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Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

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Jon Baiocchi Reports on 12/2/2016

The Lower Yuba River is currently fishing fair. There is less active salmon spawning, and more evidence of carcases on the banks and in the idle side waters. As of today, the flows from Englebright reservoir have been ramped down from 1,212 cubes to 1048 cfs, and Deer Creek is trickling in at 21 cubes. Water clarity is clear at this time. There is a few chances of precipitation next week with a few weak cold fronts moving through. The trout are still taking egg patterns, but are in a transition mode of switching over to aquatic insects. There is hatches of BWO’s and PMD’s during mid day, active risers have been seen, but not in any numbers. Baetis nymphs in the behavioral drift are a daily occurrence for this time of year, and if bacon (red San Juan worms) and eggs are not getting results, try a baetis nymph, or swing a bwo softie. Other productive patterns have been Jimmy Leg stones under the indo, and swinging sculpin patterns. I also witnessed a few salmon fry leaping from the water yesterday, for the next few months swinging alevin and fingerling patterns will produce, make sure to have some in your box. Fishing pressure has increased even more which is normal for this time of year, and the upstream section above the Hwy 20/Parks Bar bridge is now open. I got a few good reports from friends that were up there yesterday. I’m starting to book for the winter dry fly and swinging season for 2017 on the Lower Yuba River, contact me now to secure your date and increase your skill set.

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