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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report ~ 5/5/2019

Yesterday was another gorgeous day on the Truckee River, love those sunny Spring days after a long winter. There is a chance of thunderstorms and precipitation from today through Tuesday evening, well at least that is the forecast for now. One thing is for certain, cloudy weather provides better trout fishing with lower light conditions. The flows have been ramped down a tad from Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, Prosser, and Stampede. Water temps have come up to 48 degrees as recorded in the afternoons of the last week. Runoff is all dependent on air temps, wind, and direct solar radiation. Warmer windy days with bluebird skies will result in a more rapid melt, cool cloudy days will lessen that effect. Typical angling pressure exists during this time on the upper watershed.

From Prosser creek upstream water clarity is still much better and because of such, small dark flashy and subtle nymphs are actually more effective than the big stuff. Try colors like black, brown, and dark olive. Oh, and never leave home without a quiver of worms in flesh, red, and pink. My guests and I have lured some trout from under overhanging willows and smaller log jams with bigger streamers like sculpins and baby brown and rainbow trout patterns. Not much in the way of hatches, I have yet to see a March Brown, or any Carpenter ants yet, just a whole lot of midges.

Special thanks to Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers and a few new members who participated in yet another in depth and informative High Water Workshop. I just love sharing the knowledge I’ve learned over the last 4 decades, and seeing anglers quickly progress in their skill set. I may have some spots opening up for the 5/18 workshop, so stay tuned.

Looking forward to the season ahead, It’s going to be good for a long time. See ya out there where the wild things are…

Jon Baiocchi / Baiocchi’s Troutfitters ~ baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo.com ~ 530.228.0487

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 4/28/2019

Gorgeous warm weather and blue skies have dominated the skies in the Northern Sierra for the last week, and the flows keep pumping at a high level on the Truckee River. At the Granite campground station on Hwy 89 the flows are at 1,530 cubes, add in Donner Creek at 443 cfs and you will find the flows through the town of Truckee at 1,973. Along the Glenshire stretch below the added inflows of Trout creek and Martis creek, flows are 2,430 cubes. Below the Boca inflow, 3800 cfs. During the spring runoff you’ll notice slight pulses in the graphs from freeze/thaw cycles. The highest flows appear around midnight with the lowest flows in the mid-morning. Fishing pressure is heavy in the more popular spots on the Truckee River, but there is plenty of areas that are off the beaten path. Water temps range from 42-46 degrees. The forecast for peak runoff in the Northern Sierra is the last week of May at this time, conditions can change due to weather and air temps, so check back here frequently.

The fishing is decent if you are willing to put in the work, not a lot of fish, but bigger quality trout. Tight line nymphing, and streamers remain to be the game to be played. From Prosser creek upstream the water clarity is much better and you can use smaller flashier nymphs. Other than that, the same old basic menu of bacon & eggs, stones, crawdads, and larger attractor nymphs. The right type of water is not that plentiful so move around to multiple spots, put in quality presentations, get out and move on.

Above is the type of water you are looking for, slow moving calmer water with some depth, next to the main flow. Approach the edges of the river with caution and stealth as some trout are in skinny water within the submerged native grasses that are currently underwater. Large bushes next to the bank with accumulated woody debris and logs often harbor a large trout as it is a prime singular holding area.

The Little Truckee is outside it’s banks running at 1,260, way above the average mean flow. Big water everywhere you look.

Special thanks to group #2 of High Sierra Flycasters out of the Gradnerville / Minden area for participating in my High Water Workshop. I’ve have two more scheduled in May, but they are filled up. Look for my upcoming presentations from my following post, and new dates for the High Water Workshop in 2020. Be careful out there and don’t take chances, live to fish another day… 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Upcoming May Presentation Schedule ~ 2019

On Tuesday March 7th I will be presenting “High Water Tactics” to my local club, Gold Country Fly Fishers. One of my best programs ever where I cover the source of high water events, safety, a trout’s vision in dirty water, water to target during big flows, Tight Line nymphing, streamer presentations, leader formulas, equipment, and fly patterns. This event is free to nonmembers. The meeting starts with a "Social Hour" from 5:30 to 6:30 with the meeting starting at 6:30 and ending by 9:00 pm. Nevada County Fairgrounds, Ponderosa Building, Gate #2, Grass Valley, CA. I sure hope you can make it. You do not want to miss this program with our current “High Water” conditions.

The next evening on May 8th I will be in Stockton, Ca presenting to Delta Fly Fishers with the same program “High Water Tactics”. John R. Williams School, 2450 Meadow Ave, Stockton, CA, 7 to 9 pm. If your near the area stop on by. This event is free to nonmembers.

The last stop on my mini presentation tour will be at Mt. Tam Fly Fishers May 9th with an all new program “Creekin the Lost Sierra”. I’ll explain the unique geographic area of South Eastern Plumas National Forest, my favorite creeks, blue lining, must have equipment, and fly selection. For those that love small water and solitude, this is the program for you. This event is free to nonmembers. Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201, Upstairs, above the AT&T store – 7pm. Right off 101 at Tamalpais Blvd, Corte Madera.

A week later on May 16th I will be at Orvis of Roseville with an all new presentation on the North Fork Yuba River, one of California's most beautiful watersheds with an ample amount of wild trout. You'll learn about the different sections of the river from top to bottom, flies, presentations, equipment, entomology, and local inside knowledge from legally guiding the NFYR for the last 7 years. I hope to see you at one of these events, and as always I love to share the knowledge of fly fishing.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report 4/22/2019

Two words for the Truckee River right now, big and bold. Flows have come up even more since my last report with the Glenshire stretch at 2,200 cubes, Prosser Creek outflow is at 450 cfs, and below the Boca bridge the Truckee is moving pretty good at 3,640 cfs. Water temps have been at around 42 degrees. Water clarity is good from Prosser upstream and a little color from there downstream – Which is a good thing, I feel the fishing is a little better with colored up water as it hides you, and you can use heavier tippet, plus it masks mistakes in your presentation. Big flies, and longer worms; rubber legged Stonefly nymphs, worms in red, flesh, and pink, 8mm eggs (10mm in dirty water), and larger attractor nymphs like Jumbo Johns in darker colors. It’s all about finding the right type of holding water that has not been beaten to death.

Special thanks to members of the Diablo Fly Fishers for another successful High Water Tactics Workshop. Be safe out there and use the buddy system.

The first wildflower of spring in the Northern Sierra is out and blooming, the Alpine Buttercup ~ Ranunculus eschscholtzii

Friday, April 12, 2019

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 down from 2,100) and below Boca they are at 3,440 cfs. Lots of folks out fishing and quite a number of bent rods too, those in the know are experienced anglers in high water conditions. Tight line nymphing and streamers (high stick or swinging) are the two methods of operation. Finding soft spots along the bank with some depth and a walking speed current is best to be successful. Big worms, stone fly nymphs, eggs, and bigger nymphs like Jumbo Johns are working well. As the water clarity gets worse keep in my mind those trout can see a lot better than you think. I have three spots open for the High Water Workshop on May 4th. Shoot me an email at baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo, or give me a call at 530.228.0487 

Yuba River Update - The flows got down to 4k on the 1st and 2nd of April and my clients on both days got into fish, in fact those rainbows were super grabby. Swinging minnows did it for us as well as nymphing with stones and worms. Water clarity at that time was pretty much clear with about 4 feet of visibility. The Yuba  jumped up to 8k last week and now is down to 6,440 cubes. I have no idea of the clarity right now but a guide buddy told me it was really dirty down by Marysville a few days ago. I expect the flows to be high until all the snow melts in the mountains, then the Ag flows will kick in until September 1st. Doubt I'll be back down, but for sure you can find me in the Northern Sierra.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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 in the last week and I have not seen a riser. Yuba Water Agency will continue to release flows from Englebright dam in the 3,500 cfs range and they expect that Englebright will keep spilling for the next week at the earliest. These higher than normal mean flows will most likely keep on going for the next month or more, then YWA will continue with the agriculture flows through the end of August. Trout have to eat. Don’t let high water hamper your efforts.

Truckee River: I’m switching gears next week and will be guiding and fishing the Truckee River. I’ve got some good reports from my close friends who guide and fish up there full time. I love high water on the Truckee River as the trout are concentrated in the soft water next to the bank. Where there is one, there are another 5 more. Prime lies matter most to them during this time of year, and since they can be far and few between, they learn to share them. Big worms, stones, eggs, and large dark nymphs will work best for nymphing. Streamer game is on point too. It’s not all about the swing and strip either, High stick nymphing a heavy streamer such as a crayfish in the right water will get results. Look for more reports from here on out from me. I’m looking forward to getting back to my roots once again.

Middle Fork Feather River: Last season on the MFFR was the best in a long time, and with an abundance of water again, look for conditions to be even better. Large trout migrate heavily in this river during high water. During the higher flows of spring, bigger fish will be spread out in the upper watershed. Streamer tactics often entice the 18-24” fish, but you’ll have to work hard for them. As the flows drop most trout will go with the flow and head down to the canyons, especially when water temperatures have spiked upwards, but then the bass and carp games reveal themselves with a different and unique option. Spring and fall on the MFFR offer something that most rivers in California can't – Solitude, especially if an angler is willing to hike away from the major access areas. 

The Middle Fork Feather River is managed by the US Forest Service as stated in the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act by Congress in 1967. The people own the river, and there is no private water. Being a navigable river, any person that is fishing, hiking, or recreating can move up and down the river as long as they have entered on public land, or by a Cal Trans easement and staying within the high water mark. If you’re hiring a guide for the MFFR, make sure they have proof of a US Forest Service Special Use Permit to commercially operate there. I look forward to sharing my decade’s long experience with fly anglers new to the Middle Fork Feather River.

Lake Davis & Frenchman Lake: Currently Lake Davis is at 83% of capacity, and Frenchman Lake is at 84% of capacity. I really don’t like when Lake Davis is really full, there is less coves and the fish are scattered and harder to find. Also the weed beds from the season before are much deeper. I do like Frenchman when it is high as the north end of the lake is more productive, and it spreads out other water recreationist though out the lake so they do not tend to interfere with us fly anglers. At the beginning of March I had a short meeting on the phone with the head fisheries biologist for Plumas and Sierra counties about Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake. The first question raised was do fly anglers want Brown trout in LD, I said very much so and that it may bring back fly anglers to the lake. As you know many fly anglers gravitate to the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers to quench their appetite for browns. We agreed the browns could put a dent into the out of control bass population as well. This plant could very well happen if everything falls into place. LD will be receiving 40,000 catchable Eagle Lakers, and 40,000 sub catchable Eagle Lakers for 2019. When those plants will happen is unknown at this time.

Frenchman Lake will receive 150,000 sub catchable Eagle Lakers for 2019. The reason the lakes have not been planted in the last few years is due to a change in planting schedules. These schedules have a starting month and an ending month within the calendar year. There was a delay in implementing the new schedule which led to no overlap of the schedules, thus impending a dry period. This was not caught until late July of 2018 which led them to plant 20,000 pounds of catchable rainbows in August at LD. We should see better results in the following years, especially year 3. Now if they could change the regs from a 5 fish limit to 2, and 4 in possession instead of 10, I'd be really happy. The future looks bright!

Lost Sierra Creeks: With a huge snow pack this year, you can expect conditions to be a month later than normal. I’m thinking the last week of June into the end of September will be best. The creeks of Eastern Plumas County fished really well last year since the drought, just like my dad used to say “If you want better fishing and bigger fish, just add water!”

If you’re looking to fish the Northern Sierra and the creeks of the Lost Sierra this spring, summer, and fall, do not hesitate in contacting me for a trip, advice, or information. As a Northern Sierra native, I’m always willing to share the knowledge. 530.228.0487 baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo.com 

See you on the water…

Sunday, March 17, 2019

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, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm sharp
Location: Nevada Theater
401 Broad St., Nevada City, CA
Cost: $25 at the door

We 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.

Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization positively impacting youth and their mentors in communities throughout Northern California, Southern California, and Western Nevada through free fly fishing experiences. Through our program, clients build mentoring relationships, fly fishing skills, outdoor knowledge, sustainable practices, and personal values. Cast Hope's gift of fly fishing empowers each mentoring pair to grow closer as they make fly fishing a healthy hobby they can do together.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

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 open to the public. I encourage you to come check it out, you'll learn much and it will help you to prepare for fishing the high flows we will be encountering from now through spring. See you there!

Monday, February 25, 2019

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 apart

3) Take the time to clip off any stray hairs or other imperfections the pattern may have.

4) For dry flies, soak each fly in Loon Outdoors Hydrostop liquid and let dry for 48 hours. Your dry flies will float longer and will resist from being drowned by excessive water.

Once you've completed all of the steps above, the flies you bought will last longer and preform better while you are on the water. Make your well earned money last longer buy taking the extra time and attention of sealing the deal.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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 the forecast beyond 10 days the fantasy range because the forecast models lose so much accuracy that far out. It still appears that we could see a brief period of high-pressure building in over the West Coast during the week of the 25th bringing a drier and milder pattern. I for one am hoping for a brief dry spell.

Well, the Lower Yuba River got up to 21,819 cubes at its peak, and Englebright dam was spilling over at its max of 105% of capacity. Flows have come way down and are now at 3,970 cfs, and Englebright is still spilling at 101% of capacity. I have not been down to the river in over a week so I have no idea how the clarity of the water is. I do know before the storm the water had about 2-3 feet of visibility and my friends were catching a few fish nymphing with dirt snakes and stones. With big water events the water within Englebright will be saturated with suspended silt and sometimes it can takes weeks for it to clear, even though the flows have come down. I'll be heading down there in the coming week to keep tabs on the current conditions and will provide some pictures on my FB page.

On this coming Thursday evening, February 21st, I will be presenting to Peninsula Fly Fishers with my High Water Tactics program. With all of that new rain and snowfall, this program is perfect for the conditions upon us and the spring thaw of the Sierra snowpack. Techniques, tactics, water to target, tight line nymphing, streamer presentations, equipment, and flies will all be covered. Doors open at 7pm at the PFF clubhouse located at 1665 Fernside St. Redwood City, Ca 94061. The event is free and open to the public. For more information click HERE

The biggest fly fishing show in California takes place this coming February 22nd through the 24th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. If you never been to this event, it is a must for the fly angler looking to increase their knowledge and awareness. Manufacturers will be there showcasing their latest soft and hard goods, along with celebrities, legends of the sport, speakers, master fly tiers, guides, casting demonstrations, and clinics. I will be working in the Truckee Guide Network booth, # E-11, along side Da Dean of Guides, Frank Pisciotta. Stop on by and shoot the breeze, or learn about the fantastic opportunities like the Native Sons Truckee Tours for 2019. For more information on the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show click HERE 

Still snowing...Heavily now...See you on the water...Hopefully soon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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 GuideBox contains 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) river specific 9’ tapered GuideBox leader.
(1) river specific spool of GuideBox tippet.
(1) pack of GuideBox weights.
(1) GuideBox indicator.
(1) River Data card with map and access points.
(1) Guide card with Guide Notes and intel.
(2) GuideBox stickers.
(1) mystery item for on or off water use.

The GuideBox roster of fly fishing guides brings decades of knowledge and experience to each unique GuideBox. Navigate through the website to learn more about the GuideBox pros who curate each box to help you succeed, and learn how to be a subscriber to this useful and informative fly fishing tool. I'm extremely stoked to be a part of this project and looking forward to creating more boxes for the aspiring fly angler!


Monday, February 4, 2019

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 give me a call at 530.228.0487, or shoot me an email at baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo.com

Monday, January 28, 2019

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 of California Fly Fisher is a great source of information. Behavior from nymphs to adults, fly patterns, and strategies are covered in depth. The info is from decades of being on the water studying this special stoner by my colleagues and I. If you've already read it, it's worth going back and refreshing your memory. Skwalas do not hatch in the afternoon, they hatch (metamorphosis from nymph to an adult) in the middle of the night. Skwalas become active around 12pm or when the air temperatures warm up, they are most active during the warmest time of the day and continue for a few hours more. They can live over a month or more because they can eat (pollen), and drink water. The female can also mate multiple times. There are some fish already taking the adult off the surface, and you can expect more action in the weeks to come. Look for the hatch to peak around the third week of February, and wane during the middle of March.

I have not seen very many mayflies since the last high water event. Before we had BWOs, PMDs, Pinkies, and a few Gray Drakes. I'm sure they will be back very soon. There is a tremendous population explosion of Glossosoma caddis (Little Brown Short-Horned Sedge) in the river right now. You can expect many evenings in spring into summer being thick with possible blanket hatches. I feel sorry for these little caddis. Once they make their home of fine pebbles, they are permanently fixed to that rock until pupation is completed. When water levels drop naturally, or man made they die.

Unsettled weather will be moving in starting late Tuesday through Thursday with a good size storm Friday through Saturday with heavy rain in the forecast. Sunday we could see a much colder pattern drop down the coast with falling temperatures leading into a possible dry spell. The models have been inconstant looking into the long range forecast.

My Skwala Workshop for the 9th of February is booked up. The Dry Fly Workshop on March 2nd has 4 openings left, and the Skwala Workshop on the ninth also has 4 openings available. If you want in, give me a ring at 530.228.0487, or email me at baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo.com. See you on the water...

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