Jon Baiocchi, Baiocchi Troutfitters
Fishing conditions are improving, and with the weather forecast calling for increased sunshine and warmer temps, the North Fork Yuba River will be going off in the weeks to come. Water temperatures have bumped up a little and will continue to climb as well. The lower river has been good with warmer water temps in contrast to the upper watershed where the flows have been colder. This will all change as we come into the month of June and beyond. A good approach is to fish the lower river early on in the season and chase the perfect water temps upstream through the summer months. Aquatic insects still continue to be out in force as mentioned in the last report with more Golden Stones being active, and even more little Yellow Sallies in the mix. For dry flies Yellow Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Cutter’s E/C Caddis, and Yellow Sally patterns have been the most productive. For your dropper fly, Pheasant Tail flash backs, Psycho Prince nymphs, Copper Johns, and Red Headed Step Child nymphs are money. The North Fork Yuba is the perfect classroom for aspiring fly anglers looking to hone their dry fly skills and presentations. Get some.