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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FT3 Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017 ~ Nevada City, Ca

Gold Country Fly Fishers (GCFF) is bringing the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) to the Grass Valley / Nevada City area. The Fly Fishing Film Tour is a great event that is presented by Costa, Simms and Yeti. The film is produced by Webeye Entertainment based in Boulder, Colorado.

The event will be held on April 26th, 2017 at the Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California. With trout season beginning on April 28th, we thought this would be a great way to get the angler community excited for opening weekend! 

There will be several films showcasing beautiful fly fishing destinations from Bolivia to Seychelles, British Columbia to Patagonia, from Zambia and Virginia to Montana. The notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on a quest for adventure around the globe!

Baiocchi's Troutfitters is proud to help sponsor the event, and all proceeds go to conservation measures through Gold Country Fly Fishers (GCFF) which benefits programs such as Trout in the Classroom, Malakoff Diggins Kids Fishing Derby, Girl Scout Camps, Boy Scout Merit Badge programs, Sierra Streams Institute, South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Englebright Cleanup, Yuba River Cleanup and Restoration, and many more. 

Tickets are available at Reel Anglers Fly Shop in GrassValley for a reduced price of $15. Tickets can also be purchased online for $18 at http://flyfilmtour.com/buy-tickets/ 

See you there!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show ~ 2017

It's that time of year again for the greatest fly fishing event on the west coast, The Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show will take place on Friday the 24th through Sunday the 26th. If you're really into fly fishing, and have never been to the show, it's a must do! You'll be able to check out the latest gear from top manufacturers, and have the availability to listen to the industries top guides, casters, celebrities, authors, and instructors.

I will be speaking on Sunday the 26th at 10am in building P with my "Mastering the Dry Fly" program, a very technical presentation with unique animated slides that provides the audience with clear and concise information. The program has been receiving rave reviews for 2017 from numerous fly clubs across the region.

I will also be helping Lance Gray & Company, and Rob Anderson's Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing with booth duties on all three days. Drop by and let's talk trout and the many opportunities for fly fishing in the northern Sierra.

For complete information on the show including schedules and exhibitors click HERE. See you there!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lower Yuba River Update & Nor Cal Fly Fishing Outlook

The Lower Yuba River crested on the 10th at 83,173 cubes, and retreated down to 8k on the 13th. In the last 24 hours the water level has increased around 19k and stabilizing. The river continues to be big, dirty, and unfishable. There is another parade of storms lined up to slam us this week with an atmospheric river of moisture starting this Thursday. The waiting game continues. We may not see the river come down to 2k or below until next September, which has happened before during years of excessive precipitation and a large snowpack. The Truckee river was fishable for a little while until the last deluge hit. Currently it's still pretty big with flows on the Glenshire stretch at 1,140 cubes and in the Canyon the flows are running at about 3k. Like I have said before, the Truckee can be fishable sooner than most because it sits at the top of the watershed, and colder conditions allow for less melt of the snowpack...unless we have high snow levels, which are forecasted at the start of the series of storms.

Photo by Gonzalo Peewee Curiel

Because of all the water the north state has received so far for this season, conditions have changed dramatically for our reservoirs and roadways. Lake Oroville water level increased to the point where large releases had to be made though the main spillway or the dam was going to breach. I'm sure you are well aware of what happened in the last week with the spillway failing, and after the Department of Water Resources turned it off for inspection of the newly formed hole, the lake continued to rise.

Photo by Gonzalo Peewee Curiel

The decision was made to run the main spillway which would further damage the release chute, they had no choice as the lake reached its maximum capacity of 900 feet with all forks of the Feather producing a huge volume of inflow. An emergency spillway which was never used before was the only option as the elevation increased to 902 feet. Excessive erosion occurred at the base of the Emergency spillway and there was a possibility that a section of the 30 foot tall wall could be compromised. Evacuations of the Oroville area commenced and nearly 200 thousand people had to be relocated. The evacuation order has been lifted and residents couldn't be happier to return to their homes.

 Photo by Gonzalo Peewee Curiel

There has been way too much finger pointing and misinformation spread on the internet by self proclaimed experts who think they could do a better job than DWR. These are people who jump on the bandwagon claiming they have known all along. The Baiocchi family certainly knows about DWR as they have filed hundreds of formal complaints and motions of intervention the last 47 years on a number of projects including Oroville dam through the FERC relicensing process. I really do not have an opinion at this time other than large amounts of water should have been released from the dam a month ago after the amount of snow and precipitation the northern Sierra received. When you have been in a drought, I guess it's easy to be greedy with storage capacity. I really hope everything is ok, I would hate see a bunch of people, livestock, and family pets lose their lives. We're not out of the woods yet.

Not much fishing happening right now, and I'm thankful for a half dozen article request from magazines, and presentations to fly clubs to help pay the bills. One thing is certain, my fly boxes sure look good right now. Stay positive, Summer is sure looking good right now...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trout Unlimited Article ~ "Voices From The River".

Check out the my latest interview with Sam Davidson of Trout Unlimited in their monthly column "Voices of the River". It sure does bring back some great memories of my childhood, and reinstates my future path of sharing fly fishing, and conservation for our watersheds. Click HERE to view the article.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February Presentations

For the month of February I have three speaking engagements featuring my newest Powerpoint program "Mastering The Dry Fly - A Visual Experience". The feedback I've received from the clubs that I have presented to is overwhelming. I hope you can make it to one of the locations listed below and learn about the epitome of fly fishing.

On Tuesday the 7th I will be at my home club Gold Country Fly Fishers, the general meeting starts at 7pm, followed by my presentation. The meeting place is located at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Ponderosa building, Gate #2 off McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley. The public is welcome and it is a free event.

Wednesday the 8th I'll be down in the bay area speaking to Flycasters of San Jose, one of the oldest fly fishing clubs in the state, and one of the largest in the world. The meeting starts at 7pm, followed by my presentation. The Flycasters meet at Moreland Apartments meeting room located on the northeast corner of Payne and Saratoga. Doors open at 6:30pm. This is a free event, and welcome to the public.

On Thursday the 16th, my speaking circuit takes me to my other home club of Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers. Their meeting takes place at the Truckee Recreation Center located at 8924 Donner Pass Rd. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the meeting starting at 6pm. I expect to see all my Truckee peeps to show up for this presentation. This event is also free and open to the public.

I can't wait to see all of you at these great fly fishing clubs and talk about the amazing world of the dry fly. See you there...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lower Yuba River Tours For 2017

Lance Gray and I have 3 Lower Yuba River Tours coming up in April and May. These Tours are great and you'll learn all you need to know about the river once it drops back into shape.

The tour includes transportation, a riverside lunch, beverages, and snacks during the day. Handouts for the tour will include maps, access areas, flies, rigging setups, recommended equipment, and special features with helpful hints that pertain to the fishery. A complete list of all the equipment that is needed will be attached to the confirmation package upon securing your date.

For rates & dates, contacts, and all the info you need, click on our Yube Tour electronic flier HERE

We are looking forward to sharing the knowledge with you, and enjoying our time together on the water!

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