Sunday, May 11, 2014
Middle Fork Feather River - Current Conditions
This past week was tough fishing, and the water temp remained cold, especially during the weekend. Big winds have been in effect as well making for sub-par drifts with control issues. Flows are low and the upper section is already getting skinny sending most rainbows downstream to a deeper pool or run for a more protected lie. There have been aquatics out, and Saturday had PMDs, March Browns, Gray Drakes, and a few BWOs. On Sunday the hatch was weak at best. Just an observation, but the past few dry years has affected the MFFR by way of not only low water, but non-flushing flows. So many good runs and pools have really filled up with silt, small cobble, and lumber.
Help is on the way this coming week with a booming heat wave that is sure to help increase better fishing conditions. Look for the weeks ahead to become better every day. Dry fly action will pick up as well (finally) as risers have been few and sparse. The Middle Fork Feather River has had very low pressure, and plenty of blissful days of solitude have been had. It's just plain awesome being out there!
I want to personally thank the members of the Peninsula Fly Fishers who were my guests for the Middle Fork Feather Fly Fishing Tour on Sunday, I had the greatest time sharing with you all! It was a real pleasure fishing with you, creating new friendships, and reconnecting with past friends. On a side note, every one of my guests was blown away at the natural beauty the MFFR has to offer, it truly is a “Wild & Scenic” river.
Escape, seek out, and explore.