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.