Pit River Fly Fishing
The 10th most popular fly fishing river in California.
Sunday 16 April 2017 05:27 GMT
Northeast of Redding and Burney, the Pit Riveris known for its 14 inch rainbow trout and a 16 inch brown trout. The scenic Pit River runs through a canyon and wading is challenging due to all the boulders and slippery rocks. There are a series of dams, and some of the best fishing is found just below each dam. This is actually a very long river: the Fall River, the Hat Creek and the McCloud River all drain into the Pit River.
While the Pit River is typically divided into an upper and a lower section, the lower 30 miles below Lake Britton is the most popular stretch. This Pit River fly fishing tailwater section has steady temperatures and deep pocketwater for a long fishing season. The most popular stretch of this section is from Lake Britton to the Pit #3 Powerhouse. This stretch has a minimum size limit of 18 inches, with fishing only with artificial lures and barbless hooks. You can reach this stretch from the Lake Britton Dam via Pit Canyon Road and then hike in from informal roadside parking areas.
Overall, Pit River is the 10th most popular fly fishing river of all 17 fly fishing spots in California.