Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Flood Of 2017

Not much fishing going on right now as Northern California continues to recover from the flood of 2017. It's been quite a while since I've seen so much water but growing up in Marysville and seeing the soccer fields below the bridges between Marysville and Yuba City flooded isn't anything new. Although the event wasn't 1997 flood levels, we did get a heck of a lot of water.

There aren't a whole lot of options for fishing right now but I'm thinking the low-flow of the Feather River, a few lakes and ponds, and the surf are probably your best bets to wet some line.

Rejoice as the storm provides us with destructive natural disaster entertainment!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

How Do I Fish This: Lower Yuba River

The Lower Yuba River is a tributary of the Feather River that flows below Englebright Lake downstream through Marysville where it meets the Feather. The Lower Yuba is a tailwater fishery that is notorious for its elusive rainbow trout that fight like steelhead. All of the fish in the Lower Yuba are wild with the exception of a few Feather River hatchery steelhead that will occasionally make their way up the river.

This river is often considered to be a very technical and challenging fishery. Unlike many other rivers, the Lower Yuba contains very few "tells" of where the fish are holding. The river is mostly made up of gravel and cobblestone due to decades of mining therefore there aren't very many key structures to look for such as overhanging trees or big boulders. Knowing how to read water well is critical. In addition to water that is hard to read, the fish in the Yuba also like to vary their diet and will key in on specific insects and their stages. Knowledge of the diverse insect population living underneath the water's surface is necessary in order to be successful on the Lower Yuba.
The Yuba is my home river and this is how I fish it.