Feather River

The Feather River runs from Lake Oroville and flows south through Marysville where it meets up with the Yuba. Stripers are fished for in the lower stretches of the river but the Feather’s claim to fame is having one of the largest steelhead runs in California's Central Valley.

Current River Conditions

River Information

The Feather River is divided into two parts, separated by “The Outlet”. These two areas are referred to as the low flow section and the high flow section. The river has a somewhat complicated structure but essentially water is diverted from the dam and re-enters the river downstream at the outlet. Because of the additional water and higher flows, the river below the outlet is appropriately called the high flow section. The low flow section has more riffles and is much more appealing to fly anglers. This upper section is easily accessible from the highway 70 bridge and the Oroville Wildlife Area.

Fishing Regulations

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Important Steelhead Requirements

Suggested Gear

  • 9 1/2 or even 10 foot rods in 6 to 8 weight sizes
  • 5 - 6 weight two-handed spey or switch rod
  • Smooth drags will keep you from losing a fast running steelhead. Make sure that your reel will hold at least 100 yards of backing
  • Weight forward floating line for indicator fishing
  • 200 gr. sink tip for swinging
  • Bring 9 foot 1x leaders and 1x, 2x, and 3x tippet. Fluorocarbon is more abrasion resistant and far less visible than standard monofilament

Suggested Fly Patterns

  • Bird of Prey
  • Stelhead Prince
  • Egg imitations
  • Speroni's Pink Rubber Worm
  • FFS Alevin
  • FFS Mossback
  • Speroni's Bubblewing