Jon Baiocchi, Baiocchi Outfitters
Well, miracles do happen and on Monday the rains came giving the North Fork Yuba a recharge of fresh water and cooler temperatures. Fishing has been great! Throwing dry flies and dry/dropper rigs to these wild and feisty rainbows is just really fun fishing, along with rock hopping, and taking in the sights and sounds of this most impressive watershed. This is without a doubt the ultimate classroom for the aspiring fly angler!
Effective dry flies have been Yellow Humpy’s #12-16, Stimulators in yellow and tan #10-16, Adams Parachutes #14-18, E/C Caddis in tan, gray, and cream #12-18, Club Sandwich hoppers in tan/brown/yellow combos. Two nymphs that have been preforming well as a dropper fly have been black ant patterns #12-16, and Zebra midges #16-18. Caddis flies still remain very active, especially in the evenings. There have been a few random mayflies out as well, and the stub wing stonefly, also known as the summer stone, has been emerging in light to moderate numbers.
It’s still a morning to early afternoon game for the most part though there are stretches of the river that have ample shade if you want to play the hopper game in the late afternoon. Water temps have come down and are now in the neighborhood of 59 to 65 degrees. Evenings can be magic when caddis flies are ovipositing. Good luck out there, and present your fly where the spiders weave their webs among the polished granite boulders and the bubble lines.