The most recent place I've fished since the storm was this past weekend on the Yuba. The clarity wasn't too bad but bad enough to where you couldn't see a damn thing. There were a couple of other anglers out that said they got into some nice fish on your typical murky water flies. My brother and I didn't do too well but I did manage to hook a native and hand it over to my brother to fight. I mostly spent the day teaching him the ropes. It was all good practice for the Trinity this weekend.
|Muddy water. No Problem|
I was out on the Feather this morning not knowing what the conditions were going to be like. It was awful. The water was literally chocolate. I was practicing swinging flies for the Trinity trip and didn't catch anything but a snagged Sac sucker. That river will take a least a week to clear.
I scouted out some of the American River and the currently closed section I looked at was murky of course... but it also had a lot of good water that was very accessible. The river looks very easy to fish and geography wise is similar to the Feather. I'm planning on making a trip down there some day during the winter.
The Trinity River trip is looking good. The river clears a lot faster due to the geography and the flows are looking good for some fresh winter steelies. I am so amped.
The Valley rivers and streams are not looking so good clarity and flow wise right now and it'll take a few days or weeks for them to get back to prime fishing conditions. Until then its just tying flies, cleaning gear, and enjoying the holidays.
There is always something to look forward as my season never ends: The Yuba River skwala hatch, winter steelheading, new sections of rivers opening. The chasing never stops