FLY FISHING SPECIALTIES
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.
(Updated 8/8/14) The late-season steelhead fishing has been really good. Nymphing and swinging with small mayfly nymphs and small, buggy classics has been producing best. It’s a great idea to hire a guide and do a float trip for this river.
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.