Know Your Water


Every waterway is unique, and each takes a different approach. From cold freestone tailwaters to bubbling pocketwater high in the mountains, we've worked with professional guides to help you unlock the rivers in your backyard. Each blue line on the map represents an opportunity for adventure, scroll down to begin yours. 

Gold Country Region

High Flow Feather River
High Flow Feather River

If there was ever a California river to fly under the radar, it's the well known but poorly understood High Flow section of the Feather. A compliment to the better known Low Flow section, the High Flow zone is a steelheader's dream, and an incredible place to stick fish and work on your technique before moving onto more challenging rivers. High numbers of adult and halfpounders hit the net on the High Flow, and the easy access from the levee roads that parallel the river make access easy.

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East Walker River
East Walker River

The East Walker river begins with the outflow at the Bridgeport Reservoir and meanders through gentle bends and quick riffles before hitting the Nevada state line and continuing it's journey into the desert. Prolific aquatic insect life equals an abundance of incredible fish, and Highway 168 borders the river for most of its length making this fishery highly accessible and popular. While it's a decently long haul from Sacramento and the Bay area, spending a couple days on the East Walker is an incredibly memorable and enjoyable experience for anglers at all levels.

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East Carson River
East Carson River

COMING SOON.

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Lower Yuba River
Lower Yuba River

Also known as the Yuba Goldfields, the Lower Yuba's consistently cold water feeds one of the best low elevation wild trout rivers in the West. Access at the Highway 20 bridge provides as many miles of fishable water as an angler wants to commit to. There's more fight in a 12" Yuba 'bow than in most fish twice their size, but with limited cover on the banks and lots of year round pressure, these fish don't give themselves up easily.

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North Feather River
North Feather River

The North Feather parallels highway for its duration from the mouth of Lake Oroville to its origin at Lake Almanor with numerous creeks feeding it and swelling its size along the way. With abundant rainbow trout and limited access, most of the North Feather is still unexplored and holds endless opportunities for anglers willing to put in the work to find them.

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Putah Creek
Putah Creek

Putah creek remains a somewhat mystery that has frustrated even the most seasoned anglers for years. With its close proximity to Sacramento and San Francisco, trophy sized rainbow trout, and beautiful scenery, you'd think pictures of grip and grins with huge fish would be flooding social media day in and day out. Not the case. Notoriously fickle and hatch specific, these wary rainbows don't give themselves up easily, and the terrain isn't always as gentle and inviting as it looks. While technically open all year, we stay off the river December through February to allow fish to spawn and continue to populate this amazing wild trout fishery. 

 

 

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North Yuba River
North Yuba River

The North Yuba river holds a special place in every angler's heart who have had a chance to experience it. A true high elevation trout stream, this gem of the Sierra Mountains is packed with aggressive rainbows more than willing to pounce on a dry fly. Best experienced in the summer while wet wading and plucking abundant blackberries along the way, if there was ever a Field of Dreams for trout streams, this would be it.

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Little Truckee River
Little Truckee River

The Little Truckee River is sacred water for many. A short meandering stream winding its way between Stampede and Boca reservoirs, the Little Truckee river holds surprisingly large fish, and an equally surprising number of them. Easy terrain and convenient access also means crowds, bit with a bit of planning, and a little respect for other anglers, it's very possible to have your own slice of paradise on the water.

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Feather River
Feather River

The "Feather River" is the final output after all three branches of the upper Feather system (North Feather, Middle Feather and South Feather) combine into Lake Oroville, and then release and wind through the Oroville Wildlife Area. Serving as key steelhead and salmon grounds, the Feather River offers hard fighting sea run rainbows in an accessible and still wild landscape.

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Truckee River
Truckee River

Spilling out of Lake Tahoe, the Truckee river meanders through the town of Truckee and winds through the Sierras before terminating into Pyramid Lake. With a healthy population of wild rainbow and brown trout, incredible scenery and easy access, the Truckee river is a true gem of the West.

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Mystic Mountains Region

Hat Creek
Hat Creek

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.

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Fall River
Fall River

The Fall River is, fortunately AND unfortunately, one of the most inaccessible rivers in America. Flanked by private property, this phenomenal spring creek has one singular access point, and a boat is mandatory. There is no walk and wade access on the Fall, but anglers who have invested in a drift boat or small pram will find gin-clear water, abundant aquatic vegetation and insect life, and legendary trout fishing.

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Lower Sacramento River
Lower Sacramento River

The Lower Sacramento river is...no great secret. Perhaps visible to a fault, many anglers take to its waters each day hoping to get a hero shot gripping a large rainbow trout under the well known Sundial Bridge, frequently to the applause of cyclists, stroller pushing parents and casual observers from the bridge's deck. The veritable armada of drift boats that storm the waters of the Lower Sacramento River each morning prove the river's pull in the angling community, and if landing large trout is your business on the Lower Sac, business is good. While best known as a drift boat accessed fishery, there are some walk and wade access points which somehow go overlooked by the general public. Plenty of the Lower Sacramento's oversized rainbow trout can be hooked and fought from shore no more than a stone's throw from public parks, restaurants and bars, making this urban fishery one of the most alluring spots to explore.

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Pit River
Pit River

Lions and tigers and bears...oh my! Well, no tigers (we think), but mountain lions, black bears, rattlesnakes and treacherous wading makes the infamous Pit River a daunting challenge for most anglers. Large boulders and deep, fast water means anglers should pull out all the stops. Solid boots, a tight wading belt, a wading staff and to be honest...a PFD (personal floatation device) are all warranted here. Now for the good news: the Pit River boasts more trout per mile than most any river in the West, and they're highly catchable. In fact, most anglers don't need to move far from one spot to catch fish after fish, and they're all good ones. It's there, if you dare. Just maybe bring a Garmin and tell a couple people where you're headed...just in case.

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McCloud River
McCloud River

Is the McCloud the best trout stream in the world? You wouldn't be the only person to have that thought run through your mind while you're landing the biggest brown trout you've ever seen in the net. Is the McCloud the worst river in the world? You also wouldn't be the only person to think that as you dodge poison oak, scramble down shale hillsides and get refusal after refusal from some of the most educated fish on the West Coast. You can't have the good without the bad, and in the case of the McCloud, nothing comes easy. But as all great things in life, the greater the challenge the greater the reward, and finally landing a resident rainbow or brown trout in one of the most pristine settings imaginable will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

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