game on.  
 
In relation to the inland trout streams that most fly anglers are use to fishing, the Lower Klamath is a much different fishery.  Water temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees are quite normal on the Lower Klamath in July and August.  As a trout angler, I realize that we are used to fishing much cooler water temps.  The Lower Klamath is simply a totally different animal compared to trout streams, and other steelhead rivers for that matter.  There are multiple temperature gages on the Klamath, and the temperature above Blue Creek will be several degrees higher that the water that we fish during Spey Camp, since we only fish below the closure.  The fish that we encountered and carefully released shot off like bullets, like all chrome steelhead do.  We didn't pose for any hero shots with fish, and a fish never came out of the water.  Spey Camp is one of the coolest experiences out there for two handed enthusiasts, and look for Confluence Outfitter Spey Camps going into the Fall months next year.
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Here are a few photos from Spey Camp!
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Gino giving a demo
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Leslie demonstrating a perfect D Loop
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Cheers!
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Dax giving a demo
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Dan hooked up!
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Jon Hazlett blasting out another perfect cast
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Campfire chats watching the sunset
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Stunning scenery abounds on the Lower K
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Andy rigging under the morning fog
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Swinging our epic home water
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Jen cranking out a big cast
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Jen hooked many fish
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Jon Hazlett from the Ashland Fly Shop hosted a group in Spey Camp #4 this year.  Follow this link to the AFS blog for a report and some photos from the trip!
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We have a few spots left for our Klamath River Spey Camps coming starting in July.  Elite spey casting instruction, excellent food, and a comfortable private camp is already set up for you on the banks of the Lower Klamath, the superhighway in California for steelhead.  This unique camping and angling experience is great for spey casters and anglers of all ability and experience levels.  Being a Sage sponsored camp, we will have all the gear you need.  Just bring a sleeping bag and your waders!   Check out our website at www.speycamp.com for more details or shoot Gino, Leslie, or I an email for more info.  This is one of my favorite gigs.
 
Open spots:
July 21-24 Full 
July 26-29 one spot
July 31-Aug 3 Full
August 6-9 Full 
August 11-14 2 spots
August 16-19 3 spots 
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With all the doom and gloom out there about water and fishing conditions there is at least one bright spot, the Lower Klamath ! The river is fishing very well, pulses of fresh Steelhead continue flow in and water levels and temps are perfect for swinging a fly ! Fishing should remain solid through the end of October, I still have a few prime dates available.
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The fishing on the Lower Klamath has been Outstanding ! Plenty of fresh Steelhead moving through the Lower Klamath, both adults and 1/2 pounders, We've hooked and landed multiple adults daily and the 1/2 pounders have kept the action steady throughout the day, My client Dick even landed a Chrome Bright Chinook on Monday. There is quite a bit of boat traffic but that is to be expected with the fishing as good as it is, even with the boat traffic I've been able to find water a little less traveled. I have some prime dates available for the Lower Klamath early to mid October.
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another glorious tailout.....
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fish on...could be you !
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another day in paradise....
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Well the B.O.R. have finally come to there senses and have agreed to start releasing water out of Lewiston Lake to help cool the waters of the Lower Klamath and Trinity rivers in an attempt to prevent another fish kill like the one they orchestrated in 2002 !
 
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47771 
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Gino, Leslie Ajari and myself just finished up our Spey Camp on the Lower Klamath River.  Most of the guests who joined us made sure to tell us that it was one of the most enjoyable angling trips they have ever experienced.  Speaking for the crew, it was definitely one of my favorite fishing trips that I have been a part of, and its right here in our backyard.
 
We set up a first class camp on a bluff overlooking the two beautiful swing runs that we have for our home water.  We are surrounded by tree lined mountains and wildlife all around us.  The weather was absolutely amazing for camping.  Leslie provided superb dinners that included steak, pork tenderloin, and chicken along with excellent veggies and side dishes.  We also had a BBQ lunch each day after our morning session, and you have the option to fish the home water or just relax until the evening fishing session.  Gino ran us to prime spots on the river that he knows as good as anyone in the business, and provided stellar casting instruction and tied some flies in the evening that hooked both dime bright steelhead and adult salmon.  I got to work closely with each guest on their speycasting skills, and was pleased with everyones development.  Another bonus of the trip is that everyone hooked multiple dime bright steelhead and even landed some giant salmon on small spey rods.  Epic.
 
If you want to experience elite casting instruction, superb food, and a first class camping and angling experience, join us next year.  Gino, Leslie and I will be back next August, and will be offering 5 spey camps this time.  Specific dates will be available soon.  Everyone that came this year wants to rebook, so get a hold of myself, Gino, or Andrew soon to reserve your spot on one of the coolest new steelhead trips on the West Coast.  
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Your accommodation
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Dinner and drinks before relaxing by the fire
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Gino, Michael Shaw, and Leslie enjoying a moment
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I even got to fish a little on my last day
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Michael and his amazing salmon
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Wolf was on fire. I never saw someone hook so many steelhead in a 3 day period
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we had lots of double and triple hookups
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Andy with a chromer
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Wolf hooked the most adult steelhead for the camp...I lost count
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Andy had a very productive first ever steelhead trip
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Our community on the river
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Spey Camp is instruction based
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Rob had the magic fly for the whole camp, a keen fly tier
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Our chef and upcoming Confluence guide Leslie Ajari
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Your home on the river
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The Lower Klamath has amazing swing water
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I just returned from a quick trip to our Spey Camp on the Klamath River.  Gino, Dax, and Leslie have set up a great camp.  We have safari-style tents for the guests and a large shaded cooking and eating area.  Thanks to Leslie Ajari, the food has been wonderful.  But enough about the camp - the fishing has been good!  Everyone in our first group has landed adult steelhead and multiple half-pounders.  There is good fishing in our camp water, and every day Gino shuttles our guests around to different parts of the river.  I got to help release a nice adult steelhead today - that was the first one in my hands since April!  Our guests have also hooked and almost landed some fresh King salmon.  When I left on the 2nd full day of the first session, all of the guests were very pleased with how their spey casting was progressing.
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Dax lending a hand with a big fresh salmon
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The view of the river from camp
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Gino and his trusty jet boat Elvis
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Safari tents
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Yes there are bears
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This fly worked.
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Wolf releasing a nice steelie
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I spent the last three days on the Lower Klamath and the Steelhead have arrived in mass. Early indications are looking GREAT for this season on the Klamath and Trinity with hundreds if not thousands of Steelhead currently staging in the Lower Klamath. I only rated the fishing as Good right now, not Great because of the current conditions, IE. water temps, and not the actual fishing. Currently the Steelhead are stacked in one area which tends to lead to very crowded fishing and snagging !
 
I am very excited about angling on the Lower Klamath as the water temps start to drop and the fish spread out and start moving up river. I am currently booking the Lower Klamath for mid September and October and my schedule has started to fill. If swinging a spey rod on classic Steelhead runs for Ocean Fresh Steelhead interest you then get off the fence and book a trip.
Most of the water I fish on the Lower Klamath is within 20 miles of the Ocean !
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My diggs on the Klamath
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