Klamath Lake

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Importance by half-month
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Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► The lake is rich in blood midges, so red midge pupa patterns can be productive at dusk.


Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► Leeches are a good option.


Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

► The lake's trout didn't get big just on midges. Baitfish patterns are always a good choice.


► You'll have to keep moving on this lake. Trout suddenly turn on and off, and they move around. If you're not catching fish in one area, move to another. Keep moving until you find willing fish. Of course, with 100 square miles of water, trout have plenty of places to go. But poor summer water quality limits their choices. Look for them in: Pelican Bay, the spring creeks that feed this bay, and the mouth of the Williamson River.

► Sometimes small size 18-20 Soft Hackles and other small nymphs will work for anglers who ply them during the daylight hours while using a slow retrieve and a clear intermediate line.
Klamath Falls

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