Suggested Flies for the South Fork American area:
Woolly Bugger #6-8
Marabou Muddler #6-8
Hare's Ear Nymph #12-14
Pheasant Tail Nymph #12-14
Bird Nest #12-14
A.P. Nymph #12-14
Golden Stone Nymph #4-8
Olive Caddis #12-16
Yellow Humpy #14-16
Royal Wulff #12-14
Chernobyl Ant #12-14
Madam X #12-14
The South Fork of the American River follows Highway 50 out of Placerville. Most flyfishing starts from upstream of Slab Creek Reservoir near Silver Creek fork. You can reach this area by taking Forebay Road at Riverton near Pollock Pines. The South Fork of Silver Creek is reached by Ice House Road from Highway 50. The Silver Fork of the American is reached by Silver Fork Road out of Kyburz. Upstream from Kyburz, the South Fork of the American is followed by Hwy 50 to Strawberry, near South Lake Tahoe.
Union Reservoir: From Pollack Pines, go on Highway 50 east for 42 miles to Spicer Reservoir Road (USFS Road 7N01). Turn South and go 8 miles (across the NF of Stanislaus River) to Utica Reservoir turnoff (USFS Road 7N75). Turn north and go .5 miles bearing right at fork, go .5 miles to reservoir.
Union Valley Reservoir is over 2500 acres. It is best known for it's Kokanee cutthroats but also has good numbers of Rainbows and Brown Trout. A number of creeks enter the lake and each of their inlets is a good location for flyfishing.
Ice House Reservoir is nearly 700 acres and is usually good fishing for Brooks, Browns, and Rainbows. Try the area where Silver Creek enters the east end of the reservoir.
Slab Creek: Slab Creek is downstream of the South Fork of the American where both streams enter Slab Creek Reservoir. It is a Spring Creek with Rainbows 6-10 inches, and Browns 8-11 inches. It runs through a narrow canyon with small pools and runs. Access from Hwy 50 near Pollack Pines or from Placerville on Mosquito Road.
Jones Fork of Silver Creek: The Jones Fork is one of the few places where you can find Sacramento Suckers above 4600 feet elevation. It also supports a kokanee spawning run from Union Valley Reservoir. The creek above the reservoir has a low gradient channel with many large, sandy bottom pools and undercut banks with root wads. These areas contain both Sacramento Suckers and Rainbows. Browns can be found within the undercut banks and Brookies are found in the upper reaches.
Fishing Regulations (Effective March 1st, 2021)
American River, South Fork, and their tributaries above Folsom Lake (Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Alpine cos.):
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30th. 5 trout, no gear restrictions. Summer fishing only to protect Spring and Fall Spawning.
All Lakes and Reservoirs:
Open all year. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.
All other creeks and tributaries:From the last Saturday in April through November 15, five trout daily bag limit, 10 trout in possession; and, from November 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April, 0 trout bag limit, artificial lures with barbless hooks only and trout must be released unharmed and not removed from the water.