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Fly Fishing the Lower Yuba River - Advanced
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.
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detdesc::The Lower Yuba River

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)



Recommended reading for the Lower Yuba:
Fly Fishers Guide to Northern California, Seth Norman
California's Best Fishing Waters

Licenses for the Lower Yuba River:
To fish the Lower Yuba River, you need a California Fishing License and a Steelhead Punch Card.

Fly Fishing The Lower Yuba River
Access on the Lower Yuba:


Highway 20 Bridge or Park's Bar Bridge 18.5 miles east of Marysville on Highway 20. This is the only way to access the eight miles of river below the dam.

You can pay $5 to park at Sycamore Ranch Resort which is four miles before Park's Bar Bridge. This is the best access for below the bridge.

Turn right off highway 20 to Hallwood Boulevard where there are a few access points as well.

Guides on the Lower Yuba River:

Brian Clemens - NorCal Fly Guides

Hogan Brown - Website

Shuttle Services - Christopher Streetman (530) 639-2521 - facebook: Yubarivercabins

Lodging on the Lower Yuba River:
Camping: Sycamore Ranch Resort
               5390 State Highway 20
               Browns Valley CA, 95918
               (530) 741- 1190
        
Hotels:    Baymont Inn and Suites Marysville
               1111 N. Beale Rd
               Hwy 70 @ N Beale Rd
               Marysville, CA 95901
               (530) 742 2700

Gear For Fly Fishing Lower Yuba River:

The Best Yuba River Balanced outfit

Fly Fishing The Lower Yuba River

If you have any questions on the Lower Yuba River please email me casey@flyfishingoutfitters.com or call 415.781.3474.

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Fly Fishing the Feather River - Intermediate
How to fly fishing the Feather River in California
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detdesc::Fly Fishing The Feather River:

The Lower Feather River is a 50 mile long river stretching from the base of Lake Oroville, through Marysville and Yuba City, and eventually meets up with the mighty Sacramento River near the Sacramento International Airport. It’s a fairly scenic river throughout this stretch and boasts the largest steelhead run in California’s Central Valley, and one of the best steelhead fisheries in the state.

Species in the Lower Feather River:

  • Rainbow trout-year round
  • Shad-late spring to early summer
  • Steelhead Adults-Fall to Spring
  • Steelhead “half pounders”-Spring to Fall
  • King Salmon- Summer to Fall
  • Striper – year round

Charactoristincs of the Lower Feather River:

Just below Lake Oroville where the Lower Feather River starts, the river system has a complicated water diversion structure that we won’t get into, however this diversion structure creates two different fishing sections. A “low flow” section and a “high flow” section, and they are called that accordingly. The first 5 miles of river, a section between Lake Oroville dam and the outlet is known as the “low flow” section. It is called this due to the water that is diverted from the lake though the Thermolito Forebay and Afterbay (agricultural water), leaving this section with lower flows. The low flow has four exeptional fishing sections, seprated by very long and slow sections that are not very appealing for fly fishing, but can host some big striper on occasion. Its accessability is bar none due to the fact that it follows hwy 70, and the Oroville Wildlife Area.

Below the outlet, where the water flows out from Themolito Afterbay, starts the “high flow” section. This is where the Feather gets the majority of its flow, usually 2-3X the amount coming out of the low flow. It has many access points, mainly through the Oroville Wildlife Area, which has numerous entrances along hwy 70 near Oroville, then once outside of town it turns westerly and parallels hwy 99 where there are even more points of entry. This section of the river is 45 miles long, and it’s the first 15 miles where the majority of the fishing happens. It has too many fishy pools, runs and riffles to count, and you can cover those 15 miles by driving the dirt roads in the Oroville Wildlife Area.

Once you get below Gridley and Live Oak, this is where the Feather becomes wider, deeper and slower. This is where you start targeting the mighty Stripped Bass that migrate throughout this great river system. The access is very limited so a boat is a must, however a jet drive is the best bet, as there are many sand bars, logs, a few riffles and shallow water where a prop would get destroyed.

Fishable Flows on the Feather:

  • Low Flow Section 600-900
  • High Flow Section up to 5000

Most productive time of year:

Late Summer to Late Spring

Popular Floats on the Feather:

  • Low Flow Section
  • Riverbend Park to RV Reflections Park (great half day float)
  • Riverbend Park to Thermalito/outlet (great full day float)
  • Riverbend Park to Lower Vance Ave (great all day float)
  • High Flow Section
  • Thermalito/outlet to Lower Vance Ave (great half day float)
  • Thermalito/outlet to Palm Ave (great full day float)
  • Thermalito/outlet to Gridley Boat Ramp (great all day float)

Using a trolling motor, or gas motor to get through the frog water/slow sections is a great idea. Especially since the wind has a tendency to pick up mid day and blow straight up the river.

Recommended Reading:

  • California’s Best Fishing Waters
  • Fly Fisher’s Guide to Northern Ca

Also a Feather River Streamtime River Map is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, it shows all vehicle access points and fishing spots along the entire Lower Feather River stretch

License to fish the Lower Feather River:

To fish the Lower Feather you need a current California fishing license and Steelhead card.

Access along the Lower Feather River:

The Lower Feather has an abundant amount of access. The Oroville Wildlife Area travels alongside the Feather river for many miles, this is a great place to park and drive to many great fishing spots along its banks.

Low Flow Section

Hwy 70 to Montgomery street, taking a left will take you into Riverbend Park, taking a right will take you into the heart of downtown Oroville and alongside its levy (on the right) where you can drive, park and fish. However this section of the river closes above hwy 70 bridge on July 15th and reopens Jan 1st, also it is closed to fishing above the green walk bridge that parallels State Hwy 70 Bus/Washington Ave bridge near the Feather River Hatchery. Also off of hwy 162 near Oroville, there is a dirt road that puts you at the start of the Oroville Wildlife Area, this dirt road follows the entire low flow section from hwy 162 all the way to the outlet.

High Flow Section

Coming up hwy 70 just past the East Gridley Rd light, there is a road on the left that goes up and over the levy and will put you down to the river. You can go right or left here, either way will put you onto come great fishing spots.

Coming up hwy 99 through Gridley, turning right on East Gridley Rd then left on Larkin Rd will take you to Palm Ave, where you can get on the dirt road and drive up and down the levy as well. Taking you all the way up to the outlet, and driving by some great fishing spots as well.

If you get the streamside map, it will show you all these areas. Its large and vast, getting this map and learning its key road ways is keep to having great success.

Lodging:

Americas Best Value Inn

580 Oroville Dam Blvd

Oroville Ca, 95965

(530) 533-7070

Guiding

NorCal Fly Guides

Brian Clemens

brian@norcalflyguides.com

530.354.3740


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California's Best Fly Fishing
The best guide to California trout waters. 250 page with color pictures.
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By Chip O'Brien

This Book has excellent river profiles on the states most prolific rivers.

Containing information of the best times and places to fish, detailed hatch charts and maps, top producing fly patterns and recipes, and local guides and outfitters. 

Covers the following rivers:

Hat Creek

Fall River

Fly Fishing The McCloud River

Fly Fishing the Upper Sacramento

Fly Fishing the Lower Sacramento

The Trinity River

Manzanita Lake 

Fly Fishing the American River

Fly Fishing The Lower Yuba River

Fly Fishing The North Fork of the Yuba River

Truckee River

East Walker River

Upper Owens River

Hot Creek


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