The Fish Sniffer - Salmon Fly Hatch Continues
Salmon Fly Hatch Continues

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

Fly fishermen working the salmon and stone fly hatches continue to catch and release large numbers of rainbow trout on the upper section of the Klamath River from below the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery to Interstate 5.

Dry flies and Godzilla stimulators in salmon and stone fly patterns are producing the top action. The top color is orange, but light green will work also. The rainbows range from 10 to 18 inches long, with an occasional larger fish.

Flows on the river below Iron Gate Dam are 1040 cfs. Flows in the lower river at Klamath are 2970 cfs, with a water temperature of 68.9 degrees.

McCloud River rainbow and brown fishing is going strong. “My son Conner and I caught and released about 30 fish, including a lot of rainbows in the ¾ to 1-1/2 pound range and a 2-1/2 pound brown on our latest trip to McCloud,” said Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service. “We trolled Sep’s Pro Secrets, K-7 Kwikfish and Apex lures in frog patterns behind Sep’s Dodgers.”

Brook trout fishing is excellent at Medicine Lake. “Conner and I caught around 50 brook trout in the 10 to 12 inch range while jigging with small Buzz Bombs and trolling with pink grubs behind pink dodger on a late June trip there,” said Caldwell.



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