I'll be heading to the Yuba River today for some fly fishing with my brothers and some friends. Things are NOT looking good, though.
Because of the enormous snow pack in the Sierra's, the water flows are huge. You normally want to fish in water that is around 1500 cubic feet per second (CFPS). I've fished water going 3000 cfps, and did OK.
Right now, the Yuba is moving at 10,000 cfps!
What this means is that we will most likely not be doing the dry flies - top-water fishing. We'll be 'nymphing' - using sub-surface flies that mimic the bugs as they are coming out of the river bottom. It's a whole different technique and is something I've only done once before.
Because of the velocity of the water, being in waders is most likely out of the question, so it will be fishing from the shore. Much more challenging and it takes away a number of techniques for nymphing. Oy!
Hey, more skills development, right?
I'm going to be bringing a set of walkie-talkies as well, and will see how they work out in the river. My portable water filtration system will be in tow, as well as a small fanny pack full of just-in-case survival gear. The fly fishing vest has a very nice zippered section in the back of the vest that also will get stuffed with things we may need in a survival situation. If the fish aren't biting, I may find the time to practice some emergency techniques out in the wild.
Back in a couple of days, hopefully with some pix of gi-normous trout which were fooled by you know who...
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