Pit River Fly Fishing Report: 01/15/2016

Snow is on the ground along the Pit River. Expect tough driving conditions. May be very, very difficult to get into some sections. Should be fishing best in Pit #3. Might be muddy in Pit #4 and #5 and all the way down through #7.

Nymphs: #6-8 Pats Rubber Legs, #10-14 Black A.P., Brown TB Pseudo May,  #16-18 Copper Zebra John, #14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Birds Nest #14-16, #14-16 Eng Thing, Lightning Bug, #16-18 Red Copper John,

Dries: Not too much happening up top. Will offer suggestions in the spring.

Call me at 800-669-3474 about Autumn / Winter guided fishing on the Pit River! I know the spots and can teach you a ton about fishing this stream. Or send E-mail and receive a fast, detailed reply within 12 hours.

All the flies abouve can be found here: The Fly Shop


Fly fishing for rainbow trout on the Pit River is not to be missed. There is literally miles and miles of river to fish, and most of it’s length can be described as a rugged and remote Northern California River. The nearby towns of Fall River Mills, CA. and Burney, CA. offer restaurants, motels and camping. The Pit River is your first stop on a journey through N. California’s fly fishing waters.

Pit River Fly Fishing
Pit River, CA.

All the fish on the Pit River are tough. They are the rainbows others are measured against.  It’s true!  The Pit’s remoteness makes this river less crowded than the Upper Sacramento or McCloud Rivers.  October Caddis hatches drive the feeding trout through the fall months, but the party does not end on November 15th like it does on the Pit River or Hat Creek.  We can fish here well into December or until the first major winter storm of the season shuts us out.  For anglers wanting a break from it all, away from the throngs of anglers attempting to catch steelhead, the Pit is a great choice!!  The Pit River is fishing great by the way!

The Pit River is open all year long.  It is the most tedious river to wade.  Bring the cheapest wading staff you can find, because if you bring your nice one, it will get folded in half!  I slip, slide, stumble and fall on this river!  But,  the Pit River has some of the best Fly Fishing I have ever experienced on a trout stream!

The rainbows here are 100% wild.  They go from small to 20”.  Some section offer high populations of fish no smaller than 16”!  Great for that river photo of you and a few rainbow trout!  This river is remote, like the McCloud.

The Pit River is a demanding river to wade.  A wading staff is a very good tool for any angler, any ability!  Expect to deal with irregular rock formations all day long in and out of the water.  Wading boots and diamond cleats are the best way to go about walking.wading the Pit.  Waders are recommended by the end of September.

The Pit River can be fished using 9′ 5wt fly rod. Floating lines and indicators are the most popular method of suspending various nymphs between 3-5 feet below. Some anglers prefer studded wading boots on the Pit, but I will be the first to tell you that on this stream, it does not matter. A wading staff is a must, but don’t bring your $110.00 Simms wading staff unless you are okay with folding it in half after it gets wedged between a couple boulders as you begin to fall. Try to find an old ski pole. In the summer, expect to wade wet (no waders). In the winter months, dress warm, wear waders and be prepared for snow. The Pit is a remote river with few if any services nearby. Expect to be out of cell range all day. It’s a long walk out of the Pit River should you get snowed in.