Klamath River

The Klamath River is a high-desert fishery located in the most northerly portion of CA.  We guide on the stretch from Iron Gate Dam down river to the I-5 Bridge.  The Klamath is a great place for anyone looking for a first time steelhead experience or just a fun day of fishing.   We offer full-day guided drift boat trips tailored for 1-2 people near Hornbrook, CA.  The day begins at 8 am and ends at 5 pm., complete with all necessary gear and lunch provided. Our friendly and experienced Klamath River fly fishing guides share a collective experience of more than 80 years.   angler with a bent echo fly rod fighting a klamath river steelhead in Hornbrook california during a guided drift trip with MoJoBella Fly Fishing®The Klamath is the most important North American river south of the Columbia River for anadromous fish migration.  The fall/winter steelhead season runs from October through February.  Winter on the Klamath is when we typically see the larger fish of the year.

30 year guide Joe Vasquez on the Klamath River with happy guests from MoJoBella Fly Fishing®

lifelong fly fishing friends enjoy a special moment landing a klamath river steelheadthe klamath river cradles the MoJoBella Fly Fishing® drift boat with boundless optimism at the start of the fishing day

  • Instruction and Guidance
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet, split shot, indicators and any other expendable amenities need for the day.
  • Lunch for 2 anglers, water / gatorade, snacks
  • Not included in your guided fishing package: fishing license (regular license and steelhead report card), waders, boots, and items of a personal nature (warm clothing, rain gear, sunscreen, gloves etc.).
  • Shuttle: typically anglers provide a shuttle to the take-out in the morning of the trip.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: This includes un-distilled fermented beverages such as beer, wine, and cider.
  • Gratuities: if you are inclined to tip your guide, 20% is customary.

happy Klamath River angler smiles with a beautiful winter run steelhead


The “Winter-run” fish arrive after significant rains around the New Year and stick around until February.  When temperatures decrease, using drifting nymphs and egg patterns tends to be effective.  During winter, harsh weather keeps most anglers away, providing a chance for solitude while pursuing Steelhead on the Klamath.  By the end of 2024, the Klamath will be undammed and home to the world’s largest dam removal project.

happy angler hoisting a Klamath River Steelhead with the high desert landscape of Hornbrook California in the backgroundfemale ocean run Klamath River Steelhead brings a smile to this anglers face during a drift trip with MoJoBella Fly Fishing®

smiling angler with a quality klamath river steelhead during a MoJoBella Fly Fishing® Winter drift boat trip


For approximately 2 weeks of the year, there is also a late spring season for rainbows keying on hatches of Golden Stoneflies and giant Salmon-flies.  If you get a chance to experience this time of year on the Klamath it will change your entire perspective on casting dry flies.  We’re talking 2-3″ salmon flies to 10lbs. steelhead at times.

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