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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question THE Williamson OR -does Spey make Sense?

I fish the Williamson River north of Klamath Falls once or twice a summer. (It is 2 hrs from THE FR in CA) and I am always stunned by the strength and size of the Williamson River Redbands. The river boasts a hex hatch that rivals my own home water. The Redbands are huge 20 - 30 inch redband trout believed to be remnants of a population of steelhead cut off from the lower reaches of the Klamath 10,000 years ago when the Klamath Falls and Klamath Lake were created by some seismic/geologic event. I have never seen a spey rodder on it. Anyone ever tried a spey rod on the Williamson?

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I've only fished it once and it wasn't very wide. I would think a spey rod would be overkill.
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Whatever your preference...

Having fished the lower Williamson quite successfully with a 9' 5 wt single hand rod since 1995, I would question the applicability/necessity of a "spey" rod...

Not a wide river, even as it enters Lower Klamath Lake, it is fairly easy to roll cast due to the lack of overhanging brush/trees and usually permits a regular cast to be performed with a single hand rod.

If medical conditions or other complicating factors enter the fishing of this river, I should think a 3 wt spey or 5 wt switch rod might be advantageous...

And then again, you might just want to be the first!
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I fished the Williamson a year ago in June and many of the fish were infested with lice. Do you know the current status of that condition ? When the fish are healthy, what months are best to fish the Williamson.
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I should have mentioned that I am talking about the Williamson from Chiloquin to the water wheel, the river you can fish from a boat. I first floated and fished the Williamson several years ago with a five weight, thinking it was a normal trout stream. After losing several huge fish in the pillars, I have taken to using 6's and 7's so I have a chance to turn the 5-6 lb fish before they wrap my line around these rock columns. (I tell people it's like fishing in a sunken Acropolis) A lot of the fishing is nymphing, especially up in the Blue Hole but the river gets bigger from there on down and there are places where you can get out of the boat and where swinging a fly is a great method to hook the bigger fish. I guess it's also question of does a trout spey make sense in general. If you are looking for an excuse to fish one, then you fish it even if a single handed rod will suffice.

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I could see using an 11' rod. Some of the currents are tricky and getting more line off the water could help. Also, wind can be a pain. I think I would bring my 11' 5/6 rod next time I go. I also know a lot of guys swing small caddis flies so that would be cool on a little spey rod.
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