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Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

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Jon Baiocchi reports on 8.9.18

Water levels in the upper watershed of the North Fork Yuba River are at their summer lows. The wild rainbows and occasional brown trout are now concentrated in the deeper pools, slots, and runs. There is still plenty of caddis out, especially in the evenings. Terrestrials are receiving lots of love now and become an important diet for trout during the dog days of summer. Hoppers, ants, beetles, and inchworms being the favorite ones, sometimes these patterns are even better if they are drowned as a dropper off your main dry fly. Water temps are 58 in the morning rising to 65 in the afternoon. 

Fishing pressure has been extremely light. The creeks in Eastern Plumas county are still fishing well too, and water temps remain healthy. Flows here are low as well. Same tactics and flies apply as the North Fork Yuba River. I still have a few open dates before summer runs out. The earlier you book, the better chance you have to come explore the canyon water with me.

I received some great news last week from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. They stocked Lake Davis with 12,000 pounds of catchable rainbows! This will bode well for late fall into spring of 2019. They also shared with me that they planted Frenchman Lake during the 3rd week of June of this year, and that makes sense as my guests were catching 10 to 12 inch rainbows from then until the end of June. If you want a stillwater trip, I would advise booking now - They go quick. I’m excited to get back on the boat once the weather cools down, and the water temperatures start to drop. See you on the water…

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