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Yuba River Event and BBQ at UC Property

  • March 05, 2022
  • 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Yuba River/UC Private Water Property
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  • Volunteer to help setup, cook, and clean up Club BBQ; requires standard registration as well
  • Cash/check payment must be received within 14 days of registration
  • Yuba River UC outing


Event Description: Saturday March 5, 2022 Only

The Yuba River is renowned for its early season Skwala hatch and TVFF has offered many workshops on the river to acquaint our members with that early season opportunity.

Our trip, which has now become an annual one this year, has changed our reservation dates on the University of California property. For 2022 we have been able to secure the property license for March 5-6, rather than the later June date from last year when it was hot. We will now be fishing the prime time for the Skwala hatch and we are on the front end of the traditional Spring hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Baetis/Blue Wing Olives, Pink Alberts, Little Yellow Sallies, Pale Evening Duns, Golden Stones, four varieties of Caddis. So all is still good for lots of activity above and below the surface that the Yuba is known for.

Our Club event on the Yuba will be on the private property owned by the University of California and is one of their Sierra Research facilities. We have contracted for TVFF's exclusive use of the facility for the two days over the weekend. The river is about 1.5 miles above the highway 20 bridge over the Yuba and accessible only through a locked gate for a maximum of twenty (20) anglers per day. There is approximately 2.5 miles of available river that is the tailwater section a mile or so below Englebright Dam. The river has easy and level access, so it's ideal for those less comfortable in heavy current wading situations, although that is also available for those Euro Nymphing.


The UC facility is on many acres in a pastoral valley leading down to the river. Most of the research here is for cattle, grazing land management, and erosion control so it is very quiet with no nearby roads, ranches, or houses. There is a covered picnic area that sits above the river with 8-10 picnic tables and a restroom that is also available on site. All in all, it's a very scenic and serene site.


Your cost this year includes our BBQ lunch and normal beverages such as water and soft drink. If you would like something else, please be sure to bring it along.

Cash price: You may pay by check or cash directly to the Club Treasurer within two weeks of registration and not pay the credit card surcharge of 3.0% if you desire. If you do pay cash you will be put into "Pending Registration" until your payment is received within the two weeks. Late payments will require you to register once again if there is space still available. The cost for this trip is $45 for TVFF members and $90 for non-members and guests that includes an annual membership to TVFF.  

Credit Card price: Price of $46.35 includes the payment by credit card with the 3.0% surcharge. Guest cost is $92.70 for non-members and guests that includes an annual membership to TVFF. 

Fishmeister: Rob Farris,, (925)286-5502

Accommodations and Food: Lodging is available nearby in both Grass Valley (19 miles away up highway 20) or in Nevada City (another three miles up from Grass Valley) for those looking for a hotel.

There is no camping on the UC Property, however camping is available on highway 20 three miles downstream at Sycamore Ranch, which has a full time host and over 40 sites for both tents and RVs, and is right on the Yuba river.

Each individual is responsible for their own food (aside from the TVFF Club lunch) and accommodations if they choose to stay in the area. 

Gear and Tackle Recommendations:

Yuba River fish are notoriously "hot" and frisky. They workout full time in the strong current and just love to play in it when disturbed by a sharp hook. Anticipate that you will see strong runs on hookups and that the fish will feel like they are 4-6" larger than you see in the net. So...

Rod & line weights/types: 5 or 6 weight rods, reels and floating lines are the norm to help control their runs. A 4 weight for Euro Nymphing should work well as long as it has a good stiff butt section to manage any runs.

Leaders and tippet: Fishing style dependent but normally I fish a 9’ 4X leader and adjust with added tippet of up to 4-6’ of 5 for the dry flies, and stick with 4X fluoro for the nymphs.

Other gear: Note that we won't b e using any watercraft as this is a walk and wade event with float takeouts way too far downstream to be of use for us.

Flies: Flies to match and we will send out a more current list as we get closer to the dates and better understand how the weather and water are impacting the hatches. Typically you will need Skwala dries and nymphs, Pale Morning Duns, Baetis/Blue Wing Olives, Pink Alberts, Little Yellow Sallies, Pale Evening Duns, Golden Stones, and four varieties of Caddis,.

TVFF Cancellation Policy:

To sign-up for a TVFF Event  that is currently open for registration and chargeable (as set by the Fishmeister), you must both register and pay online, or via check or cash, within two weeks of registering (sent to the TVFF Treasurer) whatever fee is described for that particular Event (trip) at the time of registration. There may be multiple payments required before the trip is actually taken (usually in the case of expensive trips), but it is necessary that you do make payment in the above timely fashion for the initial amount to secure your position on the trip.  However, please note that you are still responsible for the entire amount of the trip if you should need to cancel. 

Once you are registered, there are no refunds for chargeable Events and trips.  In the situation that a member is, for any reason unable to attend, they may resell their registration slot to another TVFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  New participants must come first from the waitlist in the order they signed up.  The member cancelling is fully and solely responsible for contacting potential members to replace them and notifying the appropriate Fishmeister.

If an event/trip is fully registered and closed to registration, you may still sign up on the Wait List to be notified if there are any cancellations.  In such a case of registering provisionally on the Wait List, you do not have to pay until such time that you clear the Wait List and are confirmed for participation.

Tri-Valley Fly Fishers

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Protocol

TVFF Outings Policy as of September 20, 2020

As a club, the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers have developed and agreed to a set of required guidelines, protocols and rules in order to help direct our members on ways to stay safe on one-day outings, multi-day outings, or individual “Tag-Alongs”.

These protocols were developed by the TVFF Board of Directors as well as input from other local clubs which included a member virologist, various safety committees, and member experts. We feel that these protocols and guidelines are consistent with public health information and experts. These protocols are assured, observed, and enforced by outing leaders as well as members themselves. Extra masks, spray disinfectant and sanitizer are available from the outing leaders.

Please note that the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers accepts no liability for inadequate protection or the transmission of Covid-19 among members or guests. Therefore, each member should review the following protocols that the Club subscribes to and make an individual decision of whether to participate in an activity or not, based upon their individual circumstances and personal safety.

TVFF Outings protocols are as follows:

  • If you are sick with cold/flu symptoms then we ask you to please stay home
  • All attendees should drive up and back alone unless you are in mutually agreed social bubble where both parties have been tested negative and agreed to the risk (such as family members)
  • On all outings the Club will have available and use an infrared thermometer for temperature checks
  • We believe in social distancing and require that all members keep a full fly rod distance of at least 6’ distance between parties
  • We ask that all parties wear masks if within 6’; even if only briefly. Note that the CDC has not recommended the use of buffs or gaiters as the material is not thick enough for adequate protection.
  • Everyone will be responsible for making, bringing, and consuming their own separate food and drinks
  • When camping all members and guests are required to use separate camping tents or rooms, when hotels are arranged
  • Please handle your own gear (and your own fish!) only. No sharing for doctored fish pictures.
  • In the event that there are common surfaces (i.e., car surfaces, door handles, etc.) please wipe them down with sanitizer or hand wipes
  • All attendees should wash and sanitize their hands frequently
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