Hat Creek could possibly be the most legendary spring creek in the west, if not the entire country. With the riffle at Powerhouse 2 being the backdrop for thousands of articles and videos over the years it isn't as secret as it once was, but the fish are still there and anglers around the country still make the pilgrimage to this holy water. Abundant aquatic insect life gives anglers options, but there are only a few flies in very specific sizes that have been proven to fool these seasoned trout over and over again.
Target Species: Rainbow and brown trout.
River Type: Tailwater
Closest Town: Cassel, CA
Closest Fly Shops: Clearwater Lodge, Fall River Mills.
River Regulations & Closures: Hat Creek is open during general trout season, the last Saturday in April through November 15th.
Hazards: Not many. The river bottom is mostly sand, silt and gravel with the occasional small boulder. Check yourself for ticks after fishing, they're in the tall grass and like to hitch a ride on waders.