River Overview

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.

Details

  • Target Species: Steelhead, Salmon, Striped Bass, Shad
  • River Type: Tailwater
  • Closest Town: Oroville Ca.
  • Closest Fly Shops: Fish First Fly Shop - Chico Ca.
  • River Regulations & Closures: Open year round.
  • Hazards: Flows can change abruptly, use caution while wading.
OROVILLE WEATHER
January 10, 2020

It’s gametime on the Feather and steelhead are being hooked and landed! The great thing about this fishery is it’s easy access during the winter, it’s easy wading, and the simplicity of flies required. Standard nymphs in a slightly bigger size will do the job, so drifting Birds Nests, Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs in a size 10-12 will be the right move, but don’t forget to swing them at the end of your drift!

Wading

Wading the High Flow Feather is easy at comfortable flows. With much of the river bottom composed of sand and gravel, anglers are able to move freely throughout the area. Be aware of quick flows and move at a comfortable pace.


Active Bugs

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Optimal CFS:

1800-2500

Strategy

Guide Tips: TEST GUIDE TIPS HIGH FLOW FEATHER

 

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Info

With no accurate gauge for the High Flow Feather, it's best to safely work the edges until the water looks manageable.

Wading Info

Wading the High Flow Feather is easy at comfortable flows. With much of the riverbottom composed of sand and gravel, anglers are able to move freely throughout the area. Be aware of quick flows and move at a comfortable pace.

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Guide Recommended Gear

Rod: 5wt - 7wt

Line: Floating Line, Leader: 2x - 4x Tippet: 4x Weight: bb - ab, Whatever it takes to get nymphs ticking the bottom. Indicator: Yes

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Waders: Yes

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