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Fly Fishing Middle Fork Feather River
The Middle Fork Feather River is almost 100 miles long. It
drains one of the most rugged parts of the northern
Sierra Nevada Range. It's formed in a large basin that's
surrounded by mountains called the Sierra Valley
Channels by the confluence of several small streams, the
largest of which is Little Last Chance Creek.
Further downstream, the river leaves the Sierra Valley to
enter a gorge downstream in the Plumas National Forest.
It picks up the water from more tributary streams in this
area including Nelson Creek, Onion Valley Creek, Bear
Creek, Willow Creek and the North Fork Middle Feather
The Middle Fork Feather River continues through another
canyon to join the South Branch Middle Fork Feather
River. Below there, the river flows into Lake Oroville.
Below the tailwater of Oroville Dam, the river eventually
flows into the Sacramento River.
From the Sloat upstream, the Middle Fork Feather River
is accessible from highway #89. It's stocked in this area
and easy to fish but the best fishing takes place below
Sloat. Fly fishing Middle Fork Feather River requires
some effort in this area, but it's worth it. The river flows
into a canyon that's difficult to access but has plenty of
wild, rainbow trout and some nice brown trout. It can be
accessed at La Porte Road at one point but other than
that, you can count on making some long hikes to reach
the best water. The river in this area consist of large
pools connected by long runs and riffles of fast water.
The river has a few nice hatches of stoneflies, mayflies
and caddisflies. Terrestrials also work during the Summer.
The season is follows the general California Trout Fishing
The spring part of the season is usually very short
because of runoff. Fly fishing Middle Fork Feather River
is usually tough on most Spring days.
Summertime is the best time to fish the river starting as
soon as runoff ends which is usually in late June. In late
Summer, the river is best fished early and late.
Early Fall can also be good.
Middle Fork Feather River - Gear, Tackle and Trout
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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