California Fly Fishing

The variety of fly fishing in California is as large as the state itself. Northern California is full rivers that provide fly fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, and stripers. Many lakes provide stillwater fly fishing opportunities in the northern and southern regions. Saltwater fly fishing is also popular in many california coastal regions as well.

Hat Creek

Hat Creek Wild Trout Section

This is a three and one half mile section of beautiful classic dry fly water restricted to catch and release fishing with flies or lures with barbless hooks. The flow is regulated by the powerhouse and stays consistant throughout the season. Spring runoff does not affect it. It is always fishable, when other waters are blown due to high water at the beginning of the season.
More info on Fishing Hat Creek
The wild trout section starts at Hat Powerhouse #2, and ends at lake Britton. There is a fish barrior that prevents the squaw fish and other warm water species from entering Hat Creek. The water from the Highway 299 bridge, downstream to the fish barrier is referred to as the lower section. Most of this water is riffles. Most of it is
There are good caddis, green drake, and Salmon Fly hatches in this section of the creek. We start looking for these hatches to start around the 2nd. week of May.
Most of Hat Creek, upstream from the highway 299 bridge, is smooth, flat water with abundant weed growth and predictable hatches. It is challenging water because the fish are very selective and leader shy. It can be crowded in early season. Crowds thin down in summer. It is very easy access, and plenty of casting space from the banks. Wading is difficult in most of the flat water due to depth of water.
The best hatches are in May, June, and July. The biggest people hatches are in the same months. Spinnerfalls of Trico and rustys provide good dry fly action from May through the end of season. If you enjoy dry fly fishing to risiconneng fish, test your skills on the flat water of Hat Creek. We love casting to those rising fish, and this is the place for it. Catching depends on your skill level and ability to make your fly drift naturally into the fish’s feeding lane.
The most popular spot on Hat Creek is the riffle known as Hat PH2.This riffle continues to produce good nymph and dry fly fishing year after year. The fish are leader shy, but don’t seem to mind wading boots!!! It is easy to wade, and a perfect place to learn nymphing techniques. This riffle provides an abundant food source for the trout. Try it, you’ll love it!

Upper Hat Creek

This section of the Hat is accessed along highway 89 going south from the intersection of 299E and 89 just east of Burney. The stream is stocked. Regular CA. fishing regulations apply here. The water is clear and running fast. There are several campgrounds along the highway. Nymph fishing is the best method in this stretch of Hat.


This is a stocked section of Hat Creek/Rising River. There is a P.G.& E. campground there. This is a good spot for beginner fly fisher persons.

Fall River

This a California’s largest spring creek. It is a spectacular fishery, especially when the P.M.D. hatch is going good.There is abundant weed growth, and clear, smooth water. We focus on the section that has public access that is provided by Cal Trout. The hatches are predictable, and pretty much go on all season. Prime months to get the best dry fly action are May, June, July, Oct, and Nov. There is an excellent Hexagenia hatch in the lower section of the river. This hatch usually starts around the third week of June and continues through July, and sometimes into August. In the summer, the evening caddis hatches are good throughout the river. You need a boat, canoe, or pontoon boat to fish this river. No fishing from bank or wading, as it is all private property.

Pit River

This is where you will catch the biggest fish! Access is difficult and wading is slippery, slippery, slippery. The sections we fish are called Pit #3, and Pit #4. Pit #3 starts at the dam at the end of Lake Britton. This is the C&R; section. It goes about seven miles. The section below the Pit #3 powerstation is Pit #4. This section is not C&R.; None of the Pit is stocked, as far as I know. The water is pocket water, riffles, runs, and pools. Nymphing is the most successful method. You can often get a fish to rise to a dry fly, but if you judge your success on fish count, nymphing is best.

Burney Creek

This small stream flows through McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park. It is fast flowing and difficult wading. There are special regulations for the section of the creek from the base of Burney Falls to the mouth at Lake Britton. This section requires barbless hooks, artificial flies, or lures, with a two fish under 14 in.limit. The section above the falls is stocked and regular CA. fishing regulations apply. There is a state campground in the park. It is a beautiful creek, and the falls are spectacular

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita is a catch and release lake in Lassen National Park. There is a $10 fee to enter the park. The fish are usually in the 16in. plus size range. This is a beautiful lake, with Mt. Lassen looming in the background. A good place for family and fishermen alike. No power boats are allowed. The lake is great for float tubes. Manzanita ices over in the winter, and is usually ice free sometime in May.

Baum Lake

This is a stocked lake. Regular CA. fishing regulations apply. No gas motors are allowed. Flyfishing is more productive using a small pram or tube. If you tube Baum, you should have an anchor as there is a current throughout the lake. Baum is open all year, and can provide some good winter fishing. It does not ice over.

California Fly Fishing Articles
California Department of Fish Game
California Department of Water Resources
The California Data Exchange Center
California Winter Fishing
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Wilderness Lakes
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Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
The main activity to be enjoyed at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is bank or boat fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad.
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Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area
This is a web page in the California state portal entitled: Colusa-Sacramento River SRA.
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Map, photo, and description of the Eel River
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The most important game fish in the Inyo-Mono area are trout.
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Northern California Fly Fishing
Hat Creek
Northern California’s Hat is one of the West’s best spring creeks.
Hat Creek
Only catch-and-release traditional dry fly fishing is allowed.
Hat Creek Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing California
North California Council Federation of Fly Fishers
The Northern California Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers home. Events for our fly fishing community, conservation news, fishing stories and tips.
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History and culture of Lassen County, Northern California. Fishing for Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout.
Articles on the McCloud, Hat Creek, Fall River, Upper Sacramento, and the Pit River
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The Upper Sacramento River is an outstanding river of diverse character. It is densely populated with hard-fighting wild rainbows that average 12″ and range over 20″.
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California Fly Fishing Clubs
California Fly Fishers Unlimited
CFFU, Sacramento, CA, has a vast array of activities for every level of fly fisherperson.
Conejo Valley Fly Fishers
The Fly Fishing Club of the Conejo Valley, California. Fishing reports, flies, patterns, hints/tips, membership information, club meetings, weather, and great fly fishing links.
Delta Fly Fishers
Delta Fly Fishers is a community organization whose members are dedicated to the furtherance of the art of fly fishing.
Eastern Sierra Fishing
The Eastern Sierra is home to a number of trout species. From the Rainbow to the state fish, the Golden trout, the entire region contains excellent populations of stocked and native fish.
Downey Fly Fishers
Wilderness Fly Fishers
Wilderness Fly Fishers was born in 1965 when fly fishers who congregated at Cliff Wyatt

California Hatch Charts
Truckee River Hatch Chart
This emergence index is based on 30 years of monitoring Northern Sierra waters.

California Fly Fishing Maps
Sacramento River map
a nice map from ESPN outdoors

California Fly Fishing Reports
American River reports
California Delta reports
Feather River fishing report
Northern California Flyfishing Report
Fishing Report
Reports on Hat Creek, Fall River, Pit River, Burney Creek, Cassel, Baum Lake, and Manzanita lake
Fishing Report for the Eastern Sierra
Reports for the Owens, Hot Creek, Pheasant Valley Reservoir, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes, and Crowley Lake
Fishing Reports
Northern & Central California Lake Reports and maps
Fishing Reports by guide Gary Gunsolley
California Fishing Report for: Owens River, Crowley Lake, Hot Creek, San Joaquin River, East Walker River and Pleasant Valley Reservoirby guide Gary Gunsolley
No California Reports
Many rivers & what to use
Tahoe Area Reports
Truckee Fly Fishing Conditions
California School of Flyfishing conditions and hatches and flies for the Tahoe Truckee area including the Truckee, Little Truckee, Martis, and Lake Tahoe.
Truckee Reports
Current Conditions for the Truckee River
Truckee River flows
Yuba River
Santa Barbara Flyfishers reports

California Fly Fishing Forums

Western Sport Shop Shop
Cali Forum/Reports
San Jose FlyShop
California fly fishing forum

California Fly Fishing Shops

The Fly Shop
4140 Churn Creek Rd Redding, CA 96002 530-222-3555
Sierra Anglers Fly Shop
700 McHenry Ave. Modesto, CA 95350 209 572-2212
American Fly Fishing Co.
3523 Fair Oaks Blvd Sacramento, CA 95864 916-483-1222
Mountain Hardware & Sports
P. O. Box 26 Tahoma, CA 96142 (530) 525-6575
A-1 Flyfishing
517 8th Street Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 832-0731
Barretts Outfitters
482 Cottonwood Drive Bishop, Ca. 93514 760.872.3830
Western Sport Shop, Inc.
902 Third Street San Rafael CA 40147 415-456-5454
Creative Sports
100 North Main Street Bishop, CA 93514 (760) 872-358
Ernies Casting Pond
4845 Soquel Drive Soquel CA 95073 (831) 462-HOOK
J. J. King Fly Fishing Co.
#16 Grizzly Lane P.O. Box #672 Alturas CA 96101 1-800-392-5346
Kienes Fly Shop
2654 Marconi Ave. Sacramento, CA 95821 (916)486-9958
Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
463 Bush Street San Francisco, CA. 94108 (415) 781-3474
Mother Lode Fly Shop
14841 Mono Way, Sonora CA 95370 209-532-8600
Fish First!
1404 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706 510.526.1937
Trinity Fly Shop
P.O.Box 176 Lewiston, CA 96052 (530) 623-6757
Troutfitter Flyshop
P.O. Box 1882 Mammmoth Lakes California 93546 800-637-6912
Reno Fly Shop
10200 Donner Pass Road Truckee, California 96161 (530) 582-0900
Tad Fay Fly Shop
4310 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir, California 96025 (530) 235-296
Fish First!
167 E. 3rd Street Chico, CA 95928 530.343.8300
Western Sport Shop, Inc.
2790 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa CA 40147 707-542-4432
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541-820

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