We are supposed to be in for a warm stretch this holiday week. Up till now the weather has been cool and relatively windy. Been getting away with big bugs but noticed that it may be time to start dropping a size or two. And, speaking of dropping, the flows are falling to late summer levels all over. The dry fly fishing has been really good and those that are accurate casters can clean up here throughout the day.
Truckee *** The flows on the Truckee in town are slowly falling and are at 241cfs this morning. There was a good drop to 444cfs at Boca. Water temps have been 58-60 in the morning and 67-68 by late afternoon. The dry fly action has been good nearly all day. Fishing with a Dry/Dropper has been productive, as well. Stones, Caddis, Mayflies, and Midges are all on the menu. The Drakes are done. Make a good presentation and fish will usually eat the fly. Ants 10, Quigley Cripples 10-16, Caddis 14-16, E/C Caddis 14-16, Little Yellow Stones 14-16, and Parachut Adams 14-16. For nymphs PT 12-16, Birdsnest 12-16, Mirco May 16-18, Soft Hackles 14-16, Stones 10-16, Midges 16-18, SJW’s, Caddis 14-16, Prince 10-14, 20 incher 8-10 and Haresear 10-16. Streamers in the 6-10 range should also work early and late in the day.
Little Truckee**-*** The LT will start to get tougher now that the flows are at 65cfs. There are still bugs coming off and it’s time to drop a hook size and consider finer tippets. Also, try not to were white or blaze orange shirts, which makes it pretty easy for the fish to see you. Expect to see some people on the water on the Little T this week. For Dries try PMD 14-16, BWO’s 16-20, Parachute Adams 16-20, Griffiths Gnat 16-20, EC Caddis 18, and Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Nymphing with Midges 18-22, BWO’s 16-22, SJW, Micro May 16-20, and WD-40 18-22.
North Yuba*** Great dry fly fishing over there. Time to drop a hook size here as well because the fish are getting a little spooky. Great place to try a Tenkara or 3wt or smaller rod. For dries try Ants 10, Caddis 14-16, Stimis 16, E/C Caddis 14-16, Parachute Adams 16-18, and Little Yellow Stones 14-16.
Independence Lake**-*** Went up to Independence Lake last week to check it out. It was a motor week and we were able to get one of the 3 available boats and fish a bunch of water. As usual the lake was calm early then got windy around noon. Still managed to land some LCT (Lahontan Cutthroat Trout). Fished the entire time with streamers on a heavy tip. They seemed to like the lighter shades with some flash. Worth checking out for something different in the area.
Milton*** Milton has been fishing pretty good. The fish have wised up here, as well. Drop a hook size and tippet size and you’re good to go. The bite seemed to taper off mid afternoon and pick up again when the sun gets off the water. For dries Parachute Adams 14-18, Quigely Cripples 14-18, Ants 10, and Griffiths Gnat 16-20. For nymphs PT 14-18. Birdsnest 14-16, Sheeps Creek 14-16, Haresear 14-16 and Zebra Midge 16-20.
Fishing is quite good and I have open dates for those interested. Would you like help casting in the heavy wind? Give me a call, I will set up a personal casting clinic on techniques for fishing in the wind.
See you on the water,