Fishing Report 4-30-24
Ben with his first fish on the fly. Another great day teaching folks the joy of fly fishing on the Middle Feather. Let’s goooooo!!

Middle Feather River

Runoff is in full force on the Middle Feather at this time with flows around 550cfs on the Portola gauge. Great hatches are occurring daily with bwo’s, March browns and PMD’s on the menu. Water clarity is not an issue at all and water temps are hovering in the 50’s. Nymphing, dry fly and streamers are all working very well. Crowds are still light especially mid week. For the best action, walk a bit away from popular access points like the Green Bridge and Mohawk Bridge. Please respect private property along the river.

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), Black wire baetis (16), and bunny jigged streamers (10). Streamers: Sculpzilla Olive,tan and natural (10) and the Dolly Llama in olive and white(6). Fishing is good and will only get better this spring. I am booking spring and summer dates at this time.

Truckee River

This spring has been really fun on the Truckee River. Flows are good at this time with the river running at 251 cfs in town and a bit bigger at 885 cfs near Boca. Water temps are in the low to mid 50’s and the bugs are hatching like crazy! Dry fly fishing is as good as it gets right now with baetis, March Browns , PMD’s, Green Drakes, caddis and a few golden stone flies hatching daily. Nymphing has been ok lately with fish being caught using a dry/dropper or tight line rig. Fishing pressure is steady with a lot of people enjoying the river.

Dry flies: Parachute adams(14-16), purple parachute adams(14-16), green drake duns(10-12), green drake emergers(10-12), AK’s Melon quill(14-16), Mercer’s Missing Link(16-18), March Brown duns(14-16), BWO duns(14-18). Nymphs: Jigged baetis(14-16), Rusty jig(14-16), turkey flashback jig(14), duracel jig(14-16) Sweet Pea(14-16)


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

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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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