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  • Truckee Trout Unlimited "Fishmas Eve" 13th Annual Fundraiser

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 17, 2018 | 18:55 pm

    Truckee Trout Unlimited "Fishmas Eve" 13th Annual Fundraiser Truckee Trout Unlimited presents the 13th annual “Fishmas Eve” fundraiser on April 27th at the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill located in Truckee, Ca from 7 to 9pm. There will be lots of great raffle items including guided trips, and more! $30 gets you all the beer and pizza you can handle, plus raffle tickets. This is the premier event for trout bums all over Northern California. All proceeds go straight back to the Truckee River watershed for enhancement projects like our restoration project coming this fall upstream of "Horner's Corner".  Looking forward to seeing all of you Tahoe Trout Bums - Be there!http://www.tahoetroutbum.org/

  • Lake Davis / Frenchman Lake Outings 2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 15, 2018 | 15:32 pm

    Lake Davis / Frenchman Lake Outings 2018 For 2018 the Lake Davis / Frenchman Lake Outings have been cancelled due to the fact that my partner Rob Anderson needs to have shoulder surgery in the middle of May. These outings simply do not work unless Rob is there, it takes a team effort, and for those that have participated in the past we apologize for the inconvenience. We know how much you love the outings, and the great social atmosphere they provide.We will be back in 2019, tentatively the dates will be June 7-9, and 14-16. For next year's program we are going to give the outings an upgrade and a new format. We hope you can join us.With that being said, I now have some open dates for regular guide trips, June 16, 17, 22-24 are available at this time. To book your trip please call 530.228.0487, or email me at

  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Update 4/13/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 15, 2018 | 10:43 am

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Update 4/13/2018 Flows on the Truckee River increased from the last soaking of a warm storm over the Northern Sierra, and still remain high. After the atmospheric river plowed through Glenshire reached 4,500 cfs, in Hirschdale the flows were at tad bit over 6,000 cubes, While Farad came in at close to 7,000 cfs. After the deluge a quick moving series of storms left the crest with about 8 inches of new snow, and the Town of Truckee received 2 inches. Flows are still high, but the readings above have been cut in half. Flows out of Lake Tahoe were increased on the 9th, and the outflow is right around 2,000 cfs. I've said this many times before, and I'll say it again. California is the land of extremes, from drought to flooding in under a month.Fishing remains the same, and it can be good if you're experienced with fishing high flows and knowing which type of water will produce. You can check my last blog post HERE for the technical details.For those anglers who would like to learn more on High Water Tactics, I will be giving a presentation to the Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers on the 19th at the Truckee[…]

  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 4/4/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 4, 2018 | 23:17 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 4/4/2018 It’s great to be back working the Truckee River again, and with the high flows and another atmospheric river approaching, it’s amazing how productive the fishing can be there with big water. Currently the flows along Glenshire drive are at 1,940 cubes, Boca Bridge is at 3,420, and near the bottom of the canyon, Farad is running at 3,610 cfs. Water temps on Wednesday started at 45 degrees and reached 48 by the afternoon. Water clarity was not muddy, and actually had some nice color to it with about 2 feet of visibility. With big flows there are certain types of water structure to look for, deeper side slack water that has a seam of faster water on the outside is prime habitat. Water that appears to be soft yet has a churning effect with heavy up lifting hydraulics is not the best, but can also produce results. Slower current speed is the key to everything. My guest had a pretty good day today hooking a dozen and putting six in the net, not bad for a dude that only gets to fish a few times a year due to family and work. We moved around and covered lots of[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Update 4/1/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 2, 2018 | 12:24 pm

    Lower Yuba River Update 4/1/2018 I did a scouting trip today on the Lower Yuba River, and the water is still very high and currently flowing at 4,800 cubes. Water clarity is better than I anticipated with about 2 feet of visibility, but a good color to it. Englebright dam is still spilling at 101% of capacity. At these flows you are very limited as a walk and wade angler. Hammon Grove offers very little, you will have more accessible water on Hammonton road. Above the bridge you are very limited too, especially as the canyon tightens up. I ran into a past guest of mine and he caught and released two small rainbows while indicator fishing today. Until these flows come down, you're better off doing the boat and bobber routine, if that's your thing.I'm switching gears and will be focusing my fishing and guiding on the Truckee River, the Middle Fork Feather River (opens this coming Saturday on the 7th), Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake. I've got some open dates in April and May, but June is all booked up. Weather is cherry, and the wildflowers are going bonkers down here in the foothills. See ya out there!

  • High Water Workshop ~ Truckee River ~ April 21st

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 22, 2018 | 10:20 am

    High Water Workshop ~ Truckee River ~ April 21st I have two spots open for my "High Water Tactics" workshop being held on the Truckee River on April 21st. You'll learn Short Line Nymphing and Streamer techniques that are effective on all western style rivers. Leader construction (materials included), rigging, fly selection, water to target, guided instruction, and a riverside lunch. Also included is a comprehensive high water handout for future use. Price per angler is $150. To book your spot, please call me at 530.228.0487 or email me at  Sharing the knowledge and giving back is important to me, I hope you can join me for a fun day of learning.

  • Lower Yuba River Update 3/18/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 18, 2018 | 13:47 pm

    Lower Yuba River Update 3/18/2018 The lower Yuba River was fishing really well with the continued success that I have been getting my guests into for the last few months, then heavy rain slammed the northern California region and the river blew out big time. On the 14th the Yuba got up to 7,627 cubes, while Deer creek reached 2,859 cfs adding a whole bunch of muddy water. Typical with this type of storm, Englebright spilled over and the river has been running high ever since and currently flowing at 4,737 cubes. Just like last year I’m rescheduling a bunch of trips, I just want to thank my guests for understanding that Mother Nature has full control of the situation.So let’s recap the conditions on the Lower Yuba River just before the blow out. Skwala stone flies were in the phase of waning, there were still adults in the drift during the late afternoon, and of course the fish were still aware of them. Strong hatches of PMD’s and the trout were on them. A few March Browns, seemed like there was more the first week of March, but you know how every day is different. Little green stones were out, a really cool and[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 3/6/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 6, 2018 | 21:18 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 3/6/2018 In the last week the flows came up dramatically on the Lower Yuba River during and after our biggest storm of the winter season. The river topped out at 3,188 cubes which is a perfect flushing flow with no harm done. Deer creek ran as high as 1,870 cfs and as always pumped in a lot of dirty water. Currently the Yuba River is at 980 cubes and there is just a tinge of color, ideal conditions for sure. Much warmer weather today, with highs near 70 degrees and a slight breeze. It’s definitely spring time in the central valley and foothills. Trees are leafing out, different varieties of wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and there were new songbirds and wrens patrolling the banks for food. Also lots of western fence lizards buzzing around too, and the tell all of spring – Pipevine swallowtails. Fishing pressure is moderate at the more popular locations, but if you’re willing to cover some ground, you can get away. Even though I have a slight case of the flu, I had to get out of the house, and it did so much good for the soul. Glad I did because the fishing was so good.The Skwalas[…]

  • 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[…]


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