Northern California: Find Hot Hatches Now

By Michael Caranci

The trout fishing in Northern California has been great all spring and into these early parts of summer. We had such a dry winter, and such low snowpack this year, that water conditions on all of our rivers are ideal right now, and there have been some great hatches: salmonflies and golden stoneflies on Hat Creek, the McCloud, the Upper Sacramento, and the Pit River, the Green Drakes just started coming off on Hat Creek, and the PMD spinnerfall on Fall River has been epic. Of course, the Lower Sacramento is almost always a sure bet with nymphs out of drift boats all day long, but the evening dry fly fishing is starting to pick up for the summer, too. Fish everywhere seem hungry and larger than average.

Check out this pic taken on Hat Creek recently; the fish ate a salmonfly dry.

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