Fishing Season: April to November

Hat Creek - CA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Wild Waters Fly Fishing's Tip of the Week

Hat Creek is a good option. Early Fall conditions are making the fish look up.

Directions open in app

Map of Hat Creek

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Wild Waters Fly Fishing

5-Day Outlook as of 10/13/21

As temps drop expect good mid day fishing.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/13/21

Baetis and PMD

Local Species Available April to November

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    Rainbows and a few browns.

Wild Waters Fly Fishing's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa N/A 16-20
Dark Hendrickson N/A 16-20
Elk Wing Caddis Brown 16-20
Indicator Parachute - PMD N/A 16-18
Rubber Leg Black 8-12
Copper John Red, Copper 16-20
Stimulator Yellow or Orange 8-12
Pale Morning Dun Thorax N/A 16-20
Trico spinners male and female 20-24
Little Yellow Sallies N/A 14

Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa

Get savage strikes when you fish this bead head fly.

Wild Waters Fly Fishing's Recommended Gear

Description: About Hat Creek

Hat Creek below power house #2 is a blue ribbon trout section that is catch and release. The section is 3.5 miles long and is accessible its entire length. It is a hatch specific spring creek. Pay attention to the banks because there are large holes created by muskrats that could trip an angler up.

Nearest Airport:

Redding Muni Airport (RDD)


PMD's, Salmonfies and Drakes

Best Time to Fish:

All day

Best Stretch:

Power House #2 riffle, below Hat Creek park

Best Access:

From the junction of Highways 89 & 299, continue north 2.7 miles to a road on the right marked "Hat No. 2." This is the PG&E access road to Hat Creek Power House #2. At this point the water from Baum Lake that was diverted to the power house several miles downstream re-enters the river.