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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

North Fork Yuba River Fishing Report 5/28/14

It's been game on for the North Fork Yuba River for the past two weeks, and the dry fly game is not only going off; It's the preferred offering by wild rainbows looking up! In all my years I have never seen such great dry fly fishing here so early, it's utterly amazing. Water temperatures are ranging from 57-63 degrees. Fishing pressure has been moderate, if you're willing to hike "where the wild things are" you will have complete solitude. The North Fork Yuba River in my opinion is the most beautiful watershed in California: rugged, fascinating, and so wild. Amazing!

There is a good amount of adult aquatic insects out, a few key players have yet to been seen in good numbers like Yellow Sallies, and Dobson flies. Currently there are Golden Stones, Salmon flies, Gray Drake Spinners, several different Caddis, and few PMDs.

Rainbows are the predominant player in the system, but this year there has been quite a few browns being caught. These fish are stunning and so clean! Beautiful specimens that reflect the natural terrain and currents around them. Expect to get into a good number of smallish wild trout 6-10" with a few bigger ones up to 17" in the deeper pools and runs.

High stick short line tactics and picking apart the many miles of pocket water is what makes this river so popular with fly anglers. Wet wading is the way to go already, so ditch those waders and soak in the cool crystal clear waters that the NFYR has to offer.

On a special note I will be presenting an introduction to fly fishing on Monday, June 2nd, 10am at The Lure Resort. If you're in the area and would like to learn more about the world of the fly and rod, please stop by and check it out!

Darmera peltata, Indian Rhubarb

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