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Email a Friend Exploring North Central California Rivers
By Mark Pinto

Click photos to enlarge Exploring North Central California Rivers
Small Stream Fishing At Its Best
Exploring North Central California Rivers
Small Streams Can Produce Big Fish Too!
Perhaps nowhere in the state are a group of quality streams more overlooked than those in north central California. These four main watersheds are from north to south: Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced.

The valley stretches (those below the final reservoirs) all receive runs of steelhead and salmon in the fall and winter with some steelhead staying to spawn in the spring. (Be sure to check for salmon and steelhead spawning closures, which vary among the valley stretches.) Being tailwaters, wild trout reside year čround. Typical hatches include blue winged olives, caddis and midges. A relatively small fly assortment will serve one nicely.

In addition to the valley stretches, the Sierra sections, those above highway 49, open on the last Saturday in April, the general trout season.

The Stanislaus, Mokelumne and Tuolumne all have north, south and middle forks, offering the exploratory angler well over 100 miles of trout water varying from gentle classic streams to extreme canyon water boasting class V rapids.

Whatever your style and desire, youčll likely find it here, so explore! When was the last time you had a wild trout stream all to yourself?!

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