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Top Ten flies for stillwater

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Fishing Reports

​Port of Brookings Harbor, slow salmon bite
Disabled Marine Corps Veteran Russell Olivas from San Jose, California pegged a nice Chinook salmon out of Brookings Harbor last week while on a fishing trip with some friends.
Article and photo by Lorissa Soriano
07/29/14 -- The salmon fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor last week was very slow and the waters were very rough. Not many salmon were caught, in fact, it was pretty dead. Not like the week before ...Full Story
​Sac. River below Deschutes opens Aug. 1
Gary Heffley, Gravel Bar anglers lined up for half a mile along the Sacramento River to participate in one of the best runs ever in 2013. Photo by Frank Galusha
By Gary Heffley 
07/29/14 -- The popular and often salmon-rich waters of the Sacramento River below the Deschutes Road Bridge in Anderson south through Red Bluff will open on August 1. This stretch includes one of the best ...Full Story
More on CA DFW ALDS system outage By Lorissa Soriano
07/29/2014 – Ron Prevette owner of the Sports Hut sporting goods store in Alturas was and still is experiencing technical difficulties with his California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) automated ALDS licensing system computer... Full Story
AP fish kill story on Salmon River flawed By Frank Galusha
07/29/14 -- An Associated Press (AP) story reproduced across the nation last week contained some misinformation. While it is true the drought is causing one of the largest fish kills since 1992 on the Salmon River as AP reported...Full Story
​Pacific Halibut – The North Coast Dilemma
Beyond the Breakers, Tom Marking author Badge, Myoutdoorbuddy.com
07/29/14 -- Introduction: Two days from now, on July 31, the California Recreational Season will be shut down on Pacific Halibut for a month, not to reopen until September 1. This will have serious economic effects on...Full Story
Rick Kennedy to retire from guiding 07/28/14 -- The rumors are flying. We figured we needed to set the record straight. Yes, we will be retiring after the 2014 season. We will be selling Tight Lines Guide Service and our 2014 Rogue Jet Boat. We want to make it clear we are retiring from the Guide Business not from the Fishing Industry! We have received...Full Story
A spot slower at Lake Oroville By Chuck Giles
07/25/14 – Lake Oroville, true to its reputation as a spotted bass destination, is still providing some anglers with 10-20 fish days. Granted, not everyone is still knocking them dead, but it is possible...Full Story
Weather/variety saves “Fishing Trip to Hell’
MyOutdoorBuddy.com Duck Boat, Frank Galusha, Eureka, Bechhold & Sons Rotary Bait Holder and Flasher with pulsing green LED lights
By Frank Galusha
07/27/14 – What seemed to be the ‘Fishing Trip to Hell’ turned out to be a freezer-filling delight when those 101 things finally came together off the Humboldt Coast last Tuesday and Wednesday. Trust me! Many things can go bump...Full Story
Many Lewiston Lake lunkers miss Derby
Lewiston Lake, Pine Cove Marina Trout Derby 2014, Joe Woods, Cottonwood, Rebecca Stanhope, Anderson
Article and photos by Frank Galusha
07/27/14 – Rebecca Stanhope took home heaviest fish honors on Saturday at Lewiston Lake with a 2.81 lb. rainbow trout as the annual Pine Cove Marina Trout Derby came to an end. Many larger fish to seven pounds didn't...Full Story
Predators on the chew
10 pound bull trout, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
07/26/14 --Targeting inland lake predators is challenging and sometimes sends you home with a vile, black-and-white kitty rather than a fish. But with arduous challenges come handsome rewards. “Go big or go home” is a...Full Story
Sacramento River Rainbows on hardware
 Sacramento River Rainbow in the net. How did I get here? Let me go!
Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin, Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service
07/25/14 -- On Monday I had a Rainbow Trout trip on the Sacramento River in Redding. We started out at the Redding Posse Grounds boat launch at day break! We found consistent Rainbow action on nearly every drift above the launch...Full Story
Eagle Lake Fishing Report
Sunrise at Eagle Lake, Val Aubrey
By Val Aubrey
07/25/14 -- The surface temps dropped lightly over the depths of the south basin this week. This morning I showed surface temps between 68.5ºF and as high as 70ºF. The west side was slightly cooler than the east side by about...Full Story
Sac. River salmon bite ebbs; Rogue flows
 Don Tonelli from San Jose with his king salmon he caught this morning while out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Don’s salmon grabbed a sardine wrapped Kwikfish-15 Brad's Killerfish lure.
In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
07/25/14 -- There have been some real highs and real lows here in Northern California and Southern Oregon this past week, from the epic salmon bite out of Fort Bragg last weekend to the slow salmon fishing...Full Story
Eureka the place to be for saltwater action
The Appy family from McKinleyville recently enjoyed a great day of salmon fishing out of Eureka. The two young anglers, Taylor, age 9, (pictured left) and Harper age 6 landed their first-ever salmon. Pictured right is proud dad Marcus Appy. Photo courtesy of Marcus Appy
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest 
07/24/14 -- If variety is truly the spice of life, then life is pretty good right now for saltwater anglers fishing out of Eureka. Not only did the salmon go back on the bite, but calm ocean conditions have given anglers the opportunity...Full Story
NOAA/CA DFW salmonid recovery plans 07/23/14 -- NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California’s Central Valley: NOAA Fisheries’ Chinook...Full Story
How much is a caught salmon worth? 07/22/14 -- Each salmon caught in-river in 2013 had an economic impact of approximately $1,176 for California in terms of jobs, sales, gross regional product, and ripple effects to the economy, according to a recent report... Full Story
Pacific halibut season closes in August
CDFW, woman fisherman holding up large Pacific Halibut
07/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen...Full Story
Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup
Trinidad Harbor, Tom Marking, Eureka-Trinidad Summer Fishing roundup
By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...Full Story
Eagle Lake Fishing Report By Val Aubrey
07/19/14 -- The surface temps have been 72-74F over the depths of the south basin this week. The west side is slightly cooler (by about one degree) according to my depth finder. Ambient temps predicted to be in the mid to high 80’s... Full Story
Shasta & Trinity Lakes: Improve facilities!
Shasta lake Full Pool
By Gary Heffley
07/16/14 -- News Flash…We are in a drought and according to many reliable sources it is one of the worst in decades. Lake levels are dropping and yet there is plenty of water to accommodate all kinds of watersport as well as fishing...Full Story
Trinity/Klamath Rivers are simply too hot! By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
I have been getting lots of requests about “How is the fishing? and “Where should I go?” All I can say is that the weather has been hot and the rivers are hotter. I don’t know where the weatherman is getting his information from...Full Story
Lake Oroville still giving up bass
Ron Gandolfi with smallmouth bass taken from Lake Orville. Photo courtesy of Ron Gandolfi,
By Chuck Giles
07/13/14 -- Bass guide Ron Gandolfi reports the bass fishing on Lake Oroville remains steady. He does warn, however, that the Lime Saddle Ramp will only be useable for another eight to ten days. From that time on...Full Story
Philbrook Lake for rainbows By Chuck Giles
07/13/14 -- Philbrook Lake is still the go-to destination for trout in the Chico, Paradise area. Customers coming into Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) are reporting some grand fishing at this fairly high mountain... Full Story
Hook a white shark? Cut the line! By Frank Galusha
07/11/14 -- Be careful what your GoPro® camera or smartphone catches. Be aware as well that others may be looking over your shoulder, recording what you are doing and saying and then posting it on Facebook or other social media...Full Story
NOAA: El Niño weakens in Pacific By Frank Galusha
07/10/14 -- Chances of an El Niño occurring this summer are now down to about 70 percent according to NOAA scientists. Scientists scaled back predictions yesterday throwing water on hopes the developing El Niño...Full Story
ODFW adds 24K trout to Diamond Lake 07/09/14 -- Nearly 24,000 legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout are headed to Diamond Lake starting this week to boost fishing at one of Oregon’s most popular lakes. “With the hot weather in Roseburg and Medford, this is a great...Full Story
Huge school of 'chovies' puzzle scientists
By Frank Galusha
07/09/14 -- Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC, San Diego in La Jolla were amazed and puzzled by the massive school of anchovies that appeared off the beach there late yesterday. From a distance, the tiny bait...Full Story
Statewide free fishing days By Gary Heffley
07/03/14 -- The CADFW selected July 5 and September 6 as California Free Fishing Days. There will be “No License” required to fish within the state of California or offshore where California fishing licenses apply...Full Story
13th FPT Snag Proof is August 2nd & 3rd By Vince Harris
07/01/14 -- Are you ready for some top water frog action? You guessed it!… that time of year is right around the corner as August 2nd and 3rd marks the date for the Snag Proof Open, a 13th annual top water spectacular... Full Story
Future of Colusa Boat Ramp at stake 06/13/14 -- California State Parks is planning the future of the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area and the public is invited to a public workshop at the City of Colusa’s Boy Scout Cabin, 901 Parkhill Street, from 6 to... Full Story
Pacific Halibut season closes in August 06/10/14 -- As expected and pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.1(a)(1), the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed emergency regulatory action... Full Story
Kokanee and Crawdads
fixings for crawdad boil; potatoes, onions, crawdads. corn spread out on newspaper
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
06/08/14 -- Kokanee, vegetarian land-locked Sockeye salmon. Every spring, while waiting for the high elevation destinations to become accessible, I enjoy catching these hot-tempered silver bullets. Kokanee fishing is highly... Full Story
The Myths and Realities of El Niño
Ocean Nino Index - ONI
By Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story
CA free fishing days are Jul. 5 and Sept. 6 05/28/14 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear... Full Story
Crossing the Bar at Humboldt Bay
Furuno Chart Plotter, Humboldt Bay Bar, tides and current chart, Tom Marking
By Tom Marking
05/22/14 -- The Humboldt Bay Bar is the stuff of legends. There are harrowing tales of mariners having to cross the Bar at night or during storm conditions, leading to loss of life, with many a ship foundering and capsizing... Full Story
I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me
Life jackets stored below cushion boat seat, BoatUS, Photo is courtesy of BoatUS
04/30/14 --  I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me. I’m here to help you, maybe even safe your life – but only if you’re willing to take the help. Maybe National Safe Boating Week (May 17 – 23) will help remind everyone... Full Story
Saving Yelloweyes
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus). Photo by Retired Fish and Game Warden Larry Bruckenstein
By Steven T. Callan
04/24/14 -- Imagine you’re fishing somewhere off the California coast and you hook into a big one. You finally hoist the monster to the deck and discover it’s nearly three feet long, brilliant red-orange in color, with bright yellow... Full Story
Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
By Frank Galusha
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...Full Story
Cormorant hazing to protect young fish
eight double-crested cormorant waterbirds standing on a branch in the middle of a body of water
03/27/14 -- Hazing of double-crested cormorants is set to begin soon in several areas along the Oregon coast in an attempt to improve survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead as they migrate from inland waters to... Full Story
North Coast Spring Groundfish Report
Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon, Tom Marking and spouse
By Tom Marking, GAP and CA Sports Representative
03/22/14 -- The 2014 fishing season is upon us and shore anglers and divers are already busy searching for fish when the weather and waves allow. Spring can be very productive for shore anglers for rockfish, cabezon...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
First Light
Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Kids Fishing Days coming to North State
03/02/14 -- Monty Currier, Environmental Scientist with the CA DFW in Redding, is prepared to have Grace and perhaps Nora Lakes in Shingletown as well as Kilarc Reservoir above Whitmore well stocked for... Full Story
Kokanee Power 2014 Event Schedule By Gary Heffley
02/15/14 -- Kokanee Power, a great organization involved with education, research, support and promotion of the fantastic Kokanee and Inland Chinook fisheries in the state has posted their 2014 calendar of tournaments and... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Mt. Shasta Kid’s Fishing Days start June 7 By Gary Heffley
02/05/14—The days are set for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Kid’s Fishing Day at Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. This free annual event is one of my personal favorites and one that I make every effort...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
DFW photo Harry Morse
01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story
Bechhold Bait Holder is fish-catching marvel
Larry Ellis, 37-lb Chetco King taken with Bechhold Rotary Bullet Bait Holder
By Larry Ellis
12/23/13 -- Hello, my name is Larry Ellis, and I have enjoyed the life of being a writer/photographer for numerous outdoors magazines for over a decade. I am truly living the dream. I began writing for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News...Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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