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Friday, March 21, 2014

Lower Yuba River Fishing Report 3/21/14

Flows remain low, and the river has been stable flowing at 520 cubes, for the walk and wade angler it does not get any better. Water temps have been running 55-59 degrees, and the days have been sunny, warm, with periods of high clouds. It looks like a system will drop down on Tuesday through Thursday, and at this time total precipitation amounts is still a guess. This will be good for the mayfly hatches, adding a rejuvenation of food items for the Lower Yuba rainbows. 

For the last 10 weeks it's been the same ball game for myself and my guests, challenging dry fly presentations to professional trout. Long leaders and dry flies, like skwalas, pmd's, and bwo's patterns during the right time, brings the best results when fished to productive bank water. It's some of the best fly fishing I have ever experienced in my life, and at the same time, it puts you in your place.

Aquatic insects were on the light side today. The skwala hatch has waned, and there were only a half dozen observed. March browns have been on a steady increase, especially in the last two weeks. The duration of the actual emergence can vary, ours was short lived today though there where some solid grabs on Sparkle Duns, and Parachutes. There were not as many caddis out today as last week's flurry, and to my surprise a few yellow sally stoners were flying about.

What an awesome 2014 skwala hatch it was this year on the Lower Yuba, the amount of bugs I saw was impressive! Trips on the LY will be ending soon as I've already started operating in the Northern Sierra, and the Truckee / Tahoe basin. 

If you want to become a better fly angler, go get an education from the Lower Yuba River, and become a certified technician in trout.

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