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Fishing Report

North Fork Yuba River Report

Jon Baiocchi / Baiocchi’s Troutfitters Reports on 9.8.2016

The North Fork Yuba River continues to fish well from the top of the watershed, down to the lower reaches below Downieville. Water temps have dropped a few degrees with the colder overnight low air temperatures. Fishing pressure is extremely light, and you’ll be able to find complete solitude now, especially mid-week. Water levels are at...

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Northern Sierra Foothill Report

Jon Baiocchi Report on 9.1.2016

North Fork Yuba River

summer is coming to an end, days are noticeably shorter, mornings are colder, and the sun is arcing lower in the horizon each day. The North Fork Yuba River is still fishing well. You’ll have better success if you seek out sections that have not been fished; it’s time to hike into remote sections of the unknown. Water temperatures are stable at...

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Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi reports on 8.11.2016


I just completed a 5 day run up on the North Fork Yuba River and my guests and I had such an awesome time as the fishing has been great. Water temperatures are still cool ranging from 55 to 57 degrees in the morning, and topping out at 62 to 64 degrees in the late afternoon in the upper most part of the watershed. Location is everything, and locating where the deep...

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North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi Reports on 7.15.2016

The North Fork Yuba River has been fishing very well from morning to early afternoon, then for the evening hatch. Water temps in the upper watershed are still on the cold side from 56 to 61 degrees, they will be a little higher the more one travels downstream. I’m very surprised how much water is still flowing down the river for the middle of July, and in the...

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North Fork Yuba Fly Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi / Baiocchi’s Troutfitters Reports on 7.6.2016

North Fork Yuba River - Conditions are perfect right now for the most beautiful watershed in all of California. The North Fork screams fun fishing, boulder hopping, dry flies, and solitude. Water temps are ranging from 56 to 61 degrees. Dry / dropper rigs are best, or for the evening hatch just go with a single fly like Ralph’s E/C Caddis...

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Lake Davis & North Fork Yuba Report

Jon Baiocchi/Baiocchi’s Troutfitters reports on 5.18.2016

5/18 – Big changes were observed today at Lake Davis, namely the food source for resident trout was in abundance. Water temps have come up quickly and are ranging from 56 to 59 degrees; you’ll see slightly higher water temps in shallow flats/points with a dark mud bottom. Fishing pressure is moderate at the more popular areas, but solitude...

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Northern Sierra Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi Reports on 4.20.2016

The Truckee River is fishing pretty well right now, and the flows are dropping into shape. The Glenshire stretch is at 220 cubes, and the upper canyon is running at 625 cfs, a tad higher down by Floriston. With higher flows, fish the side water first before venturing out. All of the fish last week were in deeper slower water next to the main flow/seam. Flesh Juan...

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North Fork Yuba River Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi / Baiocchi’s Troutfitters Reports on 9.2.2015


Not too many changes from my last report, but the lower river is turning on. The spinner fall is beyond belief, so many mayflies, it’s absolutely unbelievable. I had a trip last week that really puts things into perspective. Meet Lily, a nine year old little girl that rock climbs, rides moto, and pretty much dominates any of the above. She...

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North Fork Yuba River reportJon Baiocchi reports on 8.25.2015...

North Fork Yuba River report

Jon Baiocchi reports on 8.25.2015

Water levels have dropped even more, and the bigger plunge pools have noticeably more resident rainbows living there. It’s so important now to make your presentations in the pockets, pools, and slots that have a depth greater than 2 feet. There has been a good deal of fishing pressure on the weekends, but during the week it is extremely light. The fish have been getting hammered in the more popular areas with easy river access, the more you hike into the remote sections, the better the fishing. Water temperatures are still very cool, yesterday in the upper reached was 56 at 8am rising to 62 by 1pm.

The early morning spinner fall of psudocleons (tiny BWO’s #20-22) has intensified even more, you’ll see females punching through the surface meniscus of the water as they scuba dive to the bottom to lay their eggs around 9 to 10:30am. The dragonflies have keyed in on them too, and it’s very entertaining watching them munch and crunch on the fly, in fact it’s really cool. Hoppers are getting more attention, but the population is down from years past, maybe the drought has had something to do with that. Ants continue to be the trout’s favorite, they must taste good to those rainbows, I’ve tried them and nearly puked – Not a good idea.

Big bushy dry flies in yellow, orange, or black with a purple Psycho Prince ( #16), or ant (#12-16) trailer is receiving great results. I’m starting to guide further down the canyon now in the mornings as both air and water temperatures continue to fall, yet still above Downieville. Keep in mind the water temps come up much more quickly in this section as it does not have the abundance of springs as the upper section does. I’ll be scouting Lake Davis in the weeks to come, and locating where the largest concentrations of those big rainbows are cruising and feeding. Trips are starting to come, and I’m booking dates. If you want in on the action, give me a call at 530.228.0487, or shoot me an email at Best of luck out there, absorb the beauty of the land, and live large.

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North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi / Baiocchi’s Troutfitters Reports on 8.20.2015

The North Fork Yuba continues to fish well as we head down the home stretch for the upper watershed. It’s been chilly in the morning, but the day quickly warms once the sun starts to bake the region. Water temps today registered 56 at 8am rising to 61 by 12:30pm. Fishing pressure has been extremely light during the week days, on the...

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