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Dustin Rocksvold

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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[…]

  • 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,[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • Merry Christmas

    Northern California Trout Dec 25, 2018 | 10:45 am

    On this Christmas morning I'd like to wish all those that visit my blog from around the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.I hope that you got everything you wished for in your Christmas stocking or under your Christmas tree.Add caption

  • I Seem To Have Lost My Mojo

    Northern California Trout Dec 11, 2018 | 15:25 pm

    I Seem To Have Lost My Mojo I got out to Lake Camanche at 8:15 with the intention of trying some new baits. A week ago I cruised out to Berkley's website and bought a bunch of Power Baits and Power Eggs and wanted to see how they worked at the lake.I started with one rod and a Power Bait called Hatchery Pellet Brown. On the other rod I put a Power Bait called Marshmallow White. I gave them a good hour before changing.I put speckled rainbow PB (I'll try anything) on one rod because that seemed to be what the guys around me were catching fish on. The other rod I put 3 Power Eggs and the best I can explain it was half chartreuse green and half speckled greenish clear. In the mean time my neighbor for the day, John (he lives in Jackson too) almost had his rod pulled off the shore. It took almost 5 minutes for John to bring this one to hand. John and his first of the dayHe and a couple guys from behind me fiddled around for a while trying to figure how big it was. It was then that I walked over with my handy dandy digital scale and that[…]

  • This Is More Important Than Fishing

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2018 | 09:57 am

    Marisa's (Yuki's daughter) 2019 calendar is now available on LULU. I've ordered mine. Your turn.Go here to order: https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=marisa+ishimatsu&type=2019 CalendarIf you want to see more of Marisa's incredible photography, go here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/marisa_ishimatsu/

  • Yuki - 1, Mark - 0, Fish - The Rest

    Northern California Trout Dec 6, 2018 | 16:59 pm

    Yuki - 1, Mark - 0, Fish - The Rest It's been a long time (June 8th to be exact) since Yuki and I fished together. For the last couple months he's been down with the crud and then another medical mishap last week.We finally made it out to Lake Camanche North Shore this morning. I got there about 8:15 and set both rods out with rainbow Power Bait. Hey, it worked Monday, it should work today, right?Right. Guys to the left catching fish. Guys to the right catching fish. Guys behind me catching fish. Me, nothing. Tried brown Power Eggs, white Power Eggs, nothing there either. Guys to the right using rainbow Power Bait, but could I get a bite............Noooo!Yuki got there about 9:00, put out two lines, one with a worm and the other with rainbow Power Bait.  Finally just about Noon Yuki got his one and only fish.Yuki scoresNot bad about 1 1/2 poundsAnd that was it. Left at 12:30.  We did get caught up since it's been 6 months since we've seen each other and there will be more fishing. Maybe as soon as next week. Stay tuned.

  • How Quickly One Forgets

    Northern California Trout Dec 3, 2018 | 16:53 pm

    How Quickly One Forgets What did I forget? Fishing in Winter.Left home at 8:20 for the drive to Lake Camanche North Shore.Frosty TruckOnce I got the ice scrapped off my truck that is. This is how my truck looks at 28 degrees. After a stop for coffee at a little coffee kiosk on the way I got to the lake at about 9:00. Before I go any further, let me tell you about the little coffee kiosk. I used to stop at Starbucks, but since I found this place Starbucks is no longer an option. I can get a good cup of dark roast for a mere $2.00 where Starbucks medium size is $2.75 and they both are the same size and I don't even have to get out of the truck to get it. A no brainer in my book. At 9:20 I had two rods out, one with brown Power Eggs and the other with white Power Eggs. This is what I caught the two on back on November 6th. Jeez, has it been that long?????So I sat and watched the guy on my left and the two guys behind me catch fish after fish and I never got a bite. I allowed one[…]

  • This isn't about fishing, but the post tomorrow will be.

    Northern California Trout Dec 2, 2018 | 18:59 pm

    I read Howard's post just now and I think a lot of us out here in blogland understand where he's coming from. I'm sure, at one time or another, we've all been down in the "dumps", but as John at Of Brambles and Bears calls it the "Black Dog", if you're in depression it's tough to climb out.I know because I've been there too, although it's not been as deep a depression as some have. It's still hard to get back to "normal".I'm not writing this because I'm looking for help. I'm writing this because our friends need your support. Let them know you're there for them. If nothing else, send them jokes. I've spend a lot of time recently working on my ancestry, but if you follow this blog, you already know that. If your family goes back any length of time, then you know that life expectancy in the 1700's & 1800's wasn't very long. Many of my relatives had multiple children (sometimes as many as 10 or 12) and only had one or two reach adulthood. That is a depressing thing to find out.While I work on my ancestry I constantly listen to songs on YouTube. What does this have[…]


  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 17:00 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 1.17.19Good solid week on the Truckee River.Temps were much warmer and trouts seemed to respond to the warmer water temps. Still cold in the mornings, expect that for January, but things have warmed up into the 50’s in Reno, 40’s in Truckee, most afternoons. Those warm afternoons get the fish moving. We will have rain and snow this week.Still doing a lot of streamer fishing down on the Nevada side. Remember, I still have my Winter Float Special, get on it, ain’t gonna last much longer. Been doing some fishing around here too with the warmer weather. Really good solid fishing for January.Trouts like the slow water this time of year, or water moving about a slow walking pace. They like midges, baetis, worms, and eggs. If you’re streamer fishing, they like them pulled slow and jigged. Look for risers on the warm afternoons.I’ll post this week about a clinic next month.Also, I’ll be back at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show after a long hiatus doing a presentation on the The Lower Truckee River in Nevada.

  • Winter Coastal Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:57 pm

    Winter Coastal Steelhead Fly Fishing Report Chuck Volckhausen reports on 1.17.19The coastal fishing has been tough all in all. A good day is one fish and a great day is anything more than that.  I’m gonna pass on a quote from a friend. “I have had some of my most productive days of steelhead fishing in brutally cold conditions.  But of course, much more frequently, it is scratching one or two out with creativity, non-convention or sheer persistence that makes the memory.  Little victories are important!Once this storm passes we’ll be in season full throttle.  I hope to see you out there! Chuck V. 530.859.3474877.934.7466

  • Lower Yuba Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:54 pm

    Lower Yuba Fly Fishing Report Jon Baiocchi reports on 1.17.19What a storm! The wind is howling outside here in Nevada City and those conifers are flexing back and forth way too much. There has already been periods of heavy rains on Tuesday night, and as we head into the Wednesday evening we are bracing for the second wave. Up until this storm the Lower Yuba River was fishing pretty damn good. The good news is the Skwala stones are beginning to hatch and I caught my first Skwala eater last Sunday in the foam lines below a major riffle. My guest on Monday raised 4 on the Unit Skwala, and a couple more on the Pinkie mayfly. The fish will start to key in on Skwalas in the weeks ahead and head for the side water where the largest percentage of Skwalas are found from noon to 4pm. Look for the hatch to peak near the third week of February, and don’t forget the Skwala stone lives for a about a month or longer, unlike a 24-hour mayfly life cycle. Not as many trout rising as a few weeks ago and it seems the mayfly hatches are waning, or maybe in between broods for now.[…]

  • California Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:51 pm

    California Delta Fly Fishing Report Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 1.17.19Delta Winter fishing was strong thru December and early January.  I have not been able to fish the last week and I am sure everything has changed due to our last heavy storm.  I know there is some clear water to be found but the water level is up at least a couple of feet.  I will be fishing next week and will report what I find.  I am sure good fishing will follow as the water recedes and clears.

  • Feather River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:49 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 1.17.19Feather River through town – The feather river through the town of Oroville above the highway 70 bridge opened up Jan 1 and from what I hear is fishing really well. The fall steelhead run on the feather was as good as we have seen and the upper stretches above the highway 20 bridge seem to be pretty full with fish. Good friends have been getting out and hooking multiple fish each session. Beads, caddis pupa, and mayfly nymphs have been best. March will be here before we know it and Spring Swing time will be here so do not fret.

  • Lake Oroville Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:46 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 1.17.19Lake Oroville Spotted Bass Fishing – Recent rains has really gotten the tributaries going and with inflowing water the spots really move to these influxes. Water temps are now down into the winter temps area and fish will be slowing way down, making the Float and Fly method the best. Float and fly fishing through Apirl can be deadly on our foothill lakes and we get some true world record spotted bass on our foothill bass lakes. As we reach the months of Jan-March when many of our reservoirs fill and our rivers blow out these foothill bass lakes fish great with a fly rod.

  • Lower Sacramento Striper Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:44 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 1.17.19Lower Sac Striper Fishing has been realistic the last few days…River is in good enough shape to fish though clarity and water temps are an issue. Adjust flies and types of flies with clarity, fish slow, and there are big fish to be caught. I have not gotten out between that last two storms but may get out after the next one. Air temps are really cold as well so fishing during the warmest part of the day is a must. Jan and February we can start to see some unseasonably warm days – especially in Feb – and this can really get the fish going.

  • Lower Yuba Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:42 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 1.17.19Lower Yuba River  Spent Saturday guiding the lower yuba river. Flows were around 1100cfs, Deer Creek had dropped below 100cfs and clarity as we fished down the river went from about 2-3feet to gin clear … so river is clearing if not cleared from the last big bush of water down deer creek. We spent the whole day getting out and swinging flies on “trout spey” rods and my FAVORITE switch rod the 11’ 4wt glass Echo Rod. I have yet to get any of the new “Trout Spey” rods from echo but I am sure they will be solid as well. Also looking at getting one of the T3h 4wts or L2h 5wts for winter swung fly season on the Yuba and spring steelhead season on the Feather.Most fish on the Yuba came on spun egg yarn head - olive over white streamers about 2” long swung on heavy sinking leaders in the more off color water and then switch it up to patterns with out the egg yarn head. I am sure a stonefly nymph or something in that vein would work as well as while my client was fishing I was turning over[…]

  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 17, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 1.17.19Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing ReportToday is a good day to tie up some flies. The weather outside is foul, very wet and stormy. This is a good storm that will produce some nice runoff in the Spring. Hopefully, the mountains will receive several feet. I cannot wait to see the Sierra when the clouds part. This should make for interesting driving conditions out on the Upper Owens. As always, be careful driving around out there, most of the roads are passable with a high clearance vehicle, but this too will change after this storm system moves through the region. Err on the side of caution. The main north-south road is firm even when there are standing puddles, however, the lateral roads can be bottomless quicksand and mud. Use caution and common sense.East WalkerThe flows are currently at about 25 cfs. This is pretty bony water and will continue at these levels throughout the winter. Personally, I am going to wait until the irrigation district bumps up the flows again before I fish in the North County. That said, expect the trout to be more lethargic and hanging out in the deeper pools and runs. They are[…]

  • Northern California Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Jan 16, 2019 | 10:00 am

    Northern California Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Report Anthony Carruesco reports on 1.16.18We’re in the heart of Winter Steelhead season in Northern California. The past few weeks have dealt us a couple of good windows to get after these fish. As many of you should know going into these pursuits; these fish don’t often come easy. Even when you happen to time the conditions just right, it ain’t a sure thing. Winter Steelhead fishing requires a strong effort and thick skin. Prepare to be humbled by the rivers and fish that swim through them. You’re playing a game that has the odds stacked against you. Our guide staff can help expedite the learning curve for you and enhance your odds of shaking hands with a wild, elusive Steelhead this Winter. The unpredictable nature of this game is what makes your success that much sweeter. 


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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[…]

  • 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

  • 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[…]


    California Fly Fishing Nov 29, 2018 | 15:21 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Egg-Time!

    California Fly Fishing Oct 1, 2018 | 15:14 pm

    Egg-Time! While many anglers are currently obsessed with the huge Lahontan Cutthroat at Pyramid Lake; now is the time some Truckee anglers start thinking about fishing for the big Browns of fall-time. Our "fly" of choice is that of an egg imitation.  Personally I do not "peg" a plastic ovum pattern. I use yarn, egg imitations; many anglers call them "Glo-Bugs". I will experiment fishing with different colors, in  light and dark shades; finding-out which produces best.Tactically, we do not fish on/in spawning redds...unethical! We look for that first riffle and/or vertex of currents below the redds. I always trail a smallish fly pattern (midge larva or BWO nymph) behind my egg fly. You'll be surprised what may eat the trailer...could be a big brown. About 10 years ago I netted a 24" Brown which ate a #20 Black Midge emerger...a unique occurrence for inclusion into the "20-20" club.ince I ...they do not always ingest the egg      Recently I received an egg-tying lesson from long-time Truckee guide and expert fly-tyer "JR" (John Roberts). I was enlightened as to how the circular, yarn patterns were made. I had envisioned the tyer meticulously scissor-cutting/trimming the yarn into a perfectly round globe...I[…]

  • Sage Words from the Icons #13

    California Fly Fishing Sep 27, 2018 | 17:29 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #13 Let'em Breathe!"Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass without consideration."ISSAC WALTON

  • FRANKISMS...#1

    California Fly Fishing Aug 27, 2018 | 22:58 pm

    FRANKISMS...#1 Rio Simpson...southern Chilean Patagonia...circa 2006There came a point in time after numerous years of guiding and instructing experienced, semi-skilled and novice fly anglers that I realized I was espousing recurring themes and concepts. These aphorisms; simple, concise and truthful sayings, I've coined FRANKISMS. These  are exceedingly useful when I want to instill a concept that is beneficial and easily understood; an idea that I am emphasizing for a client, with the intent being that the concept/s will be subconsciously imbedded into their angling psyche.My selective use of the Frankisms is based on its appropriateness when instructing beginners with core insights or useful and adaptable to the existing skills of experienced fly anglers...taking them to another level.During my last few excursions in the Truckee area; fishing over finicky surface-feeders, I have reinforced one of my ingrained Frankisms:"Observe More...Cast Less"There are two things the fly angler has to consider when they have sighted a surface-feeding trout...before making that first cast! 1----What are the lateral perimeters of the trout's feeding lane?....One's  fly presentation has to be within those precise boundaries.2----What is the rhythm of the trout's feeding?....Time the feeding behavior of the trout  and make your cast at what you perceive as the appropriate[…]

  • "Old Timers" Perspective

    California Fly Fishing Aug 19, 2018 | 00:34 am

    "Old Timers" Perspective Let'em Breath!As I note in my previous July 17 post..."Somethings change..." Below are two commentaries/observations from a couple of "old timers".#1---An excerpt from AMERICAN ANGLER,  July-August 2018: "The kid certainly looked the part; expensive sunglasses dangling from his neck, even though we were inside on a cloudy day; fashional  fishing shirt from one of the more prestigious makers of fashionable fishing shirts.; trendy stubble on his face (I've had a beard since 1966, but have never figured out how to keep it permanently frozen at one-week length); and a look that announced to me and all the world that he he knew more about fly fishing than I ever would...--Back in the 50's my father and I used to float blue-ribbon Montana trout streams all day without seeing another angler......things have changed. Several years ago I realized that everyone in southwest Montana between the ages of 14 and 50 was or had been a fly fishing guide...No longer an obscure pastime practiced by the eccentrics, fly fishing had become a Scene...Then there was the "The Stuff"---the high-end shades...clothes...Spey rods longer than the creeks are  wide...I just couldn't understand how so many new guides could learn more after six months on the water[…]


  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Summer Time Is Here

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jun 30, 2018 | 16:04 pm

    Henry’s First Day At It Upper Sac The Upper Sac has been fishing well with flows just about at their summer norm. The Golden Stones are plentiful and fish can be enticed with a big Stimulator …. I always like to add a dropper off of it. With days heating up now you can expect […]

  • May 24,2018 Fishing Report

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 28, 2018 | 14:05 pm

    Photo by Rick Cox McCloud River Fishing Report The McCloud River continues to give up some great fishing. The river is in fantastic shape with showery weather mixing in with sunny days. The wild Azaleas are in full bloom and their fragrance makes you wonder if you are in a perfume shop. Bring your raincoat […]

  • May 10th, 2018. Northern California and Southern Oregon Fishing Report.

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 10, 2018 | 13:36 pm

    Lower Sacramento River Spring on the Lower Sacramento River is about as good as trout fishing can get. The river has had a plethora of bug activity with most emphasis on Hydropsyche Caddis and PMD Mayflies. At about 8K the river is in perfect drift boating shape. Classic side drifting methods with Jaydecators are your best […]


  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/13/2019 - Skwala Alert!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 13, 2019 | 20:42 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/13/2019 - Skwala Alert! The Lower Yuba River is in great shape (for now) after days of valley rain and melting foothill snow. Releases from Scott’s Flat reservoir and Lake Wildwood were ramped up last week and the flows in Deer creek quickly rose to a high of 4,797 cubes. For a small yet very long watershed, that’s a lot of big water. When you see large spikes on the graphs it's a sure bet the Lower Yuba River will blow out. Currently the Lower Yuba River is flowing at 1,087 cfs, and Deer creek is at 55 cubes. Fishing pressure has been thick around the Hwy. 20 Bridge both on the north and south sides. I would rate the fishing as good, you’ll do much better if you move around and try different techniques throughout the day instead of parking yourself in one spot for 6 hours.After a number of trips with my guests, I would say the two most critical mistakes are not making the correct mends for a dead drift while nymphing, and inaccurate casting to rising fish, or over casting and lining them. The dry fly game is much tougher on the flats and you can put down a rhythm[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Update 1/7/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 7, 2019 | 14:47 pm

    Lower Yuba River Update 1/7/2019 We are currently in a wet cycle of precipitation which may last until the 17th. Snow fell yesterday in Nevada City into the evening, and during the night temperatures in the region climbed 10 degrees bringing back rain. There is a lot of new snow in the Sierra foothills, mountains, and the crest. With last night’s warm up there is already a large amount of runoff and NID is releasing excessive amounts of water from Scotts Flat Reservoir into Deer Creek. The creek got up to 4,797 cubes a few hours ago. This is the highest the Deer Creek has flowed for quite some time so it will add a lot of silt and off color water to the Yuba River. This week will be a yo-yo effect of clouds, heavy to light rain, and flow fluctuations both natural and from dam releases. I will be out later in the week for trips and will let you know the current conditions then.

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

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 2, 2019 | 17:58 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/1/2019 Happy New Year! After a couple of rough months I'm back in the saddle doing what I love, instructing anglers on the finer points of fly fishing and sharing my passion. What a turn of events, but thanks to the Lower Yuba River, sunshine, and good company I'm super stoked right now and in a better place mentally. The river has been fishing pretty decent depending on the day (typical Yuba) and I've seen numerous anglers hooked into a few in the last week. For whatever reason there has been reports of some very large steelhead being caught with some landed. I know of 5 reliable reports of fish between 25 to 30". Serious athletes are in the system. It's been a long time since we've seen nice big steelhead in the river, and it's so awesome to see.The flows have been stable since the 27th of December running at 860 cubes, but last evening they were ramped up slowly to 1,050 cfs, just a slight bump with nothing to worry about. Yuba Water Agency (check the new website HERE) plans to run these flows for the next fifteen days or so unless we receive some major precipitation. Fishing pressure has[…]

  • TruckeeTrout Unlimited 103 Completes Wild Trout Habitat Enhancement Project on the Truckee River

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 12, 2018 | 11:52 am

    TruckeeTrout Unlimited 103 Completes Wild Trout Habitat Enhancement Project on the Truckee River After the success of recent fish habitat projects in Truckee River watershed and 2 years of planning, Trout Unlimited Chapter and Staff completed a large-scale fish habitat improvement project this Fall on the main stem of the Truckee River at Horner’s Corner, also known as “The DFW Loop.” This project, aptly titled the “Truckee River Fish Habitat Enhancement Project” constructed 3 major rock structures which greatly increased the available habitat for large adult fish and available fishing opportunities in a quarter mile long stretch of river. The Truckee River itself is a mecca for anglers from all over that want to fly fish for abnormally large brown trout and rainbow trout in crystal clear mountain water and this project put new structure in the river that provides the best possible habitat for these large specimens.    Watch the video HERE!This project materialized in 2016 to build off of momentum from previous Trout Unlimited fish centric projects. Horner’s Corner was identified as a suitable site for fish habitat by TU and CDFW staff. The site itself (on the upstream stretch of the loop) was devoid of natural habitat because of previous human usage in the form of logging and ice trade[…]

  • Baiocchi's Troutfitters Gift Certificates for Christmas 2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 11, 2018 | 13:06 pm

    Baiocchi's Troutfitters Gift Certificates for Christmas 2018 Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite fly angler from beginner to expert? Look no further! Gift Certificates from Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi's Troutfitters will surely be a big hit when opened on Christmas morning, and it also makes a great stocking stuffer!It's easy to purchase and set up. first, click HERE to download a copy of the Gift Certificate, then click HERE to pay for the trip or trips you desire to gift, they can be full or half days. Then contact Jon at to receive your special authorization code. Finally, write the code on the back of the Gift Certificate, fill out the "To" and "From" and your set! Come Christmas morning your sure to see a great big smile once they know they will be going fly fishing with Baiocchi's Troutfitters! Merry Christmas everyone!

  • I Need Your Help! Truck and Guide Gear Stolen!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 5, 2018 | 20:32 pm

    I Need Your Help! Truck and Guide Gear Stolen! I was reluctant to post, but now I know kind of how 70+ of my classmates, close friends, and family feel after the Camp Fire. Last night my truck was stolen from a hotel in Sacramento and all of my personal gear, important papers, and all my guide gear is gone as well. To make make matters worse I have been camping out of my truck since the last week of October when my landlord told me she was selling the house and wanted me to vacate immediately. I have never ever been in this deep of a hole before. CHP came and took a report and from the video surveillance it was done by pros, they were in my truck in 3 seconds and driving away in 15 seconds. I hopeful my truck can be found, but during situations like these I often expect the worst possibilities.Many friends on social media have stepped up with offers of support to get me back on the water where I belong, to be able to continue sharing fly fishing and guiding. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Gregg Shaw and Ashley Shaw are more than good friends, they[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 12/1/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 1, 2018 | 15:52 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 12/1/2018 Conditions remain good on the Lower Yuba River and this past week gave us some wild weather from heavy rain, to extreme wind, and a few breaks in the action. Lots of anglers out on the river yesterday, you'll get that after a series of storms keeps you inside and getting the shack nasties. The much needed rainfall raised the river up a tad with a few minor spikes to 1,507 cubes being the highest. Currently the river is flowing at 1,021 cfs, and the water clarity is really good with just a tint of color, it's actually perfect. More rain today, then another break with more weather coming in this coming Tuesday through Thursday. More mayfly weather is a good thing. Birding has been excellent on the river with Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Copper's Hawk, Red Tails, Flickers, black Phoebe's, bluebirds, marsh wrens, Canadian honkers, yellow and white crested sparrows, California gulls, and the U2 of birds: the Turkey Vulture. The Lower Yuba Fishery is a special fishery, and most of that has to do with the diversity of aquatic insects. Being that it is a tailwater on the Central Valley floor the water stays within a pretty even temperature, and mild air[…]

  • Lost Coast Outfitters / Mt. Tam Fly Fishers Presentations 11/27/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 26, 2018 | 13:27 pm

    Lost Coast Outfitters / Mt. Tam Fly Fishers Presentations 11/27/2018 I will be speaking tomorrow at Lost Coast Outfitters from noon until 1 pm, then crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and presenting to Mt. Tam Fly Fishers at 7pm. My "High Water Tactics" program is one of my best and offers superior information for fishing during winter and spring run off. I'll talk about the causes of high water, safety, turbidity and a trout's vision, water to target, tight line nymphing, streamers, fighting big fish, rigging, and flies. Looking forward to seeing you all, I hope you can make it!Mount Tam Fly Fishers - http://www.mttamflyfishers.org/Lost Coast Outfitters at 540 Jackson St. San Francisco 415.483.2278 

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 11/18/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 18, 2018 | 17:45 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 11/18/2018 Obviously smokey air quality conditions exist on the Lower Yuba River but fishing still remains decent for those that put in the work. Flows are stable at 993 cubes, just a tad up from my last report. Water is clear but not for long. Finally a storm system will impact the area beginning on Wednesday, it's been 6 months since we've seen the skies open up. The foothills are forcasted to receive 4 inches of rain. Fishing pressure is moderate to light, and not too many boats drifting down either. Lots of bird activity including many bald Eagles looking for salmon carcasses to Bluebirds feasting on caddis in the evenings. Great observations abound right now.The last few weeks has seen an abundance of "joey's", 10 to 13 inch wild rainbows. As you know the Yuba rainbow pulls like no other resident trout. Strong steelhead genes combined with being on a treadmill (the current) 24 hours a day makes for a very conditioned athlete. All types of presentations are effective right now. Dry fly fishing remains good from 10am to 2pm, and sometimes even later into the evening. Mahogany duns are waning but still present. There is a thick Psuedocloeon spinner fall starting at[…]

  • Lower Yuba Fly Fishing Report 11/4/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 4, 2018 | 19:34 pm

    Lower Yuba Fly Fishing Report 11/4/2018 Warm days and cool nights have been the norm on the Lower Yuba River, and the fishing has been pretty good, especially the dry fly fishing. The flows were bumped up to 1,470 cubes last week and with the added flow along with a full moon phase it attracted more salmon up the river having a dramatic effect. Currently the river is flowing at 967 cfs, and the water is very clear. Until YCWA jacked the flows up the salmon return this year was at a all time historic low, it will be interesting to see the final tally of numbers come January 1st. Flow regimes and loss of habitat (spawning gravel) have had a severe impact on the Lower Yuba River.Hatches are most active from 9am to 2pm with the Mohogany duns being the most prolific, they are the first to hatch. A few hours later the Blue Wing Olives come off, and an overlapping masking hatch of the Pinkie mayfly. If you stay late the last hour of sunlight provides a good caddis grab, the caddis are a size 16 and have an olive body with dark smokey wings. Nymphing - Eggs, stones, worms, and small dark and[…]