These Fishermen Traverse Class V Rapids to Catch BIG Trout on the American River

“To find the goods, you have to be willing to go to places where no one else is willing to go.”

Gold Fever – Fly-Fishing California’s Gold Country is a short film about a group of guys who descend into a 2,000 foot canyon with no trails to find some of the best wild trout in California’s Gold Country. With class IV and V rapids on each end of the section of river, it is a place that only the bravest fishermen can rip some lips.

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The place they are fishing is the American River Middle Fork, about 20 miles east of Auburn, CA. The trip starts out braving about four miles of class IV rapids including the Tunnel Chute Rapid, which is a tunnel in the bedrock created by gold miners in the late 1800’s.

Once you hit the calmer waters in the middle, that’s where you find beautiful Rainbow and Brown Trout in the area only accessible by white water.

They finish the trip by traversing over the 20-foot waterfall, Ruck-A-Chucky Falls.

Not only does this trip including two of our favorite things – whitewater rafting and fly-fishing – it is also a testament to the practically unknown beauty of the Sierra Nevadas. Due to it’s lack of access, this stretch of the American River is seen by few, and thus a gold nugget in the ethers of California Wilderness.

For more information on these trips, go to .

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