Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report August 14th, 2021
This report will focus on the Truckee River. The fly fishing continues to be good as the water has dropped a bit since the last report. The water is going to continue to drop so now is the time get the fishing is while you can. The topwater bite is still good and dry/droppers are doing well too. We are currently in a "voluntary Hoot-Owl restriction" for several areas of the state and the Truckee River is one of those areas. Basically, you should be done fishing by noon and limit fishing to when the water temps are below 67 degrees to help protect the resource. Here is the link for more information. https://wildlife.ca.gov/News/cdfw-rolls-out-guidance-for-fishing-during-the-drought
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Truckee River Conditions
The Truckee River flows in town are 215cfs and at Boca 465cfs. There is 168cfs being dumped out of Boca reservoir which is cold water and is helping the fish and the fishing below there. Water temps are still hitting the hight 60's by noon. Clarity is good. Remember the Hoot-Owl restriction.
Truckee River Tactics
The fish are still looking up! Dry or Dry/Dropper with the appropriate sized bugs. The Bugs have gotten smaller so it is time to downsize. Although, if indicator nymphing I would still run a big bug deep. Crawdads anyone? Tis the season to give them a swim.
Truckee River Suggested Flies
The big bugs have mostly come and gone but make good indicator flies for dry/dropper rigs like the Double Dutch 8-10, Royal Wluff 10-12, or Chubby flies. Other dries; Yellow Sally 14-16 Parachute Adams 12-22, Stimulator 12-16, Ants 14-16, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 14-18, Hackle Stacker 14-18, Elkhair Caddis 14-16, E/C caddis 14-18, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs; Pat's rubber leg 8-10, Green Drake 8-10, 20 incher 8-10, Poxyback Golden Stones 8-10, Iron Salley 14-16, Haresear 12-14, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Pheasant Tail 14-20, Flashback PT 14-20, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 12-16, Princes 10-14, Tim's Dead Drift Cray 6.
Truckee River Summary
The Truckee River is fishing good. The fish are still looking up for the dry fly purest. You may have to downsize the offering to get a look. On the indicator front, now is a good time to dredge with a crawdad pattern. Get out early to get the good water temps.
Other Truckee Area Options
Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs offer smallmouth bass. You don't have to go to just the dams, anywhere there is structure will hold bass and there are a lot of them. The Bass are getting wiser so you may have to try a couple different presentations to get them to eat. Indicator nymphing or stripping streamers on sinking lines work well to get down to the fish in these warmer conditions. Evening popper fishing can be fun too.
For those that don't mind a little drive for some technical fishing Milton reservoir has some nice finicky Brown Trout to challenge you. Small dries on the surface or hanging something under the indicator usually will do the trick. It may take a few fly changes to dial it in.
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