Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 24, 2018
Updated: Jan 17, 2019
As I transition into the Ski Season these reports will be monthly. We are also in the Winter Regulations time of year which means zero kill, artificial lures or flies, and only certain stretches of the river are open.
Truckee River Fly Fishing Report
The Truckee River and Little Truckee River will be the topic of the report. We have snow! Our first winter storm of the season has arrived and brought with it snow and low elevation rain. It has been several months without any water so this is a good thing. With the low elevation rain access to the rivers is still good.
As I transition into the Ski Season these reports will be monthly. We are also in the Winter Regulations time of year which means zero kill, artificial lures or flies, and only certain stretches of the river are open. Consult your regulations here: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing
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TRUCKEE RIVER CONDITIONS
Currently flows on the Truckee in Truckee are at 171cfs and down at Boca flows are 277cfs. Mid-day temps have been in the low 40’s. The snow up high and rain in town has helped the flows and access is good. Watch out for the mud when venturing of the payment this time of year! Remember Winter Regulations apply and the river is only open from the 267 bridge down to stateline.
TRUCKEE RIVER TACTICS
The water is clear and cold so try and fish the heat of the day. Fish are holding in deep slow pools and on the slow seams next to the faster water. The hatches are fickle this time of year and nymphing will be the best choice. If you do find some hatching bugs it will be a short session. Small indicators or dry flies work best when it is this clear and low. May have to drop your tippet size as well.
For nymphs try Pats Rubber Legs 6-10, Twenty Incher 8-10, Prince Nymphs 8-10, Zebra Midges 16-18, Eggs, Copper John 16-20, Birdsnest 16-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 14-18, SJW, Haresear 14-16, Fox Poohpa 16-18, Burk’s Bottom Roller 16-18, and Micro May 16-18.
Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Summary
Conditions are good. We just got a fresh shot of water and access is not affected by snow. Plan on nymphing the slower areas for best action.
Little Truckee River Fly Fishing Report
The Little Truckee River still has good access with this first storm producing mostly rain and that elevation. The fly fishing on the Little Truckee River is very similar this time of year to the Truckee River. Remember Winter Regulations apply. Consult your regulations here: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER CONDITIONS
The flows on the Little Truckee River are 44cfs and mid-day temps are in the low 40’s. Watch the weather here this road is not plowed in winter time so any snow and make it difficult to drive on.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER TACTICS
Try fishing low and slow in the deeper pools or the slow side of faster seams. These fish have seen a lot of action this summer and you will have to exercise some stealth to get them to eat. Longer leader, smaller tippet, and smaller flies. Mostly Midges, Mayflies, and Little Winter Stones this time of year. There are some hatches but most are short lived. Nymphing will be the best bet for success.
Zebra Midges 18-22, Copper John 16-20, Birdsnest 16-18, Pheasant Tail 16-20, FBPT 16-20, SJW, Haresear 16-20, Little Brown Stones 16, and Micro May 18-20.
Little Truckee River Fly Fishing Summary
The Little Truckee River currently has good access but, watch the weather. Nymphing with smaller Midges, Mayflies, and Stones.
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