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
May 26, 2020

The Lower Yuba is still hit or miss with some great days and some slow ones. The best move is to come late and stay for the sunset caddis hatch, which gets going about an hour before sunset with caddis emergers swung under the surface and then some great dry fly action on top at sunset. There isn’t much shade at the Yuba, so pack plenty of water and do your best to stay cool out there, those cobblestones can make the 104 degree days almost unbearable. Luckily being a bottom fed tailwater the Yuba River stays ice cold all year which keeps the fish in great shape.

Wading

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


Active Bugs

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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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