Middle Fork Feather River

Middle Fork Feather River

UPDATE: 11-28-2021

Flows on the Middle Feather remain good even with the long dry spell. Water temps are in the 40’s and the fish are happy. Winter regulations are in effect and the fishing is solid using nymphing techniques. There is a nice BWO hatch with rising fish in the frog water sections near Clio, providing fun and challenging dry fly fishing. The flows around Camp Layman are a bit bigger and the streamer bite is good. Nymphing is also producing some quality wild rainbows. Give me a call to book your Middle Feather winter fly fishing adventure.

 

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, the river is home to wild rainbow trout as well as a few brown trout eager to eat a well presented fly. Abundant hatches and lack of pressure make the Middle Feather Fly Fishing a great destination.

The section of river that I guide is from Clio to the Red Bridge near Quincy. Good access to the river is available in Graeagle 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 walk/wading and it is not uncommon to do a bit of hiking between spots.

The season runs from the last Saturday in April to November 15. 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.

Lodging options:

Quincy: https://plumascounty.org/Places-To-Stay-Quincy

Graeagle: https://plumascounty.org/Places-To-Stay-Graeagle-Cromberg

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