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Taylor River & Its Tributaries

Fishing Areas

The Taylor River and its tributaries offer the angler a wide variety of fishing opportunities. The lower section of the Taylor, from Almont north to Taylor Reservoir, runs roughly 20 miles along County Road 742. The upper Taylor stretches above the reservoir 15 miles and includes several excellent small streams.

Much of the lower Taylor flows through private property which is not open to public fishing unless you have permission from the landowner.  Anglers are responsible to know where they are at all times.

The public access to the Taylor River begins just upstream from Almont and continues approximately four miles to the highway bridge and upstream from the bridge 200 yards. On up the road two miles is the confluence of Spring Creek with the Taylor, near Harmel's Resort.  A quarter mile above this spot, the National Forest begins and fishing is legal on public land from the Taylor Tent Campground upstream for about three miles.  This stretch includes the North Bank, One Mile and Rosy Lane Campgrounds.  If you fish near the campgrounds please park so you aren't blocking camping sites.

The next public access begins about three miles up the canyon at Lodge Pole Campground and continues past Cold Springs Campground to Lottis Creek Campground.  Above Lottis Creek Campground for several miles is private property.  However, above this property is a short stretch of water below the dam that is outstanding fishing.

This stretch is protected with special fishing regulations.  The angler can use only flies and artificial lures and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.  This 0.4 mile section offers an excellent chance to land a trophy brown or rainbow.  Handle fish carefully so they live to fight another day.

Taylor Reservoir has boat ramps and campgrounds nearby.  The reservoir offers large lake trout and pike to the patient angler.

Above the reservoir, the upper section of the Taylor River has many miles of National Forest land beginning below Dinner Station Campground to above Dorchester Campground.

Driving toward Tincup, don't pass up Willow Creek.  At Tincup, you will see the road to Mirror Lake.  This is a breathtaking spot for a picnic and a great spot for the kids to fish.

Spring Creek enters the Taylor River seven miles above Almont at Harmel's Resort.  Public access to Spring Creek begins at the Spring Creek Campground and continues 10 miles upstream to Spring Creek Reservoir.  Don't overlook several feeder streams above the reservoir including Flag, Mysterious and Limber Creeks.

Spring Creek Reservoir is located in a beautiful mountain setting and is excellent for canoeing and fishing with children.  Motors on boats are prohibited.

The Taylor River and its tributaries are best fished using small dry flies size 14-18 that imitate Mayflies and Caddis flies.  Small nymphs imitating Stone flies and Mayflies are also effective.  Fish the dries straight upstream on a dead drift and the nymphs quartered upstream on a slow swing.

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Last modified: January 30, 2006