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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Live in the Lake Tahoe area and was looking into fishing the Feather. I have never been to the river but it seems to be the closest steelie river to me.

I'm not asking for GPS points just general information. I would also like to find someone close by to head to the river with, if you have been there before that's a big plus.

Just got the need to throw some line!!!!!!

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Hatchery footballs-- 2-5 lbs, 18-25". Volume increases in the "Low Flow" late August thru September, peaks second half of October, starts to putter towards the end of November. Handful of fish year round.

Beware of personal belongings parking in the Wildlife Preserve-- that is, drive in a beater if you own one and leave nothing in the car, nothing. In the late 80's/early '90's it was terrible. In today's economy it's got to be even worse anywhere within walking distance of Oroville.

If the kings are back, the steelhead just stack up around redds throughout the "Low Flow." See any map to identify this area, which is everything above where the Thermalito afterbay dumps in. Before the salmon get thick, if they do at all, you can swing small nymphy stuff and expect a few biters. Lots of guys used to fish dink pupae, above the salmon, through the redds and riffles with a lot of success. Again, if there are salmon spawning it's the same thing as anywhere else, small roe colored stuff catches the most.

Find someone who knows safe(r) places to park, then go. I think the fishing is probably pretty bad, but you never fished it when it was any good so who cares. Crowds shouldn't be a problem and it definitely has a special beauty all its own.

Incidentally, although small, when you do find a fish they tend to be little fireballs. And I did see several to hand bigger than stated average.

Good luck!

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Good information!!!!! Thanks a great deal, still rather drive the 6 hours to the Ump but need a release.

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Have been in the river for over a month. Fish below Shanghai Bend and throughout the Marysville / Yuba City area is what I've heard. Any minnow pattern is bound to work.
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Have not fished it myself but have heard multiple people say they stopped fishing it after their car got broken into. I would head Rob's warning above and be careful where you park.
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Check out http://speyshop.kiene.com/
Bill Kiene is a spey pages sponsor. Buy a "StreamTime" map.
The "low flow section" is what you want to consider. Starts in Oroville.
You do want your felt and studded boots!

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