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Truckee Area Fly Fishing Report August 18, 2018

This report is for the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers.  I skipped a week while I was on my hosted trip in Montana which was super fun.  Not much changed here while I was gone which sort of surprised me.  We have had really consistent flows on both rivers for most of the summer.  Although the afternoon water temps above Boca have warmed the morning session on the Truckee has been great.

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

The conditions on the Truckee River have been very consistent and so has the fishing.  About the only change is that the bugs are becoming smaller and fewer.  The Hopper Crop looks good in some areas along the river.  Clients have been wrestling with a number of smaller and medium sized fish while also getting shots at some larger ones too.  Looking ahead, I feel we are set up for a pretty decent fall season depending on what happens with the flows and weather.

Truckee River Conditions

The Flows on the Truckee near town are 275cfs and mid-day temps very from 66-68 degrees.  At Boca the flow is 525cfs and water temps mid-day are slightly cooler especially in the first mile below the Little Truckee in flow.

Truckee River Tactics

The hatches have started to wane and what bugs are hatching have gotten smaller.  Time to down size.  Nice Trico hatch this week for those into fishing the micro flies.   The Hopper Crop seems to be in healthy shape as well in some sections.  Consider other terrestrials like Ants and Beetles.  Dries and Dry/Dropper rigs are still producing.  It is also the crawdad time of year.  Dead drifting a Crawdad Pattern under an indicator in the big deep runs can get some really nice fish this time of year.  May have to experiment a little to consistently hook up.

Dry Fly Suggestions

Turks Tarantula 8-10, Thalken’s Double Dutch 8-10, Chubby Chernobel 8-10, Parachute Adams 16-18, Spinners 14-16, Tricos 18-20, Trico Spinners 18-20, Humpies 14-16Quigley Cripples 16-18Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, E/C Caddis 14-18, Griffiths Gnat 16-18, beetles 14-16, and Ants 14-16.

Nymphing Suggestions

Still seeing the big nocturnal stones out and about.

Crawdad 6-8, Pats Rubber legs 6-8, Mercer’s Poxyback Golden Stone 6-8, Twenty inches 8-10, Prince Nymphs 8-10, Flashback Pheasant Tail 12-16, SJW, Haresear 14-16, Birds nest 12-16, Poohpa 14-16, Burk’s Bottom Roller 14-16, Brassie 16-18, HBI 14-16, and Micro May 16-18.

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Summary

The fishing continues to be good and is best in the morning.  If fishing dries time to downsize and try Tricos in the morning.  Dry Dropper rigs are good all day.  Indicator nymphing with a crawdad for the big one.

Little Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

The Little Truckee River is still fishing well, it has gotten a little tougher as it does this time of year.  Mayflies, Caddis, and Midges are all still hatching but a little smaller.  Hoppers are out and about as well.  It is technical fly fishing Far and Fine.

Little Truckee River Conditions

The flow on the Little Truckee is down slightly at 90cfs and the mid-day water temp is 56 degrees in the lower section.  Plenty of bugs hatching at different times during the day.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Time to downsize the bugs are getter smaller and the fish are getting wiser.  May have to downsize the tippet as well.  For the Dry Fly guys this is Far and Fine time.  Longer casts, a longer leader, and smaller tippet.  Hopper/Dropper set ups will work here too when nothing else is going on.  It also pays to be quiet when approaching a run and try to wear some drab colored clothes.  It is hot but don’t wear a white shirt unless you want all the fish to run from you.

Dry Fly Suggestions

Hoppers 8-10 ,Compare Duns 16-20, Thorax Duns 16-20, Rusty Spinners 16-18,  PMD’s 16-18, Quigley Cripples 16-18, Parachute Adams 14-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, E/C Caddis 16-18,  Griffiths Gnat 16-20, Ants 16-18, Beetles 16-18, and BWO’s 16-20.

Little Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Summary

It is Far and Fine time on the Little Truckee.  Don’t be afraid to try the Hopper/Dropper when nothing is going on.

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