The Calaveras River has been a well kept secret for valley anglers in-the-know for decades. Although it begins at about 5000 ft. in the Sierras, it's the tail-water stretch flowing from the base of New Hogan Reservoir that we focus on. The native Rainbows in this stretch are among some of the purest strains found anywhere! With a very gentle stretch immediately below the dam, to a steep canyon downstream, we can match the water to your physical demands. Not being navigable, this is a walk-in only stream. If it's solitude you're looking for, we can show you the access points. At only about 30 miles east of Stockton, this gorgeous fishery is right in our backyards!
The river is closed from March 31st until the last Sat. in May. This is a Steelhead spawning closure.
When the river re-opens itís full on action! The cold flows are very steady and the river fishes well even during mid-day. Pocket water nymphing at it's finest; it's not unusual to catch several trout without moving your feet!
For the dry-fly fisherman, evenings are peek times with a flurry of wildly rising fish, just at sunset!
Thanks to the deep reservoir and bottom released flows, the river remains cold and the action remains hot right through to fall! With shortening days and cooler weather it's a beautiful time to be on-stream.
This is a favorite time for many regulars. Cool weather for longer hikes and an ever present chance for Steelhead make this a must-do winter destination!
Here at American, we strive to do everything we can to make your experience as memorable and enjoyable as possible. When fly fishing the beautiful Mokelumne and Calaveras rivers with us we recommend staying in Amador County - a historic Gold Rush area. Amador offers everything from wine tasting to cave exploring. So whether you're looking for a straight forward fly fishing trip, a get away with that special someone or a complete family vacation, Amador County has something for everyone! For more information on where to stay and what to do, go to www.touramador.com
Calaveras River Gear & Equipment List
Basic Walk & Wade for $365Premium Walk & Wade for $415All rates based on 2 anglers
We offer a variety of fishing packages on the Calaveras River:
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