Fish Steelhead on Klamath River

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Fish Steelhead on Klamath River

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fish Steelhead on the Klamath River

On Thursday November 10, the Rogue Flyfishers and Southern Oregon Fly Fishers will head to Northern
California to fish for steelhead on the Klamath River. We will float from just below Iron Gate Dam to
Klamthon. The Klamath gets a good run of summer steelhead, and the area above Interstate 5 fishes well late in the season. The river flows through a beautiful valley, and the fall colors should still be good, making this a great place to spend a day on the water.

The tackle and techniques we use here on the Upper Rogue work well on the Klamath River. Dead-drifting egg or nymph patterns through the long runs can be very effective. There is also plenty of good water for swinging flies. Like on the Rogue, small, somber flies seem most effective. Barbless hooks are required. Six to seven-weight single-handed outfits and light switch or Spey outfits are suitable. Bring a floating line, and if you want to swing flies during the middle of the day, also bring sinking tips. While there are a few places to fish from the bank, to make the float, you will need a driftboat, raft, or pontoon boat. The float from Iron Gate to Klamathon has some minor rapids, but nothing too difficult. We will try to find places in boats for those who don’t have a boat. If you need a seat in a boat or you have a boat and can take a passenger or two, please let me know.

You will need a California fishing license and a steelhead tag. A day license is $17.54 and the steelhead tag is
$8.38. You can buy them at the Blackbird in Medford. You can also buy them on the California Department of
Fish and Wildlife website, but they will mail the steelhead tag to you, so if you buy it online, you will have to do so well ahead of time. There is no convenient place to buy the license and tag on the way to the outing.

We will meet at 7:00 AM on November 10 in the Rogue Valley Mall parking lot near the Crater Lake Avenue entrance and caravan from there. Since there is a possibility that weather or wildfires could alter our plans, if you intend to participate in the outing, please let me know at  That way I can inform you of any changes

David Haight


November 10
8:00 am - 5:00 pm