River Overview

The North Feather River is an intimidating fishery. While highly visible from Highway 70, access down to the water can be difficult and finding spots to cast can be challenging.

Details

  • Target Species: Rainbow Trout
  • River Type: Tailwater
  • Closest Town: Oroville Ca. Chico Ca
  • Closest Fly Shops: Fish First Fly Shop - Chico Ca.
  • River Regulations & Closures: Open year round from Cresta Powerhouse downstream. Above Cresta is open last Saturday in April through November 15th.
  • Hazards: Difficult access and wading in numerous areas. Poison oak is common. Flows can change quickly. Use caution, large boulders compose most of the river bottom and depth can be very deceiving.
BELDEN WEATHER
October 13, 2020

The crowds have disappeared and the fish stayed! Summer days on the North Feather are inundated with college kids on rafts, but as the weather cools you’d be lucky to see another person on the water. While the echoes of the North Complex Fire are still present up the Highway 70 corridor, we should see good fishing through the river until the first rains of the season which will inevitably cloud the river with ash from the recent wildfires. Rubberlegs, prince nymphs and copper johns with lots of weight to get deep will find fish. 4x fluorocarbon leaders will help you wrestle these ‘bows to the net before they get a chance to hit the current and take you for a ride.

Wading

Moderate to Difficult

Wading staff recommended


Active Bugs

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Optimal CFS:

200-400

Strategy

Guide Tips: Lots of flies are lost on the bottom here, a small tippet ring will help save your leader if you do snag the rocks and break your flies off.

 

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Info

The North Feather River is an intimidating fishery. While highly visible from Highway 70, access down to the water can be difficult and finding spots to cast can be challenging.

Wading Info

Wading the North Feather River can be highly challenging in certain areas, and downright dangerous in others. The riverbottom is composed mainly of large boulders, and wading off the edge of one of these and into fast water can happen. Move slowly, always use a wading staff and do not wade outside of your comfort zone.

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Guide Recommended Gear

Rod: 4wt - 5wt

Line: Floating Line

Leader: 4x - 5x

Tippet: 4x - 5x

Weight: Yes, and lots is preferred to get flies down quickly.

Indicator: Yes

Waders: Yes, but anglers won't be getting in the water much here, so "wet wading" is fine during the summer months.

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