Accommodations: Historic ranch house, rustic two story cabin, 7 bedroom main house
Cost: $300 per day includes Rod Fee, Lodging & Meals
Dates: End of April to first part of November
Duration: 3 night min
Location: Chiloquin, Oregon
Not Included: Lisc, flies, gear
Phone Number: 800-410-1222 Ask for Gary or Mike
Species: Rainbow & Brook Trout
Technique: Fly Fishing Only
|Yamsi Ranch - Southern Oregon
At the headwaters of one of the Northwest's Premier Fly-Fishing Rivers, Klamath County's Williamson River, Yamsi Ranch is a place to come for trophy Rainbow and Brook Trout. Yamsi Ranch is 5000 acres of heaven on earth. Snuggled high in the mountains above Chiloquin in south central Oregon, 10 miles of headwaters of the world-famous Williamson River meander softly through its vast meadows. The haunting calls of a giant sand hill crane pair echoes across the meadows in the morning; coyotes sing you to sleep by your candlelight each night.
The Williamson River is fed by five springs on the property. Coming out of the sandy hillsides at 45 CFS, the river has the same flow all year and is not affected by spring runoff and late season high temperatures. The water is crystal clear and a consistent 42 degrees year round.
Trophy Trout up to 30” long live and thrive in these chilly waters. The fish are native rainbow trout, descendants of the ancients, and eastern brook trout planted in the 30’s, now as wild as the wild horses who occasionally roam across our range.
Hiding in the shadows of fallen trees and undercut river banks are a healthy balance of sizes and age classes of fish -from fingerlings up to 25”-30” whoppers. Once we even had too many--1500 fish every 1000 feet, 7000 fish a mile...that is until the cormorants came along to thin them out - nature’s checks and balances in action!
Our main hatches are the Black Drake in June, the Hexagenia in July, the Hoppers in September, and the October Caddis. Throughout the year there are prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis, and terrestrials. The river ecosystem lends itself to fine dry fly fishing and excellent nymph fishing.
We invite you to test your fly-fishing mettle against these wily, wary giants.
The Williamson is suitable for wade/walk fishing and for the beginner and intermediate level fly fisherman and yet challenging enough for even the most experienced. We have guiding available and professional instruction at all levels.
Hyde Lake is 15 miles from the main ranch house at Yamsi. It is a 300 acre lake, 50' deep at the dam and 15' at the other end. It is stocked with catch and release Rainbow, Kamloops, and Donaldson's Steelhead that average 15" to 28" long. It is open year around except when it is covered with ice.
This is a great place to fish when the Williamson gets too hot and the fish hide out. The fishing at Hyde Lake is still usually good.
This is the best place to be if you want to catch a lot of fish fairly easily!
Single and double rooms in our historic ranch house and our rustic two story cabin will accommodate groups of up to 8-10 guests.
The 7 bedroom main house, built in1928, is unique and elegantly comfortable if you like pine wood, leather and antiques, warm quilts, old books and nostalgia.
The cabin, off a nearby range, was lovingly restored about ten years ago. It sleeps 5 singles. Meals and riverside BBQ’s are casual and relaxed and arranged around prime fishing hours.
Wonderful home cooked meals included. We serve meals family style.
Non-fishing activities :
Non-fisherman finds plenty to do at Yamsi. Canoe Hyde Lake and walk the river. Read and relax on our front porch in exquisite silence while the hummingbirds feed just a few feet away over the Golden Glow. Play cards or, if you dare to live dangerously, challenge Gerda and the grandchildren to a game of dominoes.
We are a wildlife sanctuary. On bird watching and nature hikes down the valley you may see bald eagles, pelicans, herons, egrets, ducks, song birds, elk, cougars, coyotes all living peacefully in our balanced, healthy ecosystem.
Yamsi Ranch is a wonderful place for corporate retreats, entertaining important clients, and fishing club outings....plus weddings, family reunions and trail rides!
Five generations of our family have lived here since “Uncle Buck” first came to Yamsi Ranch in 1911. Before that it was a sacred place to the Klamath Indians. The house and the land have an ancient and mysterious feel....and reach out to grab and hold your heart... forever.
Email owner above to ask questions & request reservations or call 800-410-1222 ask for Gary or Mike