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The Lower Klamath River

Fresh Steelhead in a Wilderness Setting
  • Klamath River steelhead
    Ocean-fresh steelhead Lower Klamath steelhead are just miles from the ocean and most of them look like silver bullets. These fish fight hard and love to eat traditional steelhead patterns on floating lines.
  • Spey Camp on the Klamath River
    Spey Camp Our signature Lower Klamath offering is our Spey Camp. These are 4-day, 3-night camps dedicated to catching steelhead on spey rods. This is one of the best multi-day river trips in the West. Follow the link for more details.
  • A beautiful swing run on the Klamath
    Endless swing water The Lower Klamath River has one good swing run after another. This is an ideal river for swinging flies with single and two-hand rods.
  • Klamath River Chinook Salmon
    King Salmon There are thousands of king salmon in the Lower Klamath in the summer and fall months. These fish frequently hold where they are easy to reach with a lightweight spey rod.
  • Gino Bernero with his jet boat
    Access via Jet Boat All access to the Lower Klamath is via jet boat. We frequently cover over a dozen miles of river in a day, using the jet boat as a taxi-cab.
  • Spey Casting on the Klamth River
    Spey & Swing Only All of our Lower Klamath trips are spey trips. 5 and 6wt spey rods are perfect for this venue. We occasionally swing flies with single-hand rods as well.
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Flies

The Lower Klamath River is one of California's best steelhead fisheries. We target ocean-fresh steelhead starting mid-July and ending in early November. Klamath steelhead are a mix of adult fish from 3 to 12 pounds and half-pounders, juvenile steelhead in the 12-18" size range. We fish for these steelhead primarily with spey rods. One of the great things about the Klamath is that you can do very well with floating lines and small traditional steelhead patterns. We use our jet boats as taxi cabs on the Lower Klamath. All fishing is done while wading.

Recent Klamath River Fishing Reports
10/14/16 by Randy Hamann: 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. 
9/9/16 by Randy Hamann: 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. 
8/8/16 by Andrew Harris: 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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Spey Camp
Our Lower Klamath River Spey Camp is a unique angling experience. We target chrome bright steelhead just entering the river system mere miles from the saltwater on the beautiful Lower Klamath. Elite spey casting instruction and steelhead angling techniques are the focus, along with the unique experience of camping in a very cool, remote place. Expect excellent food, superb instruction, and a full camp already set up for you. You can just show up with your sleeping bag, fishing license and waders, we will have everything else you need to enjoy 3 nights on the river! We will pick you up in Klamath Glen in the jet boat, and take you to your new home on the river. This experience is great for spey casters and anglers of all ability and experience levels. Whether beginner or expert, you will learn something regardless of angling ability level and enjoy a great camping experience on the river. You will have access to an amazing amount of perfect Klamath spey water and a jet boat at your disposal, targeting both half pounders and adult chrome steelhead. For more information, please visit www.SpeyCamp.com.
Gear Recommendations for the Lower Klamath River
Rods, Reels & Lines: Five and six weight spey rods are best on the Klamath, but heavier rods will work too. Bring scandi lines and versi-leaders and skagit lines with MOW tips.
Leaders & Tippet: Bring 8 and 10# Maxima plus some 10ft 8# steelhead leaders.
Waders & Boots: We use chest-high breathable waders on the Klamath. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. Make sure to bring your own wading belt. Wet wading is also a good option during warm weather.
Season
The Lower Klamath River is open year-round. We target steelhead on the Lower Klamath from mid-July through early November.
Flies:
• Silver Hilton, 6
• Carey Special, 6
• Green Butt Skunk, 6
• Hoh Bo Spey, 4
• Perpetrator, 6
Lodging Options
Option 1 - Day Trips: We can take you out on a day trip on the Lower Klamath. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Klamath. Your guide can meet you there the morning of your trip.
Option 2 - Spey Camp: We offer scheduled Spey Camps for groups of up to 6 anglers from mid-July through October. These are 4-day, 3-night camp trips. We provide the food, instruction, tents, cots, and transportation from Klamath Glen. For more information, please visit www.SpeyCamp.com.
Option 3 - Overnight at Rivers West Lodge: Rivers West Lodge is accessible only by boat and is located about 15 miles upstream from the mouth of the Klamath River. Gino Bernero and Randy Hamann both offer trips to Rivers West Lodge. Rivers West charges $175 per person per night for lodging and 3 meals a day. There is a minimum stay of 2 nights. All of our Rivers West trips start with a PM half-day. We pick you up around 2pm at Klamath Glen and fish our way up to the lodge. You can stay two or more nights, and then we finish up with a morning half-day ending around 11am back at Klamath Glen. The pricing for the guiding component of a 2-night trip at Rivers West is the same as 2 full days of guiding.
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