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Klamath River - Below Iron Gate Dam - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges All day #18-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Midges All day #18-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #14-18 Parachute Adams, Pheasant Tail
April Caddis, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Pheasant Tail
May Caddis, Stoneflies Afternoon, Evening #8-12 Elk Hair Caddis, Golden Stone, Stimulator
June Stoneflies, Mayflies Morning, Evening #6-10 Golden Stone, Parachute Adams, Stimulator
July Terrestrials, Caddis Afternoon, Evening #10-14 Hopper Patterns, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator
August Terrestrials, Caddis Afternoon, Evening #10-14 Hopper Patterns, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator
September Terrestrials, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #10-16 Parachute Adams, Hopper Patterns, Pheasant Tail
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #14-18 Parachute Adams, Pheasant Tail
November Midges All day #18-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Midges All day #18-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam has several premium spots for fly fishing that anglers across the globe frequent, including:

  • Mossbrae Falls: Considered one of the most scenic views along the river, this spot is overloaded with rainbow and brown trout.
  • The confluence of Shasta and Klamath: This area is well populated with steelhead, especially during the fall.
  • Horse Creek: Known for its incredible water clarity and is a haven for fly fishers seeking Chinook salmon.
  • Blue Heron RV Park: Though it’s a popular camping area, it also offers direct access to the river, with an array of diverse fish species.
  • Seiad Valley: A slightly more secluded option, having some of the River’s biggest salmon and steelheads.

Remember each fishing site has unique challenges and rewards, good luck!

Best Access Points

The Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam offers several access points for fly fishing, each notable for its unique advantages. Here are the recommendable spots:

  • Copco Road: This spot gives you access to the river right below the dam. Parking is available.
  • Ager-Beswick Road: Starting at the Hornbrook exit off I-5, this route will take you directly to the river.
  • Klamathon Bridge: Provides a scenic fishing location and is easily accessible.
  • Greenhorn Park: While not directly on the river, it provides trail access to pristine fishing areas.

Paying close attention to fish run timing is crucial for a successful trip. Keep in mind – state regulations mandate catch and release for all wild steelhead throughout the Klamath basin.

Local Fish

The list of top 8 local fish targeted for fly fishing on the Klamath River – Below Iron Gate Dam include:

  • Chinook Salmon, also known as King Salmon, one of the most sought-after species.
  • Steelhead Trout, another popular species among anglers throughout the year.
  • Coho Salmon, known for their incredible leaps and fights.
  • Brown Trout, these can grow quite large and are thrilling to catch on a fly rod.
  • Rainbow Trout, these are often targeted during spring and summer months.
  • California Golden Trout, although rare, catching one is considered a prize.
  • Brook Trout, they don’t grow as large but are quite common.
  • Mountain Whitefish, usually overlooked, however, they are abundant and fun to catch.

About The River

The Klamath River below the Iron Gate Dam holds a rich tapestry of natural history. This river, stretching over 250 miles, is a significant tributary of the Pacific Ocean. Prior to the construction of the dam in 1962, it supported magnificent runs of salmon and steelhead.

  • The river’s biodiversity and productivity were deeply respected and used sustainably by the Native American tribes living along its banks.
  • The dam construction hugely impacted the natural spawning habitats, notably affecting the river’s native fish species. The river also endured pollution issues due to mining along its banks.
  • Though laden with environmental issues, the river still presents an unmatched scenic beauty and supports a vibrant ecosystem.

In recent years, there’s been a renewed movement advocating for dam removal and the restoration of the river to its natural self. Let’s hope for the eventual revival of the mighty Klamath River’s original glory!

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