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Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

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John Baiocchi reports on 2.2.17

Lower Yuba River Fishing Report

The Lower Yuba River dropped down to a slowly descending platform of 4,626 cubes. On my latest recon trip last week I saw some good looking side water that was screaming to be fished with a streamer. I had planned on fishing the river this past Monday and Tuesday but I came down with a nasty virus. When you have not been sick in years it’s quite the ass-kicking event. 

We have major precipitation for the next week and the river will rise, once again. Forecasted flows at this time are right around 17k occurring late Saturday night. The current parade of storms will see a higher snow level at first before a cold front hits on Friday evening. Tuesday’s storm may see snow levels upwards to 9,000ft – which equals more flooding. 

For my neck of the woods I would go fish the Truckee River. Yeah, parking has been an issue so keep that in mind. The Truckee River can come into fishable shape way sooner than most other watersheds and the resident trout are adapted to a colder environment and will take flies more readily at colder water temps. 

In other news, I will be presenting my new PowerPoint program “Mastering the Dry Fly” next Tuesday evening at Gold Country Fly Fishers and on Wednesday evening at Flycasters of San Jose. Please visit their website for details, and as always these presentations are free to the public. 

In regards to my future openings on the Lower Yuba River, I have room for March and April. Let’s get you on my calendar, and if the river cooperates we fish, if not we reschedule. I have had to reschedule a few dozen trips in the last month and a half, and I want to thank my guests for understanding. My guide trips are unique on the Lower Yuba River in that I teach how to be able to approach the river on your own for more success. Points covered are access areas, rigging, and techniques and tactics for nymphing, swinging, and dry fly applications. Remember, it’s your day and I aim to please at the highest level possible. 

Upcoming events I’d like to share are on February 18th Lance Gray and I will be presenting “The Yuba River Jubilee”, a celebration of the river that is geared towards education and conservation. This is a free event. For more information check out the electronic flier here; In June I’m once again hosting the Lake Davis Outings, a 3-day event. You’ll learn all about how to fish the lake, eat like a king, and meet other like-minded fly anglers. and enjoy a great, social environment around the campfire. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Lastly, I have two entomology workshops in July and August on the North Fork Yuba River. I’ll shorten the learning curve on how to identify aquatic insects, and the best flies to imitate them. Check out this link to learn more and to secure your spot; class/ 

Thanks to everyone who has supported me and my passion, sharing all things fly fishing. I know fishing conditions are not the best out there right now, but it’s important for everyone to get out in the elements and experience Mother Earth. The great outdoors is free, get some!

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