Upper North Fork Feather River

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Upper NF Feather

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Suggested Flies for the Upper NF Feather

Attractor Dries
Yellow Humpy
Parachute Madam X
Parachute Adams #12-16
Rio Grande King
Royal Wulff #14-16

Mayfly Nymphs
Pheasant Tail Nymph
A.P. Nymph
Prince Nymph

Yellow Stimulator #8
Clark's Stonefly
Pulsating Caddis
Peeking Caddis
Z Wing Caddis
Elk Hair Caddis #14-16

Directions: The Upper North Fork of the Feather can be reached from Chester on Hwy 36. Turn NW on Feather River Drive by the Chester Fire Dept and stay left toward Drakesbad (Road 28N34), go 1.3 miles to fishing access behind Collins Pine Lumber Co.; other access sites along Collins Pine Road next 6 miles to High Bridge Campground. Warner Creek can be reached from the High Bridge Campground by continuing 0.7 miles to Drakesbad (Road 28N34) turnoff. Turn Right and go 1.1 miles to Warner Creek Campground.

The season for the Upper North Fork Feather River is the last Saturday before Memorial Day to Nov. 15th. This is about one month later than the General Season to protect spawning rainbows from Lake Almanor. The Upper North Fork of the Feather River is fed by several small streams that originate from the snowmelt of Lassen Volcanic National Park. These streams run year-round as Spring Creeks providing cold, clear water to the North Fork. The North Fork passes through the town of Chester where it drains into Lake Almanor. Some of the best fishing can actually be within the town limits of Chester, with good access, for Rainbows and Browns. The major creeks feeding the North Fork are Warner Creek, Willow Creek and Rice Creek. Most of these creeks have rainbows in the 7-12 inch range. Warner Valley Road (28N34) will take you west of town and follow the river with a number of dirt roads providing access to the river. About 5.4 miles from town, the road will veer to the right and follow Warner Creek. If you keep to the left, the road (29N63) will continue to follow the river reaching Willow Creek at 6.4 miles and reaching Domingo Springs Campground at 7.7 miles from town. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road just west of Domingo Springs. Again, numerous dirt roads exist to reach the river to the left. Just beyond Domingo Springs, you can take a road to the right and go northwest about 5.5 miles to the upper reaches of Rice Creek. If you go straight on the road out of Domingo Springs traveling 8.3 miles, the road forks once again, taking the left fork will keep you on Rd. 29N63 and it will continue to follow the North Fork until it meets the tributary of Rice Creek at 13.0 miles from town. Continuing on this road for another 3 miles will take you back to Hwy 36.

During May and June, expect to see Golden Stoneflies and Salmonflies. May and June will also have hatches of Yellow Sallies in the afternoon and these can continue through July depending upon flow and temperatures. A caddis hatch will start in June and continue throughout the Summer months during the late afternoon. Many will fish nymph patterns during the day and dries during the low light periods. Attractor dries such as a Parachute Adams, Parachute Madam X, and Royal Wulffs are very good here. The meadow section near Lake Almanor will have a Hexagenia hatch at the end of June, peaking around the Fourth of July. Callibaetis mayflies will also be hatching within this meadow section throughout the season until the end of October. During November, large Browns will enter the meadow section from Lake Almanor for their spawning migration. The area gets heavily fished with Streamers such as Wooly Buggers, Krystal Buggers, and Muddler Minnows during this period.

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