Milton Reservoir from a recent Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers outing. | Dean McKay
The Middle Fork of the Yuba River that comes out of Jackson Meadows Reservoir provides the water for Milton. Because the water comes out of the bottom of the dam, it is cool, making it a great place to fish in the hot summer months. Expect water temperatures in the low to mid-50s.
A floating device - tube, pontoon or small boat (no motors) is required to fish Milton. The brown trout have been getting bigger with 18” fish becoming common. Most of the fishing is under an indicator on a floating line with a midge or callibaetis nymph. Stripping a Woolly Bugger on a full sink can be effective and we might get some top water on callibaetis, ants or beetles.
The road to Milton from the Jackson Meadows dam can be a bit rough but cars do make the trip if driven carefully.
If stream fishing is more your thing, there is the river from the dam to Milton or a couple of small creeks with very willing fish nearby.
Webber Lake is located just down the road and Independence Lake is also nearby for other stillwater opportunities.
Jackson Meadows is located about an hour north east of Truckee. Take highway 89 north to Jackson Meadows/Henness Pass Road (left) and then take that road to the campground.
The Aspen Group Camp is located just before you reach the dam and the road down to Milton. We have the Ridge and Hill camps which will accommodate 8 campers/trailers and 50 people, so we have lots of room for tents!
We will plan a group dinner for Saturday night.
The Fly Shop Redding, Brodin Nets, Patagonia Squaw Valley, Dick Gander, Truckee River Winery, Village Pizzeria, River Ranch Lodge, REI Reno