North Fork Yuba River
From Interstate 80 in the City of Auburn, drive north on Hwy 49 approximately 60 miles to where Hwy 49 begins to parallel the North Yuba River.
The North Fork Yuba River
The North Yuba River flows for forty-five miles through the northern Sierra Nevada, from its headwaters at Yuba Pass to New Bullards Bar Reservoir. Thanks to its proximity to Highway 49, easy road access is available to several campgrounds, hiking trails, and of course, the North Fork's trout. Highway 49 also offers many scenic vistas, including breathtaking views of the river's numerous rapids and cascades, the canyon's heavily forested slopes, and the impressive granite spires of the nearby Sierra Buttes.
Two river-side trails - the North Yuba Trail and the Canyon Creek Trail -- provide excellent access for anglers to explore the many runs and pools along the North Fork. The canyon's old growth forests are home to a variety of wildlife including California spotted owl, bald eagle, northern goshawk, Pacific fisher, and pine marten.
The North Fork of the Yuba supports healthy populations of rainbow trout. You'll also find a fair number of brown and even brook trout in this fishery. I had the opportunity to catch a 13 inch brook trout (photographed above) while drifting a dry fly at the head of a nice pool below Loganville campground. I captured additional pictures of the brook trout underwater.