This past week on the North Fork Yuba River has seen cooler air temperatures, thunderstorms, heavy rain, and lightning. The weather of late has been a saving grace, giving the river a delightful rejuvenation when it needed it the most during a critical time of the year. Fishing still continues to be great for small wild rainbows, and the scenery is as incredible as ever. I'm so moved every time I step into this river and share it with others who get off on it, its simple pleasures like this that Mother Nature provides us, that makes it so special. When you take the time to stand on a boulder as big as a house the feeling hits you, just how small we really are in the grand scheme of the great outdoors.
Speaking of trout food, the BWO’s are back with a pretty good spinner fall from 8-10am. When it comes to late season spinner falls, they generally occur when air temps hover between 58 to 68 degrees. Look for small clouds of them above the river dancing up and down, a spent wing BWO #18 as a dropper fly performs beautifully during this time. Other major food sources right now are terrestrials; hoppers, ants, and caterpillars including the Tussock moth that are in the system. Most of the October Caddis in the river have sealed off their pebble lined cases for the final pupation before emerging; it seems they will be coming off earlier than normal this year.