ishing has been really good on the North Fork Yuba River. It’s that time of year where nearly every body of water is on fire, fall ball is the best and an angler has so many choices to fish here in Nor Cal.
Water temperatures are 53 to 58 degrees. Fishing pressure is pretty much non existent, and the campgrounds are empty. You’ll want to fish downstream of Downieville in areas that are open and receive sunlight, those October caddis prefer a good warm sunny bend in the river. The type of water is different in the lower watershed than the upper, longer runs, riffles, and less pocket water - Bigger fish too.
Fishing during the warmest time of day is also a wise choice, 11am to 4pm. BWOs, October Caddis, and other smaller caddis are active and being consumed by trout. Tight line nymphing, dry/dropper, and dry fly presentations have all been effective. I’ve yet to see any brown trout on redds but I’m sure in another month we’ll see them. It’s going to warm up for the weekend and a camping/fishing trip with fall colors on the NFYR will be hard to beat