North Fork Feather River and Yellow Creek

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North Fork Feather River

Suggested Flies for NF Feather and Yellow Creek:
Sierra Tahoe Hatch Selection

Other Local Favorites:
GB Hares Ear #12-18
BH Prince Nymph #12-18
BH Flashback Pheasant Tail #12-18
BH Deep Sparkle Pupa #14-20
BH Zug #14-20
BH Copper John

Attractor Drys:
Royal Wulff
Elk Hair Caddis #10-16
Stimulator #14-16

Stonefly Nymphs:
BH Twenty Incher
Kaufmann's Stone
Black Rubber Legs #6-12

Stonefly Dries:
Parachute Madam-X
Royal Trude #6-12

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Directions: The North Fork of the Feather originates on the slopes of Mt Lassen and flows into Lake Almanor at Chester. Out of Lake Almanor, the North Fork of the Feather can be accessed by Seneca Rd. which follows the river at Belden Forebay until it swings over to Butt Valley Reservoir. From there, you can take Caribou Road and follow the river down to Hwy 70 at Belden where the river meets the East Branch of the North Fork. From Belden, the river follows Hwy 70 all the way to Lake Oroville.
Yellow Creek can be reached from Chester on Hwy 36; go SW 2 miles and turn South on Hwy 89, go 4.5 miles to County Rd 307-Humbug Rd. Turn West, and go 2 miles, cross Butt Creek, then go 5.5 miles to Humbug Meadow. Turn Left to PG&E campground. Rough dirt Roads.

Heading south on Seneca Road from Lake Almanor, your first access to the NF Feather is at the Seneca Bridge. The fish in this area are rainbows and browns in the 8-12 inch class. The river consists of pools and riffles, going either upstream or downstream, the fishing gets better. There are some Browns up to 20 inches in this area. Seneca Road becomes paved at Caribou and the name of the road becomes Caribou Road. This is also the location of Belden Forebay. From Belden Forebay, the next 7 miles of river is very popular and is heavily stocked. Most large pools hold large browns and holdover Rainbows. The East Branch of the North Fork meets the North Fork at Gansner Bar and continues onto Lake Oroville. This entire area is heavily stocked by DFG with rainbows. The lower sections of the Feather, below Storrie, are good flyfishing areas in the Spring until the weather warms up and the trout retreat to Lake Oroville. In the early part of the season, the best fishing is during the warmest part of the day. Fish the deep pockets by tight line nymphing with micro stonefly nymphs and beadhead nymphs. Some have good luck fishing an attractor dry with a beadhead nymph dropper.
In May and June, the Golden Stoneflies and Salmonflies start to hatch with the Yellow Sallies hatching by the end of May and continuing through July. During June, July and August, there is generally an evening hatch of caddis. PED's and Eporeus Mayflies can also show up in July. August will often be a mixed bag of evening hatches with midges, Mayflies, and Caddis. September will show some baetis hatches, particularly on cloudy days and these will continue into November. In October, the isonychia hatches will begin as well as BWO in the late afternoon around 4pm to dark and continue through November. Throughout the season, stonefly nymphs and mayfly nymphs will work by tight line nymphing the deeper pockets.
Yellow Creek is a special project undertaken by CalTrout, DFG, PG&E, and the Dye Creek Cattle Company to restore wild trout habitat, starting in 1976. This area was in poor shape during most of the 1900's through cattle use within the creekside areas. Split-rail fencing was erected throughout most of the Humbug Meadow in 1984-85. As a result, trout populations grew by more than 600%. Most of the fish within the stream are Browns as the creek is fed from mineral rich waters at Big Springs. The nutrients create an abundant weed bed environment causing many types of hatches to occur. Hatches are prolific with mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies. In 2001-02, all cattle were removed and most of the cedar fence has also been dismantled. Recommended flies are Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Bird's Nest, Zug Bugs (#12-14) , Ant and Grasshopper imitations for mid-summer. Local favorite is the Corkendall, a dark-bodied fly with a jungle-cock tail and buff-colored hackle. The larger fish of the Yellow Creek can be found below the Yellow Creek Campground where the stream drops into a canyon creating pocket-water.

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