LOWER MOKELUMNE RIVER
ABOUT: Below Lake Camanche Dam near the town of Lockeford, the cold, clear, Mokelumne River winds its way among the oak trees and vineyards. Teaming with rainbow trout, with the possibility of fish over twenty inches, it offers the fly fishermen excellent angling opportunities. The Mokelumne is an easy river to wade, and my clients and I often catch fish on dries, nymphs, and streamers on each guided trip.
"I generally float the Mokelumne
Three and four weight rods are the preferred choice for dry fly fishing
with Elk Hard Caddis, Stimulators, Parachute Adams, and Pale Morning Dun
patterns providing the best results. Most nymph fishing is done with nine
foot rods in four and five weights, with caddis pupa, flashback pheasant
tails, and birds nest being the top flies. Streamer fishing is done with
six and seven weight rods with sink tips or sinking lines with floating
running lines weighing between 200 and 250 grains. Small clousers and
Olive Woolly Buggers are the flies of choice.
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