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  • Summer Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jul 26, 2019 | 18:14 pm

    Summer Fishing Report Hello Fellow Anglers,Hope everyone is doing well, and out enjoying some of the good to great fishing we are seeing these summer days. With shad season at its end we now time to turn our efforts towards summer steelhead, stripers and trout for the next few months till the fall season hits us with a bang. The water flows and temps are really good right now, the fishing is good to great, so what are you waiting for, time to get out, make those presentation right and get those lines tight.Speaking of shad, what a season we had this year, the busiest for me yet. For some that got to experience the Yuba for shad it was absolutely epic, for others unfortunately I was fully booked up and we couldnt get out on the water together this year, hopefully we will in 2020. My first shad trip this season was May 5th and my last June 27th, prime days were May 15th to June 15th. The best day on the water we landed 148 shad between 2 anglers while the average day was between 60-70 shad to hand for 2 anglers. The pressure from boats and anglers was very low[…]

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  • 2019 New Years Report and ISE SHOW SPECIAL

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jan 15, 2019 | 23:44 pm

    2019 New Years Report and ISE SHOW SPECIAL Happy New Years EverybodyI hope that everyone had a fun and safe New Years as well as a very Merry Christmas.With the recent Xmas and New Years rains, they have brought new life to our Nor Cal rivers and the winter fishing is something to write home about, and its only gonna get better on each and everyone of them.Before we get into the fishing report, Id like to let everyone know that I will be at the ISE Show on Thursday and Saturday, and will be hanging out at the Fly Fishing Specialties booth in Building C. If you are deciding to go, come in and say hi. Ill also be offering a show special for anyone looking to book a trip, or several at the show with me. Book at the show and receive $50 off on any full day guided trip. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.Trinity RiverFlows: 300cfs Lewiston, 400cfs Steelhead Bridge, 475 DC, 700 JCRiver Clarity: 8ft very slight greenFishing: Good to greatI have been spending a good amount of time here over the past 2 months and for good reason, the fishing is good on all fronts. The rains have[…]

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  • Winter 2018 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Nov 29, 2018 | 22:09 pm

    Winter 2018 Fishing Report Hello Fellow AnglersThis fishing report is a bit overdue, however this was my busiest fall to date, with only 6 days off between Sept 20th and Nov 20th. So I didnt have much time to get a report out to you all, and Im not a big fan of rushing my reports either . So my apologies for not getting one out sooner, but better late than never.Besides being the busiest fall to date, it was one of the better fishing seasons in the past few years as well, I hope you all were able to get out and enjoy the great fishing conditions. The water was higher than normal, colder than normal and the fish down right loved it. If you missed out this year with booking your trip with me, I highly recommend booking your fall trip now, dates are already filling up.Now that we are finally getting some well needed rain, the fishing is really starting to heat up and our winter season is just starting. If you are looking to chase some big winter chrome now's the time to either get on the water and hammerdown or booking your trip while some prime dates remain.TRINITYThe Trinity[…]

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  • July Summer Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jul 6, 2018 | 23:37 pm

    July Summer Fishing Report Hello Fellow AnglersWhile the dog days of summer are biting at our heals, the fishing in Nor Cal is as good as it gets, and will continue for months to come.Lets just get straight to the report:YubaFlows Upper Lower Yuba 1700cfsFlows Lower Lower Yuba 950cfsClarity Gin ClearFishing U.L Yuba FairFishing L.L Yuba Good to GreatAbove the WeirTrout fishing has been fair, there are fish to be had, but you are having to work for them. I have only done one trip over the past month, and while we landed some quality fish, it was slower than what I expected. The river has changed a lot, and finding where those fish are holding will be challenging. With lower flows in the future the fishing should get better, and fishing a hopper dropping should work out great. If going out now, try nymphing the deeper runs, and throw dries in the tailouts, also throwing streamers is always a great idea.Nymphs: Caddis, Stones (goldens, yellow sallys), mayfliesStreamers: Olive woolly buggers, tan soft hacklesDries: Pink Alberts, Caddis, HoppersBelow the WeirWhat a site for sore eyes this year with the new boat. Up till this year I dreaded shad fishing on the American due to[…]

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  • June Fishing Report.......SHAD & STRIPERS

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report May 16, 2018 | 17:52 pm

    June Fishing Report.......SHAD & STRIPERS Hello fellow anglers,What an interesting spring, one minute the faucet wouldnt turn off, then we started to see those nice spring days, and then out of nowhere she dipped back down to late winter early spring temps. Its like our typical spring weather kept seeing its own shadow, crazy. Well now that the weather has settled, its truly time to get out and chase some fish. SHAD, STRIPER and Trout ohhhhh myyyyyy.YUBAFlows 2700cfs Upper Lower YubaFlows 2000cfs Lower Lower YubaClarity Gin ClearFishing Good to GreatThe Yuba is fishing really well right now above the weir. Plenty of fish being taken on dries, the swing and nymphing too. The caddis are definitely out and about, the fish looking up, and the eat has been very aggressive as of late. Oh and dont forget out you noses eating those hatches of mayflies, nothing cooler than that. Swinging has been a ton of fun and only getting better. If all else fails the trusty nymph stick is getting some quality fish as well, but only when needed, hahahaha. The Yuba is going to continue to fish well for the next few months, and if your looking for some quality fishing but dont want to[…]

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  • Spring Fishing Report and a bit more....

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Apr 2, 2018 | 03:12 am

    Spring Fishing Report and a bit more.... Hello EveryoneFinally the weather is looking up after the crazy Miracle March we experienced, but now with this steady weather we are having the fishing has really picked up for the better. Rivers are clearing up, fish are showing up and there have been many bent rods in the air to boot. Now's the time to get out and enjoy the fishing in Nor Cal.Before I get to the report, there are a few new additions to the Nor Cal Fly Guides services that I will be providing this year and years to come. Some of you know some of you don't, so here we go. Starting July 15th I will be offering Salmon trips on the Feather for catch and keep, it wont be your normal charter trip that you see out there, still the same trips as I am doing now, but on these trips you will be able to keep the fish. Starting this Shad season I will be targeting them on different rivers, not just the American. The will include the well known Yuba River, Feather River and Lower Sac. Shad season is just around the corner, so book those trips ASAP. Lastly I will be[…]

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  • January 2018 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jan 17, 2018 | 20:53 pm

    January 2018 Fishing Report Happy New Years Everyone,What a crazy end of 2017 with the driest December on record and then to start the 2018 season out with a bang on the American, Yuba, Feather and Trinity Rivers. With spats of rain here and there things are slowly getting better, and with more rain in the near future fishing will only get better. Personally Im really looking forward to late winter early spring.TrinityFishing: Winter steelhead fishingClarity: clearFlows: Lewiston 300, DC 400, JC 530, Del Loma 930 flows on the dropDespite the lack of rain there is still some fishing be had. The fall fish are still swimming around, and are taking a bit longer than normal to make their way to the hatchery, while this is going on, the winter fish are slowly trickling in as well. We are seeing a few more wild winter fish over the last week, which is a site for sore eyes and with more rain over the next few weeks, they will continue to be in. The fishing is tough, hooking 2-5 fish a day, but this is your typical winter steelhead fishing conditions, but if you willing to work hard you will be rewarded with a few[…]

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  • Nov Fishing Report, Special Treat......and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Nov 14, 2017 | 01:22 am

    Nov Fishing Report, Special Treat......and a bit more Hello Ladies and GentsWell its been a while since my last report, my sincerest apologies, this was by far the busiest fall I have had since I started guiding in Feb 2009. From mid August to now its been non stop guiding all throughout Nor Cal, and the fishing this fall was the best we have seen in years. What I am hoping is that most of you were able to get out on the water and enjoy the fishing as much as we did. It was one to definitely remember and I really hope to see you on the water next fall, just remember to book well in advance if you are looking to book between August and Nov, this year I had nothing available in Oct starting the beginning of Sept.As I type the rain is coming down and with that bringing more fish (winter steelhead) into the system. Fishing continues to be fair to good across the North State and with small amounts of rain in the future forecast the winter fishing is going to be pretty darn good. The ReportFeatherFishing - GoodClarity - Low flow 3ft slightly brown High flow 6ft milky clearFlows- Low flow  High flow[…]

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  • August Fishing Report ..... Its Almost Fall.....

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Aug 12, 2017 | 00:15 am

    August Fishing Report ..... Its Almost Fall..... Hello Fellow AnglersWow, what a crazy fishing season we have had this year, between crazy high flows and the above normal high temps, its been an interested one when getting out on the water, ones with an open mind and willing to put in the time, seem to be the ones into fish. Even now the flows on some Sac Valley rivers are making it tough for wading, but despite the temps and flows the fishing has been fair to good, and with fall knocking at our door the fishing is and will only get better. With that said, fall will be here sooner than you think, and if you are thinking of booking a fall trip, I still have some prime dates remaining for the "EGG BITE" as well as dates for some great fall swinging, if to swing is your thing.Here is your Nor Cal Fly Guides Fishing ReportAmerican River:Flows - 3600cfsClarity - ClearFishing - Fair to GoodThe shad are finally gone, YYEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! This means that its time for striper fishing again, and it has been getting better over the past few weeks. We are seeing the typically shakers, but a few bigger fish from 3-7lbs have been[…]

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  • Spring Fishing Report and a bit more...(BAJA)

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Apr 26, 2017 | 19:40 pm

    Spring Fishing Report and a bit more...(BAJA) Hello Everyone,WOW, what a start to the 2017 fishing season. All we can say is water, water and more water. Oh and more water to come. Hopefully the rainy season is behind us, and only good fishing to come.This year has been a bit challenging, especially on local water. The opener on the American was the worst in years, the Feather was brown due to the damage to the dam, the Yuba was high and brown as well, everything was high and brown, even the Lower Sac. The only fishable water that kept me busy was the Trinity, but even that is now flowing to high. So you may be asking, is there anything fishable right now, and  the answer is yes and thats soon to come. For those that typically book fall/winter trips, I would highly recommend booking well in advance, the sooner the better. This fall is going to be one to remember, and I hope to be able to experience it with you. With the amount of water that we have, with plenty more to come, we will have plenty of water for fall fishing, and the water temps are going to be very favorable for the fish.[…]

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  • Red Hot Kokanee Bite at Stampede Reservoir

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jul 5, 2019 | 21:31 pm

    Not many other lakes throughout California can say that 75-100 fish by late morning is the norm.  Non stop action is to be had at the beautiful gem of a reservoir nestled about 15 mins northeast of Truckee.  Currently I’m mainly fishing Stampede Reservoir due to the incredible catch ratio and the lack of heavy […]The post Red Hot Kokanee Bite at Stampede Reservoir appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • Boca Kokanee

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jul 11, 2016 | 00:13 am

    7/3/16 Boca Kokanee Clients Rohn and Willow had so much fun at Folsom 3 days ago, they wanted to go fishing again.  This time, the search was for Kokanee.  The hot bite for Boca Kokanee was kept a secret by many locals, myself included, due to the size of the lake and the fact that […]The post Boca Kokanee appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6/30/16 Folsom Lake Trout

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jul 1, 2016 | 23:59 pm

    6/30/16 Folsom Lake Trout A client called me the other day and said he was new to the area and wanted to learn the how to fish for Rainbow Folsom Lake Trout.  I told him that fishing is best May and June when the weather is cooler but I can at least show him the […]The post 6/30/16 Folsom Lake Trout appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6/29/16 Folsom Lake Trout

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jul 1, 2016 | 23:44 pm

    6/20/16 Folsom Lake Trout The Stephan family wanted a little fishing action close to home and chose Folsom Lake.  Since I had not been there in over a month, and a projected 108 degree temperature, I suggested we go up the hill to the high country where its much cooler.  They were going to be taking […]The post 6/29/16 Folsom Lake Trout appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6/28/16 Kokanee

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jul 1, 2016 | 15:54 pm

    Today we went to an undisclosed lake in the eastern sierra’s for some Kokanee fishing.  I say undisclosed due to its small size and no plants.  The lake is self sustaining. Clients did not wanna get up at the crack of dawn so I went out early and caught 3 nice Kokanee before they arrived.  Lost […]The post 6/28/16 Kokanee appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6/18/16 Stampede Kokanee

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jun 28, 2016 | 01:31 am

    Stampede Kokanee Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. I’d have to agree, with forecasted 20 plus mph winds my clients still wanted to fish. Ugh!! Gonna be a rough one today. But we ended the day with a huge tangle of everyone of our lines but had 10 Kokanee plus a nice cutthroat in […]The post 6/18/16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6/17/16 Stampede Kokanee

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jun 28, 2016 | 01:19 am

    5/17/16 Kokanee Started off cold this morningand a tough bite.  Marked a ton of fish, they were just not in the mood to bite.  Switch up the presentation and lures a bit and started to catch fish.  Losing a bunch too.  About 9 am, the bite really turned on and we hooked numerous fish but […]The post 6/17/16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6.26.16 Stampede Kokanee

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jun 27, 2016 | 02:52 am

    Stampede Kokanee Today I had the privilege of taking an Air Force Veteran out on a guided fishing trip for some Stampede Kokanee.  The morning started of cold with a light fog on the water and a very calm breeze.  Beautiful summer time conditions.  But it also started out slow.  It was more than an […]The post 6.26.16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6.25.16 Stampede Kokanee

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jun 27, 2016 | 02:30 am

    Stampede Kokanee Today  I had the privilege of taking out Mark Fong, a write for the Fish Sniffer magazine, and his buddy on a guided fishing trip to Stampede Reservoir for the famed Stampede Kokanee.  I got there at 4:30 am and was surprised to see that I was not alone.  In fact 3 other boats had […]The post 6.25.16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • 6.22.16 Stampede

    Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service Jun 23, 2016 | 03:37 am

    Today’s clients were 2 young children so we got a later start today at Stampede fishing for Kokanee.  There were a lot of boats on the water today but they were fairly scattered when we got there.  We started fishing the area we did well yesterday but it was pretty evident on the sonar that […]The post 6.22.16 Stampede appeared first on Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service.

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  • Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Northern California Trout Aug 31, 2019 | 16:47 pm

    Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Tuesday turned out to be a wine tasting day. After getting up late and having a late breakfast, we (Katherine, Me, Ken, & Ranae) piled into the truck and headed toward the few wineries in the area. Lake County has many, but they are scattered all over the county.First stop was a wine and olive olive oil tasting place. Couple of bottles of wine and a couple bottles of olive oil and we were off to the next place.Second stop was not so good. Wine wasn't to our liking and the prices were steep.Back on the road, the option was lunch and another winery (somewhere in the county) or lunch back at the park. We chose the park. It's a democratic society, camping is.Hills are recovering after the fires last yearYou can see the same section from another angleThe other side of the lakeWhile everybody sat around, I went down to the dock and soaked some more PB. Add one more trout to the list (now 3). Another sunset and the day was done.Wednesday morning found me out in the kayak attempting to get a Thin Mint down far enough to entice a fish. I guess it just wasn't anything[…]

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  • Upper Lake Sunday and Monday

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 17:34 pm

    Upper Lake Sunday and Monday We got to Upper Lake about 2:00 pm on Sunday. It's about a 4 hour drive from home. It took another hour or so to set up the trailer. Wasn't as bad as Redding last year (111 degrees), but still hovering just above 100.We sat outside until the kids arrived about 4:00 pm. They got caught in a bad traffic accident by the airport on Interstate 5. Must have happened right after we went through there because we didn't have any problems.Once they got set up and we had the required beer (805) at the beginning of every camping trip, I wandered down to the dock to see what was shaking.  Usual Camping SpotThere were a couple guys fishing and they had caught a couple trout. TROUT !! Surface temperature of the lake was 76 degrees. TROUT ? Yup, Rainbows about 10 or 11 inches. Well I came to find out that out from the dock about 25 feet the water was so deep that it was probably 60 degrees down at the bottom. So I put out one rod with the usual rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig and low and behold, 5 minutes later I had my[…]

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  • Upper Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 03:01 am

    Upper Lake Just a taste. Come back tomorrow.

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  • Yakking On Woods Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 6, 2019 | 15:29 pm

    Yakking On Woods Lake You remember the post about a month ago when Yuki and I fished Woods Creek at the outlet of Woods Lake. Here is a reminder.July 8, 2019Note the snowYuki 7/8/2019Well, yesterday we put our kayaks in and I had a couple things I needed to do at the lake. First I wanted to try out the (now not so new) fish finder. I still don't have a handle how that thing works. I'll only say that it kept flashing 19 ft even when I was sitting on the shore. More research needed.So after getting my Lifetime Kayak (total weight 50 pounds) in the water, we put Yuki's new (he didn't tell me he bought a new kayak), in. I don't have the information on his kayak except it is a fishing kayak and the thing weighs about 300 pounds. I lost all though of information just struggling to get that sucker in the lake. OK, so maybe is only weighs about 90 pounds. Either way that kayak is HEAVY.Good, now we're on the water paddling to the other side which he says is where the fish are. He's already been yakking in the lake before with his daughter the Biologist[…]

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  • Hope Valley Camping

    Northern California Trout Jul 22, 2019 | 15:10 pm

    Hope Valley Camping We left the house on Thursday in the late afternoon (like 7:00 or so). Got to the campground just as it turned dark. First time setting up the trailer with a flashlight in my mouth. Oh, I have a light that fits on my ball cap, but it's been so long since I used it, the battery was dead thus the old "flashlight in the mouth trick".We were expecting Katherine's daughter and her boyfriend on Friday night so we headed up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper Blue and all access is closed for the year due to dam repair) for the day to do a little yakking.Being a novice with a hard kayak, I was a little concerned about the wind blowing as it tends to whip across the lake in the afternoon, BUT not to worry.We launched about Noon and were able to paddle around the lake with no problems.   As I usually do, I sat in the middle of the lake and did a 360 taking pictures as I turned.Still a little snow left If you double click on the picture above, the pile of snow on the left looks like a seal.That's the dam So we called it a[…]

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  • I Need Some Input

    Northern California Trout Jul 12, 2019 | 14:53 pm

    I started Northern California Trout on January 7, 2009. The original intent was to tell local fishermen what I was catching, where I was catching it, and what I was using for bait.Northern California Trout has since morphed into a Global blog. I've posted about fishing, my ancestry, and some other stuff through the years.Now it seems that Social Media is where everybody is establishing their "adventures". Don't get me wrong, there are still some who blog on a consistent basis, but it seems that blogging has taken a back seat to Social Media. I've mentioned many times in posts and comments that I don't Facebook, Twitter, or Insta-something mainly because I just don't want to. I have a Facebook account, but I only use it for finding relatives like my cousins in Florida.It's not that I don't have an audience. OK, I have 99 followers listed. I'm not sure how many of those still "follow". I've posted 1140 times and have had more than 700,000 hits from all over the world. Most from the US and most recently the Netherlands and Germany. And believe me I appreciate each and every one of those who stop by to read what[…]

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  • It Started Out As A Recon Mission

    Northern California Trout Jul 9, 2019 | 14:45 pm

    It Started Out As A Recon Mission Katherine and I are heading up to Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th thru the 21st. Since we've had so much snow this past Winter, I wanted to do a recon mission to see if 1, we can get up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper is closed for the year) and find the launch ramp.Mission accomplished.2, find out if fires are still allowed in the campground fire pits. Campground host said fires OK.Mission accomplished.So on the way back from Lower Blue we stopped at the West Fork of the Carson up the road aways from the campground and floated a few flies. Unfortunately too much terrain for me to negotiate so we went to a spot across from the campground. Met a gentleman from Gardenerville (that's in Nevada) who said the creek was planted the previous week and kids were catching and releasing "tons" of Rainbows using a green Powerworm and a jig head. We couldn't find a single fish.Plan B - We headed back toward town and made a quick stop just to look at Red Lake. It was closed last Summer because of Toxic Algae Bloom, but open now. Might have to bring up the kayak and[…]

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  • Happy 4th Everybody

    Northern California Trout Jul 4, 2019 | 15:05 pm

    No Confucius jokes this year. Just a picture of the old guy.No watching fireworks for me this year. Last night we listened to the local fireworks while laying in bed reading a book. Damn, I must be getting old. Crowds annoy me anyway.In case you don't get to see any, here...........Monday, Yuki and I are taking a little drive up to Lower Blue Lake to see if enough snow has melted and we can actually get there. Upper Blue Lake is closed all year for Dam repairs. That's a bummer. I'm sure Yuki will want to stop at Woods lake and fish the creek, so fly rods are in order. Our next camping trip is Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th so there should be some fishing then. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures. Boy was that corny. 

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  • Yakking on White Pines Lake

    Northern California Trout Jun 30, 2019 | 00:09 am

    Yakking on White Pines Lake Since Lake McClure was such a disaster, we decided to take the kayaks up to White Pines Lake. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been up there before.Last time Yuki and I were up there it was a 25 to 30 fish (little Bluegills) day. I was anticipating such a day again.Katherine and I took our time getting up there since it was Saturday. We left home about 10:10 and were at the lake about 11:15. It's really isn't very far from the house. We were on the water in the "his and hers" kayaks and I had a line in the water as soon as I cleared the launch.It was just that, a line in the water. I fished near the reeds, out in the middle, at the far end, and just about everywhere else. NOTHING. Not one little Gill to be found.I would suspect that because of all the people out there and there were a BUNCH, every fish in the lake was probably hiding as best as they can.Double click to make the pictures larger so you can see the crowd.The picnic areaBy the damMore picnic areaThe one on the[…]

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  • Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure

    Northern California Trout Jun 17, 2019 | 16:06 pm

    Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure We had originally made reservations to camp here on May 16th thru May 19th. Two weeks prior to going, the weather guessers said sunshine and blue skies. The Saturday before the 15th, they changed to rain Thursday thru Sunday the exact same 4 days we planned on spending there. So we rescheduled for this past weekend. As it turned out, it started raining on Wednesday and rained everyday through the following week. A weather report is only as good as their guess, weather guessers.  We got to Barrett Cove about 2:00 pm on Friday. We were scheduled to stay at spot C-15. We drove around for about a half an hour and couldn't find C-Loop. 15 minutes or so of that half hour was spent just trying to find a place just to turn a truck and trailer around.Finally we went back to the beginning and when we found B-Loop I turned and low and behold a block or so up the road was C-Loop. AND we had a map of the place and still had trouble finding it. Wandered up the road until we found 15 and this is what it looked like.   Space C-15From the other sideYou all[…]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Remembering Joe Kimsey

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

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

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  • March Madness Wrapping Up

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Mar 23, 2019 | 18:20 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 | 18:57 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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  • Guilty as Charged

    andyguibord Feb 1, 2012 | 04:38 am

     This is a bad, wrongly focused photo of a beautiful fish. Chrome bright, fresh in – this American River Steelhead, born of hatchery. She took the fly a rod and a half length from me in one and a half … Continue reading →

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  • A Welcome Stench

    andyguibord Jan 24, 2012 | 02:09 am

    I smell it long before I see it , the mush of salmon flesh rotting afloat in the river’s eddy, and hundreds more of them expired, their muscle melting onto stones. The stench curls my lip and flares the nose. … Continue reading →

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  • 1/2 pounders, part 2…

    andyguibord Sep 22, 2011 | 15:41 pm

    Swinging a fly taught me the basics of fly casting. I learned how to efficiently , effortlessly  lift the line off the water without splashing. I watch a lot of beginners ripping the line from the surface. It took me … Continue reading →

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  • 1/2 pounders… part one…

    andyguibord Sep 22, 2011 | 04:32 am

    Half pounders, I cut my fly fishing teeth on them. I am not talking about some greasy ground up beef paddy between two tastless buns hanging on some golden arches.What’s a half pounder? That is the very question I asked Bill … Continue reading →

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  • Spoonful of thought…

    andyguibord Sep 19, 2011 | 07:14 am

    I just finished standing over the hot stove, reducing my neighbors gift of orange and yellow pear tomatoes into a concentrated sauce of evaporated juice-essence, a mingling of curry, cardamon pods, and honey bubbling with a little bit of sweet … Continue reading →

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  • Surprise , surprise.

    andyguibord Sep 3, 2011 | 07:19 am

    One can never be sure what a river will offer up to you while on your quest for cold blooded fin. I have landed beer cans with crayfish claws waving in my face; once reeled in a slimy braw, T-shirts, … Continue reading →

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  • Impotency

    andyguibord Sep 2, 2011 | 15:46 pm

    Lately I have  been feeling rather impudent as a  guide. The stripers have been for the most part, rather illusive for myself and my clients. The fish are there… we see them. The river gods have thrown in a fish … Continue reading →

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  • Fools Gold

    andyguibord Sep 2, 2011 | 07:41 am

    September first, it is midnight. The year is flying by. I look in the mirror and see the heavy line creeping along the corners of my blue eyes. My hair is white, bleached with age and the sun like a … Continue reading →

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  • August Moon

    andyguibord Aug 13, 2011 | 06:15 am

    Blame it on the full moon, but this evening , my casting Sucked! Let me back up… I just spent two weeks recouping from a lower back injury. One day I was walking tall like a normal homo sapien, King … Continue reading →

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  • American River report: 7-18-11… happy birthday!

    andyguibord Jul 18, 2011 | 17:59 pm

    It is hard to beleave that the shad are still here in the upper, Lower American River in good numbers. It’s July 18, my birthday – I am 51… it is good to be alive!   Shad fishing is still … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report June 11th 2019

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Jun 12, 2019 | 04:51 am

    The lake closes for the summer at the end of June. Normally by this time of year we have forgotten about Pyramid and have moved on to other area waters. This season with all the high water on the area streams we have spent way more time on Pyramid later in the spring. WOW have [...]

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  • April 22 2019

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Apr 22, 2019 | 23:42 pm

    The lake continues to produce some huge Cutthroat Trout. Like we said in our February event at the Nugget, the numbers this year would be down which has been the case almost all season. This is due to the new stocking format of more Pilot Peak strain fish and less Summit Lake strain fish. There [...]

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  • Pyramid Lake February Fishing Report

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Feb 5, 2019 | 19:47 pm

    Pyramid Lake Report 2/5/19: The Lake has been fishing really well with the mild winter we are having. Lake surface temps are around 43-45*F. But look for it to slow down with the cold snap that is hitting this week and the possibility of the lake turning over when temps hits 41*F on the surface. [...]

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  • Pyramid Lake Celebration Update 2-5-19

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Feb 5, 2019 | 19:12 pm

    February 15th Pyramid Lake Celebration Update Hey Folks, Rob Anderson here. I just got back from a month in Brazil to find the event in really good shape. Prizes are rolling in, we have a great guest speaker and signups are going well for both the Friday night free Celebration at the Nugget and the [...]

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  • Fishing Report December 9th 2018

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Dec 10, 2018 | 05:45 am

    The recent cold weather has started to change the conditions at Pyramid. The fishing is starting to slow down for numbers but there are quite a few big fish still being caught. The colder water which is now in the mid to high 40’s has sent a lot of the fish into deeper warmer water. [...]

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  • Fishing Report November 26th 2018

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Nov 26, 2018 | 15:02 pm

      Pyramid continues to put out some big fish. This time of year, is maybe the best for a chance to catch that “Fish of a Lifetime”. The fish are very “Hot” right now as well. Fish in the 5-8-pound range are probably the most aggressive and it is not uncommon to have a fish [...]

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  • Fishing Report November 11 2018

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Nov 12, 2018 | 03:33 am

    Pyramid is on fire after a few weeks of flow fishing. The water temperatures have cooled enough to bring fish back in close to shore. There have been quite a few big fish caught in the last week. It is still day to day but it is worth doing for sure. This week is going [...]

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  • July News and Fall Forecast including Float Tube Outing

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Jul 31, 2018 | 23:11 pm

    Pyramid is closed until October 1st. There have been more fires in the lake basin and the South West side of the lake is still dealing with a fairly large fire. The road between Nixon and Sutcliff has been closed a few times as well. If you are traveling out to the lake for some [...]

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  • Fishing Report June 25th 2018

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Jun 26, 2018 | 00:26 am

    With only 4 days left in the season, the report is going to be short. The lake water temperatures are climbing fast now with summer setting in and most of the fish are in deeper cooler water. If you are looking to get in one last trip, fish areas that have access to deeper water [...]

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  • Fishing Report May 1st 2017

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing May 1, 2017 | 21:29 pm

    Well May is here and it feels more like Mid-April. The water temperatures are 5-7 degrees colder than normal and the weather has been colder than normal most of the last month. Add the Truckee River flowing into the lake at over 5000 CFS and you have the makings for an extended season. The lake [...]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 12, 2019

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jul 13, 2019 | 02:19 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 12, 2019 Happy Summer everyone. From fireworks and Bar-B-Q to High Sierra trout fishing and topwater Bass fishing...this time of year sure is a blast. Lots of water is making for a great season. Get out and play everyone!Best bets; Lower Sacramento, Fall River, Pit River, McCloud River or Truckee - Trout,  Feather River - Steelehead, American River - Shad, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass. Lake Almanor - Trout and Smallmouth Bass Rating:Great Flows: NaWater Temps: 61-67 DegClarity: 8 to 12 ftFishing Report: Fishing has been good on most days as long as wind cooperates. Now is the time to catch both trout and bass in good numbers on Almanor. The hex hatch will start to taper off soon so now is the time to go. This sought after hatch is something you don't want to miss. Best flies: Hex nymphs, Tan or gray Leaches(simulate hex nymphs emerging) Hex dries a last light.Guide Tip: Start at 25ft and work to 10ft over muddy Bottom. Channels and drops can be very productive. Throwing a seductive looking leach can elicit some hard strikes from Smallmouth as well as browns and bows. American River - Shad - Fair, Striper - Fair to Good, Steelhead - PoorRating: GoodFlows: 4,000 CFSVisibility : GoodFishing Report:  Shad are still lurking around in the[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 16, 2019

    Fly Fishing Specialties May 17, 2019 | 00:18 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 16, 2019 Water water everywhere...Good fishing to be had despite higher than normal flows. It is going to be a great Summer and Fall as a result. Time to get out and take advantage of all the opportunities. Best bets; Lower Sac, Pit River or McCloud, Fall River - Trout,  American and Yuba River - Shad, Lake Berryessa, Oroville and Clear Lake - Bass. Lake Almanor - Trout and Smallmouth Bass - Good to GreatRating:Good to greatFlows: NaWater Temps: 55 to 60 DegClarity: 8 to 20 ftFishing Report: It is finally warming up!! Smallmouth are on a tear!! there are lots of reds already but plenty of pre-spawn bass. Please stay away from those spawning fish. Clouser minnows and crawdad patterns have been best. The Chironomid hatch is also in full swing. Rainbows are taking them in open water. Lots of rising fish in areas where the hatch is heaviest. Best flies have been #14 to 16 Mercury Midge however just about any midge will do.Guide Tip: Look for the Rising Bows when you're looking for Trout the Pre-Spawn Bass have been Hanging near the areas there planning on Spawning. If you see Spawning Bass just go to the nearest Drop off.American River - Shad -[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April 12, 2019

    Fly Fishing Specialties Apr 12, 2019 | 20:29 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April 12, 2019 Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Northern California. With it some much needed fishing time for us and our guests. Several waters are still closed however the general trout season opener is right around the corner! For now there are a few good year round trout options to go with good striper and red hot bass fishing!Best bets; Delta - Striper, Lake Berryessa, Clear Lake - Bass, Truckee - Trout, Trinity -Steelhead, Pyramid - CutthroatsAmerican River- SteelheadRating: FairFlows: 10kClarity: Gin on the rocksAnglers are surprisingly catching a fair number of steelhead.  Fresh chrome fish are still entering the system.  This is abnormal but no one is complaining about steelhead fishing in April. The fish are reacted well to swung flies.  Classic flies have been producing.  Try a Anderson’s Euphoria or a Thalken's Tiny Dancer. Shad season is just around the corner.  The end of the month the river should be full of fish.  High water years make really good shad runs.  On their tails are the stripers.  This is going to one heck of a shad/striper year in the Sacramento valley.Guide Tip: Make sure to be in a boat at 10k. There isn’t a lot of on foot access right[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Dec 1, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Dec 6, 2018 | 20:51 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Dec 1, 2018 Winter arrived this last week and with it some much needed rain fall and snow in the high country. This new moisture is sure to get our anadromous friends moving in our Northern California rivers. After reading the report if anything hits your hot button, give us a call at (530)242-4122 or (707)287-2939. We will be happy to help set up some productive winter fishing. Click here to see what some of our recent guests have said... Our gift certificates for guided trips make great Christmas presents. Perhaps a not so subtle hint is in order? For more info on giving and receiving the gift of fly fishing click here...We want to say thank you to those of you who fished with us this year. We are already looking forward to 2019. There is still some good fishing to be had between now and then. Wishing you all the best.Merry Christmas from our Family to yours!Best Bets: Trinity, Klamath, Upper and Lower Sac, Yuba, Feather and Pyramid Lake NVAmerican River Steelhead - Poor to Fair. Striper - Poor. Shad - Poor Water Temps - mid 50's.  Flows 1,900 at Fair Oaks. Clarity - FairStill not much to report here. Some half pounders and adult fish pushed up into the hatchery[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Sept 28, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Oct 3, 2018 | 01:37 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Sept 28, 2018 Fall is already "in the air" in the Northern California high country. This signals the approach of our favorite time of year. From trout and bass to steelhead and striper. The best fishing of the year is knocking on the door. We are really looking forward to making some great memories this Fall with you. After reading the report if anything hits your hot button give us a call at (530)242-4122 or (707)287-2939. Click here to see what some of our recent guests have said...Best Bets: McCloud River, Pit River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Delta and Napa River - StriperAmerican River Striper - Poor, Steelhead - Fair to Poor. Striper - Fair. Water Temps - High 50's to low 60's.  Flows fluctuating daily from1,800 to 2,200 cfs from Lake Natoma. Clarity - Good (10 to 12 ft)Still not much to report here. Some half pounder action and a few adults along with a few straggler few striper around. Our sights will be set on Steelhead going into Fall and Winter. It is nice to have this fishery in our back yards during Fall and upcoming holiday season. Steehead Nymphs: Birds Nests 10 -14,[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report August 17, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Aug 18, 2018 | 15:49 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report August 17, 2018 Summer isn't even quite over yet but we are already thinking about great Fall fishing. From trout and bass to steelhead and striper. Great fishing awaits.Best Bets: McCloud River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout and Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Clear Lake - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Napa River - StriperAmerican River Striper - Fair. Steelhead -  Poor Shad - Poor. Flows - 5,500 cfs at Natoma. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Clarity - 12 ft. visibility.The AR had a great push of shad this year and the fishing was pretty darn good. recently after the shad left striper fishing was really good. Currently the shad are all gone and striper fishing has slowed a bit in correlation. Don't get this wrong fishing is still decent, but it is mostly about trophy hunting. We are getting mostly 3 to 6 lb fish with a few to 10 or 12 lbs but this is not the numbers game that we are finding here earlier or are experiencing now the Western Delta and Napa River. For now you will want to start at first light and things have slowed by noon so we are often off the water by 1:00[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 27, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jul 29, 2018 | 14:44 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 27, 2018 Summer is here full blast and along with it good fishing and the dreaded California fire season. There are some specific areas that are affected but the vast majority of the state is experiencing good fishing right now. Keep reading for the skinny on what is going on.Best Bets: McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout and Striper. American River - Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Clear Lake - Bass. - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass. American River Striper - Fair to good. Steelhead -  Good Shad - Fair. Flows - 5,500 cfs at Natoma. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Clarity - 12 ft. visibility.The AR had a great push of shad this year and the fishing was pretty darn good. Currently the fishing continues and while you can still get out and hook a good number of them, things are on the down hill slope. We expect the shad fishing to hold out for another 2 maybe 3 weeks and then it will be all but over.Striper fishing has been good on several Nor Cal waters, and we are seeing larger than average fish to the boat as of late. The AR stripers are best chased from sun up till about noon,[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties: Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 20...

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 25, 2018 | 22:24 pm

    Fly Fishing Specialties: Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 20...: Summer is here in Northern California and with it some warmer weather but also some great fishing opportunities. Time to take advanta...

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 23, 2018 | 15:12 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 2018 Summer is here in Northern California and with it some warmer weather but also some great fishing opportunities. Time to take advantage of all the variety that the Golden State offers.Best Bets: Upper Sacramento, McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Lower Yuba River -Shad. American River - Shad and Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass. Clear Lake Bass, Yosemite - TroutAmerican River Striper - Good. Steelhead -  Poor. Shad - GREAT!. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 5 to 6 ft. visibility.Not much has changed recently on the American. Flows are hovering around 3,500 and should remain around this level throughout the Summer. A few straggler Spring run steelhead and half pounders are around and are being taken on the swing as well as nymphing but our attention is now shifted to two perennial returnees to the American, Striper and Shad. Striper or Morone Saxatilis have moved up out of the San Joaquin River Delta and are here in the river to spawn. As opportunists and ambush predators they are more than happy to pounce on smaller baitfish that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Subsequently they will also waylay[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 11, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties May 12, 2018 | 15:28 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 11, 2018 Things are really jumping off right now throughout the Golden State for those of us who love to pursue fish with a fly. A myriad of exciting species are coming into range. Options include shad and striper which are entering the rivers to spawn, trout fishing is beginning to open up at the higher elevations and continued success on many central valley rivers. Largemouth and smallmouth fishing is taking off in our beloved Delta and Sierra Foothill Lakes and there are a few more days of swinging for Spring run steelhead to be had. There is something out there for everyone right now. From dries, nymphs and streamers to poppers and swung flies what ever your pleasure it's go time!.Best Bets: Lower Sacramento, Upper Sacramento, McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Yuba River -Shad and Striper, American River - Striper, Sierra foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, American River Striper - Good to Great. Steelhead -  Poor. Shad - Fair to Good. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 5 to 6 ft. visibility.Flows are back up to 3,500 as of May 10 and should remain around this level throughout the Summer. A few straggler Spring run steelhead[…]

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  • 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! 

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  • 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[…]

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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[…]

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  • 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!!

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  • 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

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  • Summer Mode in Truckee

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

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

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  • ThrowBack Truckee River Regulation Sign

    California Fly Fishing Jul 11, 2019 | 03:04 am

    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 | 23:27 pm

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

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  • NOW BOOKING FOR 2019-2020

    Pyramid Lake Guides Aug 19, 2019 | 20:44 pm

    The time is almost upon us! Just 6 weeks away! The opener on October 1 is usually busy on the lake, and the fishing is decent. The water temps are still warm but float tubers and boaters tend to do well. Bait balls can usually be seen at this time. We usually watch for the … Continue reading NOW BOOKING FOR 2019-2020 →

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  • SEASON CLOSED JUNE 30

    Pyramid Lake Guides Jul 2, 2019 | 20:18 pm

    Way to close out the season Anglers! These beauties were landed by White River Zig Jig Creator Richard Cross’ customer Bill Balasi of Nevada. They were landed on the amazing Zig Jig in a very heavy weight. We swear these jigs can catch fish in any body of water worldwide, tried-and-true! See you at the … Continue reading SEASON CLOSED JUNE 30 →

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  • MARCH MADNESS

    Pyramid Lake Guides Mar 25, 2019 | 16:50 pm

    As usual the beaches are full! Anglers are anxious to get good fishing spots super early in the morning. Crosby Lodge is pretty much booked up, and the nightly dinner specials are in full swing. The fishing is good!

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  • SPRING FISHING IS LOOKING GOOD!

    Pyramid Lake Guides Mar 5, 2019 | 20:25 pm

    We are headed into spring and the temps are ideal for fishing Pyramid. We’ve seen some quality fish lately!

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  • GROUP TRIP, GREAT DAY

    Pyramid Lake Guides Feb 22, 2019 | 06:57 am

    We had a great day out on Pyramid with the crew from Tahoe Resources. Most of the group came in from Canada and had their first experience with fly fishing. We had a few 10 pounders to the net!

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  • GREAT COUPLE OF DAYS

    Pyramid Lake Guides Feb 20, 2019 | 06:03 am

    Van and Hutch out from Boise had a great couple of days on Pyramid Lake, NV! We are starting to see spring conditions for fishing the alkaline lake. Streamer and indicator techniques are both producing; pick your poison!

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  • FEBRUARY FISHING

    Pyramid Lake Guides Feb 11, 2019 | 06:27 am

    February fishing on Pyramid Lake has been similar to December and January, with quality in size being at the forefront rather than numbers; although when a storm blows in we do see the numbers jump up. It’s been cold so bundle up!

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  • QUALITY CUTTS

    Pyramid Lake Guides Jan 27, 2019 | 05:14 am

    The quality continues this January! Local anglers caught these beauties this week…

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  • JANUARY FISHING REPORT

    Pyramid Lake Guides Jan 16, 2019 | 03:41 am

    This January has fished well! In January 2018 we saw mild weather with warm temps making the fishing slow. January 2017 we had flooding resulting in lake closure for 6 weeks. This year the storms have been consistent making for decent fishing. Similar to December daily numbers are not at their highest but quality by … Continue reading JANUARY FISHING REPORT →

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  • BOISE VALLEY FLY FISHERS

    Pyramid Lake Guides Jan 12, 2019 | 00:12 am

    Join us at our booth at Expo Idaho this weekend! We will be presenting on Pyramid Lake at 7 p.m. Friday night. Come chat with us about going after these monsters!

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

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

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

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  • Colorado Fly Fishing Vacation ~ 9/8/2019

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

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

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  • Yuba Fest 2019 ~ Conservation, Education, Stewardship

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 29, 2019 | 13:11 pm

    Yuba Fest 2019 ~ Conservation, Education, Stewardship I will be unable to attend Yuba Fest this year, I’m sorry I will not be able to perform magic tricks like the real time emergence of Mahogany duns from nymph to adult right before your eyes. I’ve already marked my calendar for next year. This is a very important event for a very unique river system that still holds wild populations of Chinook salmon, steelhead, and resident rainbow trout. If you truly care about the Yuba River and its future, this is a must attend event. I encourage all fellow guides who make a profit off the Yuba River to attend and share their insight, knowledge, and passion for the river by giving back and helping with the educational programs being offered at Yuba Fest. Check out the programs listed below, and if you attend make sure you give your full attention to the featured speaker Mark Rockwell and his powerful message of conservation measures for the Lower Yuba River. For more information and updates check out the Yuba Fest blog: http://yubafest.blogspot.com/Sycamore Ranch County ParkSaturday October 12th, 20199:00 am to 4:00 pmThe mission of the Yuba Fest is to encourage the protection, conservation and restoration of the Yuba River[…]

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  • Sierra Pines Resort Fall Package Deal ~ North Fork Yuba River

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 27, 2019 | 14:04 pm

    Sierra Pines Resort Fall Package Deal ~ North Fork Yuba River For the fall season Sierra Pines Resort is offering fly anglers a special package to experience the beauty of the North Fork Yuba River and the wild trout that inhabit the river. Guests will able to access the river right behind the resort. Anglers that take advantage of this great deal will also receive 10% off a half day trip with Baiocchi’s Troutfitters. The Sierra Pines Resort package includes meals and a room for both single and double occupancy; Single Occupancy (per night including taxes)River View  $160Forest View  N/A  Restaurant Level  $130Dbl Occupancy / person (per night including taxes)River View  $105                  Forest View  $100                   Restaurant Level  $95-Single Occupancy rooms are King Beds with coffee and TV.  -Double Occupancy rooms are Two Full Beds with coffee and TV.-Meals are open to the entire menu.  Gratuity not included.  Dessert and alcohol will be purchased separately.To book your stay with Sierra Pines Resort, please call 530 862 1151, or email them at – Use the code “BAIOCCHI” to ensure of the special package deal.

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  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 8/23/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 23, 2019 | 23:25 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 8/23/2019 Not much change from my last report, still great fishing, and plenty of solitude. I'm starting my guide trips a little later with the days getting shorter, and for whatever reason those North Fork Yuba wild rainbows prefer sunshine on the water. Water temps are ranging from 57 in the morning to 63 in the afternoon in the upper watershed. One thing I notice on this river after a big runoff year is that you'll find more concentrations of fish in certain pockets and pools, while other areas on the river are mostly devoid of fish. I'm guessing when huge hydraulics are in effect, the smaller rainbows go with the flow and end up where they can survive. Caddis remain the preferred food item and larger elk hair caddis patterns in gray, amber, and olive are producing. The Jonny B. UV Ant Bomb has been crushing them and all of the bigger fish are suckers for this pattern. I may have to have this pattern contracted out and tied as there is nothing like it on the market. Simple too. New shucks of Stub Wing stoneflies (Claassenia sabulosa) have been appearing for quite a while now. They are often referred to as "Nocturnal Stones",[…]

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  • Truckee River Trout Weekend 2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 19, 2019 | 00:10 am

    Truckee River Trout Weekend 2019 Truckee River Trout Unlimited (TRTU) Fundraiser Saturday November 2, 2019!  Join us for a wonderful day of fishing, fun, and food! The Truckee Chapter of Trout Unlimited Board of Directors is excited to offer a fantastic opportunity to fish the exclusive private waters of the San Francisco Fly Casting Club.   The event includes all meals, including a special BBQ hosted by the Truckee River Board of Directors.   Hurry to sign up as there a limited number of spaces available!Details: Required donation $1500 for the event.  Registration in advance.   Email:  .  Expert guides (most of whom are TRTU Board members) will provide guiding advice and instruction on the river.  Continental breakfast, lunch on the river, and an open bar/BBQ event to conclude a magical day on the river, included.  Schedule: Arrive in Truckee area Friday November 1st.  Many lodging options available that time of year.  (Lodging the responsibility of the participant).  Reception and annual TU meeting at the home of Dan Maher, a Board member and fundraising Chair of TRTU.  Saturday morning meet at Dan’s home (5 minutes from the Fly Caster’s), for a continental breakfast and meet-up with the guides.  Fishing commences at 9 AM and goes to 4 PM.  Lunch served[…]

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  • North Fork Yuba River & Lost Sierra Creeks Fly Fishing Report ~ 8/10/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 12, 2019 | 03:26 am

    North Fork Yuba River & Lost Sierra Creeks Fly Fishing Report ~ 8/10/2019 What a glorious last couple of weeks it has been while roaming the Lost Sierra with my guests. I get a lot of satisfaction sharing the natural wonders of such a special region in Northern California, and to see others appreciate my passion for such makes it so much sweeter – They get it. Summer rhythms are changing slowly, subtle differences like where the sun rises and sets, animal & bird behavior, constellations of the stars shifting, and late season wild flowers popping open. You’ll notice things like this when you’re living where the wild things are on a day to day basis. Currently, we are experiencing some unseasonably cooler weather for a few days. The low temperature in Nevada City this morning was 54, and a crisp 34 in Truckee. We’ll take it, though it would be nice to see some summer monsoon moisture race up from the south along the crest, and spill over into the region. If you haven’t broken free of your commitments in everyday life, you’re running out of time to escape into the summertime of the Sierra. On a special note, I’ve made a great connection and have partnered with SierraPines Resort (formally Herrington’s on[…]

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  • Lost Sierra Creekin Report ~ 8/1/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 1, 2019 | 15:30 pm

    Lost Sierra Creekin Report ~ 8/1/2019 The creeks of the Lost Sierra are absolutely perfect right now, my guests and I have been having some epic trips venturing deep into the canyon water. Three things that are most prevalent on my guided creek trips are unbound beauty, eager small wild trout, and solitude. We have yet to see any other anglers on the water, and have only seen a few footprints. Most of the time I'll sacrifice the larger fish and crowds of the Truckee area for the simplicity and enjoyment of the creeks. Pretty damn cool.Water temps are still cold as most of these creek are spring fed, no Hoot Owl closures here due to warm water. Summer 2019 has been a big caddis year, E/C caddis and Elk Hair caddis patterns in amber, olive, and gray are the preferred flies. In the afternoons ants and hoppers are a great choice. Don't waste your time on skinny water sections, pick the pockets that have some depth or unique structure to them, and look for dark water against the faces of large boulders - Prime habitat.My trips are rugged and remote. An angler that fishes with me needs to be in good shape and can navigate[…]

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  • Top Ten Mistakes Made By Rookie Fly Anglers for Trout ~ 7/28/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 28, 2019 | 23:10 pm

    Top Ten Mistakes Made By Rookie Fly Anglers for Trout ~ 7/28/2019 I’m deeply entrenched in the busy season of guiding beginner to novice fly anglers and the same minor problems of casting, presentation, and fighting fish just to name a few, become apparent. These are easily fixed by actually getting out and experiencing different fishing situations. Fly fishing is a perishable skill, and the more you practice (fish), the more proficient one becomes to achieving a higher level of mastery. As a long time guide (going on 23 years to be exact), I have learned to break down problems into smaller fragments for my guests, and to also imagine what it’s like to be a rookie all over again to help them understand more easily. Explaining the concept or a solution to the problem as simply as you can, often results in a quicker progression rate of learning. Telling your client “Oh, that’s easy” is not the answer.There is a lot going on at the same time for a beginning fly angler to comprehend. Just the process of catching a fish has many detailed steps to see success. First you must select the right fly, make the needed proper presentation, achieve a solid hook set, playing the fish without breaking it[…]

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

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 19, 2019 | 16:01 pm

    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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  • Prime Time Spring Dates - Book Now

    RJ's Fly Trips Jan 22, 2017 | 17:12 pm

    Prime Time Spring Dates - Book NowWell it seems like it has been raining for a month now and most of our Northern California Rivers are blown out. Finally it looks like we have some dry weather coming this next week to let things calm down and get back into fishable shape. So expect things to get going again here in the next ten days or so. I know that I have had a lot of time off recently to catch up on Cast Hope and daddy duties around the house. The great news is that we don't have drought conditions anymore in California. Of course that is till next year. LOL. We definitely live in an interesting state when it comes to water.I have just opened up my spring calendar and a few of you have been asking about prime time dates for spring time fishing. So my openings and descriptions of what is to come this spring are below. Plus there is some other fun news down below if you keep reading.Check out my open dates below: March 1-4, 11, 13-18, 20, 22-25, 27-29March Saturdays - 4, 11, 18, 25April 3-8, 11-13, 15, 17, 20-22, 24-29April Saturdays - 8,[…]

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  • Lots of Water

    RJ's Fly Trips Jan 17, 2017 | 18:18 pm

    Lots of Water 36,000 cfs is a lot of WATER!!!!Northern California has been dumped on with water as of recently. Hooray, no more drought! If you have been paying attention almost every river in NorCal is currently blown out. However if you really watch there are still some fishing to be had amongst all the high conditions. The Lower Sac is at 36,000 cfs and one river that you can fish when the water gets really high. As long as the water clarity is fishable then you can go out there and find some willing rainbows to eat eggs, legs, and worms. Sounds like a Denny's breakfast option if you are asking me. The Lower Sac is big and green. I fished it yesterday for a half day and had decent success fishing the soft edges of the river. Expect things to get really good once the river gets down to about 25,000 cfs. Until then there are fish to be had if you want a fun adventure.Open Dates: January 18, 20-21, 23-24, 26-27, 30-31

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  • RJ's Fly Trips Jan 3, 2017 | 22:45 pm

    Phil with a  beautiful 24" Lower Sac Rainbow the week after Christmas.Hey all. It has been a long time since I have had the time to update my blog. My goal in 2017 is that I will get in the habit of doing this more often so that you guys have current updates of what is going on out there. Send me an email if you want to get out on the river soon.For anyone looking to get out I have the following days open over the next couple of weeks:January 9-14, 16, 19-21, 23-24, 26-27Lower Sac - The Sac continues to fish average for winter conditions. Most days we are hooking 20ish rainbows from Redding down to Anderson. As typical we have been catching some true slugs out of the river this winter. Winter time we might not catch as many fish as the spring or the fall but if you are into hunting for big rainbows then it doesn't really get any better. With the majority of other rivers being blown out right now the Lower Sac is a good safe place to fall back onto. Hot flies recently have been beads and small mayflies. Flies like Hogan's[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Update & Openings

    RJ's Fly Trips Apr 24, 2016 | 15:52 pm

    Fly Fishing Update & Openings   Great Fishing Continues & Shad Season Soon!I hope this note finds all of you doing well and enjoying this beautiful weather we are having this weekend. With this being Earth Week I thought that it was time I send you guys an update on what is happening to the fishing in the valley. Needless to say it has been a busy month with lots of fishing on the Lower Sac and Feather Rivers. Both rivers continue to fish well. The Lower Sac is still have good days with 40-50 fish hookups being common. The Feather has lots of half pounders throughout the entire system with a few adults mixed in throughout the day. I am offering a $100 discount on half day trips for the Lower Sac on May 6 and May 27. So that is a half day trip for $275! I have shad trips planned that evening and I'm trying to fill in the mornings. Email me ASAP to score one of these dates! The Sac will continue to fish well through June. As we get into May we will start fishing the lower parts of the river near cottonwood. May and June is an awesome time of year to go fish the "Rocks"[…]

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  • Egg Bite Report & Dates

    RJ's Fly Trips Oct 17, 2015 | 16:28 pm

    Egg Bite Report & Dates Egg Bite is Here!!! Egg Bite has had a decent start on the Lower Sac. The fish over there have been happy to have some salmon in the river. Most days right now on the upper river we are hooking 50+ fish. The salmon run this year has been slower to start as compared to historic averages. It seems like every couple of days we get a handful of new salmon in the runs. So this sets up well for November assuming we have the same thing keep happening. This trickle effect we are getting for the Salmon Run hopefully means it could be a great November and even early December Egg Bite. Only time will tell but I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed that we keep getting little groups of salmon for the next 6 weeks.For those of you looking for dates I still have a handful of openings in November. Also start looking at your December calendars to get in on the winter egg and alevan bite on the Lower Sac. The biggest fish of the year are caught in December and January on the Lower Sac. Also starting Thanksgiving Weekend I will once again be guiding weekends for those of you[…]

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  • Incredible Spring Fishing Coming Soon!

    RJ's Fly Trips Feb 12, 2015 | 18:22 pm

    Incredible Spring Fishing Coming Soon! - Spring Fishing -Literally best fishing of the year   I hope this note finds all of you well. It is that time of year where the fishing is about to go off in Northern California. From March to mid May some of the best fishing of the year is going to be found in the North Valley. I hope you will find some time to come hang out on the water and catch some great fish and a few memories. My openings are below: Open Dates: March 1, 3, 7-15, 17, 19-20, 22-23, 27-28, 30 April 1, 3-4, 9, 14, 18-23, 25-28, 30 May 2-15   Feather River - As most of you know the Feather is really special in the spring time. This is hands down my favorite time to fish the Feather. Hot pissed off valley steelhead make this an awesome time to be on the water. If you haven't done this type of fishing then this is the year to get out there and give it a try. Mid March to early May is pretty impressive out there.Lower Sac - The spring on the Lower Sac the last 3 years has been absolutely insane. March and April has been some of the best fishing that we[…]

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  • Great Start to Fall Fishing

    RJ's Fly Trips Oct 12, 2014 | 21:36 pm

    Great Start to Fall Fishing It seems like these days I'm having a hard time trying to find the space to update my blog. Between the kids, wife, guiding, and Cast Hope I don't find much time for writing anymore. Here I sit at the computer with all 3 of my girls sleeping at the same time so I thought I would give you guys an update of what I am seeing out on the water. I hope all of you are doing well and I will be seeing you around the river. Cheers and Go Chargers!Lower Sac: The Sac has been good for egg fishing lately. I wouldn't say it is great but there are lots of big fish to be caught right now. Currently most days we are hooking 40-50 fish throughout the entire river. There are a decent amount of salmon throughout the river. However fish are still eating nymphs as they look for those eggs. Currently about 25% of my fish are coming on bugs. Hot flies are eggs, tan fox poopah, and Hogans S&M.Lower Feather: The Feather is having a slower start to the season this year as compared to the last couple. There are good numbers of salmon in[…]

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  • Finally - Another Post

    RJ's Fly Trips Jul 11, 2014 | 05:48 am

    Finally - Another Post Hey guys. It has been a long time since my last post. All I can say is that life has not been the same since my last post in December. We now are a family of 4 with the new addition of our second girl Ava Rose in April. She has been an absolute joy and everyone is doing great. Her mom and myself are still trying to learn how to be parents to 2 kids but we are figuring it out little by little.Now on to the fishing.Lower Sac - The Lower Sac has been having some decent fishing this summer. It really depends on what drift you are on but one can expect good to great fishing all the way throughout the entire river. The hot bugs have been pmds in the morning and caddis in the afternoon. Lower Yuba - The Yuba has had some average fishing over the last couple of weeks. However the Hopper fishing is starting. So get those 4 and 5 weights out and go throw some dry flies toward the banks. Imagine you are in Montana and try to rise some fish in the valley. A great time of year to go[…]

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  • Discounted Trips on Select Dates in December

    RJ's Fly Trips Dec 11, 2013 | 18:08 pm

    Save $100 on Select DatesThe fishing this last week has been good despite the frigid weather. The good news is the weather is going to warm up the rest of the week. Early next week the weather man is calling for temps in the high 60s. It is going to be a beautiful time to be on the river. Don't miss out on probably the last warm weather of the year.Lower Sac: I have been spending the majority of my time on the Lower Sac the last couple of weeks. Fishing has been really solid on the upper drifts. We are hooking 30-40 rainbows a day on eggs and small may fly nymphs. Expect really good fishing on the Sac for the rest of December and January as we have the winter egg bite.Yuba: I spent a couple of days on the Yuba this last week and had good fishing as well. Most days we were hooking 20ish fish on eggs. The great news is that the fish quality is finally back up and we are seeing lots of 16-17" rainbows again. Gone are those days where you catch a bunch of small trout. The best part of the day[…]

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  • Fall and Winter Fishing

    RJ's Fly Trips Nov 15, 2013 | 20:50 pm

    Fall and Winter Fishing Great Winter Fishing is Coming!The fishing this fall has been simply amazing. For those of you lucky enough to get in on the Lower Sac or the Feather River this October and November it didn't disappoint. This year there have been lots of big steelhead in the Lower Sacramento River System.Here is the great news....Supposedly we have a really good late fall /early winter run of salmon coming up the river. This should prolong some good trout and steelhead fishing for us way into December. For those of you that missed out on the action then there are lots of opportunities to get out in December. Lower Sac Trout & Steelhead:Things are setting up nicely for the Lower Sac this winter. December is a great time of year to escape the crowds and go hunt for some big fish. With winter salmon making their way up the system then we should see some monster trout being caught during the second egg bite. Not to mention the large amount of steelhead in the system this year should produce some chances at some big fish like the one above. Here steelie, here steelie! Come help me find the elusive 10lber. Feather River[…]

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