Steelhead season for me is in the bag and I am transitioning back to skiing for the winter. Well, maybe? This mild fall weather is slowing the change of seasons a bit which is working out great for the #flyangler. Mild temps and good flows are all you could ask for right now. This is an excellent time to get out and explore the Truckee River. The sections below Boca to the state line are the lowest of the season. Prefect time to stalk those big #browns and #rainbows that patrol the deeper runs all summer.
Remember the Truckee river will go to winter fishing regulations on November 15th. That is Zero Kill and barbless from Trout Creek to the state line.
Truckee River Conditions
The flows at this time are 138cfs in Truckee and 264cfs below Boca. The water temps very widely with this weather pattern but, figure mid to high 30's if it freezes at night and mid 40's when it warms during the day. If it stays below freezing all day the water will be in the mid 30's The water is super clear.
Truckee River Tactics
Truckee River tactics for this late season very by water temp and weather. All methods are in play with the cold and clear water you may need to adjust tippet size for that. Dryfly action is not out of the question and there have been some strong hatches of BWO's and Caddis in the afternoon. Streamers are also a good option to get one of the dinosaurs to come out and play. Nymphing will be the most productive tactic for the whole day. Consider taking off the indicator in some of the shallower water and tight lining. Move slow and look ahead you may be able to spot the fish and make a plan of attack.
Truckee River Suggested Flies
There have been some nice hatches of BWO's and Caddis in the afternoons. For Dry Flies: Turcks Trantula 8-10, Stimulator 8-10, Cubby Chernoble 6-8, Parachute Adams 16-20, Compara Dun 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Thorax Dun 16-20, Quigley Cripple 16-18, Spinner 16-18, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, and E/C Caddis 16-18. For nymphs: Pats Rubber Legs 10-8, Twenty Incher 8-10, Peacock Stones 8-10, Soft Hackles 16-18, Prince Nymphs 12-16, Poohpah 14-18, Burk's Bottom roller 14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16-18, SJW, Haresear 14-18, Copper Johns 12-16, Z wing Caddis 14-16, Micro May16-18, Zebra Midge 18-22, Brassie 16-20, and Mercer's Poxyback Golden Stone 10-12. For Streamers: Wooley Buggers 8-10, Sculpzillza 4-8, Dolly Llama 4, Sparkle Minnow 4-6, and Muddler Minnows 4-8.
Truckee River Summary
The Truckee River is fishing really well right now with the mild weather. The flows in the section below Boca inflow are perfect for targeting the big fish that inhabit that zone. There are some nice afternoon hatches for the dry fly enthusiasts. Best to get it now before it starts snowing.
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