Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Time Fishing

Fishing has been pretty slow. Winter flows are showing with low flows and no rain. The weather had a hard freeze warning for a week and we even got snow, but still no rain for the upcoming year. I've been tying flies mostly focusing on nymphs, good stuff.

Butte Creek
I've caught one fish here not counting a pike minnow. Thought I'd give it a try again but the flows were very low. I believe around 98 CFS when I was there. I fished below the HWY 70 bridge up to the dam and saw a few salmon hanging around. There was a small hatch of BWO in the afternoon which was pretty cool to see but no rises at all. I will have to try again when the flows are right.

Yuba River
Christmas Eve and Christmas are the days I fished this river and manage to catch something. The flows are also very low at 740 CFS. I fished up the HWY 20 Bridge with no success. The fish were rising the in afternoon to some cream-colored PMDs but they weren't interested in what I was throwing at them.
Next I fished below the bridge covering a ton of water but with no success. After I thought about why I wasn't successful, I moved to a deep pool and tight-lined nymphed it with a take that I lost. I tried again and was about to give up when I finally hooked up a fair-sized fish. The next day I went to the same spot and hooked a nice pounder.
Found a few skwala adults and a fair amount of nymphs on the banks. Can't wait for spring.

First fish I've caught in a while
Yuba fighter

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