Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report April 7, 2020
This report report will focus on the Truckee River. There are some other options besides the Little Truckee river if you willing to investigate. The reservoirs were becoming more accessible but it has been snowing the last few days! Give it a couple days of sun and they should start to dry out again. The Middle Feather opened on Saturday and is an option as well for those willing to drive an hour north.
I have been spending my time fixing stuff, getting some backcountry skiing in, and fishing with Milton. There have been some nice afternoon hatches of BWO's, March Browns, and Swalas and the fish are looking up. To mix it up have have been giving streamers some more swim time as well and managed to pick up some nice fish that way too. But it kinda slow between fish. If you have questions about my gear or setups I am using please feel free to contact me. Before you know it we will be back out on the water together.
Truckee River Conditions
The current flows on the the Truckee are 208cfs in Town and 622cfs below Boca. Water temps are 48 degrees in the afternoons. The river is very clear above Boca and has some slight turbidity below.
A word of caution the rainbows have started spawning and if you come across some fish doing their thing let em be. Watch the gravelly areas so that you don't walk through any redds. Remember those are our future fish.
Truckee River Tactics
Tactics for this time of year can vary like the weather. Nymphing will be the most effective method day to day. However, for the Dry Fly angler, there have been some pretty good afternoon hatches of BWO's and fish are looking up during those times. And for the dedicated Streamer angler there are some willing fish around you will just have to work for them. I have been packing a rod rigged for each method and switching around as conditions change
Truckee River Suggested Flies
For Dry Flies: Turcks Trantula 8-10, Stimulator 8-10, Double Dutch 8-10, Cubby Chernoble 6-8, Parachute Adams 12-16, Compara Dun 12-16, Thorax Dun 12-16, Quigley Cripple 12-16, Spinner 12-16, and Griffiths Gnat 18-20. For nymphs: Pats Rubber Legs 10-8, Twenty Incher 8-10, Peacock Stones 8-10, Skwala Stone 8-10,Soft Hackles 12-16, Prince Nymphs 16-18, Poohpah 14-18, Burk's Bottom roller 14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail 12-16, SJW, Haresear 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Micro May18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Brassie 16-22, Mercury Midge 18-22, and Mercer's Poxyback Stones 16-18. For Streamers: Woolley Bugger 6-8, Sculpzilla 8, Muddler Minnow 6-8, Sparkle Minnow 4, and Dali Lama 4.
Truckee River Summary
The Truckee River Fly Fishing is like the weather right now, constantly changing and a bit challenging. There are opportunities to catch fish on Dries, Nymphs, and Streamers. You are going to have to work a bit and change locations or tactics if you not hooking up.
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