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  • Match the Hatch Talk at the Reel Anglers Fly Shop

    Fly Fishing Traditions Mar 18, 2016 | 23:37 pm

    A Fly Fishing Traditions and Reel Anglers  Partnership Event   Fly Fishing Traditions – Match the Hatch Class Blue Wing Olive & Pale Morning Dun Mayflies April 2nd – 10:00 to 1:00 I have been working with Tom Page of the Reel Anglers Fly Shop for years and have come to an agreement for me to help the shop with ...The post Match the Hatch Talk at the Reel Anglers Fly Shop appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Drift Boat Repair Project

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 28, 2015 | 19:17 pm

    I’ve been helping a new fishing buddy, Mark Ruef, repair his drift boat. It is an older Clackacraft that he picked up for about $1200, including a trailer that is in good working condition. A pretty good deal I thought until I took a good look at it. When I asked Mark how much he’d paid for it I said, ...The post Drift Boat Repair Project appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Cam Covers Adele’s “Hello” Live on the Bobby Bones Show

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 17, 2015 | 03:46 am

    I am a fan of pure vocal, traditional, alternate country music. This video of Cam covering the latest Adele “Hello” is outstanding. Put on some headphones and give it a listen.The post Cam Covers Adele’s “Hello” Live on the Bobby Bones Show appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Spey Casting Practice On the Grass

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 8, 2015 | 04:29 am

    For those getting started with spey casting and really for just about everyone for that matter, it is a very good idea to practice spey casting on the grass or turf. Why? Casting on the grass is convenient. Most everyone has grass nearby. It may be your lawn, a park or a nearby school. For most people the grass in ...The post Spey Casting Practice On the Grass appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Fishing in Drought Conditions

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 5, 2015 | 02:16 am

    On the Lower Yuba River as well as many Northern California rivers, we have been dealing with drought conditions for most of the summer and into this fall. The rivers are running low and gin clear. The trout are obviously nervous during full sunlight hours and have often moved to aerated sections of the river or deeper holding water in ...The post Fishing in Drought Conditions appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Tale of Two Days

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 3, 2015 | 04:41 am

    The Lower Yuba river above the Parks Bar Bridge opened up on December 1st after being closed for 3 months. The river above the bridge is closed to protect spawning Chinook Salmon. The “Opener” is a much anticipated event that most local fishers have blocked out on their calendars, called in sick or just plain played hooky from whatever they ...The post Tale of Two Days appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Updated Fly Fishing Traditions Website

    Fly Fishing Traditions Nov 22, 2015 | 15:28 pm

    After about 2 years of wanting to update the Fly Fishing Traditions website I finally hooked up with Linda and Mike of Sundial Design which is located in Redding, California. They designed a website for my friend and mentor, Mike Hibbard. I saw that Linda and Mike designed his website and did what I think was one hell of a ...The post Updated Fly Fishing Traditions Website appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Trinity River Steelheading

    Fly Fishing Traditions Oct 24, 2015 | 17:27 pm

    I had the chance to fish the Trinity River a while back with my long time friend Blake Larsen and another old friend and guide Mike Hibbard. Mike typically guides the Trinity from mid September through January or February every year. He is one of the most respected guides on the Trinity River. We had a great couple of days ...The post Trinity River Steelheading appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • Airflo Rage Compact Review

    Fly Fishing Traditions Oct 23, 2015 | 18:26 pm

    I met with Jason Lozano, the Airflo rep, a while back and he said that the new Rage Compact is really taking off.  I was a little confused as the new Rage Compact is considered a Skagit head so what’s the difference between the Rage and the standard Skagit Compact? I did some research at Deneki.com and came up with ...The post Airflo Rage Compact Review appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.

  • The Airflo Skagit Switch Line Review

    Fly Fishing Traditions Oct 22, 2015 | 17:03 pm

    Whoever came up with the idea of Switch Rods was had his head on straight. Someone came up with the idea to build a rod that can do everything from Spey casting to overhead casting. It would be the perfect rod for small and medium sized rivers. For those of us that have purchased one we’ve had a heck of ...The post The Airflo Skagit Switch Line Review appeared first on Fly Fishing Traditions.


  • Sage Words from the Icons #18

    California Fly Fishing Oct 15, 2019 | 16:50 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #18 Fishing a side-channel...noticed this quote on FaceBook recently:"Fishing has a dignity, a simplicity, a ruggedness and honesty...little dreamed about in this materialistic world"ZANE GREYSolid hook-up...tiny fly...in the nib

  • Truckee Angling, Last Century Throwback PART # 3

    California Fly Fishing Sep 20, 2019 | 00:56 am

    Truckee Angling, Last Century Throwback PART # 3 Let'em Breathe! Circa mid-80's Thy Rod & Staff's 8-panel brochure Inside Panel #3: LATE SEASON: LATE SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & EARLY NOVEMBERIf fortunate, the autumn angler experiences a glorious Indian Summer with only an occasional, shot-lived thundershower. Crowds are gone, nights become brisk, and the aspens and alders turn golden. It is a special time of year. Stealth become a prime tactic.Fall...Crowds are goneSolitude is the rule at Milton. If action is slow. one  can vacate the belly-boat and start prospecting for fall spawners leaving the lake and ascending the short stretch of the Yuba River's Middle  Fork. The same regulations apply.In October, the Truckee basin lakes will produce the largest trout of the season. The migrating 6-10 pound Browns are encountered in Stampede, Boca, and Prosser impoundments. Fly-rodders are starting to get their share.JR with an inlet BrownEx-Truckeeite Stan McCleod with fall-time Truckee River RainBow 

  • Native Sons Tour of Truckee & Little Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Sep 4, 2019 | 19:22 pm

    Native Sons Tour of Truckee & Little Truckee Currently there is space available for the Native Sons Tour scheduled for September 20-21.  If you can't attend this tour get on the e-list and we'll send you future schedule tours. 2020 will be our 6th year conducting this unique angling event and the quality of the experience is spreading throughout the fly fishing community.Details: www.cyberfly.com/native-sons-tours/Friday night's "meet & greet" snacks prior to PowerPoint talk The Big Truckee's "Willow Run"JB Hooked-Up at the Little Truckee's  "Sweeper #1"2019 had Green Drakes present in Truckee area for 9 weeks! 

  • E-Quicky #22...mid-July-late August

    California Fly Fishing Aug 30, 2019 | 02:22 am

    ...Or, a selective, 5-week peek into the e-life of CyberFly7/16---Inquiry on Angling Conditions:The BT in the Glenshire stretch has been fishing well via dry dropper rigs in the pocket water. Bring your thermometer because the water is warming...I leave the water at 67 degrees. The PMD hatch on the LT has been really good for surface feeding trout...progressively getting fickle because of the crowds; most especially the upper area. The flows are currently at 126 cfs; decent. 7/18---An e-note on the passing of a longtime local fly angler, John Lim:Thanks for the update on John...we'll all miss him. He was a fixture at the LT inlet at Boca. If you wanted to know what was happening there; he was the man. I'm planning on attending his "celebration" in Auburn.7/18---An inquiry about a recent blog post:…stillwaters other than Boca; too crowded now with the summer crowds. I’m talking Inlets into Prosser and Stampede; best accessibility is via boats.For sure, I can provide info as needed.7/20---A request for angling info:...didn't do the BT on Friday; doing an early start on the LT...recently bumped-up to a nice 140cfs. At 8 AM there were 10 vehicles in the upper parking area!...walking all the way down to[…]

  • Sage Words from the Icons #17

    California Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2019 | 05:01 am

    Sage Words from the Icons #17 Let'em Breathe!"Most fishermen use the double-haul to throw their casting mistakes further"LEFTY KREH

  • Massive ButterFly Hatch in Tahoe!

    California Fly Fishing Aug 9, 2019 | 18:14 pm

    Massive ButterFly Hatch in Tahoe! There has been thick flights of TortiseShell butterflies in the Truckee & Tahoe area....the most I've personally witnessed  since building my first home in Truckee in 1979. I'm not seeing them along the streams or lakes though...so not a fly angling pattern to imitate...thus far.California TortiseShell ButterflyNymphalis Californica Here is an article from the SF Gate:Massive butterfly swarms becoming the talk of TahoeThere aren't enough to block out the sun, but social media posts out of the Lake Tahoe area show enough swarming butterflies to get just about anyone who encounters them to pull over and start taking pictures.While some think the butterflies are migrating monarchs — which have been declining at an alarming rate in California — the Reno Gazette-Journal identifies them as California tortoiseshell butterflies that are visiting the Sierra in search of the remnant of our winter snow pack.The butterflies are known to frequent beaches and puddles in search of salt from the soil, according to the newspaper.The bugs can be identified by their orange and red wings, and social media posts show them swarming in a few locations around the region".https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/butterfly-swarms-Lake-Tahoe-monarch-tortoiseshell-14291637.php

  • Truckee Angling...Last Century ThrowBack...PART #2

    California Fly Fishing Aug 2, 2019 | 01:50 am

    Truckee Angling...Last Century ThrowBack...PART #2 Let'em Breathe!Circa mid-80's Thy Rod & Staff  8-panel brochure, Panel 2, Inside:MID-SEASON: JULY, AUGUST & EARLY SEPTEMBER*notes present-day changes"The water warms and the runoff subsides. Up to the end of July, an angler can spend pleasant mornings at Martis Lake* casting to sighted "cruisers" along the wees edges. These "gulpers" leisurely inhale Callibaetis duns and spinners. Timing their rises and tracking their movement pattern is a challenging and contemplative game.Mid-day angling on the Truckee Rivers is relaxing. Access is easy and the wading is non-threatening on the upper "Wild Trout" section. About six miles** of it have special regulations of interest to the fly rodder: 2-limit,; single, barbless artificials only; minimum 15". A freestoner, the Truckee has a balanced mix of riffles, runs, pools and pocket-water. Large fish are in residence. Keeping things in perspective, the median trout size in the Truckee River is within the 10"-12" range. They are all well-finned and stream born.During the evening  sessions, entailing late-afternoon to dusk. the Truckee becomes intriguing. During the period, the river confirms its well earned reputation as a "night-stream". There are opportunities for double-digit hook-up during the even rise."* The lake's fishery and angling experience declined in the mid-90's. Nowadays[…]

  • Truckee Angling, Last Century ThrowBackPART #1

    California Fly Fishing Jul 30, 2019 | 03:03 am

    Truckee Angling, Last Century ThrowBackPART #1 Let'em Breathe!!I was going through a jumble or paperwork in my upstairs office space and I came across an 8-panel Thy Rod & Staff  brochure I had printed and distributed in the mid-80's to early '90's....the infancy of my fly fishing guide service.I quickly read through the copy and then wondered if there were similarities or changes...in the Truckee, fly fishing "scene" then and now. Here's Panel l, Inside: The Area The Lake Tahoe region is a world renowned, diversified recreational playground. The addition of trophy trout angling in the area's alpine waters make this the premier outdoor site in the pristine High SierraDuring the70's California's Fish & Game became aware of the natural fishery potential that the area possessed. Working with California Trout, the angler conservation organization, the state instituted "Wild Trout" waters. Restrictive regulations in the form of creel limits, minimum and maximum size requirements and gear use was mandated. The area now sustains self-perpetuating, natural trout populations without the intrusion of hatchery fish that dilute their native instincts. Rainbows, brooks, browns and cutthroats, all jewels in their own right, are available to the conscientious fly angler in and around the Tahoe-Truckee basin Let'em Breathe!!

  • Sage Words from the Icons #16

    California Fly Fishing Jul 19, 2019 | 13:06 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #16 "Trout are not smart; they are instinctive. They know that their food is a certain size, shape and color, and most importantly, that it travels at the same speed as the current. Anglers who stray from that basic formula have extreme difficulty catching trout."JOHN  GIERACH Book: All Anglers Lie...Chapter 4, Fly Fishing Tailwaters...page 30

  • Summer Mode in Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Jul 17, 2019 | 04:27 am

    Summer Mode in Truckee Lot of consecutive warm and breezy afternoons. The BT has receded, we're seeing more airborne bugs throughout the day...and at times, intense, evening caddis emergences, thick flights of Little Yellow StoneFlies and sparse mating-swarms of Sulfurs (?). Middle Truckee water-temps range 51-59. Picking-pockets within boulder gardens temps a lot of feisty (read smallish 7"-10" RainBows). The largest I've witnessed is an 18" RB which ate an #18 Black/Red Zebra Midge, it was stationed at the riffle-inflow of a deep-pool. I've netted RB's to 16 inches; via a #16 PMD Hackle-Stacker. I've heard of a19" trout eating PMD emergers, at dusk (below image)...But, no first-hand nor grapevine Browns; most especially those of out-sized proportions.Magic-Time on the Truckee's "Toilet Bowl"As you proceed downstream below either Prosser or Boca dams; you'll  experience two things; heavier flows AND cooler water-temps, 1-3 less. The aforementioned is enlightened angling strategy as we progress into the heat of late-summer to early fall-time.Don't forget you'll encounter lots of commercial rafting below the inflow at Boca. They are legally permitted to enter the main river at the Boca dam's inflow of the LT no earlier than 10 AM and off the water no later than 5PM; at Floristan only. During[…]


  • Fall Season Is On!

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Oct 17, 2019 | 18:21 pm

    McCloud, Upper Sacramento, Lower Sacramento, Rogue and Klamath Rivers ReportWell kids we are right in the middle of another great Fall season here in the north state. Our guides are in full throttle mode covering the McCloud, Upper Sacramento, Lower Sacramento, Rogue and Klamath Rivers chasing and finding some awesome fishing. The McCloud River has […]

  • Moving Into Fall Season

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Sep 25, 2019 | 17:47 pm

    Upper Sacramento River and McCloud River Report Both rivers are starting to shake their lazy dog daze of summer and we are seeing the meter up ticking on fish beginning to put the chow bag on. Cooler days and nights along with some rain lately have flipped the switch for Mr. Trout. Squaw Creek runs […]

  • Summer Wrapping Up

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Aug 30, 2019 | 00:11 am

    August fishing has actually been pretty good considering it’s usually the slowest month here. Given we are still experiencing the last of the snow melt and cooler water temps it has been a good time the last few weeks on both the McCloud, Upper Sac, Lower Sac and McCloud Reservoir for clients. It looks like […]

  • Summer Fishing Has Been Excellent

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Aug 8, 2019 | 18:27 pm

    Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers It’s the Daze of the Dog time. July and August are always hot and the bug activity is pretty much on siesta. One nice thing though is the rivers are still experiencing runoff, not high flows but colder than usual water temps. Wet wading is optional and for some the […]

  • Summer Fun

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jul 10, 2019 | 19:15 pm

    Upper Sacramento River The Upper Sac is in perfect shape now. July is here but fortunately the days are very mild, we have experienced no serious heat waves yet and the water remains cold due to the continuing runoff. We are seeing the Golden Stones just about ready to leave the party but on the […]

  • Awesome Spring

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jun 16, 2019 | 19:30 pm

    The Upper Sacramento River The river flows are now just south of 1000 cfs. These flows allow added access locations and as the river continues to drop additional spots will open up. It has been a crazy spring for the river but we are starting to see a shift to normalcy and it will continue […]

  • Rain Is About Gone…Almost

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 23, 2019 | 17:12 pm

    It’s been quite the dance this past week with all the rain and even a bit of snow. However we have been making things work . It’s been about putting on the raincoat and dealing with the increased flows. We’ve seen some spectacular fish come to the net and even the dry fly has been […]

  • Great First Week To Our Season

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 6, 2019 | 00:08 am

    The Wild Waters Fly Fishing crew was not letting high water conditions spoil our “traditional” trout opener last weekend. Our guides found water to fish and fish to be caught. The snow melt is making it tougher than normal but over the years we have learned where and how to successfully handle these conditions. The […]

  • Spring Season Has Arrived

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Apr 26, 2019 | 17:11 pm

    Well here we are just before the general opening of all our rivers and guess what, we have a lot of water to deal with. The McCloud is flowing north of 1100 cfs at Ah Di Nah and the Upper Sac is north of 4000 cfs. These numbers are double and triple what our average […]

  • Remembering Joe Kimsey

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Apr 10, 2019 | 01:01 am

    As we approach the upcoming season we should remind all of you about why and how the Ted Fay Fly Shop is what it is and why it is an institution here in Northern California. Ted Fay started his guiding business in Dunsmuir in the early 50’s out of a motel he owned offering free guiding for […]


  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/21/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 21, 2019 | 14:22 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/21/2019 I traveled back down to the Lower Yuba River from the Northern Sierra for a few trips, and just as expected, the river is fishing really well. Saturday’s weather was cold in the morning with a stiff east wind, but there was an ample amount of cloud cover, and with it, all sorts of adult aquatics out. Sunday was super nice and warm with bright conditions, not the best trout weather but that didn’t matter at all – Those silver bullets were chowing down all day long. Fishing pressure has been heavy at times, and you may have to go off the beaten path or wait an angler out if you care to fish a particular spot at the more easy access areas. There have been no new redds where I’ve been guiding on the river, yet I still see salmon migrating upstream through the riffles at various times during the day. The water is very clear and the flows from Englebright reservoir have been right around 1,350 cubes. The rainbows are podded up and where you find one, you’ll find five of them. From "Da Dean" of guides Frank Pisciotta, "When the fishing is slow, move fast, and when the[…]

  • Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/18/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 19, 2019 | 02:52 am

    Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/18/2019 Fall colors are peaking at Lake Davis, and so is the fishing. The key to having a really good day right now is locating fish and staying put. I keep saying that but you don’t leave fish to find fish. On the other hand major pods of rainbows can move a good distance from day to day. Fellow guide Ed Dillard told me he found a large pod of rainbows near Catfish Cove towards the dam, and a few days later they were gone, but then found them on the east shore south of Lighting Tree. If you’re not catching, move along to another location. I’ve been taking my guests to Lightning Tree, Long Point, Bluff Cove, Fairview Point, and especially the Freeman Creek arm – Where ever the fish roam…and you can bet I’ll find ‘em.  Water temps dipped a degree from my last report as yesterday I recorded a 52 on the surface. Days have been seasonably warm for the most part but there have also been some big wind events. Factor that situation with the lake turning over a week and a half ago, and the coots ripping up weeds, and you’ll notice there is a lot[…]

  • Lake Davis / Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/13/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 14, 2019 | 12:35 pm

    Lake Davis / Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/13/2019 If you’re a fly angler, October is the best month of the year for good fishing in the Northern Sierra, as well as across Nor Cal. Fall colors, and the seasons changing guard are a stark reminder that another year has flown past. It’s been a great one while fishing/guiding on the water, and there are still plenty more good trips to be had. Nights have been cold, enough for me to make adjustments on where I’m camping out like up on a hill instead of down by the river or the lake. Cold air sinks to the bottom of any basin, so keep that in mind as well as if your camp will get early morning sunlight. The low air temps will increase a little bit in the upcoming days and during the daytime the highs will be mild with near 70 degree autumn weather, with a noticeable shorter length of daylight from sunrise to sunset. October is just plain special, I just wish it were stretched out over a three month period.Lake Davis – Fishing has been great, the best it’s been in a long time but still you got to put some work in and locate the[…]

  • Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/9/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 10, 2019 | 01:33 am

    Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report ~ 10/9/2019 Peak fishing is occurring on the Middle Fork Feather River, and complete solitude can be found if one ventures off the main path. Fall colors are a little late in the watershed, but overall the autumn glow in the Northern Sierra has been a checkerboard of early and peak colors depending on your location. Last week has been warm in the afternoons, yet a little chilly in the mornings. You're going to want to fish during the warmest part of the day from 11am to 4pm. There is a big difference between a shady section of the river, and one with full sun. Choose wisely. Water temps are starting out near 50 degrees in the morning and the action is slow, yet catch rates pick up as the water warms to the mid 50'sThe BWO spinner fall is occurring later due to the colder air temps, look for dimples in back eddies and slack side water next to the main current. Sparse hatches of BWO duns, smaller caddis, and a few October caddis are in the air with some of the caddis ovipositing during the day. Dry/dropper rigs are a fun way to fish and very effective, but Nor Cal Tight[…]

  • Yuba River Fly Fishing Report~ 9/30/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 30, 2019 | 14:53 pm

    Yuba River Fly Fishing Report~ 9/30/2019 It’s been since the first week of February since I’ve guided/fished on the Lower Yuba River. Remember how it started pouring rain back then and never let up until late May. There were some pretty big flows during that deluge as well, enough to move around the cobblestones and gravel, and once again change the runs and riffles ever so slightly. That’s the Yuba River, always changing. The flows are bouncing around between 1,165 and 1,130 cubes which are very good for both walk and wade anglers, and drifters. Fishing pressure overall is light between the Highway 20 bridge and Sycamore Ranch. Remember the water upstream of the bridge is closed until December 1st to protect spawning salmon and give them a “no pressure” environment. Speaking of the salmon, I saw very few redds, and the ones I did see had no occupants around. I’ve seen this before where salmon begin to build a redd only to abandon it and keep moving upstream to construct another. We’ll see new redds on daily basis, but I think we will see a major drop in salmon returns this year, and the next upcoming four years. Why? First off, we’ll see low returns from[…]

  • Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/27/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 27, 2019 | 23:20 pm

    Middle Fork Feather River Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/27/2019 Autumn on the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Feather River has arrived. It’s the second season, and with it brings hungry trout wanting to bulk up for the long winter. I love this time of year on the MFFR. Solitude abounds with hardly a soul to be seen, let alone any footprints. Talk about a remote experience, and the fishing? On fire! When your guest lands 3 dozen fish for a half-day session it becomes a fantastic memory that will remain deeply ingrained forever. Yeah, it was that good. Water levels are low, which actually bodes well as it concentrates the fish in the deeper pools, slots, and riffles. We found many trout in riffles about 2 feet in depth with a faster flow. Water temperatures were 57 to 59 degrees, which are perfect for this river. There is a very profuse BWO spinner fall in mid morning, I’m talking clouds of them. Spinner falls usually occur when air temperatures are between 57 and 67 degrees. There were a few rising fish in back eddies near the main current taking advantage of spent ovipositors, but most wanted their food item sub surface. We ran two rods yesterday. A dry/dropper rig[…]

  • Lake Davis Fly Fishing Update ~ 9/27/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 27, 2019 | 14:22 pm

    Lake Davis Fly Fishing Update ~ 9/27/2019 It seems the fishing at Lake Davis is getting back to near what it once was in the past. It’s been at least 5 years or more since fly anglers have had catch rates this good. It all comes down to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife planting more fish of catchable size. There were 3 plants of trout in late May and June including Eagle Lake Rainbows, and Brown trout, both sterile and fertile. Last Monday another plant of 4,000 trout, one pound per fish, Louisiana strain rainbows entered the lake.Also planted was 2,000 pounds of Eagle lake Rainbows. More fish in the lake makes a big difference and not just for the fishing, but for the local economy and businesses that rely on such.  Current water temperatures are at 58 degrees and holding, we will see another good drop on the thermometer as a cold snap will take hold over the weekend with a chance for snow. Fishing pressure is extremely light and Lake Davis is pretty much a ghost town. 10 years ago or more, the Honker Cove boat ramp parking lot would be full, this past week there were only 2 to 6 vehicles with[…]

  • Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/21/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 22, 2019 | 00:25 am

    Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/21/2019 It's so awesome to be back on water at Lake Davis. When you're away from something you love for a period of time you kind of forget just how beautiful it can be. After a thick blanket of fog burned off in the morning, sunshine and blue skies returned once again. What makes this lake so special to me is just how gorgeous the landscape is, and the bird life. Lots of game birds, namely Mallard ducks were huddled down in secluded coves. The coot are back, and the California gulls and white pelicans were stationed in their usual spots on the shoreline. Western grebes and pie billed grebes trolled the surface for food and dived underwater for pumkinseed and bass minnows. It's definitely fall as flocks of Sand Hill cranes were migrating overhead for the greater Central Valley, and willows, cottonwood, and aspen trees showed signs of the beginning of autumn colors. So impressive.What a difference a few cold storms can do for Lake Davis as water temperatures have dropped considerably in the last week. The current surface water temps are 59 in the morning rising to 61 in the afternoon. With below freezing temperatures at night they will[…]

  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/13/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 14, 2019 | 14:07 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report ~ 9/13/2019 Back to work, and to be honest I was pretty excited to be back on the water, though Colorado love is still deeply on my mind. The canyon is pretty much a ghost town now, the hustle and bustle of tourist and a busy hwy 49 is done. Now more than ever, complete solitude can be found. When I have the right guests who are in shape, I can take them to the more remote sections that receive very little fishing pressure, so I a bit surprised to see the fishing was so good on Beat #16 for this time of year. Water temps recorded mid day in the upper watershed were at 57 degrees and rose to near 60 in the late afternoon. There were a lot of midges in the air with the occasional mayfly. The bigger size caddis are mostly gone but plenty of smaller ones in a size 18. The middle of the day will be the best time to be on the water and the rainbows will start looking up more frequently just before noon time. Ant patterns have lost their luster with the trout, hoppers too. larger size yellow and orange Stimis with beaded bright[…]

  • Colorado Fly Fishing Vacation ~ 9/8/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 9, 2019 | 03:24 am

    Colorado Fly Fishing Vacation ~ 9/8/2019 Up until this trip it had been 14 years since I took an extended vacation to fish on my own time. 14 years of grinding out guide trips and sharing the wisdom of some 40 years plus of fly fishing knowledge. I guess you could say it was long overdue. My last trip was in 2005, a yearly pilgrimage that my dad and I use to make to Montana since 1995, where we would spend 40 days at our base camp located near West Fork on the banks of the Madison River. This trip was going to be extra special as I would visit friends I have not seen in decades, and revisit my old stomping grounds from canyon water to meandering meadows. I will say that overall the fishing (or catching) is so much easier in both Colorado and Montana than in California, mostly due to in my opinion to more trout per mile, and obviously better fisheries management. My drive out was pretty straight forward and I banged out 12 hours of scenic driving across Nevada, slept for 4 hours at a rest stop near the Utah/Colorado border, then continued on for 4 more hours until I reached[…]


  • San Francisco Estuary health report offers mixed review


    The health of North America’s largest estuary, the SanFrancisco Estuary, is showing some signs of improvement, butmuch of the historic damage caused to the massive watershed haseither not improved or worsened, according to a new report.Related article:San Francisco Chronicle: Climate havoc wipes out coastal kelp as S.F. Bay’snative fish species die offView Original Articleread more

  • A new target for federal action: PFAS-tainted food


    A class of toxic chemicals known to have contaminated drinkingwater in many areas across the country is also presenting humanhealth risks via another exposure method — our food supply. Thecontamination stems from treated sewage sludge — or biosolids —often used by farmers as a fertilizer for crops.View Original Article

  • Padre Dam water district set to raise rates – twice


    Residents and businesses in Santee and Alpine who are under theauspices of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District will see tworate increases in the coming months. The rate increases arescheduled for November and January.View Original Article

  • Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds


    Scientists examined 33 El Ninos — natural warming of equatorialPacific that triggers weather extremes across the globe — since1901. They found since the 1970s, El Ninos have been formingfarther to the west in warmer waters, leading to stronger ElNinos in some cases.View Original Article

  • Court tosses lawsuit, green-lights chloride reduction


    Local sanitation officials were happy to report Monday news ofa recent court decision that enables them to proceed with theirfour-year plan to reduce the amount of chloride ending up inthe Santa Clara River.View Original Article

  • Blog: DWR celebrates completion of tidal habitat restoration in the Delta


    The Department of Water Resources (DWR) gathered with itspartners and contractors Oct.15 to celebrate the completion ofthe 460-acre tidal wetland known as Tule Red in the SuisunMarsh. More than 100 attendees watched as a giant excavatorperched on top of a 200-foot wide levee removed the earthseparating the high tides of Grizzly Bay from the interiorchannels. The crowd cheered as tides began flowing over thebreached levee.View Original Article

  • ‘It’s where we come from’: The River People in Mexico left without a river


    It was on the Colorado River that González, now 82, taught herchildren, just like her parents and grandparents taught her, tofish with canoes and traps made from willow trees whichflourished on the riverbanks. Now, the river stops at theUS-Mexico border and the lakes are dry and native vegetation isconfined to reforestation projects.View Original Article

  • Tuesday Top of the Scroll: Trump team weakens Delta protections for California smelt, salmon


    In a move that would boost water deliveries to San JoaquinValley agriculture and Southern California cities, federalfishery agencies are weakening decade-old endangered speciesprotections for some of the state’s most imperiled native fishpopulations.Related articles:San Joaquin Valley Sun: Blog: How much water the Valley receives may changesoon. Here’s whyCALMatters: Opinion: Anew approach for managing California’s water and improving theenvironmentNatural Resources Defense Council: Blog: Bad news for the Bay-Delta tomorrow: Trump admin’s newbiopsView Original Articleread more

  • Steelhead legal battle expands to Santa Maria


    Los Padres ForestWatch has sued the Department of Interior, theBureau of Reclamation, and the Santa Maria Valley WaterConservation District, charging that Twitchell Reservoir damoperations are inflicting serious ongoing damage to thesteelhead trout, a federally endangered species, that rely onthe Santa Maria River.View Original Article

  • 900 South Bay homeowners impacted in water district’s plan to reclaim 270 miles of creekside property


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