Falls creeping in, even though it’s been really warm during the day, nights have been cooler, and mornings are cold and crisp. Some days the smoke is thick, others days (like today) it can be blue sky. East wind helps with that. The Middle Fork Feather River is extremely low with good water temperatures at 58 degrees, and clear water.
Fishing the deeper holes, slots, and runs is crucial right now as fish are stacked up in those areas. Don’t forget about the skinny water surrounding those pools though, the trout can be in there feeding as proven today. This river is gnarly to navigate, it’s not easy. I stumbled today and fell once pretty good, no broken gear, just a little jab at my pride. There are easier access areas near the 7 bridges that cross the Middle Fork Feather River from Clio downstream to Sloat.
Another factor is the great distance one has to hike from fish pot to fish pot. I like to hike for great lengths and be on the move while covering deeper water this time of year. Lots of hiking, climbing, falling, scrambling, and exploring – The fun stuff. Go to the gym, or get on a program. It really helps you enjoy your session a whole lot better. I’m totally serious about being in shape. You’ll be so much safer too.
Typical fall hatches in place. Trico spinner fall in the mid morning, with random sightings of a BWO, a Mahogany Dun, or a few caddis in various sizes mixed in. The October Caddis is out, I’ve seen a lot of shucks, but no flyers – Which really surprises me. On the other hand there is a very abundant population of Dragonflies patrolling the river and eating everything in sight. They feast excessively on the spinner fall, and it’s so cool to watch.
Baby rainbow fingerlings and crayfish are available for the trout too so keep in that mind. The fish are on the fall grab, but again, be stealthy and don’t waste your time in unproductive water for long periods of time. Lots of opportunities right now.
Tight line nymphing, dry/dropper rigs, and single dry fly presentations are all working. Think small ball for your flies. Midge and caddis pupa, mayfly nymphs – But fish that October Caddis pupa too, one never knows…Small parachutes, and emegers on top, plus the big bug (October Caddis adult). 7 weeks until the river closes, it’s gonna go quick. I can’t wait for the fall colors! Get on my cancellation list, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. With Covid, cancellations and rescheduling are now common. See you in the Lost Sierra.