Confluence Outfitters Trout Preview 2011
Are you ready for trout season? We are....
We at Confluence Outfitters are very excited about our upcoming season. Andrew Harris, Gino Bernero, Dax Messett, and Jon Hazlett are available and ready to take you fishing!
As many of you know, we are not working for the "lodge" this season. If you are staying at the "lodge", that's great, but call us directly for bookings. Our independence allows us to provide you with a higher level of service and a better fishing experience. We understand and appreciate that your time away from the office is sacred. We look forward to getting you on the water!
You may already know that we have secured exclusive access and accommodations on the Fall River and Hat Creek in Northern California. Check out our website for more info on lodging, rates, and specials.
Within striking distance are the Pit and McCloud rivers, both productive and scenic freestone rivers. There are several other smaller creeks and stillwater opportunities in the vicinity. The diversity of the Intermountain Region rivals any trout fishing venues in the lower 48. Walk-wade, raft, jon boat, and even jet boat trips are available on our local waters. Here’s a summary of our big four:
The Fall River
The Fall River is one of the finest spring creeks in the West. It shares many of the traits that make the Henry´s Fork, Hat Creek, and Silver Creek famous: predictable hatches, crystal clear water, steady flows and water temperature, sight fishing opportunities, and large trout that feed on small bugs. However, the access to Fall River is very restricted. It is only fished from boats, specifically flat-bottomed prams fitted with electric motors and/or small gas engines. Fishing from the boat allows anglers to make deadly downstream drifts to visibly feeding fish.
Hat Creek is one of the most famous spring creeks in the West. The 3.5 miles between Powerhouse #2 and Lake Britton include classic spring creek flatwater and long riffles. The riffles at Powerhouse #2 and the lower end of the creek provide an excellent on-stream classroom for beginner fly fishers. Conversely, the flatwater in between the riffles is some of the most challenging water to fish anywhere in North America. The depth of the water makes wading difficult in many areas, calling for long casts. Fish are spooky and feed very selectively. Getting a fish to rise to your fly here is a great accomplishment.
The Pit River
The Pit River below Lake Britton dam has the highest catch rate and most consistent fishing of all the streams in northern California. Thirty miles of river provide endless opportunities to get away from other anglers. There are parts of the river right alongside a paved road as well as portions that require a strenuous hike to access. No matter where you choose to fish, you are likely to be rewarded with strong, wild rainbow trout pulling on the end of your line. The Pit fishes best from April through mid-July and again from mid-September through December. Mid-summer can be excellent, too, especially if the weather is not overly hot. Dry fly fishing is good mid-day early and late in the season and is excellent on summer evenings. Most of the time we fish with nymphs on the Pit. This river is an excellent place to learn various nymphing techniques, including indicator and indicatorless techniques.
The McCloud River
The McCloud River is perhaps the most scenic of all the rivers in Northern California. The lush riparian vegetation and milky-green water give the river a unique character. The color of the water comes from the glacial flour, or dust, high on Mt. Shasta. The glacial waters seep into the ground and emerge in a series of springs near the town of McCloud. These springs form the Upper McCloud, which flows into McCloud Reservoir. The river below the reservoir is one of California's finest trout streams.
To book a trip, contact our Office Manager Marisa Compton at 1-888-481-1650. You can also book online at http://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/.