In Northern California there are many freestone rivers that we trout fish. Two in particular are the Pit River and the McCloud River. Both of these rivers are fished with similar techniques, both are difficult to wade, and both are located in remote canyons.
Since the FERC re-licensing the Pit River now runs at about 300 CFS during the Prime part of the fishing season. Although the Pit River does not require a high skill level to fish, it does on the other hand require you to be in good physical condition with a will to fish in difficult wading conditions. Above average wading skills are a plus on the Pit River.
This river is a virtual rock garden, which makes it the perfect water for short line nymphing, either high sticking with or without an indicator.
Both methods are equally effective. Pit River is not without a little dry fly fishing starting in June, so you can expect to see some Caddis in the evening along with the odd Mayfly here and there. The Pit River is also the longest river in the state with its headwaters starting up near the Warner Mountains and running to Shasta Lake. Most of the primary trout fishing is done below Lake Britten. Pit River has been known for turning out some pretty high-number-fish days! It is also open year around which makes it a good winter trout fishing destination