Looks like we are in for a little change in weather after being super nice up here the last several days. It was the nicest opener in the last several years. I was able to get the boats out and running for the season. Plus, got in some fishing opening week since Alpine is only open the next two weekends.
We are in the early stages of runoff. The rivers are a little off color, high, and bouncing up and down a bit. That doesn’t mean the fish are not eating or catchable. Quite the opposite, in fact some of the biggest fish of the season are being caught right now! Want to learn how? I have a High Water Clinic running on two different dates May 13th and May 21st. The clinic will cover setup and tactics for both Nymphing and Streamers. Cost is just $200 a person. Contact me to reserve your spot.
Truckee River**-*** The flows on the Main Truckee River are 2150cfs near Truckee and 5110cfs at Boca. Water temps have been in the mid forties during the day. The water has been higher and more off color but, is currently on the drop. Some very beautiful fish are being caught. Nymphing and Streamers are the ticket. For Nymphing try Pat’s Rubber legs 8-10, Mercer’s Poxyback Golden Stone 8-10, Flashback PT 12-14, SJW, Haresear 10-14, Birdsnest 10-14, and Prince Nymphs 8-10. For Streamers Woolley Buggers 4-10 and Sculpin patterns 4-8.
Little Truckee River** The flows are currently at 1400cfs and the water temp is in the mid forties. This flow is pretty big for the Little Truckee. Pay attention to wading here as some slots are really running fast. No need to fish there. Try the slower water against the bank or around boulders providing current relief for the fishes. Nymphing here is the best bet. Try Pats Rubber Legs 10, Copper Johns 10-16, Micro May 16-18, SJW’s, Pheasant tails 14-18, Flashback PT’s 14-18, Haresears 12-16, and Princes 10-16.
Prosser, Boca, Stampede** Prosser is pretty low for this time of year. When I was checking it out there were fish rising in the middle of the lake. Boca is pretty full and the inlet is kicking out some fish. Still some Skwallas floating down in the afternoons. Stampede is also pretty full. Haven’t fished it yet. There was still some snow on the boat ramp.
See you on the water,