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Top Ten flies for stillwater

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing

By Jon Baiocchi
05/24/13 -- Stillwater fishing has progressed at a rapid pace in the last decade. Techniques, rods, lines, and even the players on the field have gone in different directions to hone their craft. It has almost become personal now, the way we want to present our offering to the fish in our own special style.

Stillwater anglers should have many individual skills in their approach to the fertile waters at hand. Think of these skills like tools in a carpenter’s belt, each tool with a specific purpose in mind. Indicators, sinking lines, floaters, drop lining, and the dry game all rely on one key element; flies.

I’ve compiled an essential list of flies that every Stillwater technician should not be without. These flies are for trout, some are old, and others are standards. Then there are the ones that cross the line and take it too far like my “Baiocchi” ties with a special twist. Welcome to the staircase of progression in stillwater fly tying.

1) The Sheep Creek Special

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George Biggs of Jerome, Idaho developed this fly for Sheep Creek Reservoir in northern Nevada. It’s an all-rounder type of pattern that suggests it could be many different things. For Lake Davis and Frenchman’s Reservoir, it’s a must have. I tie my version on a heavy scud hook instead of the long shank; it has better hooking power with a more defined silhouette of a snail.

2) The Jay Fair Wiggle Tail

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Jay Fair Wiggle Tail

I love Jay’s simple approach to creating this fly, the marabou tail tied sparse with the right length makes this pattern come alive! This fly would not be complete unless it is tied with Jay’s proven materials; his colors glow and give the wiggle tail a three dimensional look. This fly has given me great success on many different lakes across the west.

3) The Swimming Rabbit Hair Leech

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Swimming Rabbit Hair Leech

This fly does exactly what the name suggests; it moves and provides the perfect silhouette of a natural leech. Klamath Lake and Eagle Lake have abundant populations of leeches and this pattern has shined with flying colors in these waters. It offers more bang for your buck than a Wooly Bugger, and its durability is bombproof. Rust is my first choice of color, followed by black.

4) The Callibaetis nymph

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Callibaetis nymph

This is a top producer when the mayflies of a lake are brewing up a hatch under partly cloudy skies. The old standard has been the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, a great fly on its own but I’ve been doing extremely well with my Z-Lon Callibaetis. Add a copper flashback and you’ll have even more fish attracting qualities. When it comes to this pattern, size, shape, and movement is more important than color.

5) The Damsel Nymph

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Damsel Nymph

The damselfly hatch in spring is one that many fly anglers have a special passion for. It offers them a chance to hook large trout just under the surface or stalk them off the bank. When tying these patterns keep them sparse with lots of moving parts. I like to fish two types; one leaded for deeper water before the hatch, and the other tied for shallow water that will “hover” in the strike zone. Keep in mind that damsels change color to match their surroundings. As the weeds change in color, so do the nymphs.

6) The Blood Midge

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, The Blood Midge

Much has been written about this famous chironomid. Its abundant hemoglobin lends it the red coloration that suggests its common name and enables it to live in the oxygen poor muddy substrate called the ‘death zone’. I can remember hatches at Lake Davis back in the day when your boat would be spotted red with the blood of these midges from the ride back at dusk. This simple blood midge tied on a heavy pupa hook with red thread, gold wire, a white bead, and coated in nail polish is all you need. It shines in both Indicator fishing and the traditional strip.

7) The Blood Midge Emerger

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Blood Midge Emerger

Many innovative tiers have their own special blood midge emerger, including myself. The key elements that make a winning model is one that keeps the butt of the fly in the water, and the head and wings above the surface where it is visible to the angler’s eye. My pattern incorporates a mohair shuck, a foam body, followed by a white foam post with a burnt orange hackle wrapped parachute style. Refusals are rare with this fly.

8) The Floating Snail

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Floating Snail

When snails are out dancing on the surface like buoys in the wind, trout line up for an easy high calorie meal. The use of foam in our flies has brought our fishing to a whole new level as they float like a cork, and wobble about. What’s killer about this fly is that it also doubles as a camouflage indicator for spooky trout.

9) The Parachute Midge Emerger

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Parachute Midge Emerger

Scott Sanchez of Jackson Hole, WY developed this fly for fussy trout on the Snake River. Though it was never intended to be used as a specifically stillwater fly, its performance is unmatched. The way it sits in the film is identical to a real midge emerging into its new world of the wild blue yonder. The key ingredient is the ribbing of pearl crystal flash that shimmers and shines, attracting many trout from just below the surface.

10) The Scud

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing, Scud

The freshwater shrimp populates most of our lakes in high desert areas stretching well up into Oregon. Scuds supply trout with a super high protein meal that makes them grow large and fast. Picking out the dubbing from under the body gives it a translucency that trout key in on. Effective colors are brown, olive, and gray. Trout will have no trouble seeing pregnant females; they’re bright orange!

Jon Baiocchi has been fly fishing and tying flies since 1972 and is a California licensed fly fishing guide, published author, educator, innovative tier, and public speaker giving fly fishing presentations to clubs and expos around the state. Jon operates Baiocchi’s Troutfitters guide service in Northeastern California where he has a reputation as a hard working guide who has been trained by some of fly fishing’s best known master anglers.


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Kenny Priest author badge for myoutdoorbuddy.com
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Joe Reiter, Eagle Lake Trout , Val Aubrey, EagleLakeFishing.net
Article and photos by Val Aubrey
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Shane Peirson holding winning fish caught on Sacramento River for the Future Pro Tour Capitol City Showdown, Vince Harris
By Vince Harris
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Eagle Lake, Bryan Roccucci, Big Daddy's Guide Service
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Photo courtesy of FISHBIO, radiated seas, Erin Laury
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 Jarod Perdue from Salem (left) and his brother Jacob from Medford caught these salmon at Social Security Bar on the Chetco River while fishing with guide David Castellanos.
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Denise Arnold with one of her largest caught today. By Scott Caldwell
By Scott Caldwell
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Lake Berryessa 5+ poumd bass, Sid Silberberg
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Guide Dave Jacobs and angler Howard Bowles of Brentwood with this week's top salmon, a massive 35 pound Sacramento River king salmon caught below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.
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Article and photos by Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
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tim zahniser holding Lahontan Cutthroat, Photo courtesy of Crosby Lodge
By Mike Mogler 
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Man holding fish, Upper Rogue , Jason Halep
By Jason Haley
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fishing the north coast by keeny priest, author badge for myoutdoorbuddy.com
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Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
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Little fish in the ocean, Photo by Steenstra E. Peter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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River2Sea tournament, poster, vince harris
By Vince Harris
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China Rockfish, Wikipedia, Tom Marking, Poor-data modeling threatens rockfish seasons
By Tom Marking
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Fennell, Slim (last name not provided) of Australia and Gary Gamble took these beautiful salmon while fishing with Guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide Service, Shasta Lake Properties
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Aftermath, Eiler Fire, Thousand Lakes Wilderness, 2014, John Higley
Article and photos by John Higley
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baby salmon, FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO 
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salmon spawning in Battle Creek, Tributary to Sacramento River, Anderson California, Mike Mogler
By Mike Mogler
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3 species of fish displayed in containers, FISHBIO, groundfish
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO 
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german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
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Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
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Floating Island West used plastic bottle created bio friendly islands floating in small lake, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
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10 pound bull trout, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
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Ocean Nino Index - ONI
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NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
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Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
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Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy
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green sturgeon
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California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
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DFW photo Harry Morse
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