Suggested Flies for MF Feather River
Woolly Bugger #8-10
Mohair Leech #8-10
Marabou Muddler #8-10
From Oroville Quincy Highway at Bucks Lake, take FS Road 23N18 south for 3.5 miles to Gravel Range Road. Follow Gravel Range Road another 2.5 miles to the spur road that goes to Hartman Bar Trailhead. To get to Ravine Trailhead, take Gravel Range Road for 5 miles to Sky High Road, follow Sky High Road for 1.3 miles and turn right following a dirt logging road to the trailhead. To Oddie Bar and No Ear Bar, take Schneider Creek Road (23N16) from Oroville Quincy Highway at Meadow Valley to Tamarack Flat in 5.5 miles. Continue another 3.5 miles to FS Road 23N99, follow FS Road 23N99 2.7 miles to the trailhead.
Willow Creek: This creek has mainly Rainbows near the confluence with the MF Feather and Browns in the upper sections. You can access the upper sections from numerous logging roads south of Bucks Lake. The upper section is thick with willows, thus it's name.
Hanson Bar: This is a steep trail covering 1.5 miles with a descent of 2300'. Once you reach the river, there is another trail that follows the river for two miles upstream but most parts of this trail are in steep areas inaccessible to the river. The river in this section has some long pools with pocket water between the pools. Mostly rainbows in the 12" class.
Stag Point: This is a 4WD trail covering 2.5 miles with a 2800' descent. Has an undeveloped campsite with fire ring and pit toilet. Good river access for 2 miles upstream. Has both pocket water and pools. Rainbows in the 12" class.
Bear Creek: Take the PCT to the confluence of Bear Creek. You can get to the PCT from Deadman Spring trailhead. Lots of Brown trout but small.
Butte Bar: Coming from the South rim, this is probably the easiest access to the MF Feather canyon. The trailhead is just 1.2 miles and drops 1000'. The trail is part of the PCT which crosses the bridge and proceeds to the North rim. From the bridge there is good access upstream and a little bit below the bridge, mostly rock hopping below. Upstream is much flatter and wadeable and crossable. Rainbows, 12" average.
Cleghorn Bar: The trail is a 4WD trail that covers 3.3 miles with a 1900' descent. This is a popular fishing destination where there are large pools with a classic freestone riffle-run-pool structure. Streambed is wide and easily accessible. Plenty of rainbows in the 12" class but a number of larger trout as well. Use Stimi's and Humpys almost any time. Hoppers work well in July to October.
Oddie Bar: This trail is 1.5 miles long with a 1700' descent from the north rim. Similar to Cleghorn Bar, the river has a wide streambed and a classic freestone riffle-run-pool structure. Plenty of rainbows around 12" but some much larger.
Bucks Lake: This area was first settled by Horace Bucklin in 1850. At the same time, James Beckwourth was directing wagon trains of settlers past this area to cross the Sierra at Beckwourth Pass. Locals soon came to recognize the area as Bucks Ranch. The ranch became a lake in 1928 when the Feather River Power Company built a dam and is now owned by PG&E. Bucks Lake contains Rainbows, Browns and Brookies along with Mackinaw Trout and Kokanee. The lake has marginal spawning areas, so the fish need to be stocked several times during the year. Flyfishing is generally during the spring and fall when the fish are in the shallower areas along shore. Float Tubing is best working the inlets where Mill Creek, Bucks Creek, Haskins Creek, and Right Hand Creek come in. Large nymph patterns as well as streamers and woolly buggers work well in the Spring. The trout will cruise in 3-8 feet of water. There is a small callibaetis mayfly and midge hatch that occurs near the springs. Use a number of Callibaetis patterns or midge pupa patterns with an indicator. During the Summer months of August and early September, the surface temperatures of the lake are too high and the fish are deep, usually out of reach for fly fishing. In the Fall, the fish are scattered over the lake looking for food, particularly along shorelines but the browns move into the inlet areas getting ready to spawn. Shoreline fishing works just as well as a float tube. There is also a dark caddis hatch during the Fall in which dark-bodied caddis are very effective.
Lower Bucks Lake: (5,021' ele) can be a good alternative during the mid-summer months as this water remains cooler from the diversion of Buck's water to the powerplant at Grizzly Forebay. The levels can fluctuate quite a bit due to the powerhouse draw. Look for structure near the large cove at the boat ramp to hold large Browns. Midges are a primary food source in Lower Bucks Lake. Griffith's Gnats and Midge pupa patterns work well. Another good spot to try is the north side of the lake where a pipe from Three Lakes empties near the dam. In Spring and early Summer, large Browns will wait in these areas for food. Use large streamers.
Grizzly Creek: This creek has a population of wild rainbows and browns that orginated from the Grizzly Forebay. The streambed is polished from the water flow that PG&E controlled by diverting water from Lower Bucks Lake to Grizzly Forebay. They no longer need the diversion but the activity created a polished rock streambed with numerous carved out pools holding the wild trout. You can access the creek from the Oroville Quincy Highway that runs alongside the creek.
Middle Fork Feather River:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No restrictions. 5 fish limit. Ten in Possession
Little Grass Valley Reservoir:
Open all Year. 5 fish limit.
Open all year. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession. 10 landlocked salmon per day. 20 landlocked salmon in possession.
Bucks Lake Tributaries
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sep. 30. 5 trout per day. No gear restrictions. Summer only fishing to protect Spring and Fall Spawning.