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  • Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions?

    California Fly Fishing Aug 22, 2017 | 13:00 pm

    Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions? ...well, sort ofLet'em  Breathe!For whatever reasons the Federal Water Master had tamped-down the spigot into the Truckee River at Tahoe City starting August 5th from 250cfs to 70cfs! With all the water received this record winter of 2016-'17; I'd predicted great flows on the BT August through September...eliminating the "Dog Days of Summer". This unanticipated ramp-down lasted for a several days.  Now the flows out of Tahoe City are at 230 cfs...BUT...34% below the historical 350 cfs.. I have no idea what the Feds are thinking.The current "up-side" is that flows along Glenshire Drive through Farad in the "Grand Canyon of the Truckee" are above historical average flows. This fact mitigates the severe ramp-down from Tahoe City earlier in the month.As for the BT water temps can still be an issue. I'm suggesting once you get a water temp of 66 think about leaving the water relative to potential stressing of the trout. HINT: 1) Do remember there will be a couple of degrees differential below each reservoir inflow (Prosser & Boca) and 2) Look for the cooler water emanating from the spring seepages; trout will congregate below them.in the "Upper Canyon"We've been fishing in the AM's and at dusk.[…]

  • Techno-Challenged OR Techno-Adverse?

    California Fly Fishing Aug 5, 2017 | 13:15 pm

    Yes and Yes.Those who know me know how techno-challenged I am. Yeah, stuck in my "old-school" ways and/or unwilling to learn 21st century communication....actually a composite of both. Techies, can be unforgiving and sometimes condescending...the latter which irks me because they display their intolerance and disrespect of their elders.Do I really want to be constantly "connected"? No I do not. I want to disassociate myself from instantaneous communication.  Such an attitude can adversely effect my fly fishing business;  such as prospective clients assuming I text...I do not.My operative, 20th century communication protocols are:         1) my land-line at 530-587-7333         2) my e-mail address at will remain my current operative communication; unless someone can provide overwhelming reason/s why I should change.My personal privacy remains an overriding priority.Frankie da Techno-Adverse/Challenged

  • AskAboutFlyFishing.com with Frank R. Piscotta

    California Fly Fishing Jul 15, 2017 | 12:48 pm

    Check-out my July 12, podcast at: http://www.askaboutflyfishing.com/podcasts/aaff_show_170712.mp3It was the longest live, phone interview I've ever done...1-1/2 hours! I thank the show's producer, Roger Maves for the opportunity and fun experience.Eventually, I'll annotate the numerous topics and questions discussed; giving the specific time of each segment.

  • "...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch

    California Fly Fishing Jul 12, 2017 | 22:12 pm

    "...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch Last year 2016 early summer:I matter-of-factly said to an exasperated fly angler leaving the LT seemingly dejected. He was impressed with the numbers of PMD's present and the ocassional surface-swirling, feeding trout inhaling bugs at the surface. He explained that he went through his fly box and presented his full-range of PMD emerger and adults patterns..to no avail. He was befuddled, Admittedly, there are sparse numbers of Green Drakes flying around; the best count I had since their initial appearance a week early was seven; definitely not a blizzard... but...the trout were aware and on the look-out for these big mayflies....aggressively and confidently ingesting this wonder-bug. Believe me it is larger than the size 8-10 you'll find in fly bins. IMO, a #8 is a small one; I suggest a #6.Well that was then and this is NOW!:Currently, we're experiencing a classic "masking hatch".  Essentially the largest emerging aquatic bug is a Western Green Drake It IS "masking" the presence of smaller bugs; PMD's, BWO 's and smallish Watery Green Sedges. The  trout are showing a preference for the Pale Morning Duns.  Successful surface patterns are #16 PMD ParaDuns, Cripples and a flush-floating/in the film, Organza Spinner. While at the upper water-column, think of trailers also, such[…]

  • Sage Words from the Icons #11

    California Fly Fishing Jun 27, 2017 | 17:25 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #11 Heywood "da Mountain Man"...hooked-up!Fly Fishing"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."ARNOLD GINGRICH1969Let'em Breathe!"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969

  • Yikes..MOSQUITOS!

    California Fly Fishing Jun 18, 2017 | 23:30 pm

    Yikes..MOSQUITOS!                                                                                                                                            holykaw.altop.com..they are here, they'll get denser in the coming weeks. Be prepared. They'll eat you like they did to me yesterday.express.co.uk

  • Truckee Area Angling Conditions

    California Fly Fishing Jun 11, 2017 | 22:09 pm

    Truckee Area Angling Conditions da Entertainer and Captain Chris at the Swimming HoleMy prognosis on Truckee area fly angling conditions are pretty much spot-on relative to this excerpt of my blog entry "Musing About Spring 2017"(http://flyfishingcalifornia.blogspot.com/2017/03/musing-about-spring-2017.html)"...the Spring of 2017 in the Truckee area will be the REVERSE of Spring of 2014. Angling and/or water conditions will be a minimum of  four (4) weeks later than a "normal" season...possibly even 6-8 weeks later."...Been plying the local waters and I'm going to confirm that we're beyond the minimum four weeks behind relative to a "normal" season. Now I can verify the 6-8 weeks later seems to be about right. As of today we anglers are netting mostly RainBows to 19"...best I've heard through the "grapevine" is a 23" Brown.My favorite "Hat-Trick" small waters are on the cusp of optimum conditions relative to flows and water temperatures. Do remember that these, IMO, have an approximately a 10-day window of prime angling opportunity. The sequence being; initially a) the water is too high and cold. b) then, fishable flows but still too cold, c) to right flows and water temps [the "10-day window"...fish it!] and ultimately, d) water is too low and too warm...forgetaboutit!Snow-melt and its resulting run-off is...hopefully...waning. Flows[…]

  • Sage Words from the Icons #10

    California Fly Fishing Jun 4, 2017 | 16:49 pm

    Politics“If the client brings it up, you can respond, if and onlyif, you agree. Even then, it is best to steer things in another direction. Most of us get mad when we think about politics, and angry people don’t fish well. I know, I’ve tried it.” JOHN GIERACH…from “Guiding & Being Guided” chapter in Sex, Death & Fly FishingMy Comment: Over the years if a client persists with casual innuendos about politics to see where I’m coming from politically; initially I let the first few attempts slide-by, ignoring the comments. If they persist, then Frankie da Curmudgeon makes an appearance. I’ve sort of paraphrased Gierach as in: “Politics pisses people-off. And people who are ticked-off can’t fish very well. The only politics I’m receptive to discuss, if you’re willing and you are paying for my time, is fishery politics.

  • Memorial Day

    California Fly Fishing May 28, 2017 | 12:27 pm

    Let us not forget what Memorial Day is about. It commemorates and honors those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today...Never forget them.Some of us have served in a combat zone...and lost friends. 

  • NATIVE SONS TOUR in Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Apr 21, 2017 | 11:52 am

    NATIVE SONS TOUR in Truckee 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:1—Most productive techniques 2—Local bugs and respective fly patterns 3—Seasonally ideal angling times 4—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[…]