River Overview

Also known as the Yuba Goldfields, the Lower Yuba's consistently cold water feeds one of the best low elevation wild trout rivers in the West. Access at the Highway 20 bridge provides as many miles of fishable water as an angler wants to commit to. There's more fight in a 12" Yuba 'bow than in most fish twice their size, but with limited coverage on the banks and lots of year-round pressure, these fish don't give themselves up easily.

Details

  • Target Species: Rainbow Trout
  • River Type: Tailwater
  • Closest Town: Marysville Ca
  • Closest Fly Shops: Reel Anglers Fly Shop - Grass Valley Ca / Fly fishing Specialties Citrus Heights Ca
  • River Regulations & Closures: The river upstream of the Highway 20 bridge is CLOSED from September 1 through December 1 to protect spawning salmon. Be aware of salmon redds and do not walk on them.
  • Hazards: Numerous submerged trees, debris and concrete structures. Use extreme caution wading.
MARYSVILLE WEATHER
October 13, 2020

If there is one time to be on this incredible tailwater, it’s right now. Big, healthy rainbows are scattered through the system and they are eating recklessly. Be ready to get beat by a 12″ fish, and don’t be surprised when a bright 20″ rainbow tears you into your backing. Egg patterns are wildly successful with all the salmon in the river, but a soft hackle caddis or prince nymph is a great dropper fly and will get constant action. As dusk sets in, a size 12 yellow stimulator in the fast water will earn grabs on the surface! Don’t ignore the skinny stuff, some huge fish hide out in plain sight! As always, be extremely cautious of spawning salmon and do not walk on redds or disturb fish. The more we can protect now the better this fishery will be in the future!

Wading

Wading is moderate…With the flows down it is definitely easier.  But still, always move with caution on this river!


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Optimal CFS:

900 - 2100

Strategy

Guide Tips: The wild rainbow trout of the Lower Yuba river are peculiarly strong. Sizing up your leader and tippet will help get fish to the net, but be aware of your reel's drag setting and keep your rod tip high, these fish will fight to the bitter end to get free.

 

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Access Points

Parking access via either Timbuctoo Road on North Side of River on BLM and Public land, or near the end of Grizzly Creek Road on the South side. Do not park or walk onto Parks Bar Quarry property at the end of Grizzy Creek Road, stay below the high water line. Numerous private properties intersect public land on the Yuba river, and land owners have been known to be hostile to trespassing

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Info

Also known as the Yuba Goldfields, the Lower Yuba's consistently cold water feeds one of the best low elevation wild trout rivers in the West. Access at the Highway 20 bridge provides as many miles of fishable water as an angler wants to commit to. There's more fight in a 12" Yuba 'bow than in most fish twice their size, but with limited coverage on the banks and lots of year-round pressure, these fish don't give themselves up easily.

Wading Info

Yes. The Lower Yuba river is fed from the bottom of Englebright Reservoir and maintains a consistent temperature in the lower 50's. Be sure to layer under waders for warmth

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Guide Recommended Gear

Rod: 4wt - 6wt

Line: Weight forward floating line

Leader: 4x

Tippet: 4x

Weight:

Indicator: Yes

Waders: Yes

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