Fishing a Drop-Off with an Upstream Presentation

When wading on the Lower Yuba and nymphing you will sometimes encounter drop offs at the base of the riffles with a run directly below it. This is another very effective presentation technique, when you have a riffle that transitions into a run right at the base of the riffle. This method also works well when the depth of the …

Nymphing a Run or Riffle Corner

Runs and Riffle Corners On the Lower Yuba River you will find many runs that are prime targets for holding fish. These are portions of the river that flow with an even depth from 4 to 8 feet deep. You will also encounter riffle corners at the base of a riffle. This is a v-shaped slot that if you’re looking …

Nymphing Riggs for the Lower Yuba River

One thing I think most fishermen are guilty of, is not changing their tactics and rigging enough, based upon the changing characteristics and water types of the river we are fishing. I know I am. I have fished the Lower Yuba River for many years and quite a bit in the last couple of years or so, mainly from a …

Fishing a Drop-Off with a Downstream Presentation

When wading on the Lower Yuba and for that matter any freestone river in the Western United States, you will sometimes encounter drop offs at the base of the riffles. When nymphing this method works when you find yourself fishing the drop-off from the inside and you are standing in relatively shallow water. Next time you’re out fishing try this; …

FFT Techniques: Nymphing a Run or a Riffle Corner

I’m doing a series of articles talking about useful techniques for fishing the Lower Yuba River and really for anywhere your fishing passions take you. This one is about nymphing a run or a riffle corner. On the Lower Yuba River you will find many runs that are prime targets for holding fish. These are portions of the river that …

Nymphing Techniques: On the Lower Yuba River – The Riffles

I’m getting ready to help out with a Gold Country Fly Fishers’ club techniques clinic on the Lower Yuba River. Being it’s February, we’ll be focusing mainly on nymphing techniques and with nymphing it all starts with an indicator a big plunk of lead and mending. With that said, the techniques you employ depend on the water type, depth and …

Techniques: Watch & Observe

I woke up excited to be heading down to the Lower Yuba with my fishing buddies Frank Rinella and Blake Larsen. I’ve been out of town for the Christmas holidays and was ready for a fun day, come what may. The day was clear and fairly warm in Grass Valley. We met in town and grabbed a cup of coffee, …

Fishing From a Drift Boat – Water Load Casting a Deep Nymphing Rigg

When nymphing from a drift boat you are typically casting multiple flies with shot. On the Lower Yuba River which often has good water clarity you also need to add the element of stealth. This means that you often need to be able to cast your nymphing rigg at least 2 rod lengths and more from the boat. This may …

The Swamp Thing

This is the new addition to the Fly Fishing Traditions fleet, “The Swamp Thing”. It traveled all the way from Donighan, Michigan to make its home here in Northern California. As you probably have heard I’m selling my 13′ 4″ Boston Whaler Sport to make room for it. The whaler is in the shop right now getting the chines re-worked …