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