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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report April 26, 2024

The traditional start of fishing season is this Saturday and with that in mind this report will focus on the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers. With the stellar warm weather we have been having the flows are currently up quite a bit as the spring runoff has started in earnest. With the colder temps on Friday I suspect that the water will drop some on the Truckee and then pick back up again as the warmth returns. It is good for the river to get a little flush every so often. Access is getting better around the area as well. The higher water presents some different conditions for our area and not all of the runs are going to be fishable or even wadeable. It is still early and cold so get it down, slow it down, and fish the edges.

I have a few clinics coming up for this spring and summer for those of you that are looking to improve your fly fishing skills.

  • Nymphing Clinic on May 18th

  • Women's Only Clinic on June 22nd

  • Trout Spey Clinic on July 20th

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Truckee River Conditions

The flows are 744cfs above town and 1,170cfs below Boca. Water temps are 42-44 mid-day. Clarity is good..

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics are to fish low and slow. The water is still cold and high. These conditions will be with us for a couple of weeks. Access is good but crossing the river is a no go in many places until the water drops. Indicator Nymphing is generally the best bet. With streamers coming in a close second. Fish the edges and soft seams around the big boulders. Use larger flies, bigger tippet, and contrasting colors that fish can see. It is a great time to find a large fish out and about.

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. For Streamers try Woolley Bugger 6-8, Sclupzilla 4, Baby Gonga 4, and Game Changer 4-6.

Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River is still on the rise and not all of the spots are going to be fishable. Take your time and wade where you can see. Fish the heat of the day nymphing low and slow for best results.

Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee river flow is 254cfs. The water temps were 42-44 mid-afternoon and the clarity is good.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River tactics the water is cold and the flows are good for all techniques. Look for the fish to be in slower deeper areas. Fish the heat of the day. Midges, Mayflies, and Skwalas all have been out and about. Any overcast day can get a hatch going and provide dry fly opportunities but nymphing will get more action.

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 good. Expect to see a crowd out there with the Truckee being so high and it is the traditional trout fishing season opener on the 26th. 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.

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