Fly Fishing the Lower Yuba River – Advanced


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.

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

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