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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report August 13th, 2020

This report will focus on the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers. I am a bit over due but that is because the fishing is good, not much has changed, and I have been getting some fishing in myself. The weather has been cool compared to the previous few summers and that is helping the water temp situation that usually developes this time of year on the Truckee River. Like it or not there is only 70cfs coming out of the lake and no rafting. With our heavy winter many of the side creeks are stilling flowing and the springs are flowing cold water as well. This and the cooler weather is keeping the water temp perfect for fishing on the Big Truckee.

Over on the Little Truckee the flows are great for this time of year. The water temps are good as well. It is very popular and you should expect to see other anglers out there as well. Last week there were some traffic delays due to fire prevention work going on next to the road. So expect to see some more of that as well this week but, they look pretty close to being finished with that section of road.

As we venture further out of Truckee the local creeks are also holding up quit well in the flow department and water temps. Much to my surprise. I thought is was great that we were able to still hit a few last month! The mosquitoes have backed off a bit too as things have started to dry up.

Guy holding a fish with dog checking it out
Tenkara on the Truckee

Truckee River Conditions

Truckee River flows are 96cfs above town and below Boca it is 527cfs. The mid-day water temps are 62-63 degrees. Thanks to no rafting the water is gin clear down to Boca inflow and pretty clear down there as well.

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics are are a bit different in the lower flows above Boca where there has been some excellent Dryfly fishing till about noon. After noon Dry/dropper is keeping us into the fish. Caddis and Mayflies are out and about as well as some Stoneflies. Below Boca is perfect for all tactics but would be the place for Nymphing and Streamers.

Truckee River Suggested Flies

Truckee River Suggested Flies. Things are starting to get smaller except for the stoneflies. for dries: Parachute Adams 12-16, Thorax Dun 14-16, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, Little Yellow Stone 12-14, Stimulator 10-16, Royal Wulff 12-16, Chubby Chernoble 10, Double Dutch 8-10, Ants 14-16, Quigley Cripples 10-14, Missing link 16, and E/C Caddis 14-16. For nymphs: Iron Salley 14-16, Haresear 12-14, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Zebra Midge 18-22, Pheasant Tail 12-16, Flashback PT 12-16, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 12-16, Prospector 14-16, Frenchie 12 -16, Rubber legs 6-10, Kauffman Stone 8-10, Twenty Incher 8-10, and Princes 10-16. For streamers: Sculpzilla 8, Wooley Bugger 6-8, and Baby Fat Minnow 8.

Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River is basically two different rivers. Fishing is pretty darn good for this time of year. Above Boca it is low and better for Dryfly tactics. While below Boca the flows are much greater and you can fish any style with ease.

Kid holding a brook trout with dog checking it out
Fine Brook Trout

Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee River flows are 128cfs. The mid-day temps are 56-58 degrees and the clarity is great. Really excellent conditions for August.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River Tactics for this time of year would be to start with some patience and be ready for some rejection. There are plenty of Mayflies and Caddis hatching throughout the day. And, in various sizes too. At certain points of the day the fish are up and eating dries. Then they stop for awhile and then they start again. Use good technique, approach with some stealth, and use a long leader with fine tippet. Dry/dropper technique can work well during the slow periods.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

For Dries: Parachute Adams 14-22, Ants 10-12, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, E/C Caddis 14/16, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 16-22, Hackle Stacker 16, Emergers 16-20, RS2 20, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, Ants 14-16, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs: Haresear 14-18, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, HBI 16-18, Brassie 16-20, AP nymph 16-20, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Barrs emerger 14-18, Pheasant Tail 14-20, Flashback PT 14-20, Juju Beatis 16-18, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 12-16, Zebra Midge 16-20, and Princes 16-18.

Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee River is fishing quite good for those with the patience and skills to figure it out. The conditions are really nice for August. Far and Fine Dryfly fishing here.

Lady holding a brook trout
Mom got into the Brook Trout action too!

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