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Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

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Jon Baiocchi, Baiocchi Troutfitters

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Like a trout I eased into my prime lie today and got back onto the water sharing the knowledge with my special guests. After being on the 7 Club Tour in Los Angeles and working the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show for the past two weeks, today was magic. Being on the water does just that. The Lower Yuba River is in grand shape, flows are at about 725 cfs, and the water has a slight stain to it with about 3 feet of visibility – Perfect! The weather was warm today, so nice, yet though the morning wind had a little bite to it that waned as the day progressed. It was absolutely beautiful out.
Fishing was decent today, and finally I saw the biggest skwala hatch so far this year. So many bugs you had to be careful where you stepped, they were everywhere. Females with big egg sacks hanging off their butts were so focused on getting to the water and perpetuating the species – All business. Risers were here and there from slow bank water to the faster main flow. One tip I’d like to share is if you do see an active rising feeder, stop what you’re doing, be aggressive, and go hunt that trout down and make your presentation immediately. One of my guests did just that today and got into two fish in a very short time. Some March Brown mayflies were observed as well, but no big numbers yet. I did an entomology sampling today and Baetis nymphs and free living caddis dominated. Spring is definitely here on the valley floor, California poppies are staring in, and the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly is out, a sure sign of the seasons changing.
Effective flies on the Lower Yuba have been Hogan’s S&M nymphs, and his Red Headed Step Child nymph in sizes 16 and 18 are money. Lance’s X-may #18 has been producing as well. Think small dark and flashy for fly selection sub surface. The Skwala Unit delivered today with no refusals; those trout are looking up in the afternoon for the skwalas, and they are definitely keyed in on them.
Lance Gray and I had our first Yuba River Tour today with the San Jose Fly Casters and it was a huge success. We have three more tours scheduled, sessions 2 and 3 are full, but session 4 on March 7th has three spots remaining. If you are interested please contact Lance or myself to book your spot. The Lower Yuba River, what an awesome place, big water, and the opportunity to hook into some red hot rainbows! Are you ready? Please join me; the goods are waiting for you…  Jon Baiocchi

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Dave Barbieri, Dave Barbieri Guide Service

We are still having very good fishing on the Yuba! Some days we are getting about half of our trout on dry flies, and some days almost all of them on nymphs. Water clarity is perfect! About 2.5 to 3ft of visibility. Flows have stabilized at 725 cfs and should be there for awhile. We have been getting most of our dry fly action on Skwalas, while some prefer March Browns, PMD’S or caddis. With nymphs, pick your poison. Skwalas, PMDs, BWO’s, Caddis Pupas, and Worms (the list goes on). Get good drifts with those and you’ll pick up fish (more than likely)!

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