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Dustin Rocksvold

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  • I Made It

    Northern California Trout Mar 4, 2019 | 15:29 pm

    I Made It OK, so I said I was going to go fishing on Friday. I lied. Actually I wasn't able to go because of something stupid I did on Thursday.I'm not going to explain stupid, but what I will say is that when I do stupid, the next day I have a lot of trouble walking. You know, the hip and back arthritis thing. Friday was one of those days. So I rested over the weekend and went this morning. My first thought was to go out to Lake Amador and see if I could negotiate the side of the lake. It's fairly steep and mostly slippery shale.When I got out there, wouldn't matter if I could negotiate it or not. The lake (due to the recent rains) was full of debris and the water was so dirty that if a fish would wander by your bait, it would probably miss it anyway. Besides, nobody seemed to be catching anything.I took the picture below of the spillway. It had more water going over it than I think I've ever seen. Down stream the road to the dam runs right next to the drainage creek which was so high it was right next to[…]

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  • El Niño

    Northern California Trout Feb 28, 2019 | 09:53 am

    El Niño If you've been watching the news, then you know Northern California has been getting hammered with rain and snow since, seems like forever.We are in the grips of another El Niño. Lots of rain, lots of snow, and lots of flooding. The interesting part is that although Sacramento and points North are pounded, we (in beautiful downtown Jackson, about an hour South of Sacramento), have gotten very little rain.Our Chief Weather Guesser drew a picture on a map about a week ago and put two lines on it. One just below Sacramento and the other about 50 miles North. That was where the rain was supposed to hit and hit it did.As of yesterday the Russian River up in Sonoma County is over it's banks. Guerneville has been evacuated. Cache Creek is over it's banks. Closer to Sacramento, Dry Creek (North of town), Acrade Creek (in town), and that ever present flooding of Deer Creek when ever we get a little rain is happening.GuernevilleFear not, La Casa Kautz is high and dry.The mountains, that's another story.South Lake TahoeHere's the story behind this picture:This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in[…]

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  • That darn fish finder doesn't work.

    Northern California Trout Feb 16, 2019 | 11:01 am

    I mentioned last post that I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen  fish finder.Fish finderWell, I got it put together. I contemplated mounting it on the side of my kayak, but you still need space for the battery. So I did it the portable way. You have a little tray about 10 inches in diameter that the fish finder attaches to, a little slot for the 12v battery, and a place to wind up the cord that goes to the transducer. So I put the fish finder in the kayak, opened the access hole in front of the seat, and suction cupped the transducer to the bottom of the kayak. I turned it on and nothing. Oh, it came on all right, but didn't show any depth or fish that I could see. So I called Garmin and told them the problem. Ran through all that I had done and what was showing on the screen. The Customer Service Rep that I was talking to then asked the definitive question. "Was the kayak in the water?"Thought you might need a little chuckle this morning.   

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  • I May Never Be Warm Again

    Northern California Trout Feb 8, 2019 | 10:31 am

    I May Never Be Warm Again A week in a nutshell.Monday morning we had snow.Monday MorningTuesday and Wednesday morning we had frost.Tuesday & WednesdayThursday (Yesterday) I decided to take a chance and run out to Lake Camanche and soak some Power bait.Thursday MorningAfter I got my wife off to work, I headed out. Did I mention it was 25 degrees? Got to the lake about 9:00 and was set up with one rod and rainbow Power Bait, the other with white Power Eggs. When I got to the lake it was 39 degrees. Now I know y'all back in the mid-West think 39 degrees is almost Summer, but out here, it's cold. Just as I parked, there were a couple guys getting ready to launch their kayaks. I heard one guy yelling as he sat in his yak. "Little nippy?" I asked. He had stepped into the 50 degree water getting into his yak. I told him that's why I'm fishing on shore and not in my kayak. About 10:00 the guys at the end of the peninsula left fishless. About the same time one guy way out toward the island left fishless. That left me and a new friend named Peter from Sacramento. We chatted and I discovered[…]

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  • The Irony Of Genealogy

    Northern California Trout Feb 4, 2019 | 10:00 am

    When I started this journey into my past, they (I don't know who "they" are) said that if you don't want to know the answer, don't do a DNA test.You know, because you follow this blog, that I write about fish, in this blog I wrote about fish for the local paper, I wrote stories for Sport Fishing Weekly. I recently did an article for Fishing.com, and I chase fish,I mentioned, back on November 1, 2017 the name of my paternal Grand-father. After 72 years, thinking this guy named Joseph Dory was my Grand-father, I find out my "real" Grand-father is Henry Joseph Fish. Yup, I'm a Fish . Yup, that;s meI also know this to be true because I have several cousins that I'm DNA linked to that have him for a Grand-father. Ironic huh.OK, mentioned my fish finder for my kayak. I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen with all kinds of good stuff (I guess) like GPS, Chirp, and ipx7 what ever that is. I've put it together as a portable unit (I could have mounted it to the kayak, but you still need  place for the 12v battery) so I thought portable was the way to[…]

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  • A Little Bit Of Humor

    Northern California Trout Jan 30, 2019 | 09:12 am

    I went fishing last week. Wasn't worth posting about.Humor, I saw a tweet on National News this morning I thought you might appreciate.Crime Cancelled For Cold.We simply can not have criminals putting themselves in harms way at those temperatures. If we didn't speak out against this, it is simply not fair to the criminals and I'm not willing to risk it. From the Green Bay, Wisconsin Police Chief.9:09 am Green Bay time. Temperature -18 degrees. I like this guy.Hope you got a laugh from this.Going to rain the rest of the week. Fishing next week.I got a new fish finder for the kayak. Once I figure out how it works, I'll show you. Stay tuned.

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  • Sneaking Out Between Storms

    Northern California Trout Jan 10, 2019 | 18:07 pm

    Sneaking Out Between Storms I mentioned, in the last post, that we were in for some rain. Actually I mentioned we were going to get "pounded". Well, we got "pounded". Last Sunday we had 25 to 35 mile per hour winds (with the rain) and gusts close to 50 mph. So bad, in fact that Yuki had the roof blown off one of his lean-to's.Since we're due to get more such weather starting tomorrow I thought it good to get out today. Probably my last chance for another week or so.Earlier this week, Yuki sent me a Facebook link about trout being caught at Lake Camanche on grubs. I took that to mean Meal Worms or Wax Worms. So when I left the house this morning, after a coffee stop at Java Drive I stopped by Walmart and picked up a container of both.Several years ago a guy at Bear River Reservoir introduced me to the "slip bobber" rig. It works well with Meal Worms and would seem to work well with Wax Worms too. The nice thing about the slip bobber rig is that you can adjust the depth of the worm by moving the green thread thing in the picture below up[…]

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  • First Of The Year, Last For A While

    Northern California Trout Jan 4, 2019 | 15:17 pm

    First Of The Year, Last For A While Not to worry, I'll still be fishing.This was the first trip for 2019 out to North Shore Lake Camanche. The place where I usually fish was a bit crowded.Can you say "Combat Fishing"?So I bypassed that spot for one a little farther out the North Shore peninsula.My spot for the dayI set up one rod with rainbow Power Bait, as if you didn't already know that. On the other rod I put 3 green/clear with speckles Power Eggs.I let that soak for an hour and then changed the green to white ones with the clear speckles. I put on fresh rainbow PB on the other one just in case.An hour later I reeled in the Power Eggs and started throwing Kastmasters. Silver, silver/green, pink, silver/blue, and then the green Magic Bullet. Nope, nothing.  Changed the white eggs to brown/clear with speckles and rainbow PB on the other.Took another picture to show how far out on the peninsula I was. That's the very end just beyond my truck. The whole peninsula is only about 100 yards.Well, it was a bust for the first day fishing in 2019. Actually, I didn't see anyone catch anything so I don't feel bad getting skunked.Now,[…]

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  • Happy New Year

    Northern California Trout Jan 1, 2019 | 12:15 pm

    Happy New Year Mike over at Troutrageous! mentioned we should do a recap of 2018.OK, here it is in a nutshell.Fishing wise, it pretty much sucked. I don't think (without going back and counting) that I caught 10 fish this year.Health wise, it pretty much sucked. Four doctors, Two X-Rays, one MRI and all they could tell me is that "until your hip tells you it's time for a replacement", you're going to hurt.I'm going to fish anyway whether I hurt or not. Actually I don't hurt when I'm fishing, it's the next day that I pay the price.Now the good part.......After a week at windy Upper Lake my wife was convinced that the Inflate-A-Yak just wouldn't cut it. We got His & Hers Kayaks. You saw the picture. We've only been out once since we got them, but can't wait for it to warm up to get back on a lake.The family welcomed my Great-Granddaughter Mavis Ranae Bonnie. We were over to my sons last Sunday and Mavis is just about as cute a baby as you can get.MavisLet see, what else?Oh yea. The genealogy thing. Found out my Great Grandmother's name. Apparently none of my Great Grandfather's children knew their mother's name except[…]

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  • That's A Wrap

    Northern California Trout Dec 29, 2018 | 16:11 pm

    That's A Wrap Tuesday is New Years Day. That's just in case you've been living in a cave for the last six months.I wanted to get in one more fishing day in this year, Thursday and Friday we had winds in excess of 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Not conducive to fishing even from the shore.Monday would have been my next choice, but here again we're expecting winds faster than the speed limit on the street in front of my house.Ergo (I love that word) I slunk to fishing today. I could have gone tomorrow, but that's our Christmas with my son and his family, so today was it.Did I mention it was 26 degrees this morning?When I left the house it was 26 degrees. After scraping the ice off my truck I headed out with North Shore Lake Camanche as my place to soak Power Bait. I'm starting to sound like a broken record. Lake Camanche, Lake Camanche, Lake Camanche. BUT there is a reason I go there.First I could go to Lake Amador. Doesn't make me warm and fuzzy. Water is always kind of dirty and there is this slimy stuff on the bottom. I've been assured by[…]

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  • Lake Oroville Bass Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 18, 2019 | 12:21 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 3.18.19Been spending most of my time on Lake Oroville fishing for spotted bass. Water temps are up a bit and the sunshine is out. The spots are spread out between winter mode, pre-spawn, and even a few spawning fish I think. Fishing the float n fly is catching fish and we have been getting on some stripped fly bites midday in the coves where water temps are up. As the water clears in certain areas we should start seeing some topwater and stripped fly bites with more consistency. Most fish are coming on small minnow patterns either stripped or fished under the float an fly. Striper fishing on the Lower Sac is going to pick up this week as releases out of Keswick drop to 14,500 by March 20. Migratory fishing should really get going out of the Colusa area and the resident bite should pick up as well. As long as flows and clarity stay reasonable fishing for both resident and migratory fish should start picking up and summer striper fishing is only a few months away

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  • Shasta Lake Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 16:26 pm

    Shasta Lake Fly Fishing Report John Fochetti reports on 3.14.19Shasta LakeHas been fishing great, very large numbers of fish can be brought to hand right now. Water temps have been ranging from high 40’s to low 50’s. The average fish will go 1-1.5 lbs and we are finding the occasional one above 3 lbs. The majority of fish caught are Spotted Bass, with a few Smallmouth caught every day. The past few days we have landed a well sized 16-19” Rainbow Trout. This makes for a fun change of pace right now and with the majority of Rivers still blown in Northern California, it’s a great option. Fish are pretty well spread out through the entire lake if you aren’t catching them move your location. Try to find a different bank, for example, a different slope into the water, a different substrate on the bank, fish a different distance from the bank which will effectively change the depth of water you are fishing in.White leaches with a red or blue underbody have been the most effective.With the weather warming up next week this will only result in the bite getting better. It also means more runoff into Northern California’s rivers making Shasta a great option, and I[…]

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  • Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:15 pm

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  • Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:13 pm

    Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Report Wildwaters reports on 3.14.19Winter Steelhead.We have been all over the Northern California and Southern Oregon and finding some fabulous steelhead. Many of the rivers are in prime shape after some severe high flows a only weeks ago. Hatchery and wild fish are being caught on most outings and it will remain good through March and into April. This is the time of year when we pull out some secret spots that can’t be written about. Though you may catch a kelt or two before you get an upstreamser it is well worth the efforts. If you haven’t scratched that steelhead itch, let us get you out. 1-877-934-7466

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  • Upper Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:11 pm

    Wildwater reports on 3.14.19Trout fishing has gained the attention of some of our best guides and they have been getting into some real quality on the Upper Sacramento River. The river is high but clear and if you know your high water spots then you can go get bent. (thats a good thing). The salmonflies are getting active and even some adults have been seen. It seems early for hatches but they are on their own schedule. We suggest fishing the mid river as the lower has a lot of fire damage from last year and still is not safe. Be careful of spawning rainbows and leave them be, it will make for better fishing in the long run. 1-877-934-7466

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:09 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 3.14.19Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing ReportThe weather on the eastside has stabilized. It is a relief waking up to clear blue skies, albeit frigid temperatures, and not having to shovel out the driveway to get down to the road. The Sierra, in general, is running about 150% of normal for the season. I look forward to summer and a plethora of water and healthy fisheries.If you are intent on fishing the Upper Owens, plan on parking out on the paved road near the bridge and walking in. There are many snowmobile tracks out there that you can walk on, otherwise plan on either skiing, snowshoeing, or post-holing your way to the river.East WalkerHere is the big news. A few days ago the irrigation district increased the flows from 18 cfs to 170, and now they have gone up again to 192. I have been waiting for the water to stabilize, the trout to start moving around and settling into the new environment. I may head up Friday and see what I can find.Hot CreekThe creek is flowing through the canyon at 40 cfs. Access is the issue. You will have to park your vehicle near Hot Creek[…]

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  • California Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:07 pm

    California Delta Fly Fishing Report Steve Santucci reports on 3.14.19Striper fishing is good in the Delta.  Finding clear water is the key right now. The fishing should improve as the water temperature approaches the sixty-degree mark

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  • Surf Fly Fishing Report Report : Monterey Bay

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:05 pm

    Surf Fly Fishing Report Report : Monterey Bay Evan Praskin reports on 3.14.19I can feel it! Spring is approaching, the smell of migration is in the air, and the bluebird days are becoming more frequent. The striped bass are still being caught down here in Monterey Bay, but you’re going to need to pay your dues and cover water for these “washouts.” Last weekend the annual Sand Crab Classic perch tournament took place in Santa Cruz. This is a great event that raises money for the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project whose mission is to recover the native salmon and steelhead population in the Monterey Bay region. With 300 participants only a small percentage are fly anglers, but it still puts up a great challenge and a fun competition among the local surf fly fishers. In a perch tournament, it’s really anyone’s game, and that’s what makes it so fun. You have miles of beaches to fish which all have populations of surf perch, and the difference between placing in the top 3 and coming in last is within a few inches. Well, this year my fish just happened to have the extra inch needed to take home 1st. I caught many fish in the 9-12” range all morning[…]

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  • Klamath River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 15:01 pm

    Klamath River Fly Fishing Report John Rickard reports on 3.14.19Klamath River Fishing Report.Our guides will be on the Klamath River this weekend running boats down the Iron Gate stretch. The water is high and off-color but where you can get good drifts, the fishing remains consistent. In steelhead fishing there is a massive difference between brown water and greenish-brown water, learn to love the off-color and use tactics that will let you present your fly properly to the unsuspecting fish. March is the time when some of the biggest Klamath steelheads are caught and we hope to get into them. Downriver the tributaries are pumping water and it quickly gets un-fishable, but up top we still have acceptable flows. (currently 1600 CFS). There are a couple weeks left on this river and we hope to see you out there. Give us a call to book a boat. 1-877-934-7466

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Mar 14, 2019 | 14:56 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 3.14.19Still a bit cold and snowing.No snow here in the Hirsch, but still snowing on top. Big winter so far.Lots of water in the river too. About 1,600 k here, and just a bit higher in Nevada. Snows melting a bit and getting to the river is a little easier this last week.Good fishing if you can find the soft water. The Truckee River will stay high right into summer so best learn to fish it. Probably every other river in California too. Big water=big trouts.Clarity is good, even down low in Nevada. Streamer fishing should be your go to with the water like this, but nymphing is really good as well. Excited, as it looks like the weather is going to be really nice by the weekend. Highs in the 50’s in Truckee. Wow, bring it.The High Water Clinic for the 23rd, and 24th is sold out. Please join me April 6th for another one.

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  • Match the Hatch Talk at the Reel Anglers Fly Shop

    Fly Fishing Traditions Mar 18, 2016 | 18:37 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.

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  • Drift Boat Repair Project

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 28, 2015 | 13:17 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.

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

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 16, 2015 | 21:46 pm

    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.

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  • Spey Casting Practice On the Grass

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 7, 2015 | 22:29 pm

    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.

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  • Fishing in Drought Conditions

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 4, 2015 | 20:16 pm

    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.

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  • Tale of Two Days

    Fly Fishing Traditions Dec 2, 2015 | 22:41 pm

    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.

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  • Updated Fly Fishing Traditions Website

    Fly Fishing Traditions Nov 22, 2015 | 09:28 am

    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.

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  • Trinity River Steelheading

    Fly Fishing Traditions Oct 24, 2015 | 12:27 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.

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  • Airflo Rage Compact Review

    Fly Fishing Traditions Oct 23, 2015 | 13:26 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.

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  • The Airflo Skagit Switch Line Review

    Fly Fishing Traditions Oct 22, 2015 | 12:03 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.

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  • FRANKISM #3

    California Fly Fishing Mar 12, 2019 | 12:12 pm

    FRANKISM #3 Let'em Breathe!This Frankism  seems to work considerably more than the  majority of the time... Use of Weight:"When in Doubt...Add"

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  • FRANKISMS #2

    California Fly Fishing Mar 11, 2019 | 20:34 pm

    FRANKISMS #2 a Cast Laid…is a Cast MadeThis Frankism is more appropriate when dryfly/emerger fishing to a steadily, surface/in-the-film, feeding trout. So please quit slapping the water or immediately pick-up an errant cast.Before making your presentation, when casting upstream, calibrate the correct distance…AWAY from the targeted fish. Then, make the cast. Your first, good cast affords you the highest percentage of a take. AVOID "lining" the trout with the fly line; leader only, ideally off to one-side of the trout's window (aka cone of vision)*...Unless you are a proficient curve or hook caster.Measuring the cast also applies while casting downstream. When making a "fly-first" presentation REMEMBER to strip enough line off the reel and lay at your feet so the you can effectively present the fly via "bump-feeding"...past the targeted feeder if there is no take on the first drift.When casting from the side, do a reach cast, it will extend your drift and minimize your mending.*The window's circumference is relative to the depth of the water; the shallower the water the smaller the window...the deeper the water the larger the window.Let'em Breath!

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  • Springtime Trout Fishing...Timing, Venues & Strategies

    California Fly Fishing Mar 5, 2019 | 20:37 pm

    Springtime Trout Fishing...Timing, Venues & Strategies "Musing About Spring" was published in Sierra Fisherman's Spring 2014 issue. As mentioned in the first paragraph; we were in the midst of the 3rd year of the four year draught; broken by the heavy winter of 2016-17. If I'd  have to make a projection as of this date of our forthcoming angling conditions in the mountains; my collective conscious says the season will be a MINIMUM of four (4) weeks later than a "normal season and I'm thinking 6 weeks behind as more likely. So plan you angling venues...timewise... accordingly.   As mentioned in the last paragraph of the article; this is not intended to be  complete primer on projecting springtime angling strategies. The intent is to pique anglers' thinking, regardless of the previous winter's precipitation and snow.Musing About Spring    "With some initial reluctance, we were hesitant to write this article on spring-time fly fishing strategies on California’s moving waters. Then on second thought, considering the below precipitation and the dreaded D-word, fly anglers should envision thinking tactics 6-8 weeks earlier than a “normal” season; as in late-April and May, replicating June and early-July conditions.  Planning early season fly angling can be a conundrum. Some consider May and June as[…]

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  • ...And It Continues

    California Fly Fishing Feb 15, 2019 | 23:41 pm

    ...And It Continues This current weather event is the third 3'-6' snow-drop in 3-4 day storm cycles we've experienced in the Truckee-Tahoe during February. Currently, the snow-water equivalent is 161% of historical median and precipitation is 127% of average to date. According to my calculations, projected snow--melt/water run-off is 204% of normal (161 X 1.21= 204).It sure is "purdy" when there is a break in the weather...giving me an opportunity to do some snow-clearing on the back-deck via  pushing and shoveling.Then it gets dark again, wind commences with drifting snow and at times there are white-outs. In-between there is serenity and quiet. and then it dumps again!and we provide some fodder for the little, non-migrating, chicadees  

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  • Yikes!!!...Kidney Stones &Welcomed Snow

    California Fly Fishing Feb 5, 2019 | 22:13 pm

    Yikes!!!...Kidney Stones &Welcomed Snow Yesterday I had a kidney stone-event. To say the least such is very painful. Karen drove me to the  ER in Truckee. The staff eventually subsided the pain via a couple of doses of Morphine. A CAT-scan revealed the existence of a "small" kidney stone. Actually that was good news in lieu of more a severe abdominal crisis.The last time I had kidney stones and an ER visit was in the mid-80's. Then we actually lived in Kidney-Stone Valley; the area around Mt Diablo in the east-Bay Area. The region had a disproportionate incident of kidney stones...something to do about the water.I'm home today watching the snow fall. To date the Truckee region has 109% of snow-water content and  91% of total precipitation. After this current series of snow events ends this Tuesday I project both aforementioned percentiles will increase; really wet,  heavy snow now (getting colder for great powder skiing) and anticipating 3+- feet at the higher elevations.Good news for the trout and the forests. As for fly fishing; limited access (think snow shoes) on the BT and progressively more access as one drives east of town to the CA/NV state-line.Trophy LT water is currently unavailable.Close the LT to[…]

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  • Out with the Old...In with the New Year

    California Fly Fishing Dec 31, 2018 | 20:10 pm

    Out with the Old...In with the New Year Truckee area creekI'm wishing everyone a Happy 2019Another holiday season will soon be in the rear-view mirror. Time flies...seeming like the older one gets the quicker the time goes by. Karen and I have been fortunate having enjoyed another healthy and somewhat most of the time, a prosperous 2018...until we look at our current, updated retirement portfolios.This past year's furthest, non-angling travel has been to the east-coast, specifically to Virginia, for close friends' surprise wedding anniversary event. Personally, from a fly angling perspective, there has been two out-of-state adventures; famous tailwaters, drifting the Big Horn during late Spring and early Fall on the Big Mo. As for my own local angling, I've become a "fair-weather fly angler" (read, optimum conditions...ideally head-hunting only!). I'm progressively minimizing my guiding activities; seeing/catching-up long-time clients and very selectively meeting new ones. I'm working with a great group of competent guides and am confident when referring. My main focus is now conducting skills clinics and local "tours".CyberFly!!..one of my numerous monikers.For 2019, as always I'll make my appearance at the annual Pleasant Fly Fishing show. Currently, I musing over several out of state/country excursion options;  a couple of Montana trips, my first immersion into the[…]

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  • Winter Here & Summer There

    California Fly Fishing Dec 14, 2018 | 15:05 pm

    Winter Here & Summer There When we get that first blanket of snow in the Truckee area; we're elated, liking the seasonal changes, a bit relieved that the fire season has ended and looking forward  to Christmas time with some family and friends. It is also a time I personally get nostalgic about my early 2000's fly angling ventures to southern Chilean Patagonia....see bottom six images... Front door view, Dark sky in-between snowfall Back-yard  forest...pontoon-boat under deck  ...sun and blue skies...no wind...quietwest-slope Andes foothills, stream & vistaLago Polloxlots of multi-colored lupinetrekking to a spring creek and  its tiny "laguna"small creeks...up and overValley  of the Moon...to the Rio Nireahou

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  • Late Fall

    California Fly Fishing Dec 13, 2018 | 13:49 pm

    Late Fall Well, still haven't used the eggs that I featured in my last post...Both my targeted, egg-eating Browns & RainBows are not migrating upstream from the local reservoirs in good numbers...yet. HINT: fish the inlets where they are staging. In the interim were having some fun fishing for the local Kokanee. Stay clear of the Kokanee's needle-sharp teeth!During the last few days, gusting winds have severely impacted our casting; whether angling local still-waters or streams. These strong winds occur early-afternoons. Seems like the weather is in a cusp period; late-fall into an early winter.The past six weeks we've been blessed with classic Fall weather; soft-breezes, cirrus-laden clouds, blue sky and clear, cooling waters. During the period we've encountered surface feeders confidently ingesting the occasional hopper (...the remaining few are active during the warmth of mid-day) and "slurpers" sipping the minutest of BWO's, PsuedoCleons; spinners and emergers. Personally I've not observed the fabled, humongus October Caddis; locally very sparse, unlike the immense numbers on NorCal's McCloud and Upper Sacramento rivers.BT dry/dropping the pockets...along "Glenshire"Thus far were netting Browns and RainBows to 20"...waiting for the big guys to appear. As aforementioned, dry flies are working. The most effective tactics on the BT remain dry/dropper[…]

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #14

    California Fly Fishing Nov 23, 2018 | 14:33 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #14 "If fishing is like religion, then fly-fishing is high church."TOM BROKAW

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  • Still Waiting....

    California Fly Fishing Nov 9, 2018 | 11:32 am

    Still Waiting.... Let'em Breathe!...for the big Browns bulking-up for winter. Thus far no luck nor success. Mornings have been in the single-digits. We need some cloud-cover and mild, wet  precipitation; snow nada.

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  • Time To Take Advantage Of This Great Window

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Mar 12, 2019 | 13:57 pm

      Right now and for the next week or more is your window of opportunity to enjoy some great fishing. The relentless string of Winter storms that just kept rolling in off the Pacific are being kicked in the groin by a sweet high pressure system over us. Most rivers are dropping into shape around […]

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  • Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Feb 18, 2019 | 16:12 pm

    Come Join Us In Pleasanton This Weekend, We   Would Love To See All of  YOU At Our Booth!! For  More Info Checkout https://flyfishingshow.com/pleasanton-ca/

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  • Prime Time Winter Fishing

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jan 27, 2019 | 13:38 pm

        After weeks of rain and snow we are currently enjoying an excellent break in the weather. The much needed moisture has brought Shasta Lake levels up to its seasonal average and the snow pack on Shasta and surrounding mountains is in feets, lots of feets. UPPER SACRAMENTO Locally the Upper Sacramento River has […]

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  • Celebrating The Holidays

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Dec 21, 2018 | 12:56 pm

    The Klamath River In between recent storms the Klamath River has been bending rods and kicking out fish. The river is in excellent shape, the needed rains just keep coming and the steelies are here. We’ve been catching fish on the swing and with the bobber.  The good news is the river isn’t crowded and […]

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  • Fall Season In Full Swing

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Dec 11, 2018 | 13:48 pm

        Winter has finally decided to creep in, the mountain has gotten it’s first coat of snow and the beautiful clouds of the season are showing themselves off. As I write this it has been raining all day and is forecast the rest of the week along with a possibility of snow. The local […]

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  • Trout and Steelhead Time

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Nov 9, 2018 | 20:02 pm

    Fall On The McCloud Photo by Rick Cox Fantastic Fall here in Dogpatch. The weather has been mild for the most part with the morning temps hovering around 30 degrees. Unfortunately there is no rain in sight and Mt. Shasta is down right naked with no white stuff covering any and all of her body […]

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  • Fall Season Has Arrived

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Oct 16, 2018 | 14:40 pm

    Damn Brown Hunkered Down Under Rock Photo by Rick Cox The Fall season recipe is in full swing here in Dogpatch. Crisp mornings prevail, brilliant colors from Mother Nature’s paint brush grace us and the days keep getting shorter and the nights longer. All of this of course kicks the fish in the butt and […]

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  • The Early Fall Season

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Sep 29, 2018 | 12:45 pm

    The Delta Fire First Day Fires, fires have been the theme this summer. First the Carr Fire that devastated Redding, then the Hirz Fire that threatened the McCloud River and now the Delta Fire which engulfed the lower section of the Upper Sacramento River and I-5. My trip to the North Umqua and Montana was […]

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  • Smokey Days, Wyoming/Idaho Trip

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Aug 24, 2018 | 18:37 pm

    The Wind River, Wyoming The last month has been crazy with fires and smoke from nearby and afar fires in California and Oregon. Needless to say this has put a big dent in the recreation side of things. Summer is slowly slipping away and the outdoor activities have suffered. At one time both nearby fly […]

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  • Summer Season Fishing

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jul 30, 2018 | 14:28 pm

    Upper Sacramento River Well it’s officially the Dog Daze of summer now. This means temps are north of 100 degrees during the day, the water is warming, the bugs are suffering heat stroke, wet wading is required unless you are allergic to water (wtf), and you best think about mornings and evenings with a nice […]

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  • Northern Sierra Fishing Report and Future Conditions ~ Lower Yuba River, Truckee River, Middle Fork Feather River, Lake Davis, Frenchman Lake, and Lost Sierra Creeks 3/18/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 am

    Northern Sierra Fishing Report and Future Conditions ~ Lower Yuba River, Truckee River, Middle Fork Feather River, Lake Davis, Frenchman Lake, and Lost Sierra Creeks 3/18/2019 Spring has sprung in the Northern Sierra, and the seasons are changing. In the last week I’ve noticed a major shift in bird migration with robins, and other songbirds seeking the foothills and higher elevations. It won’t be long before the warblers infiltrate the Sierra meadows for late spring and summer. Many rivers are high with flows but no matter if they are clear or dirty, these types of conditions often produce the biggest trout of the year as those fish  have the power to navigate big water, and the agility to feed efficiently. Plenty of water will be in the many systems for the summer and fall, we may be out of a drought, but we all know how California is and the future of precipitation is always in question. So with that bit of good news, let’s dive into current and future conditions of my native Northern Sierra.Lower Yuba River: Current flows are at 4,500 cubes and have been creeping downwards in the last week. Though a tad high, the water is clear. A few fish are being caught, mostly with streamer patterns like minnow and sculpin patterns, and the standard black bunny leech. Hatches have been light[…]

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  • Nevada City Fly Fishing Film Tour ~ Cast Hope

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 17, 2019 | 23:11 pm

    Nevada City Fly Fishing Film Tour ~ Cast Hope Cast Hope is proud to bring you the 2019 premier of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on April 6, in Nevada City, CA at the Nevada Theater. We have a great silent auction, door prize, and a raffle with some amazing items. Baiocchi's Troutfitters is proud to be able to make donation for this grand event. Click HERE or HERE for tickets.Event Date: April 6, 2019Time: Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm sharp Location: Nevada Theater401 Broad St., Nevada City, CACost: $25 at the doorWe are very excited to announce that we will not only be hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour, we will also be hosting an AFTER PARTY at Coopers in Down Town Nevada City with Chuck Ragan, Hogan Brown of Royal Oaks, Wolf Creek Boys, and Hannah Jane Kile performing.Doors will open at 9pm and music will start at 10pm After the Fly Fishing Film Tour. $10 at the door. All Proceeds to to Cast Hope. PLUS a bonus Raffle with tickets for sale at the door. Coopers is Walking Distance from the historic Nevada Theater and is a great place to keep the Party Going after the Fly Fishing Film Festival.https://www.casthope.org/Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3)[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 3/7/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 7, 2019 | 18:17 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 3/7/2019 Reported at 8am - Not much of a report as we are entering our 6th week straight of fluctuating high water levels and varying degrees of turbidity. Currently the Yuba is flowing at 17k, and Deer creek is at 1,750 cubes. Englebright dam is still spilling and the reservoir is at 106% of capacity. The Skwala hatch was short lived this year, but if the flows come down to at least 3,000 in a few weeks we could have some March Brown mayfly action to comfort the soul. Regardless, when the flows do come down the best strategy is going to be swinging streamers in the side water, even if the visibility is a foot or so. Black leeches, minnow patterns, and sculpin patterns for the grab. The only other game right now is bass in the foothill reservoirs, Bullards Bar, Englebright, and Lake Oroville will be your best bets. I'm not that into it, but if you want to learn more about foothill bass hit up Hogan Brown or Chuck Ragan.On the 19th of March I will be presenting my "High Water Tactics" program to the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers in Walnut Creek, Ca. This event is free and[…]

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  • Buying Commercially Tied Flies

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 25, 2019 | 15:41 pm

    Buying Commercially Tied Flies Though I tie most of my flies, I do buy commercially tied flies during the busy summer season, or certain patterns that burn up my valuable time. As a totally independent guide I have to rely on myself for everything. Nobody books trips for me. I must manage my own website and blog which I update on a weekly basis. Factor in marketing, networking, writing articles for magazines, upkeep on equipment (gear, boats, vehicles, etc.), and administrative duties adds up to being a full time job, which I enjoy immensely. I have a few tips for you which will make your commercially tied flies last longer and preform better on the water. 1) After purchasing your flies from your local fly shop or distributor, take the time to de barb the hook of all of the patterns in hand.2) With a bottle of Sally Hansen's Hard Nails Extreme clear formula nail polish, glue the thread wraps with a needle for precise control and flow of the liquid, and let dry. Commercially tied flies are not glued at the time they are manufactured by hand, and that's why they fall apart3) Take the time to clip off any stray hairs or other imperfections the pattern[…]

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  • Fierce Weather ~ Lower Yuba River Report ~ Presentations ~ Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 18, 2019 | 13:07 pm

    Fierce Weather ~ Lower Yuba River Report ~ Presentations ~ Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show What a series of storms! That was impressive to say the least. My new home above Nevada City is at the 3,100 foot elevation so we saw a little more snow than down below. But that didn't really matter since the storm warmed up with a sub-tropical Atmospheric River that provided rain on top snow creating more flooding issues. I was really nervous with the big winds that moved through the region, it sounded like a non stop freight train was circling my house. Conifers were being flexed beyond capacity, and many of them came down including three over North Bloomfield Road taking out power lines and utility poles - It was a mess! Temps dropped again and the snow returned, in fact as I write this on Sunday afternoon, it is still snowing.As you can see in the picture above, we have a really good snow pack that bodes well for the warmer months ahead. Records have been broken for February and the month is far from over. The forecast for the next week calls for a few days of sunshine/partly cloudy skies, then a small system dropping down from the north for Wednesday into Thursday and colder than normal temperatures. We call[…]

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  • GuideBox ~ Guided Experiences for the DIY Angler

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 12, 2019 | 16:04 pm

    GuideBox ~ Guided Experiences for the DIY Angler Whether you're new to it, want to explore new rivers, or traveling and want to get on the water, GuideBox is the quickest and easiest way to get the gear and information you need in river specific and guide-curated kits to get fishing. Designed by lifelong friends Justin Bilbao and Gregg Shaw, GuideBox is a collaborative project between professional guides, top shelf fly fishing brands, key retail partners and anglers to help you "Know Your Water". These are Guided Experiences for the DIY Angler.Each GuideBox is curated with the right flies, the right leader and the right gear for your river, at the time you want to fish it. Also included with each box is a detailed river map, guide notes, a handful of stickers, and a mystery surprise for on or off the water. Your GuideBoxcontains all the information and equipment you need to become a proficient and ethical angler, and subscribers gain access to a members only web and mobile portal with up to the minute river information, water conditions, guide notes and instructional content. Each GuideBox Contains:(8) premium, guide curated flies designed for your water, at the time you want to fish.(1) reusable, segmented GuideBox fly cup. (1)[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Update 2/4/2019 - Blown!!!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 4, 2019 | 12:37 pm

    Lower Yuba River Update 2/4/2019 - Blown!!! Reported on Monday Febuary 4th at 10:40am - The parade of storm systems spinning into Northern California has greatly effected the river conditions with higher flows and turbidity. The projected river forecast is calling for flows to be between 5 and 7,000 cfs by tomorrow morning. Englebright will probably spill over as the reservoir is at 96% of capacity. Deer creek continues to rise and fall with each systems that plows through. With low snow levels last night and tonight into Tuesday, there will be more runoff in the local micro watersheds that feed into the tributary's of the North, Middle, and South forks of the Yuba. All that water collecting together for their final flow down the Lower Yuba River, and into the Feather River.I'm looking forward to days like the picture above, but it might be a while before the river has optimum conditions again. We'll just have to wait and see. Make the most of this down time by tying flies, cleaning lines, organizing gear, and reading up on a particular aquatic insect, or a certain technique for future outings. If you have any questions about the Lower Yuba River, or want to get on my calendar for 2019, just[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/28/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 28, 2019 | 17:41 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/28/2019 Fishing is not nearly as good on the Lower Yuba River after the last series of big storms rolled on through, but fish are still being caught though. Flows are running at 1,228 cubes as recorded at the Parks Bar Bridge gauge. Deer creek has not fallen all the way down and I assume it's because of the releases from Scott's Flat reservoir, currently the creek is at 106 cfs with a slight ramping down. Water visibility is about 3.5 feet and turning slightly green. Fishing pressure has been heavy in the more popular areas, but still plenty of spots to fish if an angler is willing to walk for it. Just because an angler has fished a run doesn't mean it won't produce again, especially if you use different tactics and flies.I read a lot of fishing reports for the Lower Yuba River, some are spot on, while others provide false information. I always report accurate information whether it is good or bad. Skwala stoneflies are a hot topic right now since they are out and available for the trout drifting downstream in the foam lines. My article above "The Skwala Hatch" which was featured in the December 2014 issue[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Update 1/21/2019

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

    Lower Yuba River Update 1/21/2019 7 day flow graph from 1/13 to 1/21 at 6:00 PMThe past week has seen some gnarly weather here in Northern California. Big wind, heavy rain, and as of Monday morning low elevation snowfall like here in Nevada City. Before our last round of storms, the Lower Yuba River was fishing well with consistent mayfly hatches from noon until 3pm, and the start of seeing Skwala stoneflies drifting downstream in the foam lines. Nymphing with small dark flashy nymphs, and swinging soft hackles and salmon fingerling patterns was productive as well. Currently we are waiting for the flows to come back down and the river to clear, which the Yuba does quickly when Englebright dam is not spilling over the top, and Deer Creek is not pumping in sediment. At this time, Englebright dam is at 93% of capacity and not spilling, but Yuba Water Agency is dumping water. Deer Creek kept rising this morning into the afternoon from all of the low elevation snow melting into micro watersheds that eventually add up to larger flows. Deer Creek is dropping as of this evening. I’m thinking by this coming weekend the river should be fishable, and even if it is[…]

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  • The Squirmy Worm Hack Trick

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 20, 2019 | 13:59 pm

    The Squirmy Worm Hack Trick While tying flies at the International Sportsman's Expo last Friday I learned a really cool and innovative trick from one of the tiers. In the past I first tied the squirmy worms at the vice with thread. It was difficult at times and the material would rot off the hook when exposed to UV rays while fishing, and even sitting in my nymph box.  Then I just tied an overhand knot on the back a bare hook, wrapped the body, then another knot at the eye of the hook - and only a small number of them for a few trips.If you check out the above picture, this pattern requires zero thread, not even a vice. The secret is a small piece of clear tubing from a hobby store, it holds the squirmy worm material, and a hook. You can carry all of the materials with you and create them on sight. Here is how you rig it.1. Take a foot long piece of 25 pound mono, double it in half and put the two ends through the tubing, pull it down until you have a small loop at the opposite end. 2. Insert the squirmy worm material and hold it[…]

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