Pit River Fly Fishing

The 10th most popular fly fishing river in California.

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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.


Local Contact(s):  California Tourism (916) 444-4429; STNF (530) 926-4511; The Fly Shop, Redding (800) 669-3474

Recommended Book:  "Fly-Fishing Northern California" from Lily Tso

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Pit River Campground

Luxury Loding:  Lava Creek Lodge (530) 336-6288; Clearwater Lodge (888) 600-5451

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/stnf/

Article Source:   Best Pit River Fly Fishing Review https://www.myriverguide.com/?id=19647

GPS:  41.0214, -121.6757

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  4/16/2017

ID:  19647

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