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Northern California Fly Fishing

One of the best things about California is the nice weather. For people who love to fly fish, Northern California is a paradise on the West Coast. Many streams in Northern California stay open year-round offering great options for fishing trips. There are some great options for the avid fly fisher when in Northern California. The lower part of the Sacramento River is a prime place to catch California’s largest rainbow trout. The river provides amazing year-round fishing opportunities.

You can catch some amazing fish in both winter and spring, but spring brings a huge caddis fly hatch that brings the fish out in droves. You can also find some great salmon catches on the river – especially in the fall and winter. Feather River is a great place to catch steelheads. Fishing on this river is exciting, productive, and challenging all at the same time. The best fishing is in the fall where adult steelheads weighing over four pounds can be found quite easily.

In the spring, you will also find some great opportunities to fly fish for some record catches. If you’re looking for a challenging fly fishing experience in Northern California, you may want to look at the East Fork of the Carson River. This stream provides trout anglers with many different experiences - access being one. The narrow, fast-flowing upper reaches, above Wolf Creek, are accessible only by a rough four wheel drive trail, on horseback, or by foot. This is a classic freestone stream with lots of riffles, rapids, deep runs, and pools. These conditions create excellent habitat for stoneflies, caddis flies, and some species of mayflies throughout the Carson drainage. Large fish are consistent on the Carson, especially around the Nevada border where the river branches off providing a great place to find the fish. The Truckee River is the largest of three major river systems in the Northern California/Reno area. The good weather provides year-round fly fishing with easy access, beautiful canyon scenery, and feisty wild trout. Experts rate the Truckee as one of the best fly fishing rivers in Northern California.

It is, however, a tough river to fish because of the current where it flows into the Nevada area. These are only a few of the myriad of choices you have available to you for fly fishing in Northern California. You have a lot of options to catch some amazing fish plus, you can enjoy fly fishing year-round in the balmy Northern California weather. It can be a great opportunity for you to hone your fly fishing skills and plan a wonderful fly fishing getaway.


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