He finally got with the program and gave me about feet of a section to work upstream, then he simply disappeared. We fished a section way downstream that I have never been to using an official state access area there are so many of them scattered about the state — so cool. The dude was sporting big black rubber boots and jeans, with some pretty old equipment, then he steps in the river 25 feet upstream of me and starts fishing. Then I went upstream and swung the Pistol Pete into the bank and stripped it back upstream aggressively. By far one of the fishiest gals I know of, sweet too, and the epitome of adventure and living life to the fullest. I ran my hopper down several times and nothing.
It was another fantastic warm and sunny day mixed with a few clouds, and the thunderous roar of the river in the air. New water, old friends, fishing buddies, and really productive catch rates that makes it all the more enjoyable, and so special to be on the water. This river is a tail water fishery that provides year round cold water and supports a small yet healthy population of wild Chinook salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout. Common sense dictates that you leave such operations alone, and if the operation is attended, keep on moving.
When the summer heat turns on, he knows exactly where the cold springs enter the watershed ensuring good fishing, and comfortable conditions for wet wading. They jacked the flows up a tad during mid-day, but overall it was not as good as the previous day for whatever reason. I was stoked to see that Andy and his wife are back to being the sole owners again, and with a much better location right on Main Street offering more services and product for the masses. For working these smaller streams, wear sturdy shoes with ankle protection. The winter of and the high flows that were associated with it has changed the river in many ways, but has quickly come back in a very short time. I met up with a longtime friend who worked alongside of myself at the Underground Snowboard Shop and also slaved with me in the finishing department at Solid Snowboards MFG.
I also had an extra 6 weight rigged with a fast sink tip and a black and purple Pistol Pete Yep, the streamer born in Trinidad Colorado with a propeller mounted behind the eye of the hook to hopefully lure out a big brown from the undercut banks. The freedom of the drift opens up a whole new world for the walk and wade angler on the Lower Yuba River, and offers a relaxing way to enjoy the river. Day 5 — Back to Butterhawk Solo trip back to the upper South Platte River valley and I was greeted by blue bird skies and very minimal angler traffic. Our fearless guide Wendell Day 4 — Yampa River, Part 2 I rented a Dodge minivan so I could carry all my gear and also to be able to sleep in it, which was a wise and comfortable choice as we camped out downstream at a primitive site that evening.
New water, old friends, fishing buddies, and really productive catch rates that makes it all the more enjoyable, and so special to be on the water. Lighter rods are fine in the morning, but afternoon wind can make you with you brought a rod with more backbone. That was really awesome to witness! As the fishing goes, I could do no wrong and was so deeply immersed into my tight line Zen state of mind nothing could defeat me except the big one I broke off when it decided to put on the afterburners to Lake George. Browns slightly outnumber rainbows in the North Fork, though rainbows seem to be the catch more often than not.
There was a small and short hatch of midge mixed in with some very small PMDs for about an hour and a half with rising targets. When I asked my kids what they enjoyed most about our vacation, they did not hesitate-it was the fly fishing with Jon; the best guide in the state of California! Walk carefully and you should not encounter any problems. I was not in any hurry on this trip. The lower boundary of this section starts at the Ladies Creek confluence, the upper boundary is Sierra City. During the day I hooked 12, landing 5, 8 to 17 inches, mostly browns.
The rain was pretty intense at times, especially over Badger Mountain Pass. We ended our session at around 2pm and headed back to the flat lands of Denver. From easy access, to areas that are wild and remote, the North Fork Yuba River is a special freestone Northern Sierra river that offers the truest form of classic fly fishing. Also a shout out to all of my old friends who still make Colorado their home, and hey Nic, thanks for lunch buddy! Clouds and partly sunny skies greeted us at daybreak, and once we made it on the river a few sprinkles came down. I may even be hosting 4 anglers on a five day trip if I can get all the logistics to fall into place for