The smell of fall is in the air. Cool mornings, warm afternoons, colors are starting to change and the crowds have left. My favorite time around here. We are in a bit of a cooling trend and have had some afternoon thunder showers as well. Flows are still holding it there. Time to drop a hook size again. Most of the bigger bugs have come and gone and we are starting to see some of the small stuff become more important.
I want to thank the Salinas Valley Fly Fishers for having me down for a presentation last week. Look forward to seeing you guys on the water.
Who wants to swing for Steelhead? I will be taking trips on the Klamath in October and have some dates available.
Truckee River **-*** The flows are good 275 cfs out of the lake and 499cfs at Boca. The fall drawn down of Donner Lake has started and there is 96 cfs coming out of Donner. Water temps have ranged from 55 to 60 degrees. The bugs have gotten smaller. Plenty of small Caddis 16-18, BWO’s 18-10, Midges 18-10, and Hoppers 10 around. Dry dropper rigs are still very productive. Move if you are not having success.
Little Truckee** Flow are back up to 43 cfs after being drawn down to 15 for three days of work on the dam. Have not been out there since. The fish have probably adjusted and the inlet should have Kokanee and Browns started to stage for their spawning runs.
North Yuba.*** Nice flows over there right now. The water temp ranged from 53-58 degrees. These fish are still looking up. This is the place for the dry fly. Caddis 16-18, Mayflies 16-18, Stimulators 10-16, and Ants 16 are all on the menu. The water is super clear and the fish are spooky. Drop you tippet size, lengthen your leader, and sneak around for best success. Your first cast to a likeky holding area is your best chance make it count. These fish are super fast right now.
Milton*** Fishing here is starting to slow a bit. When they are on it is pretty unreal. They are still taking midges 18-22 under and indicator. And on top Callibeatis 14 or termites 10. The fish are wising up so drop the tippet size and lengthen the leader.
See you on the water,