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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report

This Report will focus on the access for Truckee River and Little Truckee Rivers. The last month brought some cooler temps and plenty of snow down low. This is going to be great for the summer but slow you down a bit if you looking to get out now. Skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles are needed where appropriate and for the Little Truckee access. Parking is limited on the Truckee through but there is space for several vehicles at the Boca inlet zone. High clearance vehicles with four wheel drive are a good idea.

The bugs haven't changed much since the last report either. I suspect that the Skawlas are going to start to pop any day now as I have seen more evidence of their presence.

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Truckee River Conditions

The flows are 92cfs above town and 416cfs below Boca. Water temps are in the low 40's mid-day. Clarity is very good above the Boca inflow and good below Boca.

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics for this time of year is to fish low and slow. Fish have moved out of the summer holding spots and into deeper slower water. Nymphing is generally the best bet. Dry/dropper can work too if the fish are rising on the overcast days. I prefer the air temp to be above freezing as well.

Truckee River Suggested Flies

Truckee River suggested flies; for dry flies try the Parachute Adams 16-22, Thorax Dun 16-22, Compara Dun 16-22 Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Royal Wulff 14-16, Chubby Chernoble 10-12, Quigley Cripples 14-18, and RS-2 16-20. For nymphs: Haresear 14-18, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Zebra Midge 18-22, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Flashback PT 16-20, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 16-20, Prospector 16-18, Frenchie 14 -18, Rubber legs 8-12, Kauffman Stone 8-12, Twenty Incher 8-10, and Princes 10-16.

Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River is in mid-winter conditions. Fish the heat of the day nymphing low and slow for best results. Currently, the access is good but that may change with winter storms moving through. Check the weather before heading out warmer days are better.

Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee river is flowing at 53cfs. The water temps was 40-42 mid-afternoon and the clarity is good. Access here is currently skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River tactics for mid-winter should take into account fish are cold blooded and the water is cold. Look for the fish to be in slower deeper areas. Like the Truckee try to fish the heat of the day on days where the airtemp is above freezing. Midges and Mayflies have been the bugs of choice but Skwalas are starting to appear. Any overcast day can get a hatch going and provide dry fly opportunities. However the best chance of success will be nymphing.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

Little Truckee suggested flies for Dries: Parachute Adams 14-22, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 16-22, Compara Dun 16-22, Hackle Stacker 18-20, Emergers 16-22, RS2 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, and Compara Dun 16-22. For nymphs: Haresear 14-18, Brassie 16-20, WD-40 18-22, AP nymph 16-20, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Barrs emerger 16-20, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Flashback PT 16-20, Juju Beatis 16-20, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 16-20, Zebra Midge 16-22, and Princes 16-18.

Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee is fishing pretty well if you can get there. Nymphing will be the most successful technique unless there is some cloud cover. Then the BWO's will pop and provide some top water action. Good Luck!

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