Recent Yuba River Fishing Reports
10/15/16 by Mike Wright
: I guided Tom and his grandson Collin on the Yuba river. We stayed ahead of the bad weather all day, but the rain the day before had the river a little off color. The guys were new to fly fishing out of a drift boat but both hooked fish with 20 minutes, Collin getting his to the net. The grab was a little off but we had our chances all day. Collin finished the day with a nice one in the net! Saw a lot more salmon in the river today. With all this new water things could get really good soon.
10/9/16 by Mike Wright
: What a great day on the Yuba with one of my favorite "clients!" Lots of grabs today and some awesome fights with some very frisky fish! Lots of air time! Got a few to the net as well. Good to see the fishing improve on the Yuba. Saw a few salmon, so hopefully things get even better soon.
5/15/16 by Mike Wright
: I spent a great day putting on a clinic for a great bunch of anglers from Nevada on the Yuba RIver. We spent the morning learning flies and rigging techniques before moving to the water to demonstrate the wide variety of techniques that can be utilized for catching fish on the river. We then visited multiple access spots around the river discovering the various water that the Yuba presents. The group was very willing to learn and anxious to give everything a try. We even spent some time throwing the spey rod around. They did an amazing job all day. Truly one of the best days I've had teaching on the river.
Yuba River Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for the Yuba River
Rods, Reels & Lines:
Four, five, and six-weight nine-foot rods are ideal on Yuba River.
We typically have two rods rigged at all times, one for deep nymphing and another for shallow nymphing and dry fly fishing.
Five-weights are perfect for dry fly fishing.
Five- and six-weight rods are great for nymphing.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We frequently use tippet from 2X to 5X on the Yuba River.
Come prepared with 9' 4X leaders for dry fly fishing and 7.5' 3X leaders for nymphing.
We prefer thingamabobber indicators in the 1" size for heavy nymphing and large corkes (5/8") for light nymphing.
We use split shot in sizes B, BB, and 3/0.
Waders & Boots:
Bring breathable waders with a wading belt and felt boots. Spikes are OK.
A wading staff can be a big help, too.
Hatches & Seasons
The Yuba River is open year-round below the Highway 20 bridge.
Some of the most popular hatches include the Skwala stonefly, March Brown and PMD mayflies, and summertime terrestrials.
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 14-18
• Hogan's S&M Nymph, Olive, 16
• HBI, 16-18
• Pheasant Tail, curved shank, 16-20
• Rubberlegs Stonefly, size 6-8
• Golden Stone, size 8-10
• Prince Nymph, 14-18
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• PMD parachute, 14-20
• March Brown, 12-14
• Skwala Stone or Olive Stimulator, 10
• Comparadun, olive, 16-18
• Grasshopper patterns, 6-8
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at the Browns Valley Chevron at 8am.
There is no shuttle service on the Yuba, so it is necessary to use our client's vehicle to help with the shuttle.
Wading is fairly easy on the Yuba River.
Most wading is done on cobble bottoms.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
We devote an entire day to fishing the Yuba River.
Length of the Day:
Most full days conclude around 5:30pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
Plan to stay in Yuba City or Marysville.