Williamson River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Sprague
nr Chiloquin
9 pm 2.06/477 7 30 year
Williamson
Sprague River
10 pm 3.85/817 67.1/1.4 7 30 year
forecast

 

What to Expect in June

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Pale morning dun
Pale evening dun
Gray drake
Caddis
Midge
Leech

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

The usual size 10-12 Woolly Buggers and leech patterns should take trout, as well as a small olive stonefly imitation. Expect evening caddis hatches. Choose patterns such as an X Caddis for slow water or an Elk Hair Caddis for faster water. These hatches are of interest to resident (smaller) trout; for the big migratory trout, you need to go subsurface.

At the beginning of June, look for a hatch of gray drakes (aka black drakes) on the upper river above Klamath Marsh. Access is tricky due to private property.

If the weather is hot, we could see Hexagenia hatches in the slower water below Chiloquin near the end of June, but this hatch doesn't usually start until early July.

Not many fish move out of Klamath Lake and into the Williamson until early July, but if we have an extended hot spell, they might start upriver in late June. The Williamson's resident trout will top 20 inches, however, and that should be enough to get the interest of most anglers.

If you're unfamiliar with the Williamson and want to catch its big rainbows, hire a guide. This is the most difficult river in Oregon to fly fish well. Fish often hang out around structure, and you can't spot that structure from the surface clues, like you can in most rivers. A guide can save you a lot of frustration and get you access through private property.

For more information on June fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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