Fly Fishing Northern California Waters: Roadside, Backcountry and Wilderness Destinations


If the excitement of hooking trout, steelhead, and salmon in Northern California's coastal and inland waters is a challenge you enjoy, you need this book. In Fly-Fishing Northern California Waters, Lily Tso Wong shares her decades of experience exploring this area's more than 1000 premier and lesser-known lakes and many miles of streams. This book includes: where, when, and how to fish the lakes and streams from the northern coast ranges to the Great Basin Provinces, and from the Oregon border to the Sacramento ...
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If the excitement of hooking trout, steelhead, and salmon in Northern California's coastal and inland waters is a challenge you enjoy, you need this book. In Fly-Fishing Northern California Waters, Lily Tso Wong shares her decades of experience exploring this area's more than 1000 premier and lesser-known lakes and many miles of streams. This book includes: where, when, and how to fish the lakes and streams from the northern coast ranges to the Great Basin Provinces, and from the Oregon border to the Sacramento Central Valley; fish species and habitat; fishing strategies; reading water; aquatic insects; detailed maps; access points; history; geological information; map resources; fish distribution; and so much more. As an avid angler, hiker, and backpacker, Lily Tso Wong has spent decades in Northern California's wilderness areas making this book indispensable for anglers of all levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571882554
  • Publisher: Amato, Frank Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 682,161
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 8
Equipment: Fly-Fishing Rods, Reels, Lines, and Accessories 9
Exploring Public Lands, Backcountry, and Wilderness Waters 11
Anatomy of Productive Waters 15
To Be Free: Catch and Release 19
Northern California Roadside, Backcountry, and Wilderness Adventures
Part 1 The Northwestern Connection 22
Spectacular Coastal Salmon and Steelhead Rivers 25
Anadromous Fishes in California Streams: Characteristics and Distribution 27
Emerald Waters of Smith River Giants 28
Song of the Siren: The Elegant Eel River and Avenue of the Giants 30
Main Stem Eel River
Yolla Bolly, Middle Eel Wilderness
Middle Fork Eel River
South Fork Eel River
Van Duzen River
Hidden Treasures of Other North Coastal Waters 33
The Solitude of Redwood Creek
Humboldt Lagoons State Park: Freshwater, Stone, and Big Lagoons
Klopp Lake
The Many Faces of the Mad River
Remote Mattole River Wild Steelhead
Central Coastal Waters... A Tale of Small Rivers 35
Tenmile River
Noyo River
Big River
Navarro River
Alder Creek
Garcia River
A River by the Sea ... The Gualala
Connecting with Sonoma Coast's Russian River
Salmon Creek
Trout in California Lakes and Streams 40
Characteristics and Distributions 40
Food Sources and Fly Patterns 44
Mayflies Order: Ephemeroptera
Caddisflies Order: Trichoptera
Stonefiles Order: Plecoptera
Midges, Gnats, or Mosquitoes Order: Diptera
Damselflies and Dragonflies Order: Odonata
Scuds Order: Amphipoda
Leeches: Houdini
Terrestrial Insects
Forage Fish
Pristine Waters of the Klamath Mountains Province 49
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Access, Klamath and Shasta-Trinity Segment 49
The Wild and Scenic Klamath River System
Upper Klamath River
Middle Klamath River
Hidden Trout Waters: Fish Lake Complex
Lower Klamath River
Out of Scott River
A Passport to the Salmon River
Shasta River Connections
Upper Klamath River Drainage 55
Juanita, Orr, and Indian Tom Lakes
Greenhorn Reservoir
Remote Siskiyou Wilderness 55
Marble Mountain Wilderness Shangri-La 56
Canyon Creek Lakes
Shackleford Creek Lakes
North Fork Salmon River Lakes
Wooley Creek-Haypress Meadows Trail Complex Lakes
Elk Creek-Granite Creek Trail Complex Lakes
Solitude in the Russian Wilderness 58
Taylor Creek and Hogan Creek Lakes
Scott River Lakes
Russian Creek Lakes Complex
Trinity River Serpentine Express 59
Headwaters Trinity Divide Country and Trinity Alps Wilderness 62
Explore the Inner Depths of Trinity Divide Country
Deadfall Lakes Basin
Picayune Lake
East Fork Trinity River 64
Mumbo Basin Lakes
Tamarack and Twin Lakes Basin
Highland Lakes and Devils Complex Lakes
Scott River Watersheds 65
Kangaroo Lake
Other Scott River Drainage Lakes
Shasta River Drainage 66
West Parks Lake Basin
Caldwell Lakes Basin
Mount Eddy Lakes
Adventurous Treks Into Trinity Alps 66
East Slope Lakes and Streams: Upper Trinity River 68
Tangle Blue Creek Drainage
Bear Creek Drainage
Coffee Creek Drainage
Swift Creek Drainage
Stuart Fork Drainage
Rush Creek Lakes and Streams
South Fork Salmon River 70
East Fork South Fork Salmon Waters
South Fork Scott River 70
Trinity River Lakes and Streams 71
Canyon Creek Lakes
North Fork Trinity River 71
Wild, Rugged, and Remote New River 72
Upper Trinity River: Wild and Secluded Gems from Clair Engle Lake to Junction City 73
Clair Engle Lake
Lewiston Lake
Upper Trinity River 74
Trinity River Fly-Fishing-Only
Old Lewiston Bridge to Douglas City
BLM Hog Hole Fly-Fishing Access
Bucktail Pool Access
Steel Bridge Area
Indian Creek Access
Douglas City to Junction City
Steiner Flat and Other Access Sites
Secluded Floating Waters
Salmon Egg Imitations and Glo Bugs
Middle Trinity River: Awe-Inspiring Waters from Junction City to Cedar Flat 79
Junction City Valley Waters
Pigeon Point and Mouth of North Fork
Hell Hole and Other Access to Cedar Flat
Lower Trinity River, Part 1 81
Cedar Flat to Willow Creek: Pleasures and Perils Water
Hawkins Bar River Access
South Fork Trinity River
Lower Trinity River, Part 2 82
Willow Creek to Confluence of Klamath at Weitchpec
Willow Creek Access
Horse Linto, Tish Tang A Tang, and Mill Creek Lake
Tish Tang A Tang Access
Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation Waters
Hoopa Airport Road Access
State Route 96 Highway Bridge Access
Trinity River at the Mouth of Supply, Hostler, and Mill Creeks
Red Rock Access
Scenic Weitchpec Gorge Waters
Part 2 Great Basin, Modoc, and Cascade Range Waters 86
Gateway to Great Basin Empire and Surrounding Waters 89
Exploring the Warner Mountains 89
North Warner Mountain Lakes and Streams
South Warner Mountain Lakes and Streams
Unspoiled South Warner Wilderness 90
Patterson Lake
Pine Creek Basin
Fitzhugh Creek
Clear Lake
Emerson Lakes
Caribou Sanctuaries and Eagle Lake's Elusive Trout 92
Caribou Sanctuaries: Wilderness, Backcountry, and Roadside Waters 92
Secluded Pine Creek
Crater Lake
Elusive Eagle Lake Trout: A Fly-Fisher's Aspiration 93
Susan River and Bizz Johnson Rail Trail
Adventurous Modoc and Cascade Provinces Waters 97
Treasures of Modoc and Pit River Country 97
Wild and Challenging Pit River
South Fork Pit River, Blue Lake, and Other Lakes and Streams
Secluded Ash Creek and Rush Creek
Untamed and Magnificent Pit River: Alturas to Lake Britton
Burney Creek
Rock Creek
Clark Creek
Pit 3 Dam to Pit 3 Powerhouse Reach
Pit 4 Reach, Pit 5 Reach, and Fenders Flat to Shasta Lake
Hatchet Creek
Nelson Creek, Kosk Creek, and Iron Canyon Reservoir
Along Fall River's Serene Watercourse 101
Bear Creek
Captivating Hat Creek and Wilderness Waters 104
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Access: Lassen Segment
Upper and Middle Hat Creek
Baum Lake
Thousand Lakes Wilderness
Lake Eiler, Box Lake, Barrett Lake, and Durbin Lake
Wild-Trout Waters of Lower Hat Creek
Hidden World of Medicine Lake Highlands 107
The Splendid McCloud 107
Upper McCloud River
Exhilarating and Challenging Lower McCloud River
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Access: Castle Crags to Squaw Valley Creek
Squaw Valley Creek and McCloud River PCT Fishing Access
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Access: McCloud River to Lake Britton
Ah-Di-Na River Access
McCloud River Preserve
Expansive Sacramento River 112
Bewitching Upper Sacramento and Trinity Divide Country Waters
North Fork Sacramento River
Middle Fork Sacramento River
Toad and Porcupine Lakes
South Fork Sacramento River
Gumboot Lake
Cliff Lakes, Terrace Lake, and Gray Rock Lakes
Seven Lakes Basin
Castle Lake
Lake Siskiyou, and Wagon Creek
Upper Sacramento River: Box Canyon to Shasta Lake 114
Smaller Sacramento River Tributary Waters 116
Battle Creek Drainage Waters
North Fork Battle Creek Reservoir
McCumber Reservoir
The Idyllic Manzanita Lake
Grace and Nora Lakes
South Fork Battle Creek
Main Stem Battle Creek
Lassen Volcanic National Park Waters
Mill Creek
Majestic Lower Sacramento River 119
Public River Trail Access
Whiskeytown Lake and Tributary Waters
Poor Man's Steelhead: American Shad
Lesser-Known West Slope Waters
Middle Fork Stony Creek
Sacramento Valley's Putah Creek
Wild-Trout, Heritage Trout, and Catch-and-Release Waters 122
Fly-Fishing Waters by County (map) 124
Northern California Counties and Fly-Fishing Waters 125
Part 3 Fish Distribution 126
Colusa County
Del Norte County
Glenn County
Humboldt County
Lake County
Lassen County
Marin County
Mendocino County
Modoc County
Napa County
Shasta County
Siskiyou County
Solano County
Sonoma County
Tehama County
Trinity County
Conclusion 164
Appendix A California Fly-Fishing and Environmental Organizations 165
Appendix B Fly Shops, Lodging and Other Services 166
Bibliography 167
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