Fish bits for the week of 7/31/19

Middle Fork Feather River

“Trout have now joined in schools against me and my accusations of trout obesity in the Feather River,” said fishing guide Jack Trout. “As a result of my lack of empathy and feelings towards trout girth, trout are now feeding delicately on Zebra Midges size 18 and 20.” Last month it was flies the size of chickens and now a mere morsel, if that?

As we head into the Dog Days of Summer, the largest trout will be looking for the smallest flies by default. Non-beaded bottom flies become a must and looking for the cut banks and fishing in the bend on the opposite side becomes key.

“Don’t fish on top of fish after June, water becomes too clear,” suggests Trout. “But when we’re not looking, they’re still stuffing a size 14 hopper here and there up against the cut banks in the afternoons.” Then caddis dries size 14 or 16 work well into the late evening; 4 to 8 p.m. is really good right now.


“Stay cool sports fans and I’ll see you out there or wave if you pass me on the highway,” said Trout.

North Fork Yuba River

The trout are visible in the middle sections in foam lines about walking speed water and in the tail outs of the runs.

“When you see them, they can probably see you so that orange shirt is a no go; don’t wear it,” offers Jack Trout. Wear something more tan or earth tone. Trout are biting after it warms up in the canyon after about 10:30 a.m. Evenings are productive with both mayfly and caddis hatches, the golden stone thing is over now. Use small size 16 and 18 micro mayflies and copper Johns. Also caddis poopah are working good as well as emergers, as the last fly nymphing, and look for the grab on the swing.

“The river is prime for crossing now, do your migration staying parallel to the current, use a staff and don’t turn your largest mass up or down stream in heavy currents, you can slip,” cautions Trout. “Always stay as parallel as possible to any river you’re crossing and if you have a friend you’re fishing with, use the ‘Buddy Method’ for wading rivers or call a fly fishing guide like me.” Kids always need sunglasses and hats when fishing there are no exceptions.


Enjoy another week of lovely weather and great places to access. The feeder creeks all over both Plumas and Sierra Counties are perfect for fishing, move in that direction in the coming weeks and let us know how you do.

Fishing classes at the fair

Catch Jack Trout in person at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair on Friday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., for Fly Fishing 101. “Add another dynamic to your fishing arsenal and repertoire,” says Trout.

Pitching a doubleheader, folks can witness and learn Jack Trout’s secrets for making magic, starting at 7 p.m. as Jack offers The Art of Fly Tying, “Think like a fish, look like a bug.”