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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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  • Sage Words from the Icons #16

    California Fly Fishing Jul 19, 2019 | 08:06 am

    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

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  • Summer Mode in Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Jul 16, 2019 | 23:27 pm

    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[…]

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  • ThrowBack Truckee River Regulation Sign

    California Fly Fishing Jul 10, 2019 | 22:04 pm

    ThrowBack Truckee River Regulation Sign My recollection is that the below California fishing regulation sign was mid-'80's; guessing '84-'86. I consider it the second-generation sign in that the first special regulations for the Truckee River were instituted in either '82 or '83. These C and R rules made the Truckee River a new addition into California's "Wild Trout" program.TRUCKEE RIVER   ANGLING  REGULATIONSOPEN SEASON:Last Saturday in April through November 15LIMIT: TWO TROUTMinimum size limit: 15 inches total length. Only Artificial flies or lures with Barbless hooks may be used  Area Regulations (B) Truckee River from the confluence of TroutCreek downstream to the GlenshireBridge. artificial lures only (C) Truckee River from the Glenshire Bridgedownstream to the mouth of Prosser Creek.     artificial flies only (D) Truckee River from the mouth of Prosser Creekdownstream to BocaBridge.artificial lures only (E) Truckee River from Boca Bridgedownstream to the confluence of GrayCreek.      no gear restrictions                CCR SEC.  7.50 Title 14Resources Agency of CaliforniaThe first generation sign had just two special regulation sectors, not four as noted above. From Trout Creek to the Boca Bridge (the old one...closed when?) it was barbless artificials only, two take, minimum 15". From Boca Bridge down stream to Gray[…]

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  • SummerTime in Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Jun 30, 2019 | 18:27 pm

    SummerTime in Truckee ...Bring it on! Flows & water temps are near-perfect alignment...

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  • Seek & Find Uncrowded Truckee Angling

    California Fly Fishing Jun 25, 2019 | 23:02 pm

    Seek & Find Uncrowded Truckee Angling Progressively, as the Big Truckee and Little Truckee water flows become more "user friendly" there are likely crowds at these venues. If you want to avoid such; explore other regional waters within an hour's drive of the town of Truckee. You'll likely find some solitude at popular spots, venture way upstream or down and think about boats for difficult access.Have Boat...Will TravelEven on well-known  waters one can find no other anglers...searchWaiting for the hatch...and heads

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  • Brookies & Bent Rods...Truckee Area

    California Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2019 | 15:59 pm

    Brookies & Bent Rods...Truckee Area I love fly fishing small waters...been doing such for eons in the Truckee area. There are numerous  tiny brooks and creeks within a hour's drive of my home. Some are "secret"...others not. If new to the region study your topo-maps and start exploring. A few provide us the chance of bringing-to-hand the area's "Hat Trick"...brookies, rainbows and browns. In the near future Lahonton Cutthroat will be available; creating the area's unique "Grand Slam". A trophy is  in the 12"-13", most are 6"-10"...perfect quarry for a 3 weight rod...and dry flies.There are important  considerations when seeking such waters. Below is an excerpt from my Destination Theater's presentation at Pleasnton CA's 2019 Fly Fishing Show: INSIGHT #2SMALL WATERSa) initially, the water temps are too cold and flows are too highb) then, the flows are ideal, but water temps remain too coldc) finally, flows and water temps are optimum for about 10 days ONLY...then flow and temps are too low and warm!if there's water , there are troutYour first cast is the most productive for these opportunistic feedersAbove and below..."pan-size" or shall I say "hand-size" stream-bred trout"OK, rise again..."

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  • Lower Sac & A Near Death Experience?

    California Fly Fishing Jun 11, 2019 | 11:24 am

    Lower Sac & A Near Death Experience? The Lower Sac...sort of reminded me of southern Chilean PatagoniaRecently, I've been spending some time fishing well-known tail-waters of the West; the Beaverhead,  BigHorn, Missouri and the Green in Flaming Gorge; the latter three being BIG, tail-waters, below really huge dams within sometimes wide and sometimes narrow terrain.  (see images at bottom).Then I realized we have a famed and productive tail-water in the Lower Sac; right in our proverbial "back-yard".Mike Brugh with a typical LS RainBowSo recently I spent two fun-filled days drifting the Lower Sac with members of the local fly fishing group; Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers. Suffice it to say; we netted respectable numbers of RainBows which made long runs, pulled hard and were healthy and strong. The LS is an "urban" fishery...along Interstate 5The fallen tree, right-side of image, just missed the drift-boatPeter, the fella in the center of boat has new name, " Woody". The fella in the stern was brushed by the tree as it broke into pieces as it hit the port-side of the drift-boat.…really lucky nobody got seriously injured. We were up river around a bend and our guide Shane received a cell-call from Peter. The other boat in this image was drifting behind[…]

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  • Ants!!...Truckee Area

    California Fly Fishing Jun 4, 2019 | 22:15 pm

    Ants!!...Truckee Area Today is my first sighting of the Flying, Black Carpenter Ants, one of the three infamous "Big Bugs of June". I didn't notice them yesterday on the LT. Now, we await the Green Drakes and Golden StoneFies on the BT to make their sparse and unpredictable appearance.As for Truckee area's fly fishing. This is the opportune time to encounter a hefty river trout; not numbers, but quarry measured in pounds. Our second opportunity occurs at lake inlets in fall.Well, we're experiencing still heavy flows on moving waters and the still-waters are at near-maximum pool; both water-types make for challenging conditions. It seemed the snow-melt/run-off was waning and then we had an uptick in with the melt this last week. There still remains a lot of snow at the higher, north-sloping mountain peaks. Prior to the increased river flows we had some mid/late-spring, dry fly action; BWO's and March Brown and the occasional terrestrial pattern. Both huge attractor/indicator flies to sparsely dressed, small emerger patterns all fooled the sighted surface-feeders. Netted trout were RainBows ranging from 12"-19".Guess I'm going to fashionably "redact" my 5/7/2019 post saying "Now, water temperatures supplant flows as the more important consideration...most especially on the BT."  Flow[…]

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  • Being A California "Old-Timer" Fly Angler

    California Fly Fishing Jun 3, 2019 | 15:19 pm

    Being A California "Old-Timer" Fly Angler You know you're an "Old Time" California fly angler when:1---You fished  the Upper Sac starting in  '70 way before "the '91 spill"2---You fished  Martis Lake at its "Wild Trout" opening in '79 and  it's hey-day of the '80's3---Your first flyrod was a fiberglass 8' 6-weight...'704---Your first graphite rod was the industry's first production rod by Fenwick...'745---Fished  the Truckee River before there were special regulations...'70's6---Fishing the McCloud River before at the arrival of the Nature Conservancy...'70-'737---The nostalgia of "Opening Day" in California; when there was no winter trout stream angling8---Being one of only three (3) fly fishing guides in the Tahoe/Truckee area...'84...currently a joke!9---Reserving a cabin and fished Hot Creek as early as '72...using the hot springs before its closure10-Fishing the Merced River in winter; outside western entry to Yosemite, highway 120...mid '70's

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  • Lest We Forget...

    California Fly Fishing May 26, 2019 | 16:09 pm

    Lest We 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.For those of us who stepped-up, got drafted or did not serve;  never forget the close friends we have lost.

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  • Summer Fun

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jul 10, 2019 | 14:15 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 […]

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  • Awesome Spring

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jun 16, 2019 | 14:30 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 […]

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  • Rain Is About Gone…Almost

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 23, 2019 | 12:12 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 […]

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  • Great First Week To Our Season

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 5, 2019 | 19:08 pm

    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 […]

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  • Spring Season Has Arrived

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Apr 26, 2019 | 12:11 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 […]

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  • Remembering Joe Kimsey

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Apr 9, 2019 | 20:01 pm

    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 […]

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  • March Madness Wrapping Up

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Mar 23, 2019 | 13:20 pm

    Winter Steelhead Report Our guides continue to find late season steelhead success in NorCal, Southern OR and on the coast. Weather has been spectacular recently meaning t-shirts and sunscreen. Although the forecast of rain is looming out there once again we are not seeing any dire predictions of gully washers so favorable conditions should prevail […]

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

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

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 7/19/2019 My guests and I have been having some great sessions on the North Fork Yuba River. The flows are perfect, the bugs are out, and those small wild rainbows are eager as ever! Fishing pressure remains light in the less traveled areas and during mid week. Water temperatures in the upper watershed are 57 in the morning rising to 61 degrees in the afternoon. navigating the NFYR (especially the upper section) is just plain gnarly. A wading staff and good boots with maximum traction both in and out of the water is a must. An angler needs to be in good physical shape to proficiently boulder hop and reach the more secluded sections of the river, yep, it's time to hit the gym if you're not.There are a ton of caddis on the river right now! From a size 10 to a size 20 in colors of amber, gray, olive, and tan. Your everyday Elk Hair Caddis will do the trick, but up your game and put on Ralph and Lisa Cutter's E/C Caddis. The golden stone fly was hit hard this winter during the high flows as their population is not that great. Stream sampling counts with live specimens,[…]

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  • Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers Annual BBQ & Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 7/5/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Lake Davis Fly Fishing Report 6/23/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Elkhorn 509-4 AMP Rod Review

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

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

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  • Native Sons Truckee Tours 2019 ~ Dates & Info

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

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

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 5/30/2019

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

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

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