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  • North Fork Yuba River & Eastern Plumas Stillwater Update

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 6, 2018 | 16:45 pm

    North Fork Yuba River & Eastern Plumas Stillwater Update Water levels in the upper watershed of the North Fork Yuba are at their summer lows. The wild rainbows and occasional brown trout are now concentrated in the deeper pools, slots, and runs. Still plenty of caddis out, especially in the evenings. Terrestrials are receiving lots of love now and become an important diet for trout during the dog days of summer. Hoppers, ants, beetles, and inchworms. Sometimes these patterns are even better if they are drowned as a dropper off your main dry fly. Water temps are 58 in the morning rising to 65 in the afternoon. Fishing pressure has been extremely light. I still have a few open dates before summer runs out. The earlier you book, the better chance you have to come explore the canyon water.I received some great news last week from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. They stocked Lake Davis with 12,000 pounds of catchable rainbows! This will bode well for late fall into spring of 2019. They also shared with me that they planted Frenchman Lake during the 3rd week of June of this year, and that makes sense as my guests were catching 10 to 12 inch rainbows from then until the end of[…]

  • Voluntary Hoot Owl Closure ~ Truckee River

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 27, 2018 | 16:14 pm

    Voluntary Hoot Owl Closure ~ Truckee River The warmest July on record for the Tahoe basin has been all that, and we still have a ways to go before the weather cools. Surface temperatures for Lake Tahoe during last year was 68.4 degrees, a rise in 6 degrees from the previous year. Not sure what the lake's current temps are, but I bet it's near those numbers of last year, or greater. On July 14th I recorded the Truckee River water temp at 64 degrees at 10am in the Glenshire section, yesterday a colleague of mine recorded 66 degrees at 10:30am in the same area. It's time for a voluntary "Hoot Owl" closure on the Truckee River for the livelihood of wild trout within the system. You can do your part by doing the following:Carry a thermometer and take readings on the hourFish at first light until 11amUse bigger tippet sizes to fight fish more quickly for a safer releaseStop fishing when water temperatures reach 67 degrees or higherEducate other anglers on water temperature etiquetteWith hot water temps, there are other alternatives when it comes to fishing for trout. Fish the high alpine lakes, tailwaters that provide cold water, rivers that are spring fed, or have numerous[…]

  • North Fork Yuba River Report 7/25/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 25, 2018 | 12:20 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Report 7/25/2018 Fishing remains good on the North Fork Yuba even during this everlasting heat wave thanks to deep subterranean springs that feed the upper watershed. The flows have dropped a little, so focus on the deeper slots, runs, and plunge pools were the native rainbows are concentrated. Fishing pressure remains light, there seems to be more swimmers than anglers lately. Water temps near the Sierra City area are 57 in the morning rising to 64 degrees in the late afternoon, and you guessed it - 8am to 1pm is best. Afternoons slow down until the last few hours of light, and the action increases into darkness. All of my trips have been a blast, and it is so satisfying to see my guests truly appreciate this grand watershed. It always brings out the best of fly fishing experiences.Still running dry/dropper rigs, but I switch to a terrestrial dry near noon as the dropper fly - only submerged. Beetles, ants, and hoppers being the best choice. Since it has been such a big caddis year I'm favoring the standard Elk Hair caddis over the yellow Stimulator. Purple haze, and Adams parachutes have also fished really well. Effective dropper nymphs include copper and[…]

  • Creekin Report, Native Sons Tour, Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Workshops, 7/20/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 20, 2018 | 12:49 pm

    Creekin Report, Native Sons Tour, Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Workshops, 7/20/2018 The creeks in Eastern Plumas county are in great condition right now, average summer flows and colder water abound. Frazier, Jamison, Gray Eagle, Grizzly, and Little Jamison creeks are producing good fishing. My guests have been catching bigger than average trout this season, something I have not seen in the last 22 years. It's safe to say that the creeks have rejuvenated since the last drought.Dry flies and dry/dropper rigs have been the most effective. It's a huge year for caddis, and don't forget about ants and hoppers. Water temps are 58 in the morning and climbing to 64 in the afternoon. Fishing pressure is non existent, the further you hike in the better it is. Get out there and get involved, prime conditions will not last long.I've got some open dates for the creeks in the next month if your interested in a small water matrix. Yesterday I guided the Graeagle Creek Tour which was a big hit! Access areas, rigging, handouts, lunch, and terminal tackle provided. I will be providing another tour next year, July 2019.The Native Sons Truckee Tour was a real treat for our guests this year. Frank Piscioatta is a encyclopedia of the Truckee area[…]

  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 7/11/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 11, 2018 | 21:25 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 7/11/2018 Summertime mode is in full swing on the North Fork Yuba River, and the fishing is very good. The flows have dropped dramatically in the last two weeks making for perfect conditions. Water temperatures are starting out at 57 in the morning and topping out by 62 in the upper watershed. Fishing pressure is moderate in the easy access areas and next to nothing in the more remote areas I like to take my guests.Dry flies and dry/dropper rigs is a staple here during the summer months. I like to increase my dropper length to 30 inches in the deeper runs and pools, which has been much more productive. I got a chance to fish my guest's Sage SPL 0 weight yesterday and what a fun time. I will be picking up one of these very soon for the NFYR, and general creekin. Keep in mind a shorter leader will perform much better on shorter rods, a standard 7.5 leader to 5x is a good platform to start with.Active aquatics include caddis, crane flies, little yellow sally's (aloperla), and the occasional random mayfly. The hoppers are out, and an abundance of both black and red ants too.Western Azalea ~ Rhododendron[…]

  • Wet Wading Equipment & Tips

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 6, 2018 | 21:42 pm

    Wet Wading Equipment & Tips When I started fly fishing in 1972, all of my family wet waded. As a young family raising 4 children my Dad did not have the funds to outfit us all with high end waders. We ran cut off Levi's, and the Converse high tops "sportsman" model, which were olive drab in color and featured felt on the bottom sole. My Dad even fished for steelhead in the cooler months with this outfit, but quickly learned that being cold and wet sucks.It's that time of the year where my waders are hung up, and I look forward to rock hopping and guiding my guests on the North Fork Yuba River. When it's Africa hot, there is nothing like wet wading in the cool water. The products below have been tested on hundreds of trips, but personal preference is still a major part of choosing which name brand you desire.I prefer to wear light weight quick dry pants instead of shorts. You get maximum protection from the sun and your legs do not get scratched up as much from branches, or abrasion from boulders. The Simms Guide Pant has really held up well and I'm going on my 3rd season. A[…]

  • Tahoe Truckee Fly Fisher's Cliff Frazier Memorial

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 2, 2018 | 05:05 am

    Tahoe Truckee Fly Fisher's Cliff Frazier Memorial Every Summer I look forward to Tahoe Truckee Fly Fisher's Cliff Frazier Memorial, a youth program that introduces kids to every element of fly fishing. Many members from the club volunteer their time at the actual event including professionals like myself, but what people do not see is the many hours of behind the scenes work that takes place. With no money to profit from, we simply do this for the kids with a hope they will become stewards of our rivers as they become adults.During the two and a half day event the students learn casting, knots, equipment selection, entomology, rigging, fly tying, and the process of hooking, fighting, and landing fish. We also teach them about conservation, how to properly handle fish, and stream side etiquette. The Cliff Frazier event is one of the best kid's programs in the entire country.On day two I lead the entomology workshop which starts with a simple PowerPoint program as an introduction to the world of aquatic insects. This year we had live specimens during the program which were projected digitally on the screen in real time. After this phase of the class was done we headed down to the river to[…]

  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report /6/25/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 25, 2018 | 18:50 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report /6/25/2018 It’s that time of year when I’m done with the stillwaters of Plumas National Forest and switching gears to guide on the North Fork Yuba River, and the Little Truckee River. My first two trips on the NFYR were beyond awesome due to the fact that my guests love small water and wild trout on light weight rods. The flows are a tad high in the upper watershed which actually bodes well for the upcoming summer months. Water temperatures in the morning are 55 degrees and reaching 59 by afternoon. Currently there is a bumper crop of caddis on the river ranging in sizes from 10 to 18. Body colors include brown, amber, gray, tan, and olive. Golden stones are out as are the yellow sallies, and a few salmon flies are in the mix as well. There are good populations of numerous species of beetles out, and never forget those ants. Notice how much larger the Salmon Fly (Pteronarcys) shuck is on the left then the Golden Stone (Perlidae) shuck. The golden stonefly is the most prolific stoner in the NFYR watershed.This is your typical wild rainbow of the NFYR, brilliant colors with orange white tipped fins and clean distinct spotting and par marks. They[…]

  • Lake Davis ~ Frenchman Lake ~ Creeks ~ Fly Fishing Report 6/17/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 17, 2018 | 20:23 pm

    Lake Davis ~ Frenchman Lake ~ Creeks ~ Fly Fishing Report 6/17/2018 This morning I woke up at my usual time of 4:45 am next to Lake Davis, and cloudy skies hung low on the surrounding mountains. Just as predicted the rain started to fall minutes later. I proceeded to my daily routine, coffee, email and internet work, followed by my trek to Graeagle where I pick up my gourmet lunches from the Graeagle Mill Works. I streaked across the Sierra Valley with the boat in tow up to Frenchman Lake for a guide trip, and along the way thunder and lightning showed it's ugly face. Boating on open water with such conditions is a very unwise thing to do, and so the trip was cancelled. I'm quite bummed when such conditions occur, but it's out of my control, and Mother Nature always has the last word. Today I'm making the most of it by making a blog entry, paying bills, and returning trip inquiries. Life on the road has its limitations, and believe it or not I actually miss being in the office sometimes.Lake Davis - I've done a few trips on the fertile waters and the lake is full to the brim at 98 % of capacity, and surface water temps[…]

  • Northern Sierra Observations; Mother Nature Is Late

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 9, 2018 | 08:37 am

    Northern Sierra Observations; Mother Nature Is Late Mid March through the end of May the weather was cold, gloomy, and with lots of precipitation. Because of such the Sierra is about 3 to 4 weeks behind schedule. Depending on the fishery, things were good to just fair. During the last week of May rainbows were still on their redds on the Little Truckee, Grizzly creek at Lake Davis, and Little Last Chance creek at Frenchman Lake. Also during that time frame most Canadian geese had yet to have their chicks. Aquatics on the stillwaters had yet to show any significant hatches as well. Warblers and songbirds showed up early in the upper elevation meadows, yet stalled their migration north.Conditions have changed in the last week and a half with normal sunny weather and warmer temperatures. I'm embarking for the next 16 days of guiding on the road and anxious to see what the current conditions hold. Keep checking in and I'll update you with what I find. See you on the water...


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