Warm days and mild nights have been the norm, and the fishing has been pretty good on the Lower Yuba, especially the dry fly fishing. The flows were bumped up to 1,470 cubes last week to attract more salmon to migrate upstream, and with the full moon pase it has had a dramatic impact.
Currently, the Yuba is flowing at 1,127 cfs. This year’s salmon returns have been at a historic low, a real eye opener to how bad the habitat has been degraded.
Hatches are most active from 11am to 3pm with Mahogany duns being the lead, BWOs, and a few Pinkies in the mix. If you stay late you can expect a good caddis grab the last hour of light. The caddis are a size 16 with an olive body and dark wings. Nymphing - eggs, stones, worms, and small dark and flashy mayfly nymphs. Swinging has been just ok with sculpin patterns, but dry/dropper rigs have been much more productive when searching.
Fishing pressure has increased due to good fishing reports and the time of year. Salmon = eggs = hook ups. Though the dry fly fishing has been way too good if you’ve got game. Enjoy this beautiful weather and get out there. See you on the water..