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  • Truckee River Fishing Report 4/22/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 23, 2017 | 14:35 pm

    Truckee River Fishing Report 4/22/2017 The Truckee River has an usual characteristic in that despite high cold flows, it produces some quality athletes of the trout world who must endure the strength and stamina to be able to feed and survive the strong hydraulics of the river. It's been an eye opening experience for my guests who first look at the river as we approach it for the day, and simply cannot believe it can be done until the rod is bent, with a large trout on the end of their line. Every watershed is different, some produce during high flows, while others do not. It all depends on each unique different residents of those rivers. The Truckee River trout are just plain badass, and all business. It's been beautiful on the river, warblers are singing in the swaying willows, sporadic hatches of bwo's, March browns, and a few skwalas late to the party. As a naturalist, I find great joy in teaching my guests about such, and to truly understand Mother Nature and "The Gift".It's still about finding the slower deeper water side water, and more importantly the areas of the current that must have a "lazy walking" speed to it. Northern California American tight lining has been the[…]

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  • South Yuba River Citizens League ~ Lower Yuba River Restoration Projects

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 20, 2017 | 14:52 pm

    South Yuba River Citizens League ~ Lower Yuba River Restoration Projects I could not attend SYRCL's "State of the Yuba" address last night but would like to share a map of their upcoming projects on the Lower Yuba River. With Spring-run Chinook salmon hovering on the brink of extinction and fall-run salmon fairing no better, the time to act is now. Last year, critically low numbers of migrating salmon were recorded. As few as 148 Spring-run salmon were counted as of August 2016. SYRCL is working on an action plan to restore critical habitat on the lower Yuba this year which will be revealed at the State of the Yuba. River Science Director Rachel Hutchinson says, “SYRCL is excited to be working collaboratively with agencies and local non-profits to produce a plan that will allow us to take action and improve conditions for fish now. We are working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and groups like the Gold Country Fly Fishers to help save these key species and their habitat.” SYRCL and partners are focused on salmon and steelhead restoration because they are indicators of river health, from the headwaters to the ocean. When a watershed is able to support strong salmon and steelhead populations, the entire river ecosystem[…]

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  • Truckee River Update 4/13/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 14, 2017 | 18:49 pm

    Truckee River Update 4/13/2017 The Truckee River continues to run with big flows, and those flows have increased in the past couple of days. Lake Tahoe is now releasing 1,210 cubes, Glenshire is now at 2,310, and down in the canyon it’s even bigger at around 4k. Weak storm systems have been passing through with intermittent breaks. We’ll see another break into this weekend, with another storm coming in Sunday night. Snow totals from last night on the crest came in at 10”. Even more impressive, there is a slightly larger storm forested for later next week. The faucet may turn off at the end of April with the typical high ridge of pressure that dominates through late spring, summer, and early fall. Well, the record of 1982/83 has been broken! 89.7 inches have fallen so far this season, and our snowpack is at 207% of normal for the northern Sierra. Keep in mind there is more precipitation to come, and the bulk of the runoff has yet to commence. This summer into fall is going to be unbelievable for all waters of the Sierra. Will there be the "Dog Days" of summer this year? Hard to say, but at this time it is hard to[…]

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  • 2017 Fly Fishing Workshops, Tours, Outings, and Clinics

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 8, 2017 | 01:54 am

    2017 Fly Fishing Workshops, Tours, Outings, and Clinics For 2017, the schedule is nearly full for some exciting educational events that center on learning about specific techniques for being more successful on the water. Many of these events are a collaboration with Baiocchi's Troutfitters, and Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, along with Lance Gray & Company. Besides learning a great deal of information, you'll receive different opinions on the same subject from the different guides involved. Though many of these workshops, tours, outings, and clinics are months away, it is imperative to book your spot early, as they fill up quickly.The Yuba TourTours:For each unique individual tour, you will be showed access points, techniques, tactics, effective flies, rigging, and a streamside lunch. Includes handouts and group guiding on the water. To secure your spot contact Lance Gray at: -Yuba Tour 3/29, Booked.-Yuba Tour 3/30, Booked.-Graeagle Creek Tour 7/17, 2 spots open.The Lake Davis OutingOutings:Our highly popular outings are more than just a clinic, you'll gain a great deal of knowledge on a particular curriculum like stillwaters or rivers, in a social setting with other enthusiastic fly anglers. Lunch and dinner is included, a limited amount of terminal tackle and flies, handouts, and guiding while on the water. For more information click HERE To reserve[…]

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  • Truckee River Fishing Report 4/4/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 4, 2017 | 14:40 pm

    Truckee River Fishing Report 4/4/2017 The Truckee River seems to be the best game in town for moving water in the north state, and it just keeps getting better despite the high flows. As you are well aware, the spring runoff is under way, but the bulk is yet to come. We may see it peak at the end of May if the region does not experience a huge jump in air temperatures, big wind, and continued sunshine. If that happens, watch out. There is still a huge snowpack at the upper elevations, even on south facing slopes. Water temps are still in the mid 40’s, colder in the afternoons from snow melt, or below feeder creeks. I have noticed a slight increase in water clarity in the last week, enough to be able to see fish holding in the soft side water. It’s been busy on the river in the more popular access areas, and an angler will do better fishing water that has not been pounded on.I had a special day yesterday with a long time guest of mine where he got into a great session with double digit numbers of fish, a feat not often accomplished on the Truckee River. The key for[…]

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  • Trout Unlimited Truckee Chapter #103's Fishmas Eve

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 30, 2017 | 19:14 pm

    Trout Unlimited Truckee Chapter #103's Fishmas Eve Mark your calendars! Trout Unlimited's 12th Annual Fishmas Eve Fundraiser is coming up in one month. Join us at the Blue Coyote Bar and Grill on April 28th at 7 pm as we celebrate past, present, and future trout conservation in the Truckee Watershed. Tickets are $30 dollars at the door which gets you unlimited pizza and beer, two tickets to an AMAZING raffle, and all the fish stories you can handle. Proceeds go to support the Truckee TU #103 chapter and their projects. See you there!

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  • New Truckee River Article

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 30, 2017 | 18:09 pm

    New Truckee River Article Check out the March issue of California Sportsman Magazine and indulge in a great article I wrote on the legendary Truckee River. I walk the reader from the top of the watershed of Lake Tahoe, through the town of Truckee and downstream to the "Grand Canyon" ending at the California - Nevada border. Also featured are the highlights throughout the season and their hatches, go to fly patterns, rigging, and an amenities sidebar for first time visitors. Pick up a copy at your local news stand today. 

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  • Lower Yuba River Drift Report ~ Major Changes!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 24, 2017 | 12:20 pm

    Lower Yuba River Drift Report ~ Major Changes! Brian Clemens from Nor Cal Fly Guides invited me to float the Lower Yuba River today with him to see the changes from the past high water events, and to wet a line. We put in at the usual spot below the Hwy. 20 bridge, and it seems to be easier, just needs more traffic to pack down the cobblestones. Water was big today flowing at 4,265 cubes. The rapids below the bridge are pretty big right now, and really fun.We anchored the boat in the first straight away below the rapids, and the first characteristic change we noticed is how much wider the river was. Areas that had a flat, or gradual slope to the river, are now a vertical face that often was over head high. Also there is so much new sand everywhere, especially among the cobblestones on dry land. We swung it up with no grabs, and promptly drifted on.As we approached what I call "Hogan's Hole", the bend is not as sharp, and has been stretched out, In fact it seems many of the sharper corners in the river have been stretched out. On the left bank upstream of Hogan's, the bank has exposed bedrock with new boulders that I've never[…]

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  • California Boater Card

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 15, 2017 | 03:12 am

    California Boater Card The California Boater Card will show that its holder has successfully taken and passed a NASBLA/state-approved boater safety education examination. The new requirement will begin on Jan. 1, 2018 for all persons 20 years of age and younger who operate a motorized vessel on state waterways. On that date, these boaters will be required to carry a boater card issued by DBW, unless they meet certain exemptions.Each year after January 2018, a new age group will be added to those who are required to possess a valid card. By 2025, all persons who operate a motorized vessel on California waters will be required to have one. Once issued, the card remains valid for a boat operator’s lifetime. California Harbors and Navigation Code Section 678.11(b) contains the following phase-in schedule based on operator age:January 1, 2018 – Persons 20 years of age or youngerJanuary 1, 2019 – Persons 25 years of age or youngerJanuary 1, 2020 – Persons 35 years of age or youngerJanuary 1, 2021 – Persons 40 years of age or youngerJanuary 1, 2022 – Persons 45 years of age or youngerJanuary 1, 2023 – Persons 50 years of age or youngerJanuary 1, 2024 – Persons 60 years of[…]

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  • Mr. Eagle Lake ~ A Tribute To Jay Fair

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 12, 2017 | 23:59 pm

    Mr. Eagle Lake ~ A Tribute To Jay Fair Check out the April issue of California Fly Fisher and read about a fly fishing icon, Jay Fair. It was a trip back in time when I wrote this special article and reliving my times with Jay at Eagle Lake and Lake Davis. He gave so much back to the fly fishing industry and was always willing to share his knowledge. There will never be another guide like Jay Fair. Get your hands on a copy from your local fly shop, or better yet, subscribe to CFF. 

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