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French Meadows Reservoir

Stillwater Flies:
Woolly Bugger #4-10
Krystal Buggers #4-10
Clouser Minnow #4-10
Marabou Muddler #4-10

Nymphs:
Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
Birds Nest
A.P. Nymph #10-16
Caddis Emerger
Burk's Hunchback Infrequens #14-16
Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-16
Little Yellow Stone Nymph
Serendipity

Drys:
Callibaetis Cripple
Parachute Adams
Adams
Elk Hair Caddis #12-16
Yellow Humpy #14-16
Comparadun #18-22
Golden Stimulator # 6-10

Directions: From Auburn on Highway I-80, go Northeast 2 miles to Auburn-Foresthill Road, Turn East and go 18 miles to Mosquito Ridge Road at Foresthill. Turn East and go 36 miles continuing on Road 96 to French Meadows Reservoir.
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Notes:
French Meadows Reservoir is at 5,300 feet elevation. The lake contains primarily Rainbows, which are planted throughout the season, as well as Browns and Smallmouth Bass. It is primarily known as a bait and lure fishery but flyfishing opportunities exist as well. Use sinking lines with streamers such as Woolly Buggers and Leech Patterns in Olive, Brown, or Black colors. Try the areas around the downed trees and snags. Also locate the rocky ledges and drop-offs. You'll need a boat since there are few good access points from shore. Know the sink rate of your line and count down to the proper depth before retrieval. Add some twitching action to the fly. There is a callibaetis hatch that occurs sporadically so that nymphing can be good at those times. During late afternoon or at low light, try some surface flies such as Parachute Ants.
French Meadows Reservoir is also a good starting point for access to the upper Middle Fork of the American River. There are some good campsites at the inlet side of the lake with road access up to Talbot Campround at French Meadows. Trail access is available from there.

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