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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report & Yuba River Update 4/12/19

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Apr 15, 2019 | 19:58 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report & Yuba River Update 4/12/19 It's been a while, and sorry for the delay in my reports, but my internet crashed at my secret abode on the outskirts of Nevada City. The spring thaw is on and there is big water everywhere! The Lower Sac is pushing 40k today and other rivers are in the same boat. What's really interesting is there is SO much snow still to melt and depending on what the air temps do, it could melt all at once or slowly. The lakes and reservoirs are filling up and aleady Antelope and Frenchman are spilling over. Weather up here in Truckee town has been nice one day, and snowing the next, though tomorrow it will be 60 degrees and sunny. What a winter and now spring we are having - California, the land of extremes.Currently the Truckee river is high and just a little off color - It's perfect. With big water large trout have the power to efficiently navigate throughout the watershed and to be able to effectively feed. This is the time of year you just may hook into a fish of a lifetime, or at least a trophy. Flows are pumping at 1,810 cubes on the Glenshire stretch (they've come[…]

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  • Northern Sierra Fishing Report and Future Conditions ~ Lower Yuba River, Truckee River, Middle Fork Feather River, Lake Davis, Frenchman Lake, and Lost Sierra Creeks 3/18/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 am

    Northern Sierra Fishing Report and Future Conditions ~ Lower Yuba River, Truckee River, Middle Fork Feather River, Lake Davis, Frenchman Lake, and Lost Sierra Creeks 3/18/2019 Spring has sprung in the Northern Sierra, and the seasons are changing. In the last week I’ve noticed a major shift in bird migration with robins, and other songbirds seeking the foothills and higher elevations. It won’t be long before the warblers infiltrate the Sierra meadows for late spring and summer. Many rivers are high with flows but no matter if they are clear or dirty, these types of conditions often produce the biggest trout of the year as those fish  have the power to navigate big water, and the agility to feed efficiently. Plenty of water will be in the many systems for the summer and fall, we may be out of a drought, but we all know how California is and the future of precipitation is always in question. So with that bit of good news, let’s dive into current and future conditions of my native Northern Sierra.Lower Yuba River: Current flows are at 4,500 cubes and have been creeping downwards in the last week. Though a tad high, the water is clear. A few fish are being caught, mostly with streamer patterns like minnow and sculpin patterns, and the standard black bunny leech. Hatches have been light[…]

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  • Nevada City Fly Fishing Film Tour ~ Cast Hope

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 17, 2019 | 23:11 pm

    Nevada City Fly Fishing Film Tour ~ Cast Hope Cast Hope is proud to bring you the 2019 premier of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on April 6, in Nevada City, CA at the Nevada Theater. We have a great silent auction, door prize, and a raffle with some amazing items. Baiocchi's Troutfitters is proud to be able to make donation for this grand event. Click HERE or HERE for tickets.Event Date: April 6, 2019Time: Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm sharp Location: Nevada Theater401 Broad St., Nevada City, CACost: $25 at the doorWe are very excited to announce that we will not only be hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour, we will also be hosting an AFTER PARTY at Coopers in Down Town Nevada City with Chuck Ragan, Hogan Brown of Royal Oaks, Wolf Creek Boys, and Hannah Jane Kile performing.Doors will open at 9pm and music will start at 10pm After the Fly Fishing Film Tour. $10 at the door. All Proceeds to to Cast Hope. PLUS a bonus Raffle with tickets for sale at the door. Coopers is Walking Distance from the historic Nevada Theater and is a great place to keep the Party Going after the Fly Fishing Film Festival.https://www.casthope.org/Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3)[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 3/7/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Mar 7, 2019 | 18:17 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 3/7/2019 Reported at 8am - Not much of a report as we are entering our 6th week straight of fluctuating high water levels and varying degrees of turbidity. Currently the Yuba is flowing at 17k, and Deer creek is at 1,750 cubes. Englebright dam is still spilling and the reservoir is at 106% of capacity. The Skwala hatch was short lived this year, but if the flows come down to at least 3,000 in a few weeks we could have some March Brown mayfly action to comfort the soul. Regardless, when the flows do come down the best strategy is going to be swinging streamers in the side water, even if the visibility is a foot or so. Black leeches, minnow patterns, and sculpin patterns for the grab. The only other game right now is bass in the foothill reservoirs, Bullards Bar, Englebright, and Lake Oroville will be your best bets. I'm not that into it, but if you want to learn more about foothill bass hit up Hogan Brown or Chuck Ragan.On the 19th of March I will be presenting my "High Water Tactics" program to the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers in Walnut Creek, Ca. This event is free and[…]

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  • Buying Commercially Tied Flies

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 25, 2019 | 15:41 pm

    Buying Commercially Tied Flies Though I tie most of my flies, I do buy commercially tied flies during the busy summer season, or certain patterns that burn up my valuable time. As a totally independent guide I have to rely on myself for everything. Nobody books trips for me. I must manage my own website and blog which I update on a weekly basis. Factor in marketing, networking, writing articles for magazines, upkeep on equipment (gear, boats, vehicles, etc.), and administrative duties adds up to being a full time job, which I enjoy immensely. I have a few tips for you which will make your commercially tied flies last longer and preform better on the water. 1) After purchasing your flies from your local fly shop or distributor, take the time to de barb the hook of all of the patterns in hand.2) With a bottle of Sally Hansen's Hard Nails Extreme clear formula nail polish, glue the thread wraps with a needle for precise control and flow of the liquid, and let dry. Commercially tied flies are not glued at the time they are manufactured by hand, and that's why they fall apart3) Take the time to clip off any stray hairs or other imperfections the pattern[…]

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  • Fierce Weather ~ Lower Yuba River Report ~ Presentations ~ Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 18, 2019 | 13:07 pm

    Fierce Weather ~ Lower Yuba River Report ~ Presentations ~ Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show What a series of storms! That was impressive to say the least. My new home above Nevada City is at the 3,100 foot elevation so we saw a little more snow than down below. But that didn't really matter since the storm warmed up with a sub-tropical Atmospheric River that provided rain on top snow creating more flooding issues. I was really nervous with the big winds that moved through the region, it sounded like a non stop freight train was circling my house. Conifers were being flexed beyond capacity, and many of them came down including three over North Bloomfield Road taking out power lines and utility poles - It was a mess! Temps dropped again and the snow returned, in fact as I write this on Sunday afternoon, it is still snowing.As you can see in the picture above, we have a really good snow pack that bodes well for the warmer months ahead. Records have been broken for February and the month is far from over. The forecast for the next week calls for a few days of sunshine/partly cloudy skies, then a small system dropping down from the north for Wednesday into Thursday and colder than normal temperatures. We call[…]

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  • GuideBox ~ Guided Experiences for the DIY Angler

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 12, 2019 | 16:04 pm

    GuideBox ~ Guided Experiences for the DIY Angler Whether you're new to it, want to explore new rivers, or traveling and want to get on the water, GuideBox is the quickest and easiest way to get the gear and information you need in river specific and guide-curated kits to get fishing. Designed by lifelong friends Justin Bilbao and Gregg Shaw, GuideBox is a collaborative project between professional guides, top shelf fly fishing brands, key retail partners and anglers to help you "Know Your Water". These are Guided Experiences for the DIY Angler.Each GuideBox is curated with the right flies, the right leader and the right gear for your river, at the time you want to fish it. Also included with each box is a detailed river map, guide notes, a handful of stickers, and a mystery surprise for on or off the water. Your GuideBoxcontains all the information and equipment you need to become a proficient and ethical angler, and subscribers gain access to a members only web and mobile portal with up to the minute river information, water conditions, guide notes and instructional content. Each GuideBox Contains:(8) premium, guide curated flies designed for your water, at the time you want to fish.(1) reusable, segmented GuideBox fly cup. (1)[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Update 2/4/2019 - Blown!!!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Feb 4, 2019 | 12:37 pm

    Lower Yuba River Update 2/4/2019 - Blown!!! Reported on Monday Febuary 4th at 10:40am - The parade of storm systems spinning into Northern California has greatly effected the river conditions with higher flows and turbidity. The projected river forecast is calling for flows to be between 5 and 7,000 cfs by tomorrow morning. Englebright will probably spill over as the reservoir is at 96% of capacity. Deer creek continues to rise and fall with each systems that plows through. With low snow levels last night and tonight into Tuesday, there will be more runoff in the local micro watersheds that feed into the tributary's of the North, Middle, and South forks of the Yuba. All that water collecting together for their final flow down the Lower Yuba River, and into the Feather River.I'm looking forward to days like the picture above, but it might be a while before the river has optimum conditions again. We'll just have to wait and see. Make the most of this down time by tying flies, cleaning lines, organizing gear, and reading up on a particular aquatic insect, or a certain technique for future outings. If you have any questions about the Lower Yuba River, or want to get on my calendar for 2019, just[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/28/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 28, 2019 | 17:41 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 1/28/2019 Fishing is not nearly as good on the Lower Yuba River after the last series of big storms rolled on through, but fish are still being caught though. Flows are running at 1,228 cubes as recorded at the Parks Bar Bridge gauge. Deer creek has not fallen all the way down and I assume it's because of the releases from Scott's Flat reservoir, currently the creek is at 106 cfs with a slight ramping down. Water visibility is about 3.5 feet and turning slightly green. Fishing pressure has been heavy in the more popular areas, but still plenty of spots to fish if an angler is willing to walk for it. Just because an angler has fished a run doesn't mean it won't produce again, especially if you use different tactics and flies.I read a lot of fishing reports for the Lower Yuba River, some are spot on, while others provide false information. I always report accurate information whether it is good or bad. Skwala stoneflies are a hot topic right now since they are out and available for the trout drifting downstream in the foam lines. My article above "The Skwala Hatch" which was featured in the December 2014 issue[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Update 1/21/2019

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Jan 21, 2019 | 21:14 pm

    Lower Yuba River Update 1/21/2019 7 day flow graph from 1/13 to 1/21 at 6:00 PMThe past week has seen some gnarly weather here in Northern California. Big wind, heavy rain, and as of Monday morning low elevation snowfall like here in Nevada City. Before our last round of storms, the Lower Yuba River was fishing well with consistent mayfly hatches from noon until 3pm, and the start of seeing Skwala stoneflies drifting downstream in the foam lines. Nymphing with small dark flashy nymphs, and swinging soft hackles and salmon fingerling patterns was productive as well. Currently we are waiting for the flows to come back down and the river to clear, which the Yuba does quickly when Englebright dam is not spilling over the top, and Deer Creek is not pumping in sediment. At this time, Englebright dam is at 93% of capacity and not spilling, but Yuba Water Agency is dumping water. Deer Creek kept rising this morning into the afternoon from all of the low elevation snow melting into micro watersheds that eventually add up to larger flows. Deer Creek is dropping as of this evening. I’m thinking by this coming weekend the river should be fishable, and even if it is[…]

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