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Dustin Rocksvold

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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.


  • Tahoe-Truckee Region...Fall Journal 2019

    California Fly Fishing Nov 24, 2019 | 05:28 am

    Tahoe-Truckee Region...Fall Journal 2019 Let'em Breathe!9/29---SCOUTING:I was looking for signs of early, migrating Browns...too early.About 1330 I fished in intermittent sleet and snow....everything was damp. Regardless, for the next 1-1/2 hours I saw steadily rising, in-the-film or just below, slurping trout.I believe the heavy rain/sleet/snow prevented any emerging aquatic bug breaking through the meniscus with the heavy pelting of sleet and wet-snow....amazing that the trout could pick-out a food item.Worked a disperse pod at Papa's.. Unbeknownst to me, during about 15" of casting to the working feeders, I realized that I been fishing...fly-less!  a #18 BWO, foam-top-emerger fly I'd had attached to my 5X tippet must have popped-off on my back-cast because of my inattention to the high willows behind me....duh.It was getting nasty; so I decided to make a hasty retreat from the weather. On the way-out I observed a minimum of 1/2 dozen upper-water-column feeders at both the 610 and Richard's Pool.9/30---SCOUTING:Snowing again! Hope it melts soon and I'll have an opportunity to get my drift-boat "off the mountain"...Where? I haven't decided yet, favoring Greg's place in Auburn, so it will be in close proximity for drifting the Yuba.I'm guessing the Boca dam's re-enforcement work for the season is finished or on[…]

  • 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


  • Fantastic Fall Fishing!

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Nov 8, 2019 | 19:22 pm

    Our Wild Waters Fly Fishing guides have been super busy burning the miles and taking advantage of all the current opportunities that are presenting themselves. Fall is such a great opportunistic time to sample the many rivers near us. The Rogue River has had an excellent return of summer steelhead and the fall/winter fish are […]

  • 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 […]


  • Fly Fishing, Being Thankful, and Gratitude ~ 11/28/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 28, 2019 | 22:05 pm

    Fly Fishing, Being Thankful, and Gratitude ~ 11/28/2019 This won't be the typical blog post of a fishing report, a fly pattern, or notes from a trip from me today. Gonna be freestyle, something that I'm very familiar with. I'm taking a suggestion from long time native Northern Californian fly angler/guide/artist Hogan Brown and just share something totally different, AND my special friend from Arvada, Co who has the most inspiring posts on social media platforms - The Cat! Today I write about thoughts of the past, present and the future. Just random flashes of thoughts, the ones that keep me up at night, or wake me up in the morning - The good ones. Like, do you realize I get to fish with Hogan this spring on a scheduled payed trip to Lake Oroville for bass, a lake I lived right up the hill from growing up in Paradise. My dad was a master on that lake, and I was lucky enough to have him take me fishing there when I was very young. Funny thing is, back then, there were no bass. We fished for rainbows, browns, and Cohos. Lime Saddle Marina, the arms of the North Fork and West Branch Feather, Goat Ranch, Parish Cove,[…]

  • Stillwaters of the Northern Sierra Seminar ~ 12/7/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 20, 2019 | 15:26 pm

    Stillwaters of the Northern Sierra Seminar ~ 12/7/2019 Looking for more knowledge on the classic stillwaters of the Northern Sierra? Look no further as Delta Fly Fishers will be having a seminar on Lake Davis, Eagle Lake, and Frenchman Lake on 12/7/2019. I'm humbled and honored to be chosen to lead this informative seminar on these special stillwaters that have greatly effected my life and outlook on fly fishing. My main focus these days is to share the knowledge so other fly anglers can experience the same joy that was past down to me by my own father, and the iconic stillwater master Jay Fair. You'll gain a more thorough understanding through my PowerPoint presentations that are a collection of my decades long experiences fishing and guiding these lakes. This event will take place at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Lodi, Ca and it will be an all day event with many different activities. I will be presenting two programs "Lake Davis & Frenchmans Lake", and also "Fly Fishing Eagle Lake" with topics like flies, rigging, leader formulas, access areas, the best fishing locations, best times of year, hatches, mapping, and the current state of each body of water! I'll also lead some tying classes where we will[…]

  • Baiocchi's Troutfitters 2020 Workshop, Clinic, and Tour Schedule

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 19, 2019 | 13:19 pm

    Baiocchi's Troutfitters 2020 Workshop, Clinic, and Tour Schedule Listed below is the tentative schedule for special instructional events like workshops, clinics, and tours in 2020. I will be adding more dates as we get into the prime time of the season, that's often the case as the response from eager participants is often overwhelming. Each event is geared towards a detailed technique, hatch, or body of water where the main goal is to see anglers progress in their skill set, and to gain knowledge. From dry fly techniques, the skwala hatch, streamer tactics, high water, tight lining, creeks of the Lost Sierra, to Native Sons Tours with the Da Dean of guides Frank Pisciotta, you can be assured you will be receiving the very best from our decades of fly fishing on our Native Northern California waters and beyond with our hosted trips.For specific details for each event and to sign up, go to my "news" page on my website HERE. We are looking forward to sharing the knowledge with you and promoting healthy fly fishing! Baiocchi's Troutfitters 2020 Special Events Calendar1/11- Dry Fly Workshop, Yuba River.1/25 - Lost Coast Outfitters Dry Fly Workshop, Yuba River.2/12 - Skwala Workshop, Yuba River.2/15 - Lost Coast Outfitters Skwala Workshop, Yuba River.2/27[…]

  • Busman's Holiday ~ Trinity River 2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 10, 2019 | 12:38 pm

    Busman's Holiday ~ Trinity River 2019 Busman's Holiday: A vacation or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work. Except on this trip I was the guest for two days of guided fishing on the Trinity River. Joined by my long time buddy @shogun_of_denver, we had the odds stacked against us. Bright warm sunny weather, low clear flows, and not many fish in the system due to the tribe opening up the weir downstream a month late (politics). None of these factors could deter my annual trip to such a beautiful classic Northern California watershed, besides we're chasing steelhead, the unicorn of freshwater fish. On Day 1 we floated the lower river, a little more water down there, but still pretty much bone dog flows. Fishing pressure was extremely light and there were very few steelhead to be seen. We boated some Halfers and Tweeners, and a few adults came unbuttoned. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, not a puff of wind either. Warm in the sunshine, and in the shade, much cooler. On Day 2 we floated the upper river launching from Indian Creek Lodge (best place to stay and eat in the area) and were into fish right away. It seemed[…]

  • So Cal Fly Fishing Presentation Tour ~ November 12th - 21st, 2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 1, 2019 | 15:46 pm

    So Cal Fly Fishing Presentation Tour ~ November 12th - 21st, 2019 I will appearing in the Southern California area November 12th to the 21st for the "7 Club" Presentation tour. My program will be "Mastering the Dry Fly ~ A Visual Experience". I'm honored and humbled to be invited down again as my last tour in So Cal was in 2015, which was a lot of fun sharing the knowledge! The dry fly program was created for numerous fly clubs looking for a more technical program on fishing the dry fly. “Mastering the Dry Fly” entails a brief history of the dry fly and those anglers who were involved from the beginning, simple to complex presentations, understanding rise forms, approaching water structure, tips & tricks, and my favorite patterns for eager to educated trout. Beautiful images and new detailed animated slides provide the audience with clear and concise information for future endeavors on the water while dry fly fishing. This will be a program you do not want to miss!Here is the schedule below. Please click on the links for meeting locations, times, and all the details. I hope see my So Cal followers there!- 11/12, Conejo Valley Fly Fishers- 11/13, Fly Fishers of Orange County- 11/14, Pasadena Casting Club- 11/18, Golden State[…]

  • Lake Davis ~ 10/30/2019 ~ Last Report of the Season

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 30, 2019 | 14:51 pm

    Lake Davis ~ 10/30/2019 ~ Last Report of the Season Brutal conditions. Wind so cold from the North East, it cuts right though you. We've been covering a lot of water as the fish are somewhat scattered to a degree. With the North/East direction of the wind you have to change tactics and hug the east shore, and find the calmer coves in the North end of the lake. At least the sun is out generating some warmth. Its been so gnarly out, but when you're hooking fish, it's all good. This morning's temp is 13, it will be slow to warm, and the east wind is supposed to blow again, ready to suck the life out of us. Yet we'll be out there, driven by the passion of the toad. Hardy conditions for sure.So move around a lot, find fish, and stay there for a little while, then move again. A RIO Versi Tip with a sink rate of 1.5 (yeah, the clear one) off a floating line has been best. Fish the big flies, Jay Fair stripping flies in rust in the morning, burnt orange in the afternoon. Water temps are 48 degrees, and they will dropping quickly from here on out. Slower to medium strip now, with[…]

  • Lake Davis Observations ~ 10/27/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 27, 2019 | 14:52 pm

    Lake Davis Observations ~ 10/27/2019 Beautiful Autumn weather blanketing Lake Davis in the last week, another Indian summer with flashes of small weather systems in the last month and a half. It’s just how our climate is these days and surly not the same world I remember growing up in Paradise. Back then we’d get rain and snow from late September through May, and a whole lot of it. We had t-shirt weather on Friday in the afternoon. It’s been too nice to be honest. We need a good storm to let these fish know that winter will take hold soon and they will be living under an icy tomb for 5 months. They tend to feed more during such desperate times. Catch rates have slowed down from the previous week. The big mega pods I found in the extreme north end and took advantage of have dispersed – Fish are scattered once again. We saw this in early October as well. You’ll find them in all types of water too, shallow shoreline, mid depth with heavy weeds, and in 25 feet with a featureless bottom structure. No matter the depth the trout are hugging the top water column. 50 degrees is the current water temp and[…]

  • 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[…]


  • Raising sewer rates by 40%


    The city mailed notices to Simi Valley property owners (notrenters) proposing raising sewer rates about 40% over the nextfive years to pay for much-needed upgrades to the city’s sewersystem. The sewer treatment plant and many of the undergroundpipes are nearly 50 years old. The plant must be upgraded andmany sections of pipe replaced.View Original Article

  • CSUF researchers look at how California’s history of rain and snow can help explain climate change


    To find out more about how major floods, fires and droughtsplayed a role in past climates, Stephanie Hernandez, an earthscience major, and fellow Cal State Fullerton faculty andstudent researchers are working on a first-ever study focusingon California’s precipitation history and comparing it with thepast 10,000 years.View Original Article

  • California storm parade continues with more rain, feet of Sierra snow through the weekend


    Unlike Wednesday’s system, the heaviest rainfall from thisstorm is expected in Northern California, where several inchesof rain is expected, particularly north of Interstate 80 in thecoastal ranges and Sierra foothills below snow level. Thiscould lead to flash flooding and debris flows, especially inrecent burn areas.Related article:San Francisco Chronicle: Weekend storm expected to dump 4 feet of snow inSierra, North Bay could floodSanta Rosa Press Democrat: Flash flood watch issued for Kincade fire burnzoneView Original Articleread more

  • Most U.S. states have cut environmental budgets and staffing since 2008: study


    The report by the Environmental Integrity Project released onThursday showed some 30 states have reduced funding forpollution control programs, 16 of them by more than 20%. Fortystates, meanwhile, have cut staffing at environmental agencies,half of them by at least 10%, the report showed.View Original Article

  • Supreme Court to consider taking up water permitting case


    The Supreme Court today will weigh in a closed-door conferencewhether to take up a dispute over states’ role in waterpermitting for pipelines, hydroelectric dams, and otherprojects. … The question in the case is whether statesunlawfully extended their review time for a hydropower projecton the Klamath River. It’s an issue that has cropped up inlitigation over pipelines and other projects.View Original Article

  • Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly


    Unfettered pumping has taken a toll on the state’s aquifers formany years, but just as experts are calling for Arizona todevelop plans to save its ancient underground water, pumping isaccelerating and the problems are getting much worse. Bigfarming companies owned by out-of-state investors and foreignagriculture giants have descended on rural Arizona and snappedup farmland in areas where there is no limit on pumping.View Original Article

  • Planned Palm Springs arena has big water needs, adds to climate footprint


    The planned downtown Palm Springs entertainment arena, likemany desert projects, is a thirsty one, requiring almost 12million gallons of water each year to accommodate an AmericanHockey League affiliate team and other visitors.View Original Article

  • Friday Top of the Scroll: California urged to rethink 40 years of ‘piecemeal’ freshwater protections


    The bitter drought validated scientists’ warnings that despitelongstanding endangered species protections, the state’soutdated and overtaxed water management plans are failing inthe face of climate change. … A report released Thursday bythe Public Policy Institute of California recommends the statestop prioritizing individual species recovery plans and adoptholistic management methods that improve entire freshwaterecosystems.Related article:Public Policy Institute of California: A path forward for California’s freshwaterecosystemsView Original Articleread more

  • Vandenberg Air Force Base at high risk of water scarcity, according to report


    Vandenberg Air Force Base is among the U.S. militaryinstallations most at risk for water scarcity, according to anew federal government report. Of the 102 military basesidentified as at risk for water scarcity in the GovernmentAccountability Office report published on Nov. 27, Vandenbergwas the only one that was identified in all six climate-relatedassessments that sought to identify such installations.View Original Article

  • Flows and ecosystem function dominate Delta Plan amendment


    With the Delta lagging behind the Bay on four of the State ofthe Estuary Report’s five indicators, the last long-range planfor restoring its ecological health abandoned, and the threatsfrom climate change becoming ever more alarming, the need for anew regulatory vision for the region may never have beengreater.View Original Article