4 Seasons. 4 Species. 1 River. Marysville, CA

Situated just outside of Marysville, California. This tailwater fishery is really a tale of two rivers – above Daguerre Dam and below Daguerre Dam. The lower Yuba features long runs, great riffles, deep holes, and fishfilled flats. Downstream of the dam, you may encounter rainbows, smallmouth bass, and striped bass. However, it’s the spirited shad that draws our attention in this section of the river. Above the dam, where we put in most of our time, the river receives an annual run of Chinook salmon and steelhead. But it’s the wild, resident rainbows that will put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face. These acrobatic aerialists are readily available every month of the year, making it among the best fly fishing in Northern California. Did we mention the dry fly action here?

“The Yuba River is a dry fly anglers paradise.”


When should I fish?

Spring

This time of year is ushered in by the sounds of birds chirping and reels screaming. There’s a prolific hatch of March Browns, which allows our fishing guides to target these rising rainbows with dries. When the feeding frenzy takes place, the action just doesn’t get any better. Below the dam, the American shad begin to make their presence known.

Summer

Both the temperature and the fishing can be hot, hot, hot. This is prime time for the shad. Swinging shad darts can be a very effective method of enticing these silver slabs of aggression to grab. Above the dam, the best trout fishing usually occurs during the afternoons and evenings, although nymphing during the mornings can be terrific as well. Join us for some superb summer fishing in California!

Fall

As the leaves depart the trees, the salmon and steelhead arrive in the upper section. These broadshouldered kings are very aggressive, so be sure to have a firm hold of your rod. And the stocky steelhead are in fullfeeding mode. But let’s not forget about the rainbows, as they’ve tied on their bibs, lurking behind the salmon in the redds. Our fall fishing charters are ideal for those looking for a challenging fishing vacation!

Winter

As the weather cools down, the fishing heats up. This is our favorite time of year on the lower Yuba. The river serves up a veritable smorgasbord to the trout. From the eggs left by the salmon to a myriad of hatching insects, the feasting ‘bows never have it so good. And when the skwalas start to climb out onto the banks, oh my! Throwing larger dries in the dead of winter – how cool is that? Join our expert Northern California fishing guides for some truly special fishing!


Rates & Reservations

We offer several guided fishing trips on the Lower Yuba River.

Half Day Guided Fishing: $350.00

1-2 anglers, 4-5 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.

Full Day Guided Fishing: $450.00

1-2 anglers, 8-10 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, lunch, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.


Full Day Guided Drift Boat Trips

Full day guided drift boat trip(s) are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your day on the water consists of 8 hours on the water. On typical days we cover 3-24 miles of water (depending on river and time of year).

Your Day Includes:

  • Lunches, fruit, and beverages. Our lunches are always deli fresh, picked up the morning of your day by your guide. Lunch is based on clients dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is fully stocked on all boats.
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities needed for the day. * Want to use your own gear? Please feel free to bring along with you for the days trip. Our fishing guides will be happy to rig any rod that you might want to fish, if specialized for the particular fishing condition.

Half Day Guided Drift Boat Trips

Half day guided drift boat trips(s) are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your day on the water consists of 4-5 hours on the water. On a typical day, we cover 2-6 miles of water (depending on river and the time of year).

Your Half Day Includes:

  • Snacks, fruit, and beverages. These are based on clients dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is fully stocked on all boats.
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities need for the day. * Want to use your own gear? Please feel free to bring it along with you for the days trip. Our fishing guides will be happy to rig any rod that you might want to fish, if specialized for the particular fishing condition.

Full & Half Day Walk & Wade Trips

Walk & Wade trips are fishing charters designed for those who are looking for a more intimate time with the water in which they are fishing. Learn how to read water and where to look for fish, the importance of flows, entomology, water access, and casting/fishing techniques. They are perfect for beginner fly fishing! These trips can range from physically light to moderate conditions. From light walking to hiking in/out, a tremendous amount of energy will be spent throughout your day. We ask that all clients seeking a walk & wade trip are physically able to walk a 3-10% grade on their own (mountain, hill, canyon and stream incline). We will match fishing conditions to client’s abilities as much as possible

Walk & Wade trips are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your full day on the water consists of 8 hours fishing and travel, half days consist of 4-5 hours fishing and travel. On a typical day, we cover 1-3 miles of water (depending on river and the time of year).

Walk & Wade Includes:

  • Full day Walk & Wade trips include Lunches, fruit, and beverages. Our lunches are always deli fresh, picked up the morning of your day by your guide. Lunch is based on clients dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is on hand.
  • Half day Walk & Wade trips do not include lunch. Clients will be provided with snacks, fruit, and beverages.
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities need for the day.

What’s Not Included in My Guided Reservation

  • Alcoholic beverages: This includes undistilled fermented beverages such as beer, wine, and cider.
  • Rain Gear: This includes all waterproof breathable rain gear; Raincoats, rain hats, ponchos, parkas, rain pants, rain boots, gaiters, umbrella, trap, goggles and stretch wrap.
  • Articles of Clothing: This includes underwear, swimsuits, socks, rainwear, base layering, insulated overwear, windbreakers, fleece, gloves, buffs and any headwear of any kind.
  • Waders and Boots: This includes all wader and boot types; Waders include rubber, canvas, neoprene and breathable. Boots include stocking foot and boot foot.
  • Gratuities

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Book A Guided Fishing Trip

* A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking calendar date. You have the option to make full payment at this time. A valid credit card is required to confirm a reservation. Personal checks and major credit cards are all accepted as payment. Please make all checks payable to Fish Habit Outfitters. Final payments are due 30 days prior to scheduled trip date. All trips booked within 30 days of scheduled trip are due at time of making reservation.

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