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  • Yuba Jubilee 2017 ~ Thanks!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 13, 2017 | 19:58 pm

    Yuba Jubilee 2017 ~ Thanks! Lance Gray and myself came up with the concept of an event that would raise awareness and conservation measures of the Lower Yuba River, a 100% wild fishery of Chinook salmon, steelhead, and resident trout. As guides who profit of the river we wanted to give back by getting fellow guides, anglers, conservation groups and businesses in the fly fishing industry together.Sam Sadillo - Trout Unlimited's Sierra Cascade Field DirectorThe event was a huge success with a little over 80 members from the public showing much interest in talking and learning from all the exhibitors. It was a really good time despite near triple digit temperatures. Tony and Mary Bellaver of Alpenglow Performance Split Cane Fly rodsSpecial thanks to the following conservation groups, exhibitors, and celebrities! Make sure to click on the links to support those who support the Lower Yuba River!-Kelsey Westfall, The Sierra Fund-Frank Rinella, NCC Fly Fishers International-Sam Sadillo, Trout Unlimited Truckee Chapter 103-Cindy Noble, Bill Copren, TU Feather River Chapter 905-South Yuba Citizens LeagueHogan Brown, Hogan Brown Fly Fishing-Sierra Stream & Mountain Fly Shop-Alpenglow Fly Rods-Fly Fishing Traditions-Cast Hope-Nor Cal Fly Guides-Hogan Brown Fly Fishing-Gold Country Fly Fishers-Reel Anglers Fly Shop-Fly Lite Rod Case-Alex Ramirez - Far Bank Enterprises-Matt Callies[…]

  • North Fork Yuba River ~ Jamison Creek Fishing Report 8/7/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Aug 8, 2017 | 10:40 am

    North Fork Yuba River ~ Jamison Creek Fishing Report 8/7/2017 Flows are still a tad high for this time of year, but overall the fishing is great if you love small wild rainbows that shimmer like jewels in the Northern Sierra sun, and top water dry fly action. Water temperatures remain prime running 56 degrees in the morning and 63 in the afternoon for the upper watershed. It's so awesome to see my guests truly appreciate a wild setting, the roar of the white water as it echoes off the canyon walls, and the Sierra Buttes standing guard to the west. Fishing pressure was light today, and now that the Downieville Classic bike race is over, the canyon is quiet once again.These rainbows are a hoot to fish for. They get so excited when a properly drifted dry fly comes through their lane, often throwing backflips over your fly and completely missing it. I have said this a thousand times but if you're new to fly fishing the North Fork Yuba River is the perfect classroom, it will teach you much about fly fishing for wild trout.During August it's all about finding where the cold springs come in. Trout will congregate where these 42 to 44 degree flows come in. Downstream from this[…]

  • Trout Unlimited Truckee Chapter #103 ~ Stampede Road Clean Up

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 31, 2017 | 17:18 pm

    Trout Unlimited Truckee Chapter #103 ~ Stampede Road Clean Up Trout Unlimited Truckee Chapter #103 cleans up the Stampede road that leads to the special regulations section of the Little Truckee River every year. We rely on volunteers to help make it happen, and this year we were blessed to have 23 people out on the road armed with trash bags and a willingness to donate their time. They did a great job!The crew of volunteers and myself cleaned from the I-80 bridge to the upper lot of the Little Truckee River, the amount of garbage bagged was overwhelming!If you would like to give back to the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers, contact Sam Sedillo at the Truckee office, 530 587 7110, or visit the website at http://www.tahoetroutbum.org/. You can also reach out on their Facebook page HERE. There are numerous projects you can volunteer for like the spawning gravel replacement on the Little Truckee River August 19th.Thanks again to all who helped with the Stampede road clean up, we could not do it without your help!

  • North Fork Yuba River Fishing Report 8/31/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 31, 2017 | 16:43 pm

    North Fork Yuba River Fishing Report 8/31/2017 The North Fork Yuba River is firing on all cylinders right now and conditions are perfect. I’ve been focusing my trips in the upper watershed where there are numerous cold subterranean springs entering the river pumping in 42 to 46 degree crystal clear water. Water temperatures in the main stem river are 56 in the morning rising to 63 in the afternoon, the water temps downstream near Downieville will be a tad higher. Fishing just downstream of Haypress, Ladies Canyon, Jim Crow Canyon, and Slate Castle creeks is a wise move as they provide colder water as well. Best fishing is mornings to early afternoon, and then in the late evening. Fishing pressure has been on the light side but since the river has dropped into shape there are many more anglers out on the water. Finding remote untouched sections in the canyon will increase your odds for better fishing, and bigger numbers of fish. Bassetts Station downstream to Downieville is the preferred location to focus on. I have not seen any rattlesnakes this season and the extremely high water during winter may have flooded some dens, still though, look where you are walking and placing your hands, you never know.High[…]

  • Northern Sierra Fishing Report 7/19/2017 ~ Small Water Matrix

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 19, 2017 | 23:07 pm

    Northern Sierra Fishing Report 7/19/2017 ~ Small Water Matrix When it rains it pours, after a long winter without a guide trip for four months, business is booming. The influx of emails, calls, and inquiries off the street has been overwhelming. Being a sole independent guide that does not rely on others to fill trips has been rewarding, and my hard work for the last 20 years guiding is not only paying off, but now has a high level of recognition throughout the state from my many years of experience. It’s all about pleasing my guest, giving it my all, and having a positive and enjoyable time. It’s about the total experience and exploring the great outdoors. I’ve been guiding in Eastern Plumas County mainly and here is the latest scoop. The Middle Fork Feather River is done in the upper watershed, and water temperatures are way up and poor to safely release resident trout. Carp and bass is the game there now, and the Portola area down to Gold Mountain has been producing. Below where Jamison Creek enters the MFFR has been good for smallish rainbows in the mornings and evenings, water temps are 63 to 68 degrees. There is a decent BWO spinner fall in the morning. A[…]

  • South Yuba River Citizens League Volunteer Spotlight~ Jon Baiocchi

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 19, 2017 | 23:03 pm

    South Yuba River Citizens League Volunteer Spotlight~ Jon Baiocchi I'm truly humbled and honored to be chosen as SYRCL's Volunteer Spotlight for the month of July. You can read more about my passion for all rivers by clicking the link here; http://yubariver.org/2017/07/volunteer-spotlight-jon-baiocchi/Thank you to the entire staff, volunteers, and contributors of SYRCL for all that you do for the Yuba River and the surrounding watersheds!

  • Lake Davis ~ Frenchman's Lake ~ Middle Fork Feather ~ North Fork Yuba Fishing Report 7/4/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jul 4, 2017 | 17:13 pm

    Lake Davis ~ Frenchman's Lake ~ Middle Fork Feather ~ North Fork Yuba Fishing Report 7/4/2017 The surge of Africa hot weather a few weeks ago and continued warmer weather has water temps at both Lake Davis and Frenchman’s Lake excessively high with surface temps reaching 74 degrees. Its game over until fall, releasing trout when the water is that warm usually means it’s their last fight. One option at Lake Davis though is targeting bass for the next few months, with so many submerged willows in the lake it offers ideal habitat for large mouths. It was a great spring at Frenchman’s, big numbers of Eagle Lake Rainbows to the net, and plenty of action while stripping or bobicating. One thing I learned is that this lake is primarily a chironomid factory. While there is usually a good callibaetis hatch in spring, it just did not materialize into a profuse situation. I’m hoping this coming September will be different as there can be some incredible dry fly fishing using emergers and adults to cruisers in the skinny water. The spring season at Lake Davis was fair. Anglers who caught near double digits had serious game and worked all damn day long with precision presentations and awareness. Management on the lake by DF&W will be changing next year[…]

  • Native Sons Truckee Tour 2017 Review

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 25, 2017 | 18:29 pm

    Native Sons Truckee Tour 2017 Review The original concept of fly fishing tours was the brainchild of Lance Gray of Lance Gray & Company. After teaming up with Lance with our popular Lower Yuba River Tours I asked him if I could  do my own on different waters. When I got the go ahead, I wanted to share my love of the Truckee area, and it only made sense to include "The Dean of Guides" Frank Pisciotta. I've been fly fly fishing the Truckee river since 1973, and Frank began plying the banks of the river since 1979. Back then seeing another fly angler was rare, and the crowds we see today were nonexistent. Even when I lived in Truckee from 1986 to 1991 the town was very quiet, as was the river. Both of us are native Northern Californians and are proud of such, the region offers so much diversity that it is utterly amazing.With so much experience in the area, Frank and I are passionate about sharing the knowledge and giving back to the general public, we simply want to see others to excel in their pursuit of fly fishing. The Truckee Tour itinerary starts on Friday evening at Frank's house in Tahoe Donner,[…]

  • Northern Sierra Fishing Report - 6/21/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 21, 2017 | 22:08 pm

    Northern Sierra Fishing Report - 6/21/2017 On Monday the 12th we had extremely cold weather and snow, in fact at Frenchman’s Lake there was 2 inches on the ground. A week later and it’s been Africa hot, thank goodness it cools down at night. I’m seeing the effects from a wet winter all around in the mountains. There are so many wildflowers blooming right now that are providing a beautiful color spot everywhere you look. Also there has been an explosion of many different species of beetles flying about. Birdlife is also off the charts, and with all this high water and free standing water in Sierra Valley the ducks are loving it. It seems Mother Nature is about 3 weeks late when it comes to a normal rhythm of seasonal life.Lake Davis – Hot weather has ignited the damselfly hatch at the lake and the fish are keyed in on them. With low populations of fish, it is important to find the points that have working fish around them. With hotter weather the hatch will start earlier and being on the water at 7am ready to stalk is the smart thing to do. The resident rainbows are being very selective so change your damsel pattern[…]

  • Lake Davis ~ Frenchman's Lake Fishing Report 6/15/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jun 15, 2017 | 13:31 pm

    Lake Davis ~ Frenchman's Lake Fishing Report 6/15/2017 Just like last June, extreme and unusual weather slammed the region with big wind, rain, and snow in eastern Plumas County. An unfortunate angler capsized his boat last Friday at Lake Davis and lost everything, luckily he was wearing a PFD and made it to shore safely. The cooler weather dropped water temperatures briefly but they will be rising in the week to come, currently at both lakes the water temps are 60 to 64 degrees. The straight scoop at Lake Davis is the damsel hatch began around the first of the month, and warmer days provided a better hatch. There is more fish than you think keyed in on the damsels, and to play the game off the bank you need superior skills in stalking, casting, and presentations. So many anglers are ill equipped for such a challenge. Slapping the water while false casting, charging the water while wading, and repetitive casting to a certain area will put fish down, and spook them away.If you spend a day with me, I can teach you how to hunt shallow water trout and be successful like my workshop I provided for members of the Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers on just that. Callibaetis[…]


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