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  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/13/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 14, 2019 | 14:07 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/13/2019 Back to work, and to be honest I was pretty excited to be back on the water, though Colorado love is still deeply on my mind. The canyon is pretty much a ghost town now, the hustle and bustle of tourist and a busy hwy 49 is done. Now more than ever, complete solitude can be found. When I have the right guests who are in shape, I can take them to the more remote sections that receive very little fishing pressure, so I a bit surprised to see the fishing was so good on Beat #16 for this time of year. Water temps recorded mid day in the upper watershed were at 57 degrees and rose to near 60 in the late afternoon. There were a lot of midges in the air with the occasional mayfly. The bigger size caddis are mostly gone but plenty of smaller ones in a size 18. The middle of the day will be the best time to be on the water and the rainbows will start looking up more frequently just before noon time. Ant patterns have lost their luster with the trout, hoppers too. larger size yellow and orange Stimis with beaded bright[…]

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  • Colorado Fly Fishing Vacation ~ 9/8/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 9, 2019 | 03:24 am

    Colorado Fly Fishing Vacation ~ 9/8/2019 Up until this trip it had been 14 years since I took an extended vacation to fish on my own time. 14 years of grinding out guide trips and sharing the wisdom of some 40 years plus of fly fishing knowledge. I guess you could say it was long overdue. My last trip was in 2005, a yearly pilgrimage that my dad and I use to make to Montana since 1995, where we would spend 40 days at our base camp located near West Fork on the banks of the Madison River. This trip was going to be extra special as I would visit friends I have not seen in decades, and revisit my old stomping grounds from canyon water to meandering meadows. I will say that overall the fishing (or catching) is so much easier in both Colorado and Montana than in California, mostly due to in my opinion to more trout per mile, and obviously better fisheries management. My drive out was pretty straight forward and I banged out 12 hours of scenic driving across Nevada, slept for 4 hours at a rest stop near the Utah/Colorado border, then continued on for 4 more hours until I reached[…]

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  • Yuba Fest 2019 ~ Conservation, Education, Stewardship

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 29, 2019 | 13:11 pm

    Yuba Fest 2019 ~ Conservation, Education, Stewardship I will be unable to attend Yuba Fest this year, I’m sorry I will not be able to perform magic tricks like the real time emergence of Mahogany duns from nymph to adult right before your eyes. I’ve already marked my calendar for next year. This is a very important event for a very unique river system that still holds wild populations of Chinook salmon, steelhead, and resident rainbow trout. If you truly care about the Yuba River and its future, this is a must attend event. I encourage all fellow guides who make a profit off the Yuba River to attend and share their insight, knowledge, and passion for the river by giving back and helping with the educational programs being offered at Yuba Fest. Check out the programs listed below, and if you attend make sure you give your full attention to the featured speaker Mark Rockwell and his powerful message of conservation measures for the Lower Yuba River. For more information and updates check out the Yuba Fest blog: http://yubafest.blogspot.com/Sycamore Ranch County ParkSaturday October 12th, 20199:00 am to 4:00 pmThe mission of the Yuba Fest is to encourage the protection, conservation and restoration of the Yuba River[…]

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  • Sierra Pines Resort Fall Package Deal ~ North Fork Yuba River

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 27, 2019 | 14:04 pm

    Sierra Pines Resort Fall Package Deal ~ North Fork Yuba River For the fall season Sierra Pines Resort is offering fly anglers a special package to experience the beauty of the North Fork Yuba River and the wild trout that inhabit the river. Guests will able to access the river right behind the resort. Anglers that take advantage of this great deal will also receive 10% off a half day trip with Baiocchi’s Troutfitters. The Sierra Pines Resort package includes meals and a room for both single and double occupancy; Single Occupancy (per night including taxes)River View  $160Forest View  N/A  Restaurant Level  $130Dbl Occupancy / person (per night including taxes)River View  $105                  Forest View  $100                   Restaurant Level  $95-Single Occupancy rooms are King Beds with coffee and TV.  -Double Occupancy rooms are Two Full Beds with coffee and TV.-Meals are open to the entire menu.  Gratuity not included.  Dessert and alcohol will be purchased separately.To book your stay with Sierra Pines Resort, please call 530 862 1151, or email them at – Use the code “BAIOCCHI” to ensure of the special package deal.

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  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 8/23/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 23, 2019 | 23:25 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 8/23/2019 Not much change from my last report, still great fishing, and plenty of solitude. I'm starting my guide trips a little later with the days getting shorter, and for whatever reason those North Fork Yuba wild rainbows prefer sunshine on the water. Water temps are ranging from 57 in the morning to 63 in the afternoon in the upper watershed. One thing I notice on this river after a big runoff year is that you'll find more concentrations of fish in certain pockets and pools, while other areas on the river are mostly devoid of fish. I'm guessing when huge hydraulics are in effect, the smaller rainbows go with the flow and end up where they can survive. Caddis remain the preferred food item and larger elk hair caddis patterns in gray, amber, and olive are producing. The Jonny B. UV Ant Bomb has been crushing them and all of the bigger fish are suckers for this pattern. I may have to have this pattern contracted out and tied as there is nothing like it on the market. Simple too. New shucks of Stub Wing stoneflies (Claassenia sabulosa) have been appearing for quite a while now. They are often referred to as "Nocturnal Stones",[…]

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  • Truckee River Trout Weekend 2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 19, 2019 | 00:10 am

    Truckee River Trout Weekend 2019 Truckee River Trout Unlimited (TRTU) Fundraiser Saturday November 2, 2019!  Join us for a wonderful day of fishing, fun, and food! The Truckee Chapter of Trout Unlimited Board of Directors is excited to offer a fantastic opportunity to fish the exclusive private waters of the San Francisco Fly Casting Club.   The event includes all meals, including a special BBQ hosted by the Truckee River Board of Directors.   Hurry to sign up as there a limited number of spaces available!Details: Required donation $1500 for the event.  Registration in advance.   Email:  .  Expert guides (most of whom are TRTU Board members) will provide guiding advice and instruction on the river.  Continental breakfast, lunch on the river, and an open bar/BBQ event to conclude a magical day on the river, included.  Schedule: Arrive in Truckee area Friday November 1st.  Many lodging options available that time of year.  (Lodging the responsibility of the participant).  Reception and annual TU meeting at the home of Dan Maher, a Board member and fundraising Chair of TRTU.  Saturday morning meet at Dan’s home (5 minutes from the Fly Caster’s), for a continental breakfast and meet-up with the guides.  Fishing commences at 9 AM and goes to 4 PM.  Lunch served[…]

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  • North Fork Yuba River & Lost Sierra Creeks Fly Fishing Report ~ 8/10/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 12, 2019 | 03:26 am

    North Fork Yuba River & Lost Sierra Creeks Fly Fishing Report ~ 8/10/2019 What a glorious last couple of weeks it has been while roaming the Lost Sierra with my guests. I get a lot of satisfaction sharing the natural wonders of such a special region in Northern California, and to see others appreciate my passion for such makes it so much sweeter – They get it. Summer rhythms are changing slowly, subtle differences like where the sun rises and sets, animal & bird behavior, constellations of the stars shifting, and late season wild flowers popping open. You’ll notice things like this when you’re living where the wild things are on a day to day basis. Currently, we are experiencing some unseasonably cooler weather for a few days. The low temperature in Nevada City this morning was 54, and a crisp 34 in Truckee. We’ll take it, though it would be nice to see some summer monsoon moisture race up from the south along the crest, and spill over into the region. If you haven’t broken free of your commitments in everyday life, you’re running out of time to escape into the summertime of the Sierra. On a special note, I’ve made a great connection and have partnered with SierraPines Resort (formally Herrington’s on[…]

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  • Lost Sierra Creekin Report ~ 8/1/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 1, 2019 | 15:30 pm

    Lost Sierra Creekin Report ~ 8/1/2019 The creeks of the Lost Sierra are absolutely perfect right now, my guests and I have been having some epic trips venturing deep into the canyon water. Three things that are most prevalent on my guided creek trips are unbound beauty, eager small wild trout, and solitude. We have yet to see any other anglers on the water, and have only seen a few footprints. Most of the time I'll sacrifice the larger fish and crowds of the Truckee area for the simplicity and enjoyment of the creeks. Pretty damn cool.Water temps are still cold as most of these creek are spring fed, no Hoot Owl closures here due to warm water. Summer 2019 has been a big caddis year, E/C caddis and Elk Hair caddis patterns in amber, olive, and gray are the preferred flies. In the afternoons ants and hoppers are a great choice. Don't waste your time on skinny water sections, pick the pockets that have some depth or unique structure to them, and look for dark water against the faces of large boulders - Prime habitat.My trips are rugged and remote. An angler that fishes with me needs to be in good shape and can navigate[…]

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  • Top Ten Mistakes Made By Rookie Fly Anglers for Trout ~ 7/28/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 28, 2019 | 23:10 pm

    Top Ten Mistakes Made By Rookie Fly Anglers for Trout ~ 7/28/2019 I’m deeply entrenched in the busy season of guiding beginner to novice fly anglers and the same minor problems of casting, presentation, and fighting fish just to name a few, become apparent. These are easily fixed by actually getting out and experiencing different fishing situations. Fly fishing is a perishable skill, and the more you practice (fish), the more proficient one becomes to achieving a higher level of mastery. As a long time guide (going on 23 years to be exact), I have learned to break down problems into smaller fragments for my guests, and to also imagine what it’s like to be a rookie all over again to help them understand more easily. Explaining the concept or a solution to the problem as simply as you can, often results in a quicker progression rate of learning. Telling your client “Oh, that’s easy” is not the answer.There is a lot going on at the same time for a beginning fly angler to comprehend. Just the process of catching a fish has many detailed steps to see success. First you must select the right fly, make the needed proper presentation, achieve a solid hook set, playing the fish without breaking it[…]

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  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 7/19/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 19, 2019 | 16:01 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 7/19/2019 My guests and I have been having some great sessions on the North Fork Yuba River. The flows are perfect, the bugs are out, and those small wild rainbows are eager as ever! Fishing pressure remains light in the less traveled areas and during mid week. Water temperatures in the upper watershed are 57 in the morning rising to 61 degrees in the afternoon. navigating the NFYR (especially the upper section) is just plain gnarly. A wading staff and good boots with maximum traction both in and out of the water is a must. An angler needs to be in good physical shape to proficiently boulder hop and reach the more secluded sections of the river, yep, it's time to hit the gym if you're not.There are a ton of caddis on the river right now! From a size 10 to a size 20 in colors of amber, gray, olive, and tan. Your everyday Elk Hair Caddis will do the trick, but up your game and put on Ralph and Lisa Cutter's E/C Caddis. The golden stone fly was hit hard this winter during the high flows as their population is not that great. Stream sampling counts with live specimens,[…]

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