The fly fishing in the area has been pretty good the last several weeks. Been spending a fair amount of time on the Big “T” and a little bit everywhere else. Most of the creeks have dropped to summer flows. If you’re a dry fly enthusiast this is the time to be here. All of the bug types are in play and just about any well presented fly will get a take at some point.
Truckee River*** The Truckee River has been really good. The flows are up in the area from Tahoe City to Boca and normal for Boca to stateline. Water temps are peaking in the mid 60’s. Prefect conditions for fishing whatever technique you want and fishing all day. I like dries and they have been working for me as well as anything else. Mayflies, Caddis, Stones, Little Yellow stones, and Ants are all on the menu. Pick something and give it a go.
Little Truckee River**-*** The Little Truckee River between Boca and Stampede Reservoirs is good for those who like technical fishing and not so good for those that lack the technical skills. The big drakes have made their appearance here and so have a few PMDs. Use a little stealth, lengthen your leader, and make a decent cast and you’ll get a shot or two.
N. Yuba*** There has been some road construction between Truckee and Sierra City so it may take a little longer to get over there. Plan ahead for this. The dry fly action has been pretty good. Mayflies, Caddis, Stones, Little Yellow stones, and Ants are all on the menu here, much like the Truckee. Water temps are getting up to the mid 60’s and the river is low. Prefect for wet wading. My favorite N. Yuba fly has been the E/C Caddis.
Prosser, Boca, Stampede I have been ignoring the reservoirs but will get to them and report shortly. The smallmouth fishing has probably really picked up with all of the nice weather we have been having. I would try fishing off of the dams or anywhere there is rocky structure. Your trout flies work just fine on these guys.
Milton**-*** Milton has been pretty busy and the fish are getting wise. Good presentations here will make a difference. A splashy cast will just send them running for cover. Midges, Callibaetis, Caddis, Damsels, and Ants have been good here. It is much lower than this time last year but the water is still pretty cold. Fish are working good until mid-day then they take a siesta until early evening when they get feeding again.
See you on the water, Brian