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  • Lake Davis Stillwater Outings 2017 w/ Baiocchi's Troutfitters & Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News May 15, 2017 | 23:03 pm

    Lake Davis Stillwater Outings 2017 w/ Baiocchi's Troutfitters & Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters We have a few more spots to fill before our popular Lake Davis Outings are full! The outings will be a 2 and a half day event that will cover advanced stillwater techniques, proper rigging, shoreline wading, as well as float tube, pontoon boat, and small pram techniques. There will be plenty of free time to practice and catch some of those big beautiful rainbows at Lake Davis. More than a clinic, these outings provide a great social atmosphere where you’ll meet other fly anglers who share the same enthusiasm as you do when it comes to fly fishing.We will be spending the weekend sharing some of our proven techniques on how to fish Lake Davis and also teaching anglers the techniques to use on all western stillwaters. We will cover everything from early morning sight fishing the shoreline, to deep water nymphing in the middle of the day, and how to best approach the evening Hexagenia hatch. Also covered will be leader set ups for all stillwater applications, entomology (damsels, midges, callibaetis, backswimmers, scuds), equipment requirements, flies, locations, and watercraft. Lake Davis is the perfect venue to sharpen your stillwater skills and practice some of our advanced techniques.Stillwater Outing Schedule:Friday[…]

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  • Giving Back to the Lower Yuba River - SYRCL Hammon Bar Restoration Project

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News May 10, 2017 | 20:19 pm

    Giving Back to the Lower Yuba River - SYRCL Hammon Bar Restoration Project Volunteering my time is important to me on local rivers and fisheries that I guide on. Today I worked with staff from the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) on the Hammon Grove Willow Restoration Project, as I did last year, but the task at hand today was different. With the six major high water events this past winter, including two at over 80,000 cubes, gravel, cobblestones, and finer material was moved throughout the system. Today was all about relocating and tagging the plots of different species of willows and cottonwoods.Team leader Courtney Hudson, Restoration Coordinator, used advanced GPS and a detailed map to find the remaining plots to be tagged, while Anna Schwyter, River Monitoring Coordinator, matched each plot with the correct id number tag. My job was the installation technician.We worked great together as a team and affixed the proper tag to each plot. You would be blown away with the amount of material that was spread over Hammon Bar, some of the willows and cottonwoods that we measured last year were half the size due to being submerged by the new added material. So why are willows and cottonwoods so important to the Lower Yuba River? They capture woody debris which in turn[…]

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  • Truckee River Fishing Report 5/3/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News May 3, 2017 | 18:33 pm

    Truckee River Fishing Report 5/3/2017 Gigantic flows are still the norm on the Truckee River and with this brief heat wave they will increase even more. The flows at Glenshire are at 2,900 cubes, and down in the canyon they are at 5,500 cfs. You’ll see minor spikes with water levels in the late afternoon into the evening from the melting snowpack. Water temps are 46 to 48 degrees. Fishing pressure has been moderate, rafters and kayakers are floating down in big numbers on the weekends. Some days have been very productive while others have been slow with no rhyme or reason. Finding the slow and deep zones next to the bank is still the only option. There is really no need to wade off the bank, besides it’s a safety issue now. A guide friend lost his footing yesterday and went into the drink, he could not touch bottom, and the cold water took his breath away. He managed to save his rod and more importantly, his life. Wearing an inflatable PFD is not a bad idea, especially for those who are less mobile.We are losing lots of flies due to all the new woody debris that is in the system. The regular high water[…]

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  • Truckee River Fishing Report 4/22/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 30, 2017 | 22:15 pm

    Truckee River Fishing Report 4/22/2017 The Truckee River has a unusual 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 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 good fishing during high flows, while others do not. It all depends on each unique trout populations 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 educating my guests about the local flora and fauna, and to truly understand Mother Nature and "The Gift".It's still about finding the slower deeper side water, and more importantly the areas of the current that must have a "lazy walking" speed to it. Northern California[…]

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  • Product Review ~ Shwood Eyewear

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 27, 2017 | 21:43 pm

    Product Review ~ Shwood Eyewear Eyewear is an important piece of equipment for a fly angler, we rely on the polarized optics to help us see into the water and be able to spot our quarry, and to protect our eyes from UV rays, debris, and the hook point of the flies we cast. I've worn some pretty sweet shades in my lifetime, Vuarnet, Revo, and Oakley all had their special qualities to them. I wore the brand Smith for decades since they first sponsored me while professionally snowboarding in 1989. My Smith rep, and friend, moved out of northern California and into the hunting industry last year. With no more support from the company and him, I have been bobbing in the sea of eyewear searching for something better. You would think Costa would be the next step, but every guide and "20 something year old bearded fly fishing know it all" is wearing them. I've always been one to do things a little differently, and follow the least beaten path. Quality is very important to me, and upon learning about the Shwood brand from the West coast reps, I was very interested. These high quality sunglasses are made in Portland Oregon, that's right, American[…]

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

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 20, 2017 | 09:52 am

    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 | 13:49 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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  • Truckee River Fishing Report 4/4/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 4, 2017 | 09:40 am

    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 | 14:14 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 | 13:09 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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