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Truckee Area Fly Fishing Report for April 26th 2019

This report will focus on the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers. The general Trout season opens this Saturday the 27th. With all of the nice weather access has opened up for some areas but, not all. Jackson Meadows area is still a few weeks out from being accessible. So plan on fishing around Truckee on down towards the stateline. Boca and Prosser reservoirs are accessible. The road Stampede reservoir should melt out any day now. The Truckee River From Tahoe City down to the stateline has good asscessiblity with high flows. And similar for the Little Truckee River between Boca and Stampede. Should be plenty of opportunity for all just going to have to work for it.

A word of caution! No need to wade deep in either the Truckee or Little Truckee Rivers the water is cold and fast. A swim could be problematic.

Truckee River Conditions

The Truckee river in Truckee is 1850cfs and at Boca it is running 4,030cfs. Temps are in the mid 40's and clarity is good in the morning and clouding up in the afternoon as the daily runoff hits. If it freezes at night the diurnal changes will be more noticeable.

Truckee River Tactics

Nymphing or Streamers is going to be your choices. Fish in the margins, deep slow pools, and along the edges. The fish are not fighting the current in the middle or are they moving far to take a dry. The water is big and you'll need to wait on dry fly fishing for a while. Fish slow and deep. Fish bigger flies and attractor nymphs.

Truckee River Suggested Flies

Nymphing is the goto method right now and a variety of flies are working. For #nymphs try bug on the bigger side: Pats Rubber Legs 6-10, Twenty Incher 8-10, Prince Nymphs 8-10, Flashback Pheasant Tail 14-18, SJW, Glo Bugs, Haresear 10-14 and Mercer's Poxyback Golden Stone 8-10. For #Steamers try Sculpzilla 8-4, Woolley Buggers 6-8, and Sparkle Minnows 4.

Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee River is 1360cfs and clear. This would be the highest flows for quite some time. Water temp at mid-day was 46 degrees. Use caution when wading this stream it can be quite fast at this flow.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River Tactic would be similar to the Truckee River above with Nymphing and Streamers being the best bet. Fish slow and deep, hit the edges and try bigger flies. You will find fish.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

Given the flow nymphing with bugs similar to the Truckee River listed above. Some smaller Mayfly and Caddis nymphs 16-18 range would be worth a shot too.


The General trout opener is this Saturday the 27th and the water is big. Access to the higher areas is not available so plan on fishing closer to Truckee. Nymphing or Streamers are going to be the best options for the fly fisher. Get out and enjoy looks like a nice weekend.

Starting May 1 I will be out of service until May 14. If you are looking for guide service please try Jay Clark 530-414-1655.

See you on the water,


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