High in the Sierra Nevada mountains three water sheds and the rivers that drain from there come together to make one vast river; The Lower Yuba. Snow melt and springs are the beginnings of the North, Middle, and South Forks of the Yuba, as gravity pulls the precious floes down to the Sacramento Valley. As the forks of Yuba come together they rest in Englebright reservoir, it’s below this flood control dam where the Lower Yuba River is born; a tail water fishery that is both complex and very moody. The river has an extremely rich aquatic insect population, strong wild rainbow trout, and Chinook salmon and steelhead. The lay of the land is the start of the Sierra foothills, with its rolling landscape, native grasses, valley oaks, and cobble stones for miles.
The Lower Yuba River is a must fly fishing experience. It’s a river that has all the essential qualities that makes it a top destination spot, and offers fly anglers many different opportunities to choose from. The highlight here is the winter dry fly fishing, where hunting heads and technical presentations reward the angler, whether it is stalking the banks, or drifting by boat. The Lower Yuba can be fished year round, and becomes an important venue for anglers from the Tahoe-Truckee and Reno area. Only 1.5 hours to 2 hours away, it can provide a warmer climate and an escape from the cold winter.
Our speaker, Lower Yuba River guide Jon Baiocchi, will take the audience on a virtual tour of the river describing the history, access points with maps, techniques, tactics, flies, and entomology. This is a program you do not want to miss as Jon’s Power Point presentations are extremely informative, and entertaining. If you would like to attend the free April 23rd presentation, and learn more about the Lower Yuba River, come down to the Reno Fly shop. Doors open at 6 pm, followed by Jon’s program at 7 pm.