KFFC General Meeting Secrets of American River Mikey Wier June 7, 2019

Secrets of the American River

Michael Wier

When most people think of the American River they think Salmon and Steelhead fishing below Nimbus dam or Striper and Shad through the Sacramento Valley.  For those in the know there’s a lot more to the American River.  There’s a seemingly endless amount of water to explore for trout fishing in all the forks of the American above Folsom Reservoir.  Some of it is extremely easy access but most of the great trout water is little know and can be worth some effort.  

In this presentation I will cover the forks of the American including the Silver Fork, South Fork, Middle Fork and the North Fork.  We’ll cover access and technique as well as wadding and floating.  

The slide show will be followed by a screening of the movie Gold Fever about float fishing on the Middle Fork of the American that was featured in the International Fly Fishing film festival in 2016.


Growing up in the Sierra Foothills Michael was always close to Nature.  Spending a lot of time at the Lakes and Rivers he learned to fish and tie flies at a young age. Once he moved to Lake Tahoe he began to split his time between snowboarding in the winters and fly-fishing in the summers.  Michael spent 15 seasons fishing and guiding the waters of the Truckee, Carson, Walker rivers and surrounding waters.

In 2001 he started BURL Productions specializing in adventure and outdoor films.  Notable titles to his credit include FISH EYE Videos, Trout Bum Dairies 1, SOULFISH 1&2 and CALI RUSH.

Michael now works for California Trout helping to protect California’s Trout Salmon Steelhead and blue ribbon waters.

Michael is an Ambassador for Patagonia Fly-Fihsing, Dragon Eyewear, Loon Outdoors, Galvan Reels and Outcast boats.