June 2012
Fishing Crane Prairie
June 22, 2012
Fished Crane Prairie on Thursday, personal opinion, "it's turning on".  Saw many shucks, emerging chironomids and what seemed liked the beginning of a algae bloom' (could be pollen), the water clarity was only about 3 feet, all good signs.  Landed 6 Cranebow to 19 inches, broad, deep, healthy fish and 6 Brook to 16 inches.  Fished chironomid's at about 10 feet.  Come in to see us, for the rest of the story.

Bob C.

Fishing Grindstone Lakes
June 19, 2012

I just got back from a couple days of amazing fishing at Grindstone Lakes.  Russ & Tonimarie Scott took over the operation of this exceptional pay for play fishery this season and were kind enough to invite me to experience the lodge and fishing under their new management.

We had great warm weather with mostly clear skies and lots of sunshine. The only thing that kept it a little on the cool side was a persistent wind, which would start in the morning and increase throughout the day.

I went with the expectation of catching some nice fish and enjoying some good food and beautiful scenery, but my expectations were exceeded.

The fishing was great, with every lake we fished producing lots of action on larger than average healthy Rainbow trout. Not a lot of dry fly fishing because of the constant wind, but we had constant action on small buggers, Callibaetis nymphs and Damsel nymph patterns fished on a intermediate sink line.

The average size of the fish I caught was impressive with a range that ran from 14 inches to close to 30 inches and the average fish running a healthy 22 inches. We fished four of the five lakes on property and they all produced the size and quantity of fish that kept a smile on my face the whole time I was there. In fact, I was smiling all the way home with the thoughts of all the quality fish I caught. Heck, I’m still smiling as I write this report.

            Tonimarie did a great job running the lodge and providing excellent table fare for our enjoyment. She started with a hearty breakfast to start the day, a mid-day lunch prepared on the water and a great restaurant quality dinner served at 5:00 before the evening fish.

            If you have the opportunity to fish Grindstone Lakes, I highly recommend you do! It’s an experience everyone who loves to fish for trout should do at least once.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

Fishing Crystal Creek & Williamson River
June 1, 2012

            Just got back from a great weekend fishing the waters of the Klamath Falls area. It was my Birthday weekend and we decided to spend it chasing big wild Rainbows in Southern Oregon.

            We lucked-out and the weather stayed nice and dry all weekend for us until we were all packed up and ready to go, and then as if on cue, the rain started to fall as we got in the truck for the drive home. We had a little wind to deal with when it would pick in the afternoon, but with mostly sunny skies, the daytime temperatures were warm and comfortable.

            The first day we fished Crystal Creek and had a very productive day on the water. You don’t get many perfect days on Crystal Creek, but the fish were in and very aggressive in chasing down our flies. We landed a bunch of really nice Rainbows casting & stripping dark Mini-Leech patterns on intermediate sink lines.

            The most memorable fish was one I lost. We were working down the river on my Birthday and Thu was rowing for me as I made repeated casts to the bank covering the structure along the edge. We were approaching some lily pads that were growing on the edge of the creek and my next cast landed right next to the bank and at least 15 feet from the lily pads. The fly landed and I made one strip and a very large wake appeared as a torpedo shot out from under the lily pads and raced to my fly. I kept stripping and this monster of a trout slashed three time at my fly like a shark attack before I felt the weight of the fish bending my new 5wt SAGE ONE to the cork. This fish went crazy with flips and gyrations until he snapped my leader and took my fly with him. I was a little bummed that I had lost the biggest fish of the trip, but it was by far one of the best visual takes I’ve ever had!

The river is called Crystal Creek for a reason, the water is crystal clear and requires long accurate casts to spooky fish if you want to have any success.

            Unfortunately, the next two days on Crystal Creek were a lot more challenging and took a lot more effort to find a few fish that were willing to take our flies.

            On Saturday we fished the Williamson River with Craig Schuhmann, a friend and guide in the area. We had a great afternoon on the water and landed a number of Williamson River Rainbows. I must say that I did a pretty good job catching most of the smaller fish and clearing the way for Craig and Thu to cleaned-up in the big fish category. It’s pretty awesome when your fishing a river where a 20+ inch fish is considered average size and called “a shaker” by some of the locals.

            It was a great weekend, and I’m looking forward to getting back down there to maybe hit the upcoming Hex hatch on the Williamson or the Hopper fishing on the Wood in late summer.


            Craig Schuhmann owns and operates “Guide Water Fly Fishing” in the Klamath area. If you want to fish the Williamson River, Wood River, Crystal Creek, Klamath Lake or any other waters in the area, give Craig a call. He does a great job, knows the water and will put you on fish.  (541) 778-1194


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers