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Burney Creek

Fly fishing near Burney Falls
  • The majestic Burney Falls
    Burney Falls The 129' Burney Falls is a must-see if you are in the area. Since the creek is spring-fed, it doesn't matter what time of year you view it - the falls are always amazing!
  • Burney Creek is crystal-clear
    Crystal-Clear Water Burney Creek is crystal clear most of the year. It is common to be able to see the fish you are trying to catch in some of the deeper holes.
  • High-stick techniques work well here
    Dry Fly Fishing Fish rise to dries on Burney Creek year-round even in the middle of the day. Some of the best hatches include giant stoneflies, golden stones, green drakes, and PMDs.
  • Fishing below Burney Falls
    Cool in the Summer The area below the falls is popular during the hot months due to the natural air conditioning provided by the waterfall. It's frequently 10 degrees cooler below the waterfall.
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Despite its small size, Burney Creek is a very popular guide destination for fly fishermen staying in the Burney or Fall River Mills area. The stream rises from springs near the town of Burney, flows for a mile, then plunges over the 129' Burney Falls inside MacArthur-Burney State Park. Then there is another half mile of water from the base of the falls downstream to Lake Britton. Both sections fish well, with large numbers of planted fish above the falls and mostly wild rainbows below.

Burney Creek is an ideal classroom for novice anglers. We have taught countless anglers the basics of dry fly fishing, dry and dropper fishing, and high-stick nymphing techniques in the pockets and pools of Burney Creek. We almost always catch a fair number of fish while we're at it. Burney Creek usually fits into our fishing day as a 2-4 hour stop, with the rest of our day spent at a nearby fishery like Hat Creek, the Pit River, or even the Upper McCloud River.

Burney Creek Guide Availability
May 25: Brian Kohlman
May 25: Sam Robinett
May 26: Sam Robinett
May 27: Brian Kohlman
May 27: Sam Robinett
May 28: Sam Robinett
May 29: Sam Robinett
May 30: Sam Robinett
May 31: Sam Robinett
For more Hat Creek dates, please visit our Online Booking page!
Gear Recommendations for Burney Creek
Rods, Reels & Lines: Three and four-weight rods with floating lines are ideal on Burney Creek.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators: Come prepared with 2X-5X tippet and 7.5' 4X leaders.
Waders & Boots: Wading pants and chest-high waders are best on Burney Creek. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. A wading staff is very helpful. There are a few areas that can be fished from the bank without wearing waders.
Hatches & Seasons
Burney 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, and PMDs.

Burney Creek Hatch Chart
• BH Prince, size 14-16
• HBI, 16-18
• BH Pheasant Tail, 14-18
• Copper John, 14-16
• Parachute Adams, 12-20
• PMD parachute, 16-20
• Stimulator, Orange, 6-10
• Grasshopper, 8
• Rogue Foam Salmonfly, 6 (May & June)
• Rogue Foam Golden Stone, 8 (May & June)
Sample Itinerary
Meeting Time & Place: We typically meet our clients at their lodge or hotel at 8:30am.
Vehicle Considerations: We typically have our clients ride with us in our vehicles. However, be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle.
Wading difficulty: While some fishing can be done from the bank without wearing waders or boots, most fishing on Burney Creek is wade fishing. The wading is fairly challenging and we typically use wading staffs.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day: Burney Creek is very close to several other fisheries, including Fall River, Hat 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 1pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Fall River Mills and Redding pages for local hotel and restaurant recommendations.
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