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    Default Pit River Camping

    Still haven't fishied the Pit with the higher flows so I may head up father's day weekend as the wife and kids gave me permission get away.

    I was wondering about the camping in the canyon. I used to camp in #4 along the river but I've read that developed campgrounds were coming.

    I've also camped at Lake Britton but I would like to stay in the canyon if possible.

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    I'm going to be up there myself for 4 days at Burney McArthur State Campground. Fishing the Pit a couple of days and Hat Creek a couple of days. I will have the family in tow but have a man pass to do whatever I want.

    Fathers day ROCKS!

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    Yes there are unimproved campgrounds on Pit 4. LOVE camping there.

    Just take a few of the dirt turnoffs along Pit 4 and you'll see numerous fire pits.
    Then set 'er up!

    I have very good memories camping along Pit 4. Can't say much for the fishing
    now with the higher flows. Some like it....but I think a lot of good water was
    ruined.

    Have fun man....report back.

    EO

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    Smile Try new Ruling Creek Campground.

    I camped in May at the new Ruling Creek campground. Awesome, toilets, water, fire pits, spcial spots for RVs and tents, as well as trucks. About mid section of Pit 4. May no be officially opened, was no charge in May. Enjoy.

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    We camped for years at the old Deep Creek camp ground just upstream from Henderson Springs private water lodge.

    Not sure if the road is good enough to go in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnesheim View Post
    I camped in May at the new Ruling Creek campground. Awesome, toilets, water, fire pits, spcial spots for RVs and tents, as well as trucks. About mid section of Pit 4. May no be officially opened, was no charge in May. Enjoy.
    To clarify, the new facilities at Ruling Creek are open. I believe PG&E is planning on charging a fee, though I'm not sure what it is. The facilities are nice, include water, fire pits, ample room and are located riverside for easy fishing access.


    Been fishing the river all over and doing fairly well the past couple of weeks. Nothing fancy needed. A lot of golden stones are out, as well as caddis (black micro and large size 12 tan), along with some larger size mayflies, though 99% of my fishing has been subsurface. Lots of great water to explore along Pit 3 and 4. Just find the clearly marked turnouts and explore. Haven't made it down to 5 yet this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kiene aka "Boca Grande" View Post
    We camped for years at the old Deep Creek camp ground just upstream from Henderson Springs private water lodge.

    Not sure if the road is good enough to go in there.
    Right now the campgrounds are inaccessible to traffic due to a huge bolder blocking the last 1/4 mile of the road. It completely blocks the road, so it is ill-advisable to travel down the road unless you plan on stopping and hiking in the rest of the way. The Friday before Memorial day someone from San Francisco tried to drive around it and got his brand new Lexus stuck. No cell coverage in there. Luckily he had several friends coming, so I believe they were able to get a tow truck sometime during the weekend. Can't say he wasn't warned, or that it was a cheap tow.
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    Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll try the new campsites at Rushing Creek.

    Bob, maybe I'll see ya out there, I'll be in the brown Xterra.

    I will probably try Hat Creek also. After wading, falling, bruising and swimming on the Pit going over to Hat Creek is welcome reprieve.

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    Good idea to lick the wounds after the Pit. Don't forget your Vitamin I (ibuprofen)

    Post a report on your success- hope you slay 'em.

    EO

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnwhite44 View Post
    Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll try the new campsites at Rushing Creek.

    Bob, maybe I'll see ya out there, I'll be in the brown Xterra.

    I will probably try Hat Creek also. After wading, falling, bruising and swimming on the Pit going over to Hat Creek is welcome reprieve.
    I'll be in a red Pathfinder, probably going to fish the Hat Creek Powerhouse 2 riffle on Friday and Pit 3 Saturday. Sunday I'll be taking my daughter bait dunking in Burney Creek or out on the lake.

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    Another great time on the Pit.

    On the drive up I realized that I forgot a wading staff, I had 3 at home. So I stopped at the Fly Shop to buy another. I was at the counter purcahsing my new $45 Harts Wading staff when the clerk said, "the Pit has tons of wading staffs". Little did I know how prophetic his statement was. I somehow lost the staff on #3 friday. Found a nice pine branch, cleaned it up and tied it to my wading belt with some extra clothes line.

    Got up there thurday around noon. It was pretty warm so I decided to fish in a tank top. Don't fish the Pit in a tank top. Those soft looking tufts of grass that grow on the boulders are actually sharp little blades that left grass burns on up my sides and under my arms.

    My shins are battered and bruised. I was sitting by the campfire contemplating my sore shins when I came up with a solution.....soccer shin guards. Maybe someone is already using them.

    Saturday morning I went to a run on # 3 that I had never fished before. After an hour of fishing I only had one fish to show for my labors. I had my rig trailing behind me as I moved up the next casting spot. My rig consisted of a large adult salmon fly and 2 trailing nymphs. I had caught several small fish this way on the dangle as the fish would hit the nymphs. However, this time something heavy hit my line. After a few minutes I was able land a beautiful 20" brown. The fish actually devoured the adult salmon fly imitation. It must have thought salmon fly was skittering on the surface trying to escape. My only regret was that I didn't see it hit the fly. Had several fish hit the salmon fly but this was the only one that I actually hooked. I don't recall ever catching a brown on the Pit. Left the camera in the car. Rogue foam stone is my favorite salmon fly pattern. Very bouyant and looks very buggy in the water.

    Bugs were everywhere. Golden stones, pmd, yellow sallies, caddis. Best flies tan caddis pupa, amber prince and dark lords. Saw at least five different dragon flies. The coolest were chartruse with black wings and another one was bright red with black wings.

    Saw the new campground at Ruling Creek. Nice place with pristine toilets. Sites are $8 a night. They even had firewood at every site. However, I camped at another location on #4 where I have stayed a few times before. PG&E also paved alot of the roads and there are now signs with names identifying popular fishing spots. Some trails are still unmarked.

    I was as disappointed as anyone when I heard of the increased flows on the Pit but I've got to say the wading wasn't much worse that before. On # 3 it looked like the water level only raised about 6 to 8 inches. I didn't try to cross the river but I think the fishing may have improved slightly IMHO. #4 was a little tougher and I avoided #5 because I mistakenly thought it was raging at 750cfs when it was really around 500cfs. The Fly Shop had it wrong on thier board. Come on man, update the board.

    Saturday afternoon while driving from #4 to # 3 along the lake I spotted some rises so I stopped to check it out. I saw 20 to 30 giant rainbows schooling around and occationally rising to the surface. Does anyone ever fish the lakes. I v'e never seen anyone. Might have to bring my pontoon next time. Look at the lower half of this photo.


    The fishing was awesome, 20 to 30 fish days were the norm. Got a little crowded Saturday but by 6:00pm most fisherman are off the river. Can't wait till next time with shin guards.



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    Last edited by lynnwhite44; 06-19-2012 at 02:50 PM.

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