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Spawning Red band rainbows. May they have many healthy babies!
 


Fly Fishing Report by Local Guide Randy Rigdon
Williamson River | Wood River | Klamath & Agency Lakes
May 20, 2014

~See equipment and gear suggestion at the bottom of this page!

Williamson River Fly Fishing Report: (Kirk road to Klamath Lake) Currently closed to fishing. Opens May 24, 2014. See current regulations for limits as they have recently changed. Barbless hooks are encouraged. Catch and release is always encouraged by most local guides regardless of the current regulations. The Williamson is broken into several regulated areas with different restrictions. Know where you are, and what regulations apply. Regulations state that once the limit is taken, the angler is no longer allowed to fish. Catch, and release is also highly encouraged by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Klamath County Guides Association. Release your limit, and catch more fish!


Williamson River: Currently closed to angling, but I bet that it would be good if it were open!

River Flows for the Williamson River
USGS Real-time Water Data Williamson River

 

Wood River, Oregon Fly-Fishing Report:  See current regulations for limits as they have recently changed. Barbless hooks are encouraged. Catch and release is always encouraged by most local guides regardless of the current regulations.

Wood River: Water is lower and more clear than I have ever seen this time of the year. I spent some time fishing it last week and while the water was in perfect condition, the hatches were not active nor were the fish. Look for better action later in the season as the hatches get started.

 

Agency & Upper Klamath Lakes, Oregon Fly Fishing Report:
Currently Open all year. Barbless hooks encouraged. Regulations state that once the limit is taken, the angler is no longer allowed to fish. Catch and release is highly encouraged by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Klamath County Guides Association. Release your limit, and catch more fish!

Agency lake is already ~65*. I have never seen lake temperatures near this level at this time of the year in the last 25 years. This should give the fish an early push into the rivers and should be a big surprise to the fish still heading back to the lake after spawning. This should make for great fishing near the river mouths where the water is cooler.

Water levels for the Upper Klamath  Lake
USGS Real-time water data Upper Klamath Lake
    

Another Williamson River Trout!
Williamson river wild redband trout on a fly
 


Fly Fishing Equipment Suggestions:

Fly Rods
4wt to 6wt with a length of 9' to 10'. The heavier the weight rod, the longer the rod should be. This will help the fly rods protect the light tippet required for the rivers in the later months of the season. I always set up at least 2 rods. One with a floating line, and one with a intermediate sinking line. This will prepare you for most situations.

Fly Reels
Trout reels require enough smooth drag to keep the spool from overrunning itself on a big run, and the reel should have enough capacity for the line weight being used, and at least 75+ yards of backing.

Fly Lines
Williamson River:
A floating line, and a Clear Intermediate Sinking line are a must. Most of the largest fish caught are taken on the Intermediate sinking lines. I prefer the Cortland 444 camo intermediate line with a 3' foot butt section of .021"-.019" fluorocarbon including a long fluorocarbon leader of 4-6x. Braided loops are not desirable, and will most likely have a quick visit with my clippers. P.S. Tie good knots!
Wood River: A floating Line, and a Type 4 S/T, T200 or #4 level sinking line. 200 grain sink tips, or shooting heads also work well. Floating lines are needed for the dry fly hatches, and the sinking lines are required to fish subsurface with nymphs, and streamers.

Leaders
Floating lines use Monofilament leaders-12'/5x or 6x. Except for hex fishing-9'/4x.

Intermediate lines use Fluorocarbon leaders-12'/4x-5x if you can find them. Add 3'-4' of fluorocarbon butt section if you can't.

Type 4 sinking lines or shooting heads use Fluorocarbon leaders-9'/3x.

Please note that fluorocarbon doesn't decay like monofilament does. Please, please, please take your tippet home, and don't litter the river. It would be there forever!

Flies
There are too many to even begin to list, but here are a few of the basics that account for many of the largest fish to hit my net. Wooly buggers, seal buggers and leeches in black, olive and dark brown, #12-#14 Quigley hackle stacker, and #14 caddis emergers. When in doubt tie on a Bob Quigley fly!


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