June 1, 2012
Fishing Crystal Creek & Williamson River

            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

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