Over the years I have noticed a significant interest in aquatic entomology by fly anglers who are new to the sport, or by those that are experienced, yet have not taken the time to learn about the bugs. Understanding the aquatic insects, true flies, and terrestrials that reside in and around our rivers and lakes will give the newcomer the knowledge it takes to make accurate decisions on fly selections and behavior presentations. This summer, I’m offering basic “on site” entomology classes that will shorten the learning curve for students, and help them make positive identifications while on the water. Our classroom takes place on the banks of the North Fork Yuba River, where you'll be able to examine aquatic samplings, and see first hand the different food sources that the wild trout have available to them. Understanding trout food will bring more success to any angler, and broaden their horizon to the fascinating world under the currents.
Dates for 2017:
-July 22nd, 2017 - 2 spots open, 4 booked.
-August 5th, 2017 - 6 spots open.
The class is limited to 6 students, price: $100.
-Identifying the major aquatic insects that inhabit Sierra freestone rivers, streams, and creeks.
-Terrestrials and their importance in the summer months for trout.
-Live catch and release sampling, and understanding bug behaviors.
-Fly selection and how to “match the hatch”.
-Casting presentations including both dry fly and nymphing.
What We Provide:
-Detailed entomology handouts, including illustrations of the main aquatic insects that's important to fly anglers, map of the North Fork Yuba River, and a electronic hatch guide to the waters of the northern Sierra.
-Collection tools & equipment.
-Complete instruction on identifying aquatic insects.
What To Bring:
-Appropriate clothing for that day’s forecast.
-Wading boots or water shoes.
-Comfortable folding chair.
-Drinks, snacks, lunch.
-Notebook and pencil.
-Fly fishing gear if you plan to fish in the afternoon or the evening rise.
-Camping gear if you plan to spend the night, Wild Plum Campground down the road is the best campground on the river, and is located right on Haypress Creek and near the upper North Fork of the Yuba River!
Contact Jon if you’d like to book him for a guided trip for the evening rise after class, an early deposit secures your trip.
Wild Plum Bridge at Haypress Creek.
Directions: Traveling north on Hwy 49 from Nevada City, Take a right turn just north of Sierra City on Wild Plum Road. Travel east for a half mile to the east side of the Wild Plum bridge. This is an ideal location as we can compare aquatic sampling from both Haypress Creek, and the North Fork Yuba River.
To book your spot, or for more information contact Jon Baiocchi at 530.228.0487, or by email at baiocchistroutfitters.com with any questions you may have. We look forward to spending the day on the river with you and advancing your knowledge on aquatic insects for more success on the rivers of the northern Sierra!