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Updated - 9/6/22
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Current River Conditions: about 196 CFS below Downieville.
Fishing-Good: Tom Page at the Reel Angler's Fly Shop in Grass Valley says to fish upstream from Downieville where there is some colder water. It is important however to always take water temperatures so if water temps get above 65 degrees you will know to get off the water or begin fishing earlier in the morning. The upper section of river is going to have colder water with more active fish. As the summer wears on, fish will more likely found in the riffles and pocket water. Attractor patterns work fine on this river though the wild fish can get picky. Golden Stonefly hatch is slowing down but Caddis are ramping up. PMDs pop off mid day.
Adams Parachutes, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators etc. are all you need. In roily water use big and ugly flies like Rubber Legs, both black and variegated. Keep it simple.
Generally Recommended Patterns for the N Yuba
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Parachute/tan or pale yellow #16 & #18, Split Wing Adams #16 & #18 Stimulator/#10 & #12,
Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Adams Parachute #14, #16, #18, Royal Wulff #14, Renegade #14.
Baetis Parachute#18, Elk Hair Caddis #14, #16, Fat Albert #8, #10 (pink, tan, yellow)
Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, Pat's Rubber Legs #6, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14 Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red. Near Nuff Crayfish #8,Micro Mayfly #18, Black Rubber Legs, Kiene's Golden Brown Stone #8-#14, Vinci's Depth Charge Bird's Nest in natural.
Crawdads: Our guides recommend the Near Nuff Crayfish #8 or Creek Crawler #8.