First-of-the-Year Skwalas on the Yuba

A break in winter weather can mean the appearance of the year’s first big meals for hungry trout on California’s Yuba. “Skwalas have a distinctive profile that the trout key in on and a good imitation is called for. They stand on the surface film with their wings folded flat on their backs. The profile is about an inch long and less that a quarter-inch wide. They can ride the current this way for as far as you can see them. This bug is the first large portion meal these fish have seen since the salmon egg feasts of Halloween.” Denis Pierce on

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