The Labor Day Weekend is now behind us and so are the crowds. As the days are getting shorter, the water is getting cooler, and the fish are getting feisty again. The flows are still good and the fish are still looking up. This summer has been one of the more consistent summers for dry fly action in a while. Now is the time get up here and get some fall action. Streamers perhaps?
Truckee River*** The Truckee has been fishing well this week. The morning water temps have dropped to 58 degrees and the fish are looking up. A big dry with a nymph dropper has been money for me. Nymphs are smaller now 16-20 with some bigger stoneflies 10 thrown in the mix. For the dry fly purist try Parachute Adams 16-20, Quigley Cripples, 16-20, Compara Duns 16-20, Caddis 16-20, E/C caddis 16-20 and Griffith Gnat 18-20. When Nymphing consider a larger fly with a smaller dropper. For Nymphs Stones 10-14, Prince 10-16, Copper Johns 14-18, Flashback PT’s 16-18, Haresear 16-18, Birdsnest 14-18, and Crawdad 6.
Little Truckee River **-*** The Little Truckee should improve with the lack of people fishing it. Mid-day temps were 58 degrees in the middle section today. Still some PMD’s out and about with a bunch of smaller bugs as well. A longer leader, fine tippet, a stealth approach, and a bunch of fly changes should do the trick. For dries try Parachute Adams 16-22, PMD’s 16-18, Quigley Cripples 16-20, Compara Duns 16-18, spinners 16-20, Caddis 18-20, and Griffiths Gnats 18-22.
Milton Reservoir*** Milton has been producing pretty good this summer and is continuing to do so. The fish are responding to various techniques dry, indicator nymphing, and pulling streamers. For dries Parachute Adams 16-22, PMD’s 16-18, Quigley Cripples 16-20, Compara Duns 16-18, Callibeatis 14, Ants 14-18, and Griffiths Gnats 18-22. For nymphs PT’s 14-18, Flashback PT’s 16-18, Haresear 16-18, Birdsnest 14-18, and midges 12-20. For Streamers a green or black Crystal Bugger 6-8 on an intermediate line was working pretty good.
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Now is the time to get out and fish. This fall is shaping up quite nicely for some excellent fishing. October caddis, streamers, or small dries it is going to be good. I have plenty of open days in the last half of this month into October.
See you on the water,