14,000 CFS turned the peaceful river into a raging torrent
of mud. Prior to the river blowing out
it was fishing excellent. There was a
little bit of color from a smaller storm that helped the fishing. The drifts didn’t have to be as perfect as
they had in the past two years of clear water.
Fish were healthy, full of spunk and heavy. They have been eating and were a little more
excited about taking a fly then they had earlier in the month. The river has had a good amount of traffic on
it. Being that the Feather is mud the
Yuba has been really the only game in town.
When looking for the right type of water for where the fish
were holding keep in mind the where the clear shallow water meets the deeper
colored up water. Fish will like to hold
right on the edge where they can still have access to food that they can find
but still feel protected. Fish the
edges. Fish the water where you most
likely want to stand with a dry dropper before you head to the meaty part of
I had a group out on Wednesday that wanted to swing the river. We gave her hell swinging leeches, alevin patterns, and a fly called the perpetrator. We had half a dozen or so good grabs but nothing that wanted to stick.
The skwala hatch is just starting to peek its head out. I found four adults while walking the
banks. We tried some dry flies from the
boat but no takers yet. The nymphing
guys were doing pretty well though.
It looks like there is some weather coming in Friday and might turn the water into a mocha color again. Might be a week or so before it is fishable again. We won’t know until we know.
Some alternative things to do while the rivers are muddy is to get ready for the spring. Organize your gear. Make a list of things you need. Tie some flies and fill up your boxes. Clean your fly lines. Patch your waders. Practice your casting, go to a park or any open area. Bring a target to cast to and get your muscle memory going. Get dialed now so when it’s game time you are ready. Put a spool of tippet on your coffee table. Practice your knots during commercials so you can get faster at them.
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