NF and MF Mokelumne River

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Mokelumne River

Suggested Flies for the NF and MF Mokelumne area:
Westside Sierra Hatch Selection

Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis #14-18
PMD #14-18
BWO #16-20
Royal Stimulator #6-14

Nymph Flies:
Kaufmann Golden Stone #6-10
Black A.P. Nymph #12-16
Olive Bird's Nest #14-18
GR Hare's Ear #10-14
Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-18

Streamer Flies:
Woolly Bugger #6-8
Marabou Muddler #6-8
Matuku #6-10

North Fork Mokelumne: Take Hwy 88 (Carson Pass Highway) from Jackson. Take Salt Springs Road to Salt Springs Reservoir. Tributary Roads will get you to the River. Tiger Creek is a good access hike from it's Reservoir near Amador Ranger Station. Another access point is taking Hwy 88, past the Ranger Station, to Ellis Road which will take you 11 miles down to Mokelumne River Camp.

The name "Mokelumne" is a Native American term from the Miwok tribe meaning people of the fishnet. Most of the Mokelumne above Hwy 49 at Jackson contains small Browns and Rainbows in the 8" to 14" class. The area is honeycombed with logging roads and small creeks. This region can have a lot of snow run-off until July. After July, the pools show up well and it is quite fishable. Rainbows are planted within streams near campgrounds but large wild browns come up the river and hold within the pools. The North Fork above Salt Springs Reservoir is also a good flyfishing opportunity during the early season. By July, however, the water flows greatly diminish and the fish are under considerable stress. The Mokelumne River flows into two Reservoirs below Hwy 49, the Pardee and Camanche Reservoir. Below these Reservoirs offer additional flyfishing opportunities for Steelhead and trout, generally by driftboat.

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