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North Fork Yuba Fly Fishing

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Jon Baiocchi / Baiocchi’s Troutfitters Reports on 8.4.2015

Water levels are low and remain about the same as my last report, clouds, and some rain has helped stabilize flows. In the upper reaches of the watershed, water temperatures are 58 at 8am, rising to 64 by early afternoon. Fishing pressure has been light. Fishing with a 3wt. or smaller, is the only way to go here, ditch the 4, and 5; it won’t be as much fun. While Tenkara friendly, you’ll have much better approaches on the big plunge pools where you will have to cast a lot further. Mornings are producing the best results, and the last hour of light.

Terrestrials are the dominant food source right now, and ant patterns in black still remain the most productive. Hoppers are out, and so far the population seems light this year. Beetles have been seen both in and out of the water, foam beetle patterns are a great top fly, just make sure it has some sight indicator foam on top so you can see it. October caddis are starting to seal up their cases and begin pupation over the next several weeks. The strongest hatch occurs on the lower end of the watershed, and you’ll also find much bigger fish in that reach as well. The hatch starts as water temperatures fall, and the sun has a lower angle in the sky. World Series time seems to be the peak on most years.

I have a few dates open after the 13th of August for the North Fork Yuba River, the river will be low, but the water temps will be good. I’m starting to book for the fall season at Lake Davis, and I still have plenty of dates to fill. There’s a great Callibaetis hatch in mid-September, and once the air temps drop into the low thirties in the morning, the autumn gorge will begin. Only time will tell how good the fishing will be this fall. If you’re so inclined, give me a ring at 530.228.0487, or an email at

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