Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Klamath River - Orleans - 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 Mid Day 18-24 Zebra Midge
February Midges, Blue Winged Olives Mid Day 18-24 Zebra Midge, Pheasant Tail Nymph
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 14-18 Pheasant Tail Nymph, BWO dry fly
April Blue Winged Olives, Stoneflies Afternoon 6-12 BWO dry fly, Stonefly Nymph
May Stoneflies, Caddis Late Afternoon 6-12 Stonefly Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis
June Caddis, Pale Morning Duns Afternoon to Evening 12-18 Elk Hair Caddis, PMD dry fly
July Pale Morning Duns, Caddis All Day 12-18 PMD dry fly, Elk Hair Caddis
August Pale Morning Duns, Hoppers All Day 6-12 PMD dry fly, Hopper Pattern
September Hoppers, Blue Winged Olives All Day 14-20 Hopper Pattern, BWO dry fly
October Blue Winged Olives, Midges Mid Day 18-24 BWO dry fly, Zebra Midge
November Midges, Blue Winged Olives Mid Day 18-24 Zebra Midge, BWO dry fly
December Midges Mid Day 18-24 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 – Orleans offers a plethora of excellent spots for fly fishing. Here are some of the best:

  • Bluff Creek: This tributary of the Klamath is known for its ample population of wild trout. The fishermen also catch steelhead and salmon in season.
  • Ishi Pishi Falls: This area is a favourite among fly fishermen. The river’s bottleneck offers perfect conditions to catch the migrating Salmon and Steelhead.
  • Seiad Valley: This stretch of the river is rich in Salmon and Steelhead. It also offers great spots for fly fishing surrounded by beautiful scenery.
  • Happy Camp: Located between Seiad Valley and Scott river, this area is known for its easily accessible river banks and abundance of fish.
  • Scott river: A tributary of the Klamath River, where fly fishermen can be rewarded with a variety of sought-after fish species including steelhead and trout.

Make sure to follow local regulations and only catch fish in-season to safeguard the river’s ecosystem.

Best Access Points

The Klamath River – Orleans offers remarkable opportunities for fly fishing. Here are the best access points:

  • Orleans Bridge: Easily accessible, its lower portion is a hot spot for steelhead and half-pounders.
  • Bluff Creek: Though requires a slight hike, it’s encompassed by a beautiful forest and is an ideal location to catch large steelhead.
  • Somes Bar: At the junction of the Salmon and the Klamath, steelhead flock here during fall.
  • Wilson Creek: A favourite spot among local anglers, teems with summer steelhead.

Each point offers something distinct, yet all are extremely productive and renowned among experienced fly fishers.

For best results, examine river conditions, hatch timing and weather before heading out.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead Trout: These fish are popular among anglers for their rigorous fight and impressive sizes on the Klamath River, with the season typically peaking in the fall and winter
  • Chinook Salmon: Known for their long, tough fight, these are typically found in the Klamath River during the fall months
  • Coho Salmon: Though less common than others, they can still found in the waters, particularly during the fall
  • Rainbow Trout: A common year-round resident of the Klamath River, these fish can range anywhere from small sizes to around a pound
  • Golden Trout: These brightly colored fish are a rarer catch, as they tend to live in high-altitude, clear-water streams
  • Great Basin Redband Trout: Native to the region and found in the Upper Klamath River, these fish are known for their distinctive band of color
  • Brown Trout: Though not natives, these fish have been introduced to the area and can now be found in parts of the Klamath River
  • California Roach: While not as popular or as large as some other species, these fish can still be found in the Klamath River and offer a unique angling experience

About The River

The Klamath River is a captivating feature stretching through southern Oregon and northern California. Its tale dates back to prehistoric times, shaped by glaciers, volcanoes, and the activities of original settler tribes including Karuk, Yurok, Shasta, and Modoc. Its most enchanting section may just be where it runs through the charming town of Orleans.

Significant points of interest include:

  • The Klamath River Overlook, offering a panoramic view of the river’s merger with the Pacific Ocean.
  • Ishi Pishi Falls, a striking waterfall witnessing the heart-stirring ‘Salmon Jump’.
  • Siskiyou Wilderness, a natural wonder with a variety of recreational activities.

Through millennia, the Klamath River has been a vital waterway for settlers, Gold Rush pioneers, and today, outdoor explorers. Whether chasing whitewater thrills, fishing adventures, or simply tranquil riverside moments, it’s a flow of pure fascination!


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