Klamath River, "Steelhead Capital of the World"
The scenic Klamath River flows through a wide variety of terrain covering 180 miles from Iron Gate Dam near Hornbrook California to the ocean.
More steelhead is caught on the Klamath than on any other river on the West Coast due to its stable year round fishing conditions. An average sized Klamath steelhead is 3 1/2 to 5 pounds. There are a variety of methods I use to catch this steelhead, from fly-fishing in the fall to drifting bait in the winter. The gear used here is very light for that great fight all fishermen look for. The steelhead on this river run from late September through January.
For trout fishermen, the Klamath is a great place that is virtually unknown. In the spring the rainbows are plentiful, with 50 to 100 fish days not uncommon. The fly-fishing is great in May and June and gets even better when the salmon fly hatch is on. The trout average about 12 inches, with many over 3 pounds and I have landed them as big as 8 pounds.
The salmon is a very popular and hard fighting fish. The season is short, lasting only one month on the Upper Klamath. The average size of this powerful fish is in the 15-pound range.