Pit River Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for the Pit River
Rods, Reels & Lines:
Five-weight nine-foot rods are ideal on the Pit River. We primarily use floating lines. Nymph or Double Taper Lines are best for versatility. We occasionally use fast-sinking sink-tip lines to fish streamers.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We usually use 3X-5X tippet on the Pit River. Come prepared with 7.5' 3X or 4X leaders. We use a variety of indicators on the Pit. Corkies and yarn work well. For indicatorless nymphing we like the nymph taper fly lines with the bright red tip. Attaching a permanent butt section of 25# red amnesia also works well. We use split shot in sizes BB and larger on the Pit.
Waders & Boots:
We use chest-high breathable waders on the Pit River. Spiked wading boots are an advantage, but aren't an absolute necessity. Wading staffs are required and are provided. Make sure to bring your own wading belt. All fishing on the Pit River is done while wading. In the middle of the summer we frequently wet-wade.
Hatches & Seasons
The Pit River below Lake Britton Dam is open year-round. Some of the most popular hatches include the golden and giant stoneflies, caddis on summer evenings, and the Isonychia and October Caddis hatches in the fall.
• Bird's Nest, black, 12-14
• HBI, 14-18
• Amber Prince, 14-18
• Black Rubberlegs, 6
• Pettis' Pulsating Caddis, olive, 14-16
• Copper John, all colors, 12-18
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, 14-18
• Isonychia, 10 (August-October)
• Parachute Adams, 12-18
• Cutter's E/C Caddis, olive, 16
• Elk Hair Caddis, olive 12-16
• Burk's Extended Body Yellow Stone, 14 (mid-summer)
• Stimulator, Brown, 10 (May & June)
• Rogue Foam Salmonfly, 6 (May & June)
• Rogue Foam Golden Stone, 8 (May & June)
• Crayfish patterns, 6-10
• Woolhead sculpin, black, 4
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at their lodge or hotel at 8:30am. On some trips we may arrange to meet on the river.
We typically have our clients ride with us in our vehicles. However, be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle.
All trips on the Pit River are wading trips.
The wading is very challenging, and we require that all guests use wading staffs.
Spiked boots can be helpful, but aren't essential.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
The Pit River is very close to several other fisheries, including Hat Creek and Burney Creek. It is very common for us to fish two or even three different fisheries in a full day.
Length of the Day:
Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 12:30pm. On many full days we take a break around 2pm and reconvene around 7pm to fish the evening hatch.
Lodging & Travel Info
Some of our Pit River fly fishing trips are conducted on public lands administered by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Confluence Outfitters operates under permit from the Shasta/Trinity National Forest on a non-discriminatory basis.