A Native Northern Californian with 45 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.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Lake Davis News Flash! The Fall Bite Is On!
After getting two good reports from my friend Pete, I headed up to the lake to find out for myself. It's been a while since I've taken my heeler Madison up for some fun. He loves this lake more than anything else (except beef), so without him knowing I loaded the truck up and we were gone. After the first cattle guard crossing he knew all to damn well where we were going! I fished the Cow Creek area and there was not a soul in sight, bliss silence, and not a puff of wind - Complete glass. I just walked the bank and looked for risers, and there was plenty of targets. The rainbows would be in pods and singles just cruising around in 3-8 feet of water down the shoreline. The surface water temps at 10am were 61.2 and by noon were at 65.5. Calibaetis mayflies #16 were present in both duns and spinners. Blood midge #14 were hatching as was a #18 tan midge.
I fished the dry today, a #14 blood midge emerger that floats well, yet sits flush in the film. I hooked 6 fish, and missed 2. It was fun fishing today, working to a single fish until you got a take. All my fish were clean today with lots of color ranging from 16-19". They are red hot torpedo's when hooked, blistering runs like days of old! I'm finding cleaner fish in the skinny water and fish with parasites out in deeper open water - ? From here on out till the lake ices over there will be some incredible fishing! Look for the peak to be around the last week of Oct. I hope many of you can get out and take advantage of the fall fishing here at Lake Davis - It's special.