To get to the Middle Fork of the American River take Mosquito Ridge Road out of the town of Foresthill. Three access roads are available to get to the Middle Fork: 1) 32 miles to French Meadows Dam from Foresthill 2) 19 miles from Foresthill, take a right turn on paved road to Powerhouse (End of the World), and 3) 10 miles from Foresthill at Ralston Picnic Area near Oxbow Reservoir.
The North Fork of the Middle Fork is best accessed from Mosquito Ridge Road about 10 miles from Foresthill where it crosses the stream. A trail built by local miners leads upstream to another tributary within the El Dorado Canyon area.
The Middle Fork of the American extends for about 15 miles from Oxbow Reservoir to French Meadows Dam. Most of this water is pools, pocket water, and riffles. Flows can fluctuate greatly throughout the day. The river holds mostly Rainbows in the 8-15 inch class as well as some larger browns within the deepest pools closer to French Meadows Reservoir. Nymph action is best during the early season while dry fly actions picks up in the later summer. A number of Golden Stone hatches occur as well as Caddis and Mayflies. Streamers are always effective within the deeper pools. There are no special regulations. Limit of 5. Duncan Creek is a tributary that feeds the Middle Fork of the American and is accessed from Mosquito Ridge Road where it crosses the creek prior to reaching French Meadow Reservoir. The creek contains small rainbows in the 6-10 inch class as well as a few browns in the upper reaches.
North Fork of the Middle Fork American River: This water consists of small pools, runs, and pocket water. The Rainbows tend to be on the small size of 6-8 inches. The river is within a very deep canyon which tends to cool the ambient temperature. There are good hatches of Mayflies and Golden Stones.
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