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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fly Rods For Sale

-Walton Powell 2pc. 8’5” glass rod, lines 5, 6, 7, fair condition: $150.

-Shakespeare “spring brook” 3pc. 8’6” bamboo rod #1362, mint condition: $200.

-Fenwick 2pc. 8’ 7wt. glass rod, fair condition: $50.

-True Flex 2pc 8’ glass rod, good condition: $75.

-Scott 2pc. 10’ 7wt. graphite rod w/ Fuji titanium guides & fighting butt, good condition: $250.

-G-Loomis 9’ 5wt. graphite rod, fair condition: $100.

Please email me at (baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo.com) for photos – Jon.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Middle Fork Feather River Alert!!!

Fellow guide Jay Clark (http://www.jayclarkflyfishing.com/) sent me this disturbing picture of trash along the banks of the MFFR near Two Rivers.  The Wild & Scenic Middle Fork was one of the first rivers to be designated in 1968 and considered the most beautiful river in the state of California.  But with trash like this left behind by some inconsiderate fools, it does not go over well with our visitors who come to fish and enjoy the beauty.  What can you do?  If you can pack it in, you can pack it out.  Bring a trash bag along with you and when your done fishing pick some trash up - You'll feel good knowing that you left the river a little cleaner than before.  Larger messes can be reported to the Forest Service at their Mohawk/Beckworth station.  Through education in schools and reaching out to the youngsters we can change the mind set of "just chuck it".  Thanks in advance for helping out.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tying The Yellow Sally Stonefly

The Yellow Sally Stonefly is from the family Perlodidae and measure about a quarter inch in size.  The nymphs live in the fast water of riffles and are aquatic predators.  The adults live on foliage near streams and feed on pollen.  Though very small in size the trout really love these little stoneflies.  I come from the Gary LaFontaine school of tying where size, profile, and movement of materials used are key factors - Not color.  But this little stonefly is a bright neon yellow with wings that shimmer and shine.  I'm not a trout but often think like one and I truly believe they key in on this bug for the color.  My dad used to do well back in the day with an old school pattern; The Yellow Palmer - Now I know why!  They are hard to see for the average fly angler, but if you find one then they are out and should be fished.  The Yellow Sally is in my fly box and it should be in yours too!


Hook: Tiemco 101 #16.
Thread: Yellow 8/0.
Body: Yellow closed cell foam.
Wing: Elk Hair
Wing addition:  A few strands of pearl glister.
Hackle: Grizzly.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fishing Report - Middle Fork Feather River

At last, the river is finally in shape, so green, and so beautiful!  Perfect flows from Clio down to Two Rivers and the bugs are poppin.  From Two Rivers down the flows remain a bit high due to the inflow of Jamison Creek but very fishable.  There is the start of a BWO hatch in the morning and we can expect a spinner fall to happen in the late mornings for the next few weeks.  PMD's are out though sparse, and I saw my first golden stone adult today.  There is also a mix of caddis out - I have yet to fish the late evening but will report when I do.   Water temps are running 58-63 degrees in the Graeagle reach, expect just a few degrees cooler below Jamison.

I'd like to point out how a patch of foam is "home" to the trout in the river.  This foam gives stellar coverage for the fish and pulls in and traps all types of aquatic insects.  I had fun with this patch draggin caddis patterns across the top, 7 small rainbows came out of here.  Effective flies for high sticking today was a #6 Golden Stone nymph with a #16 BH pheasant tail flash back.  The most effective dry today was a #12 X-Caddis with a cream shuck and a brown body.  Fishing pressure is on the light side and if you don't like company just walk upstream or downstream of the access areas.  Come on up, It's time to fish the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Feather River!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Feather River Chapter Trout Unlimited Presentation

 Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Presents:
Fly Fishing the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Feather River

Fly fishing guide Jon Baiocchi will take you on a journey of the Middle Fork of the Feather River explaining different reaches of the river, techniques, and showing the varied flies that will make your next outing a success.

Where:  Mohawk Valley Resource Center, next to the barn at the corner of Highway's 89/70

When:  July 21st, 2011 @ 5:30pm

Free to the public!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lake Davis Report - Guess Who Showed Up To The Party After All!

Friends and fans of Lake Davis, The damsels have kicked it into high gear as I experienced a fantastic damsel hatch today with my long time clients Don, Gary, and Craig!  We were in the north part of the lake, and at first there were no damsels to be seen so a polliwog pattern (good ol Jay Fair wiggle tail) was the answer to some fish.  I have been observing the rainbows eating them in 2-3 feet of water - The takes are fierce!  I started to see fresh flyer's (damsels) at around 9am.
Stillborns and cripples enticed a few fish that came into a foot of water, it was a bone fishing/sight fishing kind of day.  Because of the high water the damsels can hatch anywhere, we the found the best hatch on a large bed of floating weeds, pollen, and bird feathers.  And then the mighty one flipped the switch off, the bugs stopped, and fish went on their way.  We had a smile from ear to ear as this was an encouraging day after trying to learn a new lake all over again from 35" of precip that hammered the land this winter and spring.  Surface water temps ran 62-69 with the latter being in 1-2 feet of water.

Who knows how long the hatch will last ...But I'm going to get my share of it until it becomes to hot for the fish to be released safely.  I can't fricken believe today - It was so good to see our friend the damsel make an appearance at our favorite party.

Friday, July 1, 2011

News Flash! Termites Have Hatched!!!

I saw the first major wave of termites this evening during the last hour of light.  The body is a size 14 and burnt orange in color, long furnace colored wings that are twice the body length, and a fat dark colored head.  It may take a few days but the trout will key in on them in the Middle Fork, Lake Davis, and other surrounding waters.  A small stimulator should get their attention during the evening.

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