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

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 12, 2017 | 22:50 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report - 12/12/2018 The weather has been unbelievable in the last few weeks, hard to believe its December. Today was 72 degrees down in the gold fields with not a soul to be seen. Flows have been stable at around 1,300 cubes and it looks like this flow will continue for quite some time with no major storms on the horizon. Water clarity is very clear right now, it would be nice to get a little bit of color back into it. Fishing has been good, and it’s been a lot of fun playing the dry fly game in the early afternoons. I’ve been scouting and walking long distances when I’m not guiding and checking out different sections of the river. New riffles, slots, flats, back eddies, and side channels have been explored. Some areas have improved, while other favorite spots of the past are now gone. The above photo of the Lower Yuba River was taken in April of 2015 in a section that is far below Sycamore Ranch. You'll notice after the dog leg right, the river makes a drawn out left hand sweeper into a series of rock formations. Notice how many willows are also present.Two years and one month later in the[…]

  • Echo Shadow 2 Rod Review

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 8, 2017 | 09:29 am

    Echo Shadow 2 Rod Review It’s amazing how specialized fly fishing has become in our current modern world. Back when I started in the 70’s I had two rods, 5 and 7 weights, both Fenwick fiberglass models matched with Pflueger reels and Cortland lines. That’s all that my Dad and I used, and we caught plenty of steelhead and trout with them. Today’s world is different, and I own more specialized rods than ever. I still like to simplify my quiver though, and have become a man of basic needs over time. A longer rod has its advantages though, and two scenarios would be high stick nymphing, or short line dry fly fishing in classic Northern California pocket water.My current high sticking rod is the last generation of Powell rods designed by Press Powell and manufactured in Chico, Ca. It’s the 10 foot IM6 triple scrim, a beautiful rod that is medium to fast action with a soft tip and perfect for nymphing and mending long line. Because it is so rare and cherished, I hate to use in fear of beating it up or breaking it. It can’t be replaced. In searching for a day in and day out workhorse of a rod I[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 12/6/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 6, 2017 | 20:49 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 12/6/2018 Dominating high pressure lately with plenty of sunshine and the air temperatures are much warmer after the north wind has gone away. The flows have leveled off on the Lower Yuba River and are currently running at 1,309 cubes at the Parks Bar Bridge gauging station. Yuba County Water Agency will keep these flows for the next few weeks, subject to change if we get any precipitation which does not look good. Maybe the middle of December, or clear into January is the word on the streets before we see any rain. I hope they are wrong. Water clarity is clear. Fishing pressure is moderate to light depending on whether it is a weekday or the weekend. Conditions are nearly the same as my last report with a little variance in regards to the hatches. More salmon have entered the system, and in the last few days I’ve noticed new redds appearing, some have are active with players, while others are quiet. A new small side channel I fished today had several salmon doing their thing, and they were not that beat up so I assume they are on the fresh side.I’ve heard people complain about how ugly the Lower Yuba[…]

  • Christmas Fly Fishing Gift Certificates Available Now!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 4, 2017 | 14:04 pm

    Christmas Fly Fishing Gift Certificates Available Now! A gift certificate from Baiocchi's Troutfitters is the perfect gift for your favorite fly angler, and can be used for half and full day guided trips, workshops, tours, and instruction. It's super easy to purchase the gift certificates, just follow the links provided below.Download and print HERE.Fill out the front, and list the recipient of the gift.Pay for the trip, workshop, tour, or leave just a deposit HERE.Contact me for your special authorization code, and write it on the back.That's it! Place under the tree, or use as a stocking stuffer and watch that special fly angler's eyes light up on Christmas morning! After they calm down from the excitement of the gift certificate (which may take days) have them contact me to arrange a date on my features waters; Lower Yuba River, Frenchman Lake, Truckee River, Lake Davis, North Fork Yuba River, and the Little Truckee River.If you have any questions please contact me at  or call me at 530.228.0487Baiocchi's Troutfitters wishes you and your family the very best for the upcoming holiday season!

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 11/30/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 30, 2017 | 20:20 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 11/30/2017 Called to duty, I was on the Lower Yuba River today and it did not disappoint at all. The flows have been humming along at a little over 2,000 cubes for the past 3 days until the percent of capacity in Englebright Reservoir reached 94%. Just before noon today they cut the flows drastically which will fall to around 1,200cfs when the YCWA scheduled flows have stopped coming down. Before the flows were cut the river was extremely fishable, but the fish were more spread out. Water clarity is perfect, mostly clear with a slight tinge of color. With the flows down it will be much easier to cross in the preferred spots and will bunch the fish up tighter in select areas of the river.With bright sunny skies today, there were just a few spent wing BWO spinners on the water with the occasional “one and I’m done” risers. Then the clouds began rolling in and lower light levels ignited a decent hatch of size 20-22 Pseudos at round 1pm. The hatch intensified in the next hour and then suddenly a larger BWO was coming off in a size 16. The trout quickly switched over to the bigger mayfly[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 11/25/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 25, 2017 | 21:06 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 11/25/2017 Perfect trout weather the past few days with mild air temperatures and clouds. The Lower Yuba River is fishing pretty darn well. Flows have stabilized and are running at 1,123 cubes, water clarity is mostly clear with a slight tinge to it. My guests have had some killer dry fly fishing casting to selective risers on the calm flats both in the foam line and on the edges. One day the hatch may happen in the afternoon, and the next day it could happen in the late morning. An angler needs to be flexible, and having two rods set up for both surface and sub surface presentations will be an advantage. I saw a few more salmon in the river this week, and a few more redds. Still though, there should be more in the system.Wild rainbows from 8 to 14” are keying in on Blue Wing Olives (baetis) #18, and tiny Blue Wing Olives (pseudocloeons) #20-22. It’s best to make a few casts to a specific target, and if you don’t get a take, rest them a while or move to another target. 5X tippet is working just fine, but you may need to make a fly first downstream presentation[…]

  • The Last Word on High Stick Nymphing

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 22, 2017 | 14:49 pm

    The Last Word on High Stick Nymphing Over the past few months I've come to the realization that there are too many ways to rig a leader for high stick nymphing, let alone the origins of such. It's really confusing for those new fly anglers that would like to participate in the craft. No matter the rig, the basic drift is the same employing depth, angle, and the drop. The link below is the last word on the history of high stick nymphing. Eric Palmer of Granite Bay Fly Casters (http://gbflycasters.org/) wrote an article on the history and the colorful characters involved from the beginning with HSN, and it's absolutely fascinating. The amount of research alone is mind blowing. Northern California's roots lie deep with HSN, and as a Nor Cal native, I'm extremely proud of that. Give it a read... Ted Towendolly and the Origin of Short-Line Nymphing on the Upper Sac

  • Frenchman Lake Fly Fishing Update 11/21/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 21, 2017 | 11:52 am

    Frenchman Lake Fly Fishing Update 11/21/2017 Mild weather at Frenchman Lake yesterday, cloudy, sunny, misty, showers, windy, calm, and a mid day rainbow. We saw it all. Because of the warmer conditions, there is no shore ice to speak of, and muddy conditions exist for the walk and wade angler. The good news is that there are still plenty of fish in the shallows, we found they are scattered for the most part, but some coves have more hanging out in the neighborhood than others. There were a fair number of very small black flying beetles that were active and the trout were keying in on them. Rising fish and targets in the early afternoon, and many were very selective. Another observation was that the trout were not staying in one particular spot within a cove, they were roaming quite fast from spot to spot, searching for those beetles.Effective patterns were pheasant tails, Jay Fair stripping flies in fiery brown, and dandelion emergers in black (closest fly I had that matched the beetle). All flies were unweighted due to shallow water we were focusing on, many of the trout were in 6 inches to 3 feet of water. Fishing pressure was non existent, just a few[…]

  • Lower Yuba River Update 11/16/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 19, 2017 | 08:04 am

    Lower Yuba River Update 11/16/2017 In the past 24 hours, areas surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City have received 5.2 inches of precipitation resulting in the Lower Yuba River to more than triple than the previous flow. Currently at 4:30 pm the flow at Parks Bar Bridge is at 3,232 cubes. Deer Creek jumped up significantly as well rising from 17.5 to 1,221 cfs. Water is very off color with about a foot and a half of visibility, just enough to get a few grabs if you put it on their nose. The forecast is calling for continued rain until tomorrow morning, then clearing through Sunday. Monday brings more rain. The upcoming weekend looks to be your best shot at a chance of the river somewhat clearing.UPDATE: The river crested at 7,078 at 1 am on the 17th, it is falling rather quickly and now at 5,600 at 9 am. Steak & Eggs would be a good place to start; dark rubber leg stones, and mottled yolk colored eggs proved effective in the last week. Look for soft side waters and BWO hatches to occur. The concrete boat ramp at Sycamore is back to being usable, with higher river levels, and the fact Dry Creek has come[…]

  • Trinity River Fly Fishing Report 11/16/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 16, 2017 | 23:11 pm

    Trinity River Fly Fishing Report 11/16/2017 My annual Trinity River vacation/trip was pretty damn good this year for many different reasons. First off, it was some quality "Jonny B" time, and even more special my 52nd birthday. After grinding out a full season of guiding, living out of a truck, and being away from home, this trip was all about enjoying myself and having fun. Secondly, the river was in pretty good shape with some decent reports coming from both the upper and lower parts of the river. The stage was set, and the best part was my buddy Jimmie Marchio coming along for the trip who had never been to the Trinity River, or hooked into a steelhead. We stayed at the Red Hill Motel and Cabins, a step back in time with perfect accommodations for the no frills steelhead bum.Heavy rain was in the forecast for our trip on the 15th, and the flows were right around 400 cubes. We dressed for conditions with our best rain gear and met up with our guide Brian Clemens of Nor Cal Fly Guides, who I would highly recommend. We floated the lower river under a steady rain all day, basically fishing for 8 hours straight. We[…]


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