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Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

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Jon Baiocchi reports on 10.25.18

Blazing fall colors and wild trout fattening up for winter, it just doesn’t get any better. The weather has been fantastic in the high country with warm days and cold nights. 

The feeding schedule for trout has changed and an angler will want to fish during the warmest time of the day, or when water temperatures rise where both bugs and trout become more active. Fishing pressure is light, and solitude is easy to find.

Lake Davis - water temps are now down to 51 and the Fall bite is full steam ahead. The Northern end of lake is where it’s at. You’ll want to move around and cover water. Best action has been making presentations while stripping in 8 to 25 feet of water, 3 feet down. Brown and olive buggers, plus some minnows patterns is all you need. There are a few fish in the skinny shallows and I expect more to be in there in the weeks to come.

North Fork Yuba River - don’t even get on water until noon, wait for water temps to climb to 51 degrees. Dry dropper rigs have been great! Orange Stimis with a bwo nymph hanging off the back has been very effective. Hatches include bwo mayflies, October caddis, and smaller caddis. Fishing pressure is light. 

Middle Fork Feather River - same conditions as the North Fork Yuba River, except fishing pressure is non existent. Concentrate your efforts downstream of the Two Rivers access. Red copper John’s have been hot, and orange Stimis as well. Good hatches from to 2 to 4pm, bwo, and lots of different size caddis.
I’m done guiding the Northern Sierra and will be on the Lower Yuba River full time. Hit me up if you want to learn about the river, or a private tour that will teach you everything from access areas, rigging, flies, entomology, and one on one guiding. 530.228.0487/
Jon Baiocchi
407 Gracie Rd
Nevada City, Ca 95959
530 228 0487

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