The Lower Yuba is a 21 mile long tailwater fishery flowing out of Englebright Lake characterized by long runs, crater-like pools, and wide riffles. However, it's more known for the feisty native rainbows that call this river home. This makes a great river to float in a raft or drift boat but fishing from the bank can be rewarding.
Fishing tips for the Lower Yuba River:
Stalk the shallow soft water with a well presented dry fly before pounding it with your indicator or nymph set up.
Add more weight to you nymph or indicator rig.
Swing a gold bead Fox's Poopah if casting an indicator and split shot is not your game.
Brown woolly buggers swung down and across with a soft hackle trailer. Use 3x tippet. The grabs can be jolting!
Species in the Lower Yuba River: Shad (late spring) Chinook/King Salmon (Fall and Winter) Steelhead (Fall and Winter) Wild Rainbow Trout (10-22 inches) Those 12 inchers feel like 16's... Fishable flows on the Lower Yuba River: Below 3000 CFS Most productive time of year on the Lower Yuba River: Fall & Winter Summer evenings
Hatches on the Lower Yuba River: Skwala Stone (January and February) Blue Winged Olives (October and February) Western March Browns (March and April) Caddis (April through August) Little Yellow Stones (April through July) Golden Stones (May and June)