Want to go fishing? “We live in a beautiful area with fishing options usually year round. We’re surrounded by rivers and lakes that hold many different species that we enjoy targeting on the fly rod. Whether it’s trout and steelhead in the Yuba River or higher up in the Mountain Lakes or Smallmouth, Spotted, Largemouth bass down the hill in the foothill lakes, there’s always water to enjoy. The Sacramento, Feather and Yuba Rivers down below can have world class Striped Bass Fishing on the fly and if you head up the hill, you’ll find the Truckee in a short period of time with incredible wild trout fishing. The opportunities are vast here in our area and we enjoy sharing the outdoors and the places we love and respect to people ready to explore,” explained local fishing expert Chuck Ragan. If you’re looking to learn more about fishing locally, Chuck offers drift boat, jet boat and walk and wade trips for all ages and skill levels. Other options include sunset cruises, wildlife photography trips or a peaceful drift boat trip down the river with a gourmet shoreside lunch, check out his website for more information.
Jon Baiocchi, of Baiocchi’s Troutfitters, highly recommends the Lower Yuba River as a “premier for trout, salmon and steelhead. It is the best winter spot in California for dry fly fishing, a fly that floats on the surface which is a neat game for fly fishing, a real visual experience.” He explained to me that every month is productive on the Lower Yuba River. Check out Jon’s blog for more in depth local fly fishing information. Jon also recommends that anyone who is interested in fishing in the Nevada City/Grass Valley region stop by Tom Page’s shop Reel Anglers, because not only do they sell rods, fly reels, waders, vests, footwear or clothing supply but Tom is a great resource for the area. In addition to gear Tom also offers guiding on all are local waters: North Fork Yuba, Lower Yuba, Feather River, Truckee River, and all the local Reservoirs. If you’re looking to try a class check out Drift On Fly’s casting lessons, Spey Lessons or Advanced Technique Classes. So regardless of your skill level there are lots of great resources for locals and visitors who want to go fishing.
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