Check out this clip on the Yuba River.
Ravaged by hydraulic mining during the California gold rush, the channel of the Yuba near Marysville is rewritten every time central CA experiences heavy rains and flooding. Throughout my life on this river, I’ve seen more versions of the Yuba than I can count. Nevertheless, there are 11 inch rainbows in it that will rip your reel a new one, and you won’t be able to do anything about it. And God help you if you get anything over 20 (there are plenty of those; I’ve come across a dead steelhead that I taped it at 36 inches, a lost fish from BC I assume).
What can I say, wonderful skwala, march brown, and fall caddis hatches, good mid winter wild steelie runs, lupines and orange poppies on the hills, blue oaks……God, but those fish. One day they will hurt you, and I mean bad, and the next they’ll make you the king of the world. I’ve had more days on the Yuba when I was proud of myself for a two fish day.