Klamath Lake

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Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 8-12 Marabou Damsel. Olive, yellow-olive, browns, greens

Lakes near submerged vegetation: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► The standard damselfly retrieve is to pull two inches of line in two seconds, pause two seconds, then repeat. Use an intermediate line; damselfly nymphs move in the top inch or so of water. That said, you can do pretty well just trolling a damsel nymph as you slowly and steadily kick around the lake in your float tube.

► Nymphs should become effective as the water warms up. Imitations work best near weedbeds.


Size 4-8 Carey Special, Lake Dragon. Browns, dark olive, grays

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


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

► It's hard to go too far wrong with a leech pattern or a Woolly Bugger on a clear intermediate line. A slow retrieve is usually best.


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


► As the water warms up, trout will migrate north, and the Pelican Bay area can be excellent. Warmer weather also drives trout to the mouths of the Wood and Williamson river. Look for fish in the northern portion in and near Pelican Bay, Agency Lake, and the narrow water between Agency and Klamath lakes. For better access and mobility, bring a boat or rent one from Rocky Point Resort.

► Work the reeds along the edges of Pelican Bay when the light is low during the early morning and dusk.
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