The weather is hot right now, and so is the fishing on Eastern Plumas county creeks. I’m stoked to be in front of the A/C while I type out this report, it’s 92 degrees in Portola! All of the creeks in the area are perfect right now, typical summer flows and not too low. Water temperatures are 58 in morning and 65 in the late afternoon, so fish early for the best results.
The creeks have rebounded from the last drought and I’m very surprised to see some native rainbows in the 9 to 12-inch range. Best dry flies have been caddis, ants, and hoppers. For big numbers, fish each pocket efficiently with a few casts and keep moving upstream.
For the deeper pools tie a longer dropper with a #16 psycho prince, or a red copper john. The further you hike in the better, and if you do not see any footprints like we did yesterday, you’re golden.
Now is the time to get out and explore Gray Eagle, Frazier, Jamison, Grizzly, and Little Jamison creeks. Water levels will be dropping as we creep into August, and some creeks will fare better than others. I’ve got open dates if you’re looking for the ultimate wilderness fly fishing experience.