A Native Northern Californian with 46 years of hands on fly fishing for trout, Jon Baiocchi carries on the tradition of sharing the knowledge and the passion passed down from his father; a fly fishing hall of famer, and a legendary voice for saving California fisheries. Jon’s home is the rich flora and fauna of the foothills to the Northern Sierra. Fishing, guiding, public speaking, tying, writing, and teaching. The legacy continues.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Fishing Report - Frenchmans Reservoir
The drive up to Frenchmans out of the town of Chilcoot is stunning this time of year, a little fall color left, and when you get to the canyon, the spectacle of the rock formations will stop you in your tracks. I had to do a photo shoot for an upcoming presentation with the San Jose Flycasters (March 9th, 2011) and thought what the heck I'll wet a line. I went to my go to spot, Snallygaster on the north west shore and the first thing I saw was some very low water levels, the lowest I have ever seen it. Water temps were 46.3 degrees and the lake was glass. I fished for a half hour from the bank and not a single bump. "The fish are not here" I said and drove up and around to Crystal Point. When I got down to the water I immediately saw a fish tailing in ankle deep water, and with one cast I had a hook up. For the next two hours I had fish rising right in front of me, there was no reason to move. I fished a Jay Fair trolling fly in brown on a #6 3xl hook, yep....BIG & UGLY! The fish liked a fast retrieve with plenty of pauses. I would cast to a tailing trout and you would think it would spook, but it boiled the fly! The takes were fierce and aggressive and I was glad I had 3x tippet on. I hooked and landed 17 fish 17-22", many fish were 3 pounders, and 1 gorgeous fish at 4 pounds. These fish are way bigger and much more beautiful than the fish at Lake Davis right now. I felt bad for the general fishing public as every hook up I had my blue heeler Madison would just go ballistic with the barking, then he would hear his echo thinking it was another dog and keep barking - He really is a nutcase, But I love him. I don't fish Frenchmans that much as Lake Davis is only 12 miles from the house, but with the quality of the fish I saw today I will be back - If mother nature allows me to.