Hat Creek Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for Hat Creek
Rods, Reels & Lines:
Four and five-weight nine-foot rods are ideal on Hat Creek. We primarily use floating lines. Spring Creek or Double Taper Lines are best for delicate presentations. We occasionally use sink-tip lines and clear intermediate sinking lines to fish streamers.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We frequently use 6X and 7X tippet on Hat Creek. Come prepared with 9' 6X leaders for dry fly fishing and 7.5' 5X leaders for nymphing. We prefer "Corkie" indicators in the 1/2inch and 5/8inch size for Hat Creek. We use split shot in sizes 6, 4, 1, and BB.
Waders & Boots:
We use chest-high breathable waders on Hat Creek. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. There are a few areas that can be fished from the bank without wearing waders. In the middle of the summer we frequently wet-wade.
Hatches & Seasons
Hat Creek is open from the last Saturday in April through November 15. Some of the most popular hatches include the golden and giant stoneflies, green drakes, trico spinners, and little yellow stones.
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 16-18
• HBI, 16-18
• Pheasant Tail, curved shank, 16-20
• Brassie, 18-20
• WD-40, olive, 18
• Trico Spinner, 18-22
• Parachute Adams, 14-20
• PMD parachute, 16-20
• Quigley Cripple, olive, 16-18
• Comparadun, olive, 16-18
• Rogue Foam Salmonfly, 6 (May & June)
• Rogue Foam Golden Stone, 8 (May & June)
• Bouface, brown, 10
• Monroe leech, olive, 10
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at their lodge or hotel at 8:30am. At certain times of year we may arrange to meet earlier, especially during the summer when the trico spinners are falling in the morning hours. On some trips we may arrange to meet at Hat Creek Park, where Highway 299 crosses Hat Creek.
We typically have our clients ride with us in our vehicles. However, be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle.
While some fishing can be done from the bank without wearing waders or boots, most fishing on Hat Creek is wade fishing. The wading is not difficult in most areas.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
Hat Creek is very close to several other fisheries, including Fall River, Burney Creek, Baum Lake, Cassel Forebay, and the Pit River. 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.
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