The Fish Sniffer - Rainbows Respond To Nymphs
Rainbows Respond To Nymphs

Written By: Dan Bacher, May 9, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Klamath River,

The salmon fly and stone fly hatches haven’t started on the Upper Klamath River, but anglers are hooking increasing numbers of rainbow trout while fishing nymphs.

“My last trip on the Klamath produced a dozen rainbows to 14 inches for a fly fishing client,” said Albert Kutzkey of Kutzkey’s Guide Service. “There was no surface action yet, so he fished Copper John and stone fly nymphs down deep to catch and release his trout. The fishing will get better when the hatches start.”

Trout fishing is also decent on Copco Reservoir. “My family and I boated a dozen trout to 18 inches while fishing worms and Hot Shots in the river inlet on our latest trip,” said Kutzkey.

Iron Gate yellow perch fishing remains very good. “My family caught around 200 perch on our most recent trip to the reservoir,” he said. “Most were in the 6 to 8 inch range, with the largest going 10 inches. The hot ticket was worms and jigs fished at 15 to 20 feet deep in the coves.”

Water releases to the Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam are 1200 cfs. Flows on the river at Klamath are 8890 cfs. 


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