The Fish Sniffer - Salmon Fly Hatch Begins
Salmon Fly Hatch Begins

Written By: Dan Bacher, June 29, 2014
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Klamath River,

The long awaited salmon fly hatch has begun on the upper section of the Klamath River from below the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery to Interstate Five, spurring one of the best rainbow trout bites of the year.

“We’re averaging 15 to 20 trout while fly fishing with dry flies,” said Albert Kutzkey of Al Kutzkey’s Guide Service. “Godzilla stimulators in salmon and stone fly patterns are also working.”

Kutzkey said the best color is orange, but light green will work also. The rainbows include fish in varying sizes, including small ones in the 10 to 12 inch range and larger fish to 18 inches.”

The yellow perch fishing remains good at Iron Gate. “The fish are better sized, including some 9 to 10 inchers,” said Kutzey. “Worms and jigs are working best. I’ve been going all over the lake – you can find fish in any cove.” 

The latest adventure by Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service was on Trout Lake, where anglers are catching both big bass and rainbows.

“On my last trip, my son Conner and I caught and released largemouths in the 3 to 6 pound range while tossing out watermelon flake six inch worms,” he noted. “Only artificial lures and flies can be used at this lake.”

Releases to the Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam are now 1210 cfs. The flows at Klamath are 4310 cfs, with a water temperature of 71.6 degrees.



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