Originating from the snow melt of the high Sierras, the Lower Yuba Rivers gin clear water is home to some of the most feisty fish you will find anywhere in the world. Pound for pound, these trout will test your fish fighting abilities and your gear alike. Pair that with the prolific hatches and seasonal salmon spawn, and you’ll have the recipe for a memorable day of drift boat fly fishing. Dry flies, nymphs, eggs and streamers can all be in play when these line ripping fish are on the bite. And don’t forget about the occasional steelhead.  The Yuba River is home to a run of wild chromers and the random lost hatchery fish from neighboring rivers.

One of the things that separates the Yuba from the other big tailwater, the Lower Sac, is the more consistent dry fly fishing. The Yuba has an array of aquatic insects and certain times of year the fish can really key in to the surface activity. From the Skwala stonflies in late winter, the March Browns in the Spring, and the Caddis in the summer, the Yuba can provide some exceptional dry fly opportunities.