YAMSI RANCH - WILLIAMSON RIVER, OREGON

 

YAMSI RANCH - WILLIAMSON RIVER, OREGON

The upper Williamson River in southwestern Oregon is certainly one of the finest "spring creek" fisheries in the entire country and arguably the world. With prolific hatches and an incredible population of resident rainbow and brook trout, the Williamson River is one of the few places where a 30' trout on a small dry fly is a reality. The Yamsi Ranch is located on the headwaters of the Williamson River in southwestern Oregon and has twelve miles of the river with five out of the six major springs feeding the upper river on ranch property. Imagine having "The Ranch" on the Henry's Fork all to yourself - that is the Yamsi Ranch on the upper Williamson. The ranch also has 300 acre foot Hyde Lake on property, also loaded with rainbows and brook trout. The ranch is a great facility for families, couples, and groups with something to do for everybody.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, however the ranch does have a three night minimum stay.

Accommodations and Lodging

Yamsi Ranch HouseThe 7 bedroom main house, built in 1928, is unique, rustic, and elegantly comfortable. It is absolutely filled with leather, antiques, warm quilts, and old books giving it a warm down home feel. The house is quite large with three bedrooms and one bathroom upstairs and four bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs. Guests will choose from single or double occupancy bedrooms and share bathrooms European style.

Across the front yard from the main house is the Yamsi Ranch guest cabin. This building was restored from a Forest Service cabin in the mid 90's and maintains the same homey rustic feel as the Main House. The cabin is well appointed with a queen bed downstairs and a bunkhouse-style loft that sleeps four. A perfect spot for families!

Yamsi Ranch is a wonderful place for corporate retreats and group outings. The ranch will also be happy to host large group functions like weddings and family reunions. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Food and Beverages

The main house is where a country style breakfast is served in the sun room. Lunches are packed and taken with you to enjoy at your leisure on the river or the lake. In the evening after fishing, a delicious ranch-style dinner is served in the dining room, where you can tell tall fish tales about your day!

Fishing Information

Typical Williamson River RainbowThe Williamson River - The Yamsi Ranch has eight miles of the most pristine and private waters on the upper stretch of the Williamson River. The Williamson is fed by six major springs, five of which are located on ranch property. The springs produce a constant 45 cubic feet per second, year round. The springs stay a consistent 42 degrees and are not affected by snow melt or summer heat and provide a constant cool temperature promoting incredible insect life and fast growing trout! The deep pools and undercut banks created by this slow meandering stream, along with fallen trees, rocks and weeds offer incredible habitat for monster rainbow and brook trout.

The upper Williamson is very suited to walk/wade fishing. The river is great for all skill levels from the beginner to the advanced fly angler. The Yamsi Ranch has a great staff of professional guides that can provide instruction at all skill levels.

The most notorious hatches on the upper Williamson are black (gray) drakes in June and the mightiest of all mayflies - the giant Hexaginia during the month of July. The hoppers start producing in August, and the Mahogany Dun hatch kicks off in September and October caddis and blue wing olives close out the season. The river lends itself to great dry fly fishing and excellent nymph fishing with good action on streamers.

This is a great option for and caters to non-guided anglers. A guide can certainly be arranged to fish with you the entire time, however, more experienced anglers may choose to have a guide for on or two days to show you around the ranch property and then fish on your own for the rest. Packages can be completely customized to fit your needs and requests. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Hyde Lake - Hyde Lake, Located 15 miles from the main house, is a 300 acre lake and home to hard fighting, line stripping, knuckle busting Rainbow Trout reaching lengths upwards of 33”. The ranch does stock the lake every spring with 7”-10” trout and the abundance of leaches, damsels, may flies, and other aquatic life help them to almost double their size in the first year. The south end of the lake reaches depths of 50 feet when full and shallows up to about 5-10 feet on the north end. Hyde Lake is a great place for people who are looking for a day trip with the kids or just looking to relax in a canoe watching ducks and geese. Guests staying at the ranch have access to both the lake and river.

Boats and Equipment

Some equipment is available for rent at the ranch and flies, leaders and terminal tackle are also for sale. Yellow Dog recommends bringing your own equipment and some flies to ensure that you will have everything that you will need during your stay.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

The Beautiful Yamsi RanchFor the non angler you can walk the banks of the beautiful spring fed Williamson River, canoe the lake, relax on the porch with a good book, watch hundreds of birds fly through the valley, enjoy a trip to nearby Crater Lake, or visit Klamath Marsh Wildlife Refuge.

The ranch is managed by family members who care deeply for the land and the livestock and is a true 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 the balanced and healthy ecosystem.

How To Get There

The Yamsi Ranch is located in south central Oregon near the town of Chiloquin. Yellow Dog recommends taking a commercial flight into the Kingsley Field Airport (LMT) in Kalamath Falls, renting a car an then driving the 60 miles to the Yamsi Ranch. Medford, OR is 90 miles from the ranch, Portland is around five hours, and the Bay area is approximately seven hours.

Driving Directions from Chiloquin, Oregon:
In Chiloquin, turn left at Shell station onto Sprague River Road, then go 5 miles and turn left on Williamson Road. Go 24 miles to milepost 24, and then take a left into the Yamsi Ranch.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Trips can be booked for any length of stay, and anglers can arrive after and depart before 12 p.m. on any day of the week.

2013 Package Rates / Costs

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Packages can be completely customized to include however many guided and non-guided days on the river. The Yamsi Ranch does have a three night minimum stay. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
3 Nights Lodging with Meals $900
4 Nights Lodging with Meals $1,200
5 Nights Lodging with Meals $1,500
6 Nights Lodging with Meals $2,200
7 Nights Lodging with Meals $2,500

Fully Guided Fishing (up to 4 anglers per guide) -------------------------------------------------------- $225 per day

  • Groups of 8 or more are guaranteed to have the whole place to themselves

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All accommodations and all meals
  • Ranch orientation on first night
  • All non-alcoholic beverages
  • Use of on site boats
  • Use of wireless internet at the lodge

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to the Yamsi Ranch
  • Oregon fishing license
  • Guided Fishing is an additional $225 per person, per day
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Flies, rental gear, and terminal tackle

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

The world wants accountability from the caretakers of such a wonderful place as Yamsi. Many conservation awards have been given to the Hyde family for restoring the river banks and replanting many thousands of pine trees and willows on the land. Cattle graze contentedly nearby, and play a critical role as a tool for keeping the environment healthy. The Yamsi Ranch philosophy is to strive for a world-class fishery in harmony with the environment, the people and the animals. Yamsi is also home to an assortment of wildlife and flora and is managed holistically. Timber, grasses and cattle are managed with the whole in mind. Habitat for fish and wildlife are an important consideration for management. Wormers for cattle and chemicals of any sort are kept to a minimum if used at all on the ranch and its environment.

Established in 1911 the 5000+ acre ranch is home to a herd of 450 mother cows, their offspring which arrive in March, and quality ranch horses that foal in May. The ranch cattle are marketed through a cooperative known as “Country Natural Beef” in various natural food markets. The horses are raised and sold private treaty from the ranch.

The ranch also hosts traditional ranch roping clinics and other horse related events. The late season sportsman can experience some cast and blast opportunities with the brilliant colors of spawning brook trout in the morning and waterfowl hunting on the same water in the evening.

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