Fishing Report 3-1-24
Caught the tail end of a sweet baetis hatch yesterday and Joe made the most of it landing this beauty on a dry

Middle Fork Feather River

Fly Fishing on the Middle Feather River has been outstanding this winter with the best dry fly bite I have seen since the river opened to winter fishing a few years back. Daily midge and baetis hatches have the fish looking up and feeding heavily. Flows have dropped back under 200 cfs on the Portola gauge and visibility was about 30″ or so and water temps jumped up to 46 degrees resulting with the fish back on the feed. The epic dry fly bite has resumed with fish eating BWO’s midday. Midges are still present along with Baetis, winter stoneflies, and a smattering of skwala stoneflies. Hatch timing is from ~10 am to ~3 pm.

What’s Working

Dry flies: Film Critic (18-20) , Sparkle Flag (16-18), Para BWO (16-20) Parachute Adams (16-20) Nymphs: Plastic Surgeon (16-18), Raindrop perdigon (16-18), Hot bead PT (16-18), Simple Skwala (10), and bunny jigged streamers (10). Streamers: Sculpzilla Olive, white and natural (10). While the  streamer bite on the Trout Spey continues to be slow, swinging BWO soft hackles on a floating tip is excellent!.  As of this writing a major winter storm is affecting the Northern Sierra with heavy snow and very strong winds. The river is starting to rise again but I feel the biggest impact will be loss of access due to snow. Time will tell. I am booking spring and summer dates at this time.  Book now!

Truckee River

While the current storm is hammering the Sierra, I reminisce to just a few days ago and how great the access on the Truckee was. Access will be the main issue after the storm clears. Flows are under 100cfs on the Truckee gauge and around 350cfs at Boca.Water temps are in the low 40’s. All methods are working with nymphing still  the best way to get into fish. Baetis, winter stones, eggs, san juan worms and jigged streamers have moved fish this week. Very nice mid day baetis hatch happening daily in certain sections of the river with an opportunity to fish dries. Skwalas are starting to show but haven’t had any takers on the big dry yet.


Jay Clark - Professional fly fishing guide for the MIddle Fork Feather River and Truckee River.

About The Author

Jay Clark is a lifelong outdoorsman that enjoys being near the water. Starting out with fishing as a childhood pastime, Jay has honed his skills over the years, evolving from a hobbyist to a seasoned fly fishing pro. Jay’s passion runs deep – offering guided fishing excursions along the Middle Feather River, Truckee River, and serene stillwater spots in the Northern Sierra.

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