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Mattole River - Ettersburg - 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 All Day #18-24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Stoneflies, Midges Afternoon #14-24 Hares Ear, Zebra Midge
March Caddisflies, Midges Afternoon #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Zebra Midge
April Mayflies Afternoon #12-16 Adams, Blue Wing Olive
Caddisflies Afternoon #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Hares Ear
May Mayflies Afternoon #12-16 Adams, Blue Wing Olive
Stoneflies Afternoon #10-14 Stimulator, Hares Ear
June Mayflies Afternoon #12-16 Adams, Blue Wing Olive
Caddisflies Afternoon #10-14 Elk Hair Caddis, Hares Ear
July Terrestrials All Day #8-12 Hopper, Ant Patterns
August Terrestrials All Day #8-12 Hopper, Ant Patterns
September Terrestrials, Caddisflies All Day #8-14 Hopper, Elk Hair Caddis
October Mayflies Afternoon #12-18 Adams, Blue Wing Olive
November Midges All Day #18-24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges All Day #18-24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

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 Mattole River in Ettersburg is a haven for discerning fly fishers, boasting various prime fishing spots filled with steelhead trout, Chinook and coho salmon.

  • Mattole River Estuary: This is where the river empties into the Pacific Ocean, an excellent site for fly fishing, especially for Chinook salmon during their fall run.
  • Twin Rocks: Reachable by an adventurous hike, this upstream area offers abundant fly fishing opportunities.
  • Honeydew Bridge: The waters around this site are plentiful with steelhead trout, particularly in winter and early spring.
  • Eubanks Creek: A tributary of the Mattole River, this spot is ideal for fly fishers targeting coho salmon.
  • Fourmile Creek: Known for its deep pools, this area is excellent for fly fishing, particularly for sea-run rainbows and steelhead trout.

Best Access Points

Located in Northwestern California, the Mattole River is a popular destination that provides excellent access points for fly fishing. A notable area to engage in this activity is Ettersburg. The primary access points in this area include:

  • Honeydew: This tiny hamlet is your gateway to the lower Mattole River. It offers easy access to the river, making it an excellent fishing spot.
  • Whitethorn: Although slightly challenging to reach due to rough terrain, Whitethorn provides a peaceful and isolated fishing experience on the upper stretch of the river.
  • Ettersburg Bridge: The spot near the Ettersburg Bridge covers a beautiful stretch that is recommended for fly fishing.
  • Mattole River Beach: Fly fishing at the mouth where the river meets the sea offers reward for the adventurous.

Remember to carry appropriate fly fishing equipment and tackle, depending on the season and types of fish prevalent at the time of your visit.

Local Fish

Local fish targeted for fly fishing on the Mattole River – Ettersburg:
  • Chinook Salmon (King Salmon) – The largest species in the Pacific salmon family.
  • Coho Salmon (Silver Salmon) – A popular fish due it’s fighting spirit and taste.
  • Steelhead Trout – Known for their elusive nature and fighting spirit.
  • Green Sturgeon – A massive, prehistoric-looking fish that is rare and challenging to catch.
  • Pacific Lamprey – While not a popular sport fish, they are often caught while targeting other species.
  • Cutthroat Trout – A native species, valued for their sporting qualities and taste.
  • Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon) – Notoriously feisty, putting up a great fight for fly fishers.
  • Pink Salmon (Humpback Salmon) – A smaller Pacific salmon species, most abundant every other year.

About The River

Nestled in the heart of beautiful North California lays the enchanting Mattole River-Ettersburg. This picturesque, untouched landscape is rich with history. Once home to the Mattole natives, it’s believed to have been inhabited for over 6000 years!

It’s a sanctuary for wildlife, with salmon and steelhead trout returning each year to spawn in the river. The Mattole River is nearly ninety miles long, etching its path through magnificent old growth forests and lush, fertile valleys.

In the 19th century, this beautiful gem was discovered by settlers herding livestock and farming, adding to its rich, cultural tapestry. Today, the river is nested between the small communities of Ettersburg and Honeydew, its seclusion making it a perfect retreat for those seeking tranquility and solitude.

So whether you’re drawn to its rugged beauty, wildlife or its remarkable history – the Mattole River-Ettersburg should not be missed!

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