South Fork American River

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South Fork American River

Suggested Flies for the South Fork American area:
Sierra Tahoe Hatch Selection

Click for Placerville, California Forecast
Current River Flows, SF American River
Streamer Flies:
Woolly Bugger #6-8
Marabou Muddler #6-8
Matuku #6-10
Hare's Ear Nymph #12-14
Pheasant Tail Nymph #12-14
Bird Nest #12-14
A.P. Nymph #12-14
Golden Stone Nymph #4-8
Olive Caddis #12-16
Yellow Humpy #14-16
Royal Wulff #12-14
Chernobyl Ant #12-14
Madam X #12-14

Directions: The South Fork of the American River follows Highway 50 out of Placerville. Most flyfishing starts from upstream of Slab Creek Reservoir near Silver Creek fork. You can reach this area by taking Forebay Road at Riverton near Pollock Pines. The South Fork of Silver Creek is reached by Ice House Road from Highway 50. The Silver Fork of the American is reached by Silver Fork Road out of Kyburz. Upstream from Kyburz, the South Fork of the American is followed by Hwy 50 to Strawberry, near South Lake Tahoe.

The South Fork of the American is a small stream with a mixture of pools, runs, and riffles, as well as some pocket water. It is mainly stocked with medium sized hatchery trout and has considerable fishing pressure from bait-fishermen.Below Silver Creek, the water on the South Fork tends to warm up too much by mid-summer. The better flyfishing is on the Silver Creek fork with Rainbows and Browns in the 8-12 inch class. The portion of Silver Creek below Ice House Reservoir is known as the South Fork of Silver Creek. It is a tailwater with rainbows in the 6-10 inch class and some larger browns 9-12 inches within the deeper pools. Flows will vary greatly depending upon releases from Ice House Reservoir. By mid-summer, the flows are too small for good flyfishing. Silver Creek below Union Valley Reservoir also tends to be at the whims of the dams releases. Often flows are kept to a minimum.
Further upriver, the Silver Fork of the American near Kyburz provides good flyfishing for small wild Rainbows in the 7-12 inch class with access by way of Silver Fork Road which follows the stream. It is a tailwater stream from Silver Lake with plunge pools and pocket water. Further upstream, you will encounter 8-12 inch browns within the larger pools and some brookies. The South Fork above Kyburz tends to escape the bait-fishing crowd and will provide some wild trout action within the pocket water and runs.

Slab Creek: Slab Creek is downstream of the South Fork of the American where both streams enter Slab Creek Reservoir. It is a Spring Creek with Rainbows 6-10 inches, and Browns 8-11 inches. It runs through a narrow canyon with small pools and runs. Access from Hwy 50 near Pollack Pines or from Placerville on Mosquito Road.

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