The flows have dropped to 1,096 cubes on the Lower Yuba River. Water clarity is 2 feet and clearing. It should be a nice weekend on the river before more rain arrives.
She’s blown! Report below, pictures attached.
The dominate ridge of high pressure finally left the west coast allowing for the storm door to open last week. We got a pretty good soaking last Friday night, and by Saturday morning Deer Creek jumped up to 537 cubes raising the Lower Yuba River to 1,572 cfs. I went and fished that day and to check on conditions. Water clarity was dirty with about 2 feet of visibility and there was a lot of debris in the flow. The flows came down during the day and there was a really good hatch of PMDs, BWOs, Pinkies, and the occasional brown dun fluttering by in the wind. We saw one fish rise the entire day. I was a bit surprised by that.Our current storm brought the flows up to 4,048 cubes early this morning and Deer Creek topped out at 1,862 cfs. Squirrel Creek feeds into Deer Creek below Lake Wildwood and is a major sediment producer on its own, and when the two creeks are combined its obvious why it colors up the Lower Yuba River. Englebright dam has not spilled over yet, but it is close at 96% of capacity. I’m not sure when the river will drop and clear so it’s just a waiting game right now. High and dirty water tactics like swinging black leeches, white Slump Busters, or nymphing with bacon and eggs would be a good start. During my recon mission today Hammon Grove Park was open. Yuba County Parks and Rec department’s office has told me differently. I really don’t have an answer for that situation either. See you out there… Jon Baiocchi