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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Middle Fork Feather River Report


Today I had the pleasure of guiding Jack and Rich, high school buddies who are now retired and love to fish.  Our original plan was to fish the Camp Layman area but as I crossed the bridge I was shocked to see coffee colored water!  The insane thunderstorms last evening must have caused a land slide in the Jamison creek watershed as the water was clear above the confluence.  So we drove back to Graeagle and just fished in town.  There was a good BWO spinerfall, tons of midge, and a few caddis thrown in the mix.  No sign of the Isonychia mayfly yet.  Water temps ran 60 - 62.5 degrees from 9am to 1:30pm.  With lower water temps the fishing has improved drastically with many rising trout in all types of water.


Jack with a nice MF Cuttbow, yes that's right, a hybrid Rainbow/Cutthroat trout!  This is the first one I have ever seen here on this river.  Effective flies today were BWO egg laying soft hackle #16, bead head PT flashback #16, and club sandwich hoppers #8 in tan and grey.  The fish are really keyed in on the hoppers right now, we saw plenty of aggressive takes!



This was a rare find, the velvety stickseed wild flower.  So minute your average bear would just walk on by, but up close they show you their glory.  Fall is gaining strength here in the Sierras, and for the fly angler it is the best time of year.  Enjoy!

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