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  • Lower Yuba River Update 2/21/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 21, 2018 | 10:03 am

    Lower Yuba River Update 2/21/2018 Winter has returned, and with it colder temperatures and weak cold fronts. Some bigger storms may be upon the region in the next few weeks, and a there is still hope for a March miracle. The Lower Yuba River is still fishing well. Dry flies and fishing during the warmest time of day is your best bet. Flows continue at an average of 950 cubes at the Parks Bar gauging station, and the Yuba County Water Agency currently has no plans to increase the flows. The colder air temps and cloudy conditions are not the best for the Skwala stonefly, their activity has slowed down but they are still there, hiding under the cobblestones waiting for our friend the sun to come out. There has been a bit of resurgence with BWOs, PMDs, and a few more March browns in the mix. Bigger fish have been caught in the last week including a Feather River steelhead that ate a Skwala dry. Covering water is the key to success, and don’t be afraid to blind cast. Though, one should always keep their head on a swivel, and looking for any rise forms. I’m booked up until the middle March. No better time to[…]

  • The Fly Fishing Show ~ Pleasanton, Ca ~ 2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 19, 2018 | 17:12 pm

    The Fly Fishing Show ~ Pleasanton, Ca ~ 2018 This coming Friday through Sunday (23rd to the 25th), The biggest fly fishing show on the west coast will be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, Ca. Show Hours are Friday:  10am – 6pm, Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm, and Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm. This three-day show features fly fishing authors, celebrities, fly-tiers, exhibitors, and a learning center. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is back for one night only on Friday, February 23.I will be working the Truckee Guide Network booth (space E-11), and Lance Gray and Company's booth (space G-29), so come by and let's talk about our upcoming trips, clinics, tours, and workshops for 2018. I will also be presenting my brand new program "High Water Tactics" which was developed after last winter's deluge. It is a technical program that offers solutions during flooding conditions.“High Water Tactics” covers different types of high water situations, safety, trout and turbid conditions, water structure to target, streamer and nymphing presentations, leader formulas, tactics, and fly selection. Beautiful images and new highly detailed animated slides and diagrams provide the audience with clear and concise information for future endeavors on the water while fly fishing in adverse conditions. Though our winter this[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 2/13/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 16, 2018 | 15:39 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 2/13/2018 Photo courtesy of Tony Bellaver, Alpenglow Bamboo Fly RodsCooler weather and a dusting of snow here in Nevada city on Monday morning, north wind had a bite to it as well. Making good upstream presentations posed major problems too, but a switch in tactics with a downstream fly first delivery solved the war against the wind. Flows have been stable for the most part on the Lower Yuba River and are currently flowing at 950 cubes making wading and crossing the river easy. Last weekend the river was packed with anglers, gold panners, and OHV enthusiast. Weekdays have been fairly quiet. The water clarity is ultra-clear and those rainbows are spooky and selective when it comes to dry fly offerings. You’ll have better success fishing water that is a little rougher as it masks your profile and mistakes, smooth flat water gives the fish all day to look at the intricate details of your fly and your presentation. Going on week 3 of not putting a bobber rig on for my guests, and there is no need to. One single dry fly or a dry/dropper rig is all you need. Those trout are looking up and placing themselves in major foam[…]

  • Yuba River Update 2/6/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 7, 2018 | 07:39 am

    Yuba River Update 2/6/2018 Winter is the new summer lately. Hard to believe it’s the first week of February, above normal temperatures with bright sunny skies. I really like it, but fear the next to nothing snowpack in the Sierra. We need more snow, with high water content, or things will be bleak this coming summer and fall.  Pray for a March miracle. The Lower Yuba River still amazes me with how quickly it has come back. Lance Gray and I had another Yuba Tour today, and the entomology sampling was as good as the last one with a few exceptions. There were tons of baetis nymphs, and quite a few March Brown nymphs in the mix. So good to see. Current conditions has the flows right around 910 cfs, though today there was a short spike in the flows from releases from Scotts Flat reservoir into Deer creek that bumped it up to 1,101 cubes. Short lived and back down. My guests and I have still yet to use a nymph rig, it’s been all about waiting for the Skwala stones to get active during noon to 4pm and making dry fly presentations. Every day has been different, and sometimes you see many adults[…]

  • Baiocchi's Troutfitters Upcoming Events ~ February 2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 3, 2018 | 21:07 pm

    Baiocchi's Troutfitters Upcoming Events ~ February 2018 February is a very busy month for me, 9 presentations, guide trips, and a whole lot of travel. Sharing my knowledge comes first, it's the legacy my father left me and I wouldn't think twice about it. Check out my speaking schedule below and make sure to click on the orange highlighted links for more info.Kern River Fly Fishers ~ On the 7th I will in Bakersfield speaking at the KRFF general meeting presenting my technical dry fly program "Mastering the Dry Fly". This is an in depth look at observing and head hunting trout who feed on the surface. Doors open at 7pm, and the meeting is free to the public. For more information click HERE.Santa Lucia Fly Fishers ~ The next night on the 8th, I travel to San Luis Obispo with another showing of my dry fly program. I'm looking forward to speaking with the SLFF club since I have never done so before. Doors open at 6:30pm at Margie's Diner, and the meeting is free to the public. For more info click HERE.Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers ~ Round 3 of my mini presentation tour finds me in Kensington speaking in front of the GPFF club on the 14th. Here's[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/30/2018 ~ Skwalas!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 30, 2018 | 23:45 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/30/2018 ~ Skwalas! The last few days have been pretty darn good for my guests on the Lower Yuba River. So good that we have not even put on a nymph or a streamer. It's been all dry flies. Due to a low snow pack, and lack of precipitation, the Yuba County Water Agency has dropped the flows again with a target flow of 900 cubes coming out of Englebright dam. Deer Creek is currently flowing at 106 cfs and dropping a little bit by the hour. Fishing pressure has been moderate, and if you don't like crowds, hike away from the masses. Skwala stones are out in good numbers. The weather forecast will favor more adults to be active during this warm sunny weather. The trout are really keyed in on them in the late afternoons and will migrate into side water while looking up.Lots of mating already going on, with females ovipositing their black egg clusters as they ride the bubble lines of foam downstream. Size matters, and many commercial patterns are way too big. You can see pictured above just how much bigger the female is.The biggest surprise so far this year has been the amount of Skwala shucks near and[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report - 1/25/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 25, 2018 | 12:59 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report - 1/25/2018 The Lower Yuba River is fishing well for hose that seek the dry fly game, unreal conditions with an abundance of bugs depending on the day – And that’s just it, every day is different. Currently the flows are dropping. The Yuba peaked at 1,597 cubes early this morning and Deer creek maxed out at 554 cfs. Water clarity will be dirty for a few days. Before this last storm blew through, the water was slightly stained with about 3 feet of visibility. The hatches have been great on most days with many different players involved. BWOs, PMDs, Gray Drakes, a few Skwalas, and I found a March Brown adult last Monday. The trout are totally keyed in on the Blue Wings in a size 18. Sparkle Duns and Puyon’s Loop Wing parachutes have been the most effective patterns. A good rule to follow is to expect mayfly hatches on cloudy drizzly days, and when the sun is out with warmer weather, the Skwala is more active – They love that. The dry fly fishing has been so good that my guests and I have not even fished a nymph rig, or made swinging presentations. Last Monday, Lance Gray and I held[…]

  • International Sportsman's Expo - Sacramento Wrap Up

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 24, 2018 | 10:26 am

    International Sportsman's Expo - Sacramento Wrap Up The 2018 International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento did not disappoint, and though it is not an entirely fly fishing only show, it offers many other products and services from other exhibitors like camping, RVing, and boating. For myself it's a great time. I'm able to reconnect with my friends within the fly fishing industry that I don't get to see too often due to our hectic work schedule through out the year. It's also a real pleasure to able to give back with quality presentations to the masses at large, and educate them on the finer points of fly fishing.It would be awesome to see more fly fishing guides and companies involved with this show. The numbers may not add up for pure profit, but to show face and to share the passion of fly fishing, is priceless. Thanks to all those in the industry that showed up, without you fly fishing would not be the same. Special thanks to ISE's John Kirk for the invite to speak, and Lance & Kirstin Gray for allowing to help out in their booth. I look forward to the 2019 show - Be there!Richard Anderson, the man behind the best magazine in the[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/16/2018 ~ Top Water Game Is On!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 16, 2018 | 14:29 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/16/2018 ~ Top Water Game Is On! The perfect day on the water. We’ve all experienced a few, and when it plays out you wished time stopped so the encounter lasted forever. It could be a number of different scenarios that makes a unique day so special. Like a video on loop mode it plays over and over in your mind after the event is long over, and you can’t get enough of it. The 15th of January was one of those days. Current conditions on the Lower Yuba River have the flows back down to 1,070 cubes, and the water has some color to it with about 3 feet of visibility to it. Deer and Squirrel creeks are running fairly clear for the most part so the source of stained water derives from the upper forks of the Yuba River entering Englebright reservoir. 3 feet of visibility is all that is needed for those Yuba rainbows, if the food is drifting overhead, they will eat.  The fishing pressure was moderate above the Parks Bar bridge, yet so many anglers were lost in their approach. You don’t huck a bobber when fish are rising for five different bugs drifting among the currents.The Skwala stonefly hatch has started, I[…]

  • The "Newba" Yuba Article ~ California Fly Fisher

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 14, 2018 | 09:23 am

    The "Newba" Yuba Article ~ California Fly Fisher Check out the February issue of California Fly Fisher magazine and my article The "Newba" Yuba. Read the story line covering the winter of 2016 -2017 and the powerful atmospheric rivers that changed the Yuba River. Great insight on the fishery, the habitat, and where an angler can expect to find the native wild rainbows and steelhead that lie within today. Pick up a copy at your local fly shop and enjoy the read!


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