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Wood & Williamson Rivers

A rainbow trout on the Williamson River
Guided Fly Fishing Trips
$600 for 1-2 Anglers
  • Year-round
  • Walk/wade

The Klamath Basin offers a lot of great fly fishing opportunities. The Williamson River is the largest local river and should be thought of as the headwaters of the Klamath River. Large fish from Agency Lake enter the river each year seeking cooler water during the summer months. These lake-run fish behave much like steelhead and frequently top the 5 pound mark. The nearby Wood river is a narrow, meandering meadow stream that's just big enough for drift boats. Sinking lines techniques and summer hopper fishing are very popular here.

Dylan Woodrum is our go-to guide on the Wood and Williamson Rivers. He uses a 16 foot drift boat on both rivers. He also does jet boat trips on Agency Lake, fishing stillwater techniques in the springs.

Recent Klamath Basin Fishing Reports

Klamath Basin Fishing Image
May 23, 2024
Klamath Basin Report by Dylan Woodrum

Spring Greetings from the Klamath Basin!We’re thrilled to announce another successful water year in the Basin, promising excellent fishing conditions. Get ready for high water in June, perfect for breaking out the nymphs and indicators. The Williamson River opened yesterday, and the Wood River has been open for a few weeks. The season is off to a fantastic start here in the Klamath Basin. Personally, I love fishing in June; it's an ideal time to target the large Redbands staging in the lake at the mouths of the rivers and to fish Golden Stone dry flies on the Williamson.July: The Action Heats UpJuly is when things really start rolling in the Basin. The first batch of Redband trout will begin moving into all systems to escape the warm lake temperatures. July also marks the beginning of Hex season in the Basin. Swinging leeches on intermediate lines, hopper dropper setups, and nymphing are all highly effective this time of year. From stillwaters to spring creeks, everything seems to fish well in July.August: Trophy Fish TimeAugust is prime time for trophy fish! The dog days of summer are a fly fisherman’s dream in the Basin. The hotter the temperatures, the better the fishing. Break out the hoppers and be prepared to swing small damsels and leeches on light tippets for some BIG trout! If you’re a big fish enthusiast, August is the perfect time to book a trip. Though challenging, the rewards can be phenomenal!I’m anticipating another fantastic summer in the Basin chasing monster fish and would love to share this incredible experience with you!Tight lines,

Klamath Basin Fishing Image
June 12, 2023
Klamath Basin Report by Dylan Woodrum

The Klamath Basin is heating up! Every year the Klamath Basin surprises with the sheer amount and size of these fish! The Upper Klamath Lake has been outstanding this spring. Those fish will be making their way up the Williamson and Wood Rivers soon. On Sunday we landed several nice fish with copepods attached to them, indicating that they are fresh from the lake. These fish are just the spearhead of the fish to come. I am expecting some great fishing in July and August this year. 

Klamath Basin Fishing Image
January 13, 2023
Klamath Basin Report by Dylan Woodrum

Happy New Year from the Klamath Basin. Taking advantage of blown out rivers to write a prospectus for the Klamath Basin this summer. More than anything we are looking forward to warm summer days, bugs hatching and giant Redband swirling in the distance.Like all of Northern California and Southern Oregon we are having a great water year so far. Keep it coming- We all need it. Looking into my crystal ball, I think we can expect some high water in June on the Williamson. This is great news! Time to get out the nymphs and indicators, because the fish should be eating in the Riffles. Some of my best memories on the Williamson River have come in June with high water. I can't wait for June!!!!Yellow sallies and golden stones will be out in force all of June. We usually see our first sign of the Hex hatch by the end of the month.By July and August all of the large lake fish will have migrated into the river. Time to switch things up! We will be swinging leech and damsel patterns through the slow deep holes. It is also the time to break out the Hoppers and balanced leeches. All in all, it should be another fantastic summer in the Klamath Basin. Can't wait to get back out in the water!

Klamath Basin Photo Gallery

Guide Dylan Woodrum and guest with a Williamson River rainbow
Guide Dylan Woodrum on a day off with his son on the Williamson River
A large Williamson River rainbow.
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