This particular fish-out on the North Fork of the Yuba River for the Beginners Class (Step 1) in the club's Learn to Fly Fish program can open up a world of opportunity for you as a Sierra fly-fisher. There are hundreds of miles of cool, clear water in the Sierras, very similar to this little river, and they are all holding trout just waiting for you to delicately present a tasty looking fly in their direction. If you're a 2019 registered LTFF Beginner student, we hope you will be able to join us to begin learning the on-stream knowledge you need to help you enjoy a lifetime of small river fly fishing.
Dates: This mentored fish-out is actually two separate back-to-back 2-day fish-outs, with Group 1 fishing on Friday-Saturday, August 9-10, and Group 2 fishing on Sunday-Monday, August 11-12, 2019. (These dates were changed from previously announced August 2-3 and 4-5 dates due to unavailability of campsites on those earlier dates.)
You can choose which group to register for after clicking on the large "Register" button that appears to the left of this description when the online registration is opened (or above it, if on a smartphone).
Group 1 students can arrive as early as 3:00pm on Thursday to set up in the reserved campsites and get your gear squared away. There will be mentors on hand to help you with your fishing gear and we might even get a little fishing in that evening.
Group 2 students can arrive as early as 3:00pm on Saturday with the same set-up and organizing opportunities as with Group 1. However, Group 2 will be going into town on Saturday evening for their hosted restaurant dinner (Group 1 will do the same on Friday evening).
Meeting Time: We will meet at 7:30am each morning in the fish-out leader's campsite to get your mentor assignment and instructions on safety, lunch, etc. You should be finished with breakfast, fully dressed, with sunscreen applied, and in your waders and boots ready to leave camp. Wait until your mentor tells you to do so before assembling and stringing your rod since it may be necessary to transport them unassembled. If you are staying somewhere besides in the campground, be sure to arrive in camp well before 7:30am or risk being left behind.
All Group 1 students will have to be ready to break camp early Saturday afternoon at the latest to make room for the arrival of Group 2. Expect more instructions on the logistics of breaking camp on Saturday at the Friday morning meeting.
Meals: Lunch will be provided on both days for each group. Typically, we pack a lunch and take it with us so that we don't have to return to camp to eat. Students should all have small packs, or other means such as large back pockets in fishing vests big enough to carry sandwiches, water bottles, etc. There will be a hosted group dinner at Sierra Pines Resort (formerly Herrington's) in Sierra City on Friday evening for Group 1 and on Saturday evening for Group 2, seating no later than 6:30pm. You are on your own for any other dinners and all breakfasts, so plan accordingly.
Campground Location: Most of us will be camping, doubled-up in one of the club's reserved Lower Loop campsites, in the NFS Loganville Campground. We will head out from there each morning with your mentor to fish different sections of the river. This campground is roughly 17 miles east of Downieville, CA, on State Hwy 49, and is about 1.5 miles west of Sierra City (not to be confused with Sierraville, which is further east over a mountain pass). GPS Coordinates: Latitude 39.5647222 Longitude -120.6611111
Driving Directions: Suggest entering Downieville, CA or Sierra City, CA in a map app. There are several possible routes, but exiting I-80 in Auburn and following CA Highway 49N along the North Yuba River through Downieville is a fairly direct and particularly scenic route. From this direction, the campground will be on your right (riverside) of the highway, marked only by a Forest Service sign, as the last of at least two campgrounds along this river before reaching Sierra City. There is a Loganville RV dump Station on the other side of the highway. Take the right dirt road leaving the highway to reach the Lower Loop.
Camping: This Nat'l. Forest Service campground has two loops situated in dense forest of oak, pine and fir trees which provide ample shade. The upper loop goes up the hillside to the left and the lower loop goes to the right to level ground, where we have reserved campsites #15, 16, 18, and 19. These sites should have a reserved tag on the number post with your fish-out leader's name on them. Each site has been reserved for two tents and vehicles per campsite, so upon arrival pick one that has at least one open spot. The Loganville Campground is at about 4,100 ft elevation and has pit toilets (outhouses) and fresh (potable) water faucets strategically located throughout the camp. You are allowed to have fires in the fire pits only, so you may want to bring a little firewood or buy it in town. There are metal boxes in each campsite for all food storage.
Gear: If you intend to stay in camp, you should have a tent unless you plan to sleep in your vehicle or camper. It can be downright cool at night so be sure to bring a good sleeping bag, camp pillow, and sleeping pad, mattress, or cot. Don't forget a headlamp, flashlight, and/or lantern. A camp chair is also recommended. If you are a newbie to tent camping and would like a more complete checklist of suggested camping gear, please contact the LTFF Program Director. If you don't own all the camping gear you need, you can often rent it at an REI store, if you choose not to buy this gear now.
Other required items include: warm jacket or fleece for early mornings and evenings, a packable rain jacket (rain pants or a poncho are always good for in-camp when not wearing waders), hat, sunblock, chap stick, bug repellent, polarized sunglasses, and any needed medication and personal hygiene items. Sun buffs and sun gloves are recommended for additional protection. There is poison oak in the area (if you don't know what that looks like, ask your mentor to show you) so wearing long pants is a good idea when walking in the brush without waders on.
Required fishing gear should include: waders (with at least one belt!), wading boots, any wading staff(!), fishing license(!), a fly rod (5wt or lighter), reel with floating line, fly box, nippers, forceps, split-shot, indicators, and maybe a couple 9' lg, 4X leaders, with 4X & 5X tippet in mono and fluoro. You may choose to wet wade, in which case you should have neoprene guard socks to wear inside boots or wading sandals. A wading net is optional.
Cost: The registration fee for this fish-out is $220, which covers the two camp lunches, a hosted restaurant dinner with wine or beer, the campground fees, and a starter kit of a dozen or more flies, leader, and tippet material.
THIS FISH-OUT IS FOR THE LTFF BEGINNER CLASS ONLY! Watch for emails further describing this adventure and what you can expect. We will notify you in early July about a scheduled pre-fish-out meeting for those registered.
Program Note: Those who are registered for a LTFF fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can get for their spot if there is no one on the waitlist willing to do so. These fish-outs are necessarily planned and paid for in advance so club refunds are typically not possible.