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Eel River - Scotia - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Throughout the day 18-24 Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Afternoon 8-12 Golden Stone
February Midges Throughout the day 18-24 Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Afternoon 8-12 Golden Stone
March Caddisflies Afternoon 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies Afternoon 8-12 Golden Stone
April Blue Winged Olive Morning, late evening 16-20 BWO Nymph
May Pale Morning Dun Mid morning to afternoon 14-18 Sparkle Dun
June Green Drake Afternoon 10-14 Green Drake Comparadun
Caddisflies Noon onwards 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
July Terrestrials Afternoon 6-10 Black Beatle
Caddisflies Noon onwards 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
August Terrestrials Afternoon 6-10 Black Beatle
September Mahogany Dun Afternoon 12-16 Mahogany Dun Spinner
Blue Winged Olive Morning, late evening 16-20 BWO Nymph
October Midges Throughout the day 18-24 Zebra Midge
Blue Winged Olive Morning, late evening 16-20 BWO Nymph
November Midges Throughout the day 18-24 Zebra Midge
Blue Winged Olive Morning, late evening 16-20 BWO Nymph
December Midges Throughout the day 18-24 Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Afternoon 8-12 Golden Stone

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

If you’re a passionate angler seeking the perfect fly fishing spot on the Eel River – Scotia, consider the following locales:

  • Fernbridge: Known for steelhead fishing, Fernbridge offers striking river views to enjoy while waiting for a bite.
  • Scotia Bluffs: Renowned for its plentiful salmon, the scenic Scotia Bluffs will delight any avid fisher.
  • Fortuna Riverwalk: Not far upstream from Fernbridge, this spot provides a gorgeous setting and plenty of steelhead and salmon.
  • Rio Dell: Located further upstream, Rio Dell offers serene surroundings and is known for its healthy stock of salmon and steelhead.

Note: Always remember to follow local guidelines and regulations for fishing to ensure a sustainable practice.

Best Access Points

The Eel River in Scotia provides privacy and beautiful surroundings for an unforgettable fly fishing adventure. Available destinations vary in accessibility and what species they are known for. Here are some top access points. Benbow Lake State Recreation Area:
  • Great for steelhead, salmon, and trout
  • Boat ramps make this a go-to spot for convenient access
Albee Creek:
  1. Located in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  2. Popular for steelhead fly fishing during spawning season
Garberville:
  • This is both the start of the South Fork Eel and an excellent spot for salmon and steelhead
Scotia Bluffs:
  1. A steep route, but rewarding fishing grounds
  2. Home to steelhead, Coho salmon, and sea-run cutthroat trout

Local Fish

  • Steelhead: Known for their aggressive behavior and intense fights, they are one of the most popular species on the Eel River.
  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, these fish are a challenging yet rewarding catch.
  • Coho Salmon: Being an endangered species, they must be released immediately after catch on the Eel River.
  • Rainbow Trout: These are aggressive eaters and put up a good fight making them an excellent choice for fly fishing.
  • Brown Trout: Found in slower moving waters, are known for their beautiful coloration and size.
  • American Shad: Although not native to the Eel River, are highly sought after for fly fishing due to their feistiness.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Thriving in warmer waters, the Eel River presents a perfect habitat for these fish.
  • Striped Bass: Although a lesser known fly fishing species on the Eel River, they are greatly enjoyed by fly fishers who encounter them.

About The River

Running through the heart of Humboldt County, Northern California, the majestic Eel River – Scotia holds an intriguing and bold history. It was from its bountiful waters that Native Americans like the Wiyot people garnered sustenance and crafted tools thousands of years ago.

In the mid 19th century, the river and the surrounding Scots Pine forest provided a foundation for the development of the eerily picturesque town of Scotia, one of the few remaining “company towns” completely owned by lumber companies.

  • The development of the logging and timber industry here was truly revolutionary, evolving from manual logging to steam-powered sawmills in a few decades.
  • The very same Eel River played a critical role during this timber boom, serving as a powerful, natural highway for log transportation.

Today, with its sprawling vistas and serene environment, this historical river and quiet town attract visitors from far and wide, gleaming with signs of past industrial prowess and unspoiled natural beauty.

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