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Mad River - Above Ruth Reservoir - 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.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Morning 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Winter Stoneflies Morning 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 BWO Patterns, Pheasant Tail Nymph
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 BWO Patterns, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
April Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 BWO Patterns, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
May Salmonflies All Day 6-8 Chubby Chernobyl, Salmonfly Nymph
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
June Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
Golden Stoneflies All Day 6-10 Stimulator, Golden Stonefly Nymph
July Golden Stoneflies All Day 6-10 Chubby Chernobyl, Golden Stonefly Nymph
Tiny Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 20-24 RS2, Baetis Nymph
August Terrestrials All Day 10-18 Hopper Patterns, Ant Patterns
Tiny Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 20-24 RS2, Baetis Nymph
September Tiny Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 20-24 RS2, Baetis Nymph
Terrestrials All Day 10-18 Hopper Patterns, Ant Patterns
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 BWO Patterns, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Terrestrials All Day 10-18 Chubby Chernobyl, Ant Patterns
November Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 BWO Patterns, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Midges Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Morning 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph

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

The Mad River, above Ruth Reservoir, is a dream destination for fly fishers. Here are some of the best spots for fly fishing:

  • Kimtu Beach: Renowned fly fishing spot with a large variety of trout. Perfect for both novice and experienced anglers.
  • Pamplin Grove: Provides plenty of opportunities to catch steelhead. Tranquil and less crowded makes fishing much more enjoyable.
  • Bair Road Access Point: Access to the best steelhead run on the Mad River. Has many deep pools that hold fish.
  • Mini-Burnett Tract: Known for its picturesque natural beauty and large fish population.

Fair weather coupled with good water conditions on the Mad River can lead to memorable fly fishing experiences. Please note that fishing regulations should be strictly adhered to, ensuring a sustainable fishing environment.

Best Access Points

The Mad River, especially the area above the Ruth Reservoir, offers some excellent spots for fly fishing. Here are some prime access points for an exhilarating experience:

  • Ruth Lake Community Services District: Easy water access. A great spot for beginners.
  • Barlow Crossing: Located upstream of the reservoir, it renders an ideal environment for salmon, steelhead and trout.
  • Hammond Trail: Offers multiple access points along the river, great for a full day of fishing.
  • Mad River Fish Hatchery: Significant places for seasonal fish runs. Observe regulations during runs.
  • Mad River County Park: Easy access with adjacent camping facilities. Perfect for weekend trips.

Remember to always follow local fishing regulations and carry out all trash to maintain the area’s natural beauty.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead Trout – Known for their size and fighting abilities, steelhead trout are a popular target for fly fishing in the Mad River.
  • Chinook Salmon – These fish are particularly sought after during their migration period in the fall.
  • Coho Salmon – Also known as silver salmon, they are highly prized for their strength and speed.
  • Brown Trout – The Mad River contains a healthy population of these fish, known for their beautiful golden-brown color.
  • Rainbow Trout – They are highly sought after for their rainbow-coloured shimmer and are often found in the cool, clear waters of the Mad River.
  • Brook Trout – Although they are smaller in size, brook trout offer a challenging and exciting catch for fly fishermen.
  • Cutthroat Trout – Named for the distinctive red coloration on the underside of their jaw, cutthroat trout are a favored species among fly fishing enthusiasts.
  • Dolly Varden Trout – This salient fish is considered a delicacy and offers an exciting challenge for fly fishers.

About The River

The Mad River tributaries, located above the Ruth Reservoir, have a surprising and impressive history. This river, originating from Northern California’s Trinity River basin, gained recognition for its abundance of steelhead trout and coho salmon.

Fun facts about this river include:

  • Its name is not derived from an angry outburst but from an expedition where several men went mad due to harsh conditions.
  • It’s home to the Mad River Fish Hatchery, a driver for restoring the river’s salmon population.
  • In 1953, the dam at Ruth Lake was built, creating the reservoir that significantly altered the river’s course.

In the past, the Mad River was integral to the livelihood of the local Native American tribes. Today, it offers recreational activities such as fishing, rafting, and hiking. While it may seem like a fleeting body of water to passersby, the Mad River holds a rich ecologic and historic value that continues to shape its vicinity.

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