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

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 19, 2019 | 11:01 am

    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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  • Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers Annual BBQ & Fundraiser

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 19, 2019 | 09:11 am

    Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers Annual BBQ & Fundraiser Mark your calendars for August 10th at the Truckee Regional Park down by the river. This is TTFF's primary fundraiser for the year. Donations collected from the event go to youth fly fishing programs, conservation, and programs for members just to name a few. As a proud member of the club I always look forward to the annual BBQ, It's so much fun! Lunch includes grilled fresh wild Coho Salmon and smoked Tri-Tip with all the usual sides and dessert! Soft drinks and beer are provided. BYOB other adult beverages. Live music by Fire in the Kitchen!  Our raffle is going to be bigger than ever with a wide variety of fly fishing supplies and tackle, golf outings, landing nets, fly shop gift certificates, guide trips and much, much more! We will do our regular $10/$5 tickets where you pick what you want. You do not have to me a member to attend, but after socializing with members and finding out about the great opportunities available, you'will most certainly sign up to be a member of TTFF!For more info on the event and to sign up, follow the link here; https://ttff.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=124108&item_id=889462See ya there!

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  • Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report & North Fork Yuba Update 7/12/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 12, 2019 | 09:48 am

    Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report & North Fork Yuba Update 7/12/2019 All systems go for the Middle Fork Feather River! The fishing is really good right now and the flows are much lower than weeks earlier and quite perfect. There is minimal fishing pressure on the river, especially off the beaten path. Tired of the crowds in the Truckee area? You’ll find plenty of solitude in the Lost Sierra, one of the many reasons I made it my home base for 14 years. During this time of year the MFFR can be broken into two different sections. Let’s start near the top of the watershed from Clio down to the Jamison Creek confluence. This section is perfect right now and will only be good for another few weeks as the water temps will rise significantly and most of the heavy hitters will travel downstream to find cooler water, swifter oxygenated runs, shade provided by the canyons, and pocket water. Thick lime green algae will soon engulf this section of the river thanks to golf courses and other human influences like increased populations. In decades past we never use to see these conditions of the green goo. The rock snot chokes out the bugs and does not provide the best habitat for them,[…]

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  • Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 7/5/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 5, 2019 | 14:39 pm

    Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 7/5/2019 I hope everyone had a good 4th of July! I took the week off and got to fish with a special friend that I use to race motocross against from 2001 to 2006. Just like racing moto, she is equally talented at fly fishing. On one of those days off, we revisited a very secret and rugged creek in the foothills I found several years ago that is not on any map, yet full of wild bows. What an awesome adventure that was! With summer in full swing, I must say that it has been unseasonably cool for the most part, and the weather has been as perfect as it gets. Flows are finally coming down for the most part, yet some watersheds are still a little high, but hey, that just means the dog days of summer may only be with us for a very short time. Lots of fly anglers out on the water and my phone has been ringing nonstop for late trip requests. You’ll see many guides like me advertising “Book Early” in February and March, and there is a good reason for that – I’m booked up for the next 4 weeks straight with limited days[…]

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  • Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report 6/23/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 23, 2019 | 19:21 pm

    Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report 6/23/2019 The flows are still a tad high on the Middle Fork Feather River in the Graeagle area, and downstream of Jamison creek the volume of water is nearly double and very high. Water temps will vary depending if you are downstream of a major feeder creek like Gray Eagle, Jamison, or Frazier, or after long sections of frog water the solar radiation of the sun will heat up the water by a few degrees. I found the water temps to be at 57 to 60 degrees. Water is clear and looks great. The riparian habitat along the banks of the MFFR have grown so much over the last 5 years, and this spring is probably the most growth I have seen on the river in all my years fishing there. Like they say, just add water and sunshine.Hatches are light, very few golden stone shucks on the rocks, a few caddis, little Yellow Sallies, Little Green stones, and the most prolific bug was the tiny Blue Wing Olives (Pseudocloeon # 20). A few rising trout, and most of the small rainbows ate Carpenter ants with Hogan’s S&M nymph #18 as a dropper 24 inches below. Fishing pressure was extremely light,[…]

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  • Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report 6/23/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 23, 2019 | 18:58 pm

    Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report 6/23/2019 I finally got up to Lake Davis to host the Gold Country FlyFishers for their 3 day fish out last week, and just as I suspected the usual culprits of a high and cold water year were not favorable for good fishing. The lake is 97% of capacity. The fuller Lake Davis is, the less coves, peninsulas, and fertile shallows there are. Weed beds are also extremely deep as the water levels rose during late winter into spring. Surface water temps are already at 67 degrees rising to 70 during the heat of the day. Not very many hatches with good numbers at all. Just a few blood midges and Callibaetis, but there were many smaller midges in the morning and evening. On our second day I started to notice freshly hatched damsel adults on the submerged willows that are lining the shoreline. I did not see any damsels swimming, and I’m thinking they were emerging undetected in the willows crawling up the branches underwater. A few Hexes emerged in the evening near Honker Cove on the east side of lake but the rainbows, birds, and bats were nowhere to be seen. I have seen this type of scenario before[…]

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  • New Interactive Watershed Map Site ~ Truckee River, Middle Fork Feather River, Yuba River, North Fork Feather River, and more!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 15, 2019 | 10:00 am

    New Interactive Watershed Map Site ~ Truckee River, Middle Fork Feather River, Yuba River, North Fork Feather River, and more! Last week I had a conversation about what is this Guidebox thing at City Council coffee shop in Nevada City with the dude sitting next to me. That led to the topic of watersheds, mapping, and flow data. Andreas introduced me to his site https://watershedmap.org/ As fly anglers we are information junkies always seeking out the knowledge that could lead to a better fishing and life experience.The site is a work in progress and will be upgraded as time marches on. Once you have the map up, and zoom into the watershed you're most interested in, you can then use the many different layers to find the info you need. Flow gauges, diversions, fish barriers, tributaries, mainstem rivers, and snow overlays are just a few of the many different options you can choose from. Check out the site, give it a book mark, and add it to your tool belt!https://watershedmap.org/

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  • Elkhorn 509-4 AMP Rod Review

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 11, 2019 | 10:50 am

    Elkhorn 509-4 AMP Rod Review I finally had a chance to test the new Elkhorn 905-4 AMP fly rod and was pleasantly surprised at the performance. The rod was delivered to me by manager Dan McGann and Jim Cooper of the Elkhorn Fly Shop in Loveland, Co after learning about my misfortune last December when my truck was stolen including most everything I owned, including my guide gear. I was completely blown away at that simple act of kindness, and so grateful.The first stage of the test was to simply cast the rod on the grass fields of Pioneer Park here in Nevada City, while varying different lengths of line both two-step casting and false casting. The line chosen for the test was a RIO Perception weight forward in a size 5 to match the official rod weight. The AMP loaded quickly and easily with about 25 feet of line out. The rod is tagged as a medium-fast action rod and I found that to be pretty much spot on, except the tip is a bit softer than most rods that I use, which I can appreciate as it protects tippets from breaking off on larger trout. The blank is manufactured in Korea to specific[…]

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  • Native Sons Truckee Tours 2019 ~ Dates & Info

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 2, 2019 | 09:14 am

    Native Sons Truckee Tours 2019 ~ Dates & Info The CONCEPT—Through many years of guiding fly anglers in the Tahoe-Truckee and Graeagle areas; both Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi’s Troutfitters and Frank R. Pisciotta have noticed a trend. Many of their experienced fly angling clients visiting for the first time or having previously fished the area expressed an interest in becoming more familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the local “wild trout” fisheries; hoping to minimize their “prospecting” time. They engaged Jon or Frank’s services with their prime focus being an orientation to local waters; being guided and catching trout being secondary. These fly anglers want to be briefed about: -Most productive techniques-Local bugs and respective fly patterns-Seasonally ideal angling times-Key access points of selected watersThe SPECIFICS: The Tour is designed to give fly anglers what they need to know to be successful when venturing on selected special regulation sectors of the Big Truckee, from the town of Truckee to Hirschdale, and the Little Truckee below Stampede dam. Fly fishers will learn of access points, equipment, tactics, techniques, flies, entomology, and local inside knowledge. The Tour entails a “meet & greet” and PowerPoint presentation on Friday evening. Attendees receive a Tour Packet consisting of a map, essays on both waters, and a[…]

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 5/30/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News May 30, 2019 | 10:47 am

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 5/30/2019 It’s been a while since I last posted, probably the longest I’ve gone since I started this blog in 2008, but there has been only a few minor changes to my previous reports. The last two weeks have been stormy, gray days, cold, and snow. Even chain controls over the summit with the last event only a few days ago. These conditions can provide the ultimate trout weather, and often do, but at this point most fair weather anglers are ready for summer. The first change has been the flows have dropped a little. Glenshire went from 2,100 cubes down to 1,500 and with recent thunderstorms in the last 48 hours has bumped up to 1,600. It’s the same story with the Boca inlet all the way down to the state line. Fishing remains decent and good quality trout when (if) you land them in the net, some of the rainbows have the most spectacular coloration right now. Overall flows are on the big side and high water tactics still prevail. We are starting to see more hatches like March Brown and Baetis mayflies but the trout are still eating below, and smaller flies having been producing. The sun is[…]

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