Fly Fishing The North Fork of the Yuba River – Beginner

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Fly Fishing the North Fork of the Yuba River – Beginner Family Friendly

The North Fork of the Yuba River is a beginner’s paradise but a seasoned angler will have a wonderful time as well. The North Fork of the Yuba River fishes best in the summer months after the snow melt has occurred. Snow melt depending on the year is generally finished up by June. The North Fork of the Yuba River is over 60 miles long, most of which is paralleled by highway 49. The hot summer days allow anglers to fish without waders which is a huge plus for beginning fly fishers who may not have waders. We prefer to wet wade as the water is clean and clear. It also makes a quick swim to cool of that much easier. What could be better than sticking a few fish then swimming in the same hole.

The best stretch of the North Fork of the Yuba River is the stretch between Downieville and Sierra City. There are literally hundreds of pull outs for anglers to park and walk down to the North Fork of the Yuba River. In my experience your best bet is to fish the pocket water and make only a few casts in each spot before moving to the next rock. This is where you can hone your wading skills by casting while walking to cover wader quickly. If you’re unsure, please exercise caution and stop fishing to move to the next spot. The creeks entering the river offer smaller water but tighter casting quarters. We love these creeks in the mid summer as they offer shade and maybe even a brook trout!

Difficulty Rating for the North Fork of Yuba River – Beginner

The North Fork of the Yuba River is where I take all of my friends and students to learn how to fly fish. The hundreds of eager fish in every stretch of river are quick but very catchable. The North Fork of the Yuba River is the perfect size for beginning anglers to learn how to wade and fish a river. While it is the perfect size it is not the easiest river to wade. So, being in good shape is a prerequisite to fishing the North fork of the Yuba River.

Fishing the pocket water on the North Fork of the Yuba River:

Pocket water is a section of water with many boulders protruding from it. These boulders create a buffer for the fish to hold behind, in front of, and along side. I like to fish my way upstream casting my flies all around the rocks. Start by fishing the water closest to you and then work you way out. The beginning angler should cast a hopper dropper rig. If you have cast your flies all around the rock and don’t get a grab move to the next boulder. There are hundreds of eager Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout in every stretch of the river. Be persistent and you will catch fish.

Tips for fishing the North Fork of the Yuba River:

  • Fish the pocket water in the bouldery sections of the North Fork of the Yuba River.
  • Fish a hopper dropper rig.
  • When fishing the runs and deeper pools of the North Fork of the Yuba use and Indicator rig.
  • Wade carefully and be stealthy as the water is clear on the North Fork of the Yuba River.
  • More tips on fly fishing for trout.

Lodging and camping on the North Fork of the Yuba River:
There are many campgrounds on the North Fork of the Yuba. I like the Loganville campground a few miles short of Sierra City. You can reserve a campsite here by calling 1-877-444-6777.

There are equally as many cabins to rent on the North Fork of the Yuba River. I prefer The Sierra Streamside Cabins with guiding services from Jim the owner.

Gear for the North Fork of the Yuba River:
Our favorite outfit for fishing the North Fork of the Yuba River is the Red Truck Fiberglass Fly Rod paired with the Diesel 3/4 Reel.