The extreme heat motivated me to move to shallow shady stretches along the banks and fish with dry waking flies and terrestrial patterns rather than some of the classic swung wet flies. We were wet wading, since a set of waders might have been lethal to the fishermen in the heat! I think we actually enjoyed the switch to dry patterns and the take of smaller fish more than the hunt for the intended steelhead. We did actually get one of the half pounders on a small “bomber” that we were skating across a shaded riffle. FUN!!!
My thoughts on the past three days are that I wouldn’t expect to see dramatically improved fishing until we get some cooler weather, and that some of the smaller resident trout can be great fun with light gear and various dry fly patterns. I usually don’t talk too much about mid-klamath dry fly fishing, since my usual game here is to target steelhead in cooler weather conditions with a swung wet fly. Well, live and learn! Here are some pictures from the past days, I hope you enjoy them. Doug