Fly Fishing North Yuba River (Technical Trout Tactics)
With Jared Shakin
I was extremely fortunate to grow up in the mountains of Colorado. The Marble, Eagle, Colorado, Frying Pan, Crystal, and Roaring Fork Rivers were my training grounds. My father was a guide, and put a fly rod in my hand at the age of 7. As an avid outdoorsman, angler, raft guide in high school (rafting & fishing), competitive kayaker, and Eagle Scout; I acquired thousands of hours reading, running, and fishing rivers in the early years.
When I moved to California in 2011; my passion for fishing was renewed upon discovering the diversity of water and species the state has to offer. I became obsessed with steelhead and now travel to chase them.
After college, I gave the desk job a try, and ended up working in Accounting for 8 years. In early 2019, I was the Accounting Director of a commercial property management company that sold to a competitor... and we were all out of a job.
I took my savings, bought a drift boat, and started my guide business with a highly skeptical wife to whom I had to prove I could "possibly find enough people who will pay you to go fishing for it to be a real job"..
Now... I guide full time, offering trips 365 days a year on 4 different rivers: American, Lower Yuba, North Yuba, and Feather (Low Flow). I average about 150 days per year on the water, and occasionally host trips through Kiene's Fly Shop. I have fished on 3 continents and 8 states for a variety of species in both salt and freshwater.
I grew up fishing small streams for spooky trout, and consider trout fishing a specialty; even the high elevation fish! California offers excellent opportunities to fish a variety of trout situations to challenge even the strongest anglers, and the adaptable fisher is highly successful.
1. Overall River Geography & Topography
a. Major Landmarks
b. Access Points
c. Why Fish the N Yuba?
2. A Full Year on the N Yuba – seasons, species, times, hatches
3. General Tactics
a. General N Yuba Fish Behaviors
c. Presentation Techniques
1. Dry Fly
a. “Slack Line” Strategies
1. Cross stream
2. Down stream
2. Nymph (including euro)
5. Specific Tactics for Special Situations
a. High Water
John H. Turner — Director of Programs
California Fly Fishers Unltd
Citrus Heights, CA ~ (916) 969-7266
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