Fly Fishing MIddle Fork Feather River

Northern Sierra

About The River

The Wild and Scenic Middle Feather River begins in the Sierra Valley where head water streams gather. From here it flows unimpeded to Oroville Reservoir. Designated a Wild and Scenic river in 1967, the Middle Feather is unrivaled in its scenic beauty. Tumbling through rugged canyons, tall pines and meandering through verdant meadows, the river is home to wild rainbow trout and brown trout. These fish are eager to eat a well presented fly. Abundant hatches and lack of pressure make the Middle Feather River a great fly fishing destination.

About the Middle Fork Feather River
Middle Fork Feather River Trout Fishing
What We Catch

Trophy Trout

We fish for rainbows and browns here. They range from 6” to 20+” with most in the 10-14” range. The rainbows are natives to the river while the browns were planted at one time and now are a self sustaining wild population. We fish year round on the Middle Feather with the most popular season being summer. The river fishes well throughout the year, but most of the larger fish are caught during fall winter and spring seasons.

Where We Fish

Guided Trips

The section of river that we guide is from Clio to the Red Bridge near Quincy. Good access to the river is available from Clio to Mohawk, as well as Two Rivers and Camp Layman. A couple of forest roads provide access between Sloat and Red Bridge. All fly fishing here is done while walking and wading. It is not uncommon to do a bit of hiking between spots.

Middle Fork Feather River Fishing Seasons - Best time to go fishing
Best Time To Fish

Fishing Season

Early season fishing can be good to great depending on the water year. Streamers account for the largest trout caught in the spring. Prolific hatches mark early summer season with dry fly fishing at its finest. By mid July in most years, the river warms up to the point that we can no longer safely practice catch and release. When this occurs I stop fishing here until water temps drop in the fall. Cool crisp mornings and brilliant colors await the fly fisherman in the fall.

Middle Fork Feather River Fishing Reports

Check out our fishing adventures in the Middle Feather River. Stay up to date on water levels, conditions, and fish activity!

  • Mariah is all grins displaying another wild Middle Fork Feather River rainbow trout

    Fishing Report 6-3-24

    Middle Fork Feather River Fishing remains excellent on the Middle Fork Feather River this week. Lots of bugs, eager fish… Read more

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  • Fishing Report 4-30-24

    Fishing Report 4-30-24

    Middle Feather River Runoff is in full force on the Middle Feather at this time with flows around 550cfs on… Read more

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  • Fishing Report 3-27-24

    Fishing Report 3-27-24

    Middle Fork Feather River March started off stormy with a mix of rain and snow, turning to snow at all… Read more

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