It has been a pretty remarkable August so far. Great #Dryflyfishing has been the theme. We are in the "Dogdays" of summer and the action has slowed a bit due to rising water temps. Flow release are still great for this time of year on both the Truckee and Little Truckee. The fishing on the Truckee is best early in the day and fish are looking up for a well presented fly.
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Truckee River Conditions
The flows are 285cfs in Truckee and 630cfs below Boca. Waters temps are getting warm with 66-67 at mid-day and 70 at 5pm. Water clarity is good.
Truckee River Tactics
Time to really use that thermometer that you be packing around for the last several months. Fish the upper river in the mornings and in afternoon move to where the cold water is coming in like below Proser Creek and Boca. The fish are still looking up for well presented flies. Most of the bugs have hatched and are starting the life cycle over again. So Midges, BWO's, Caddis and some Stoneflies are the bulk of what is happening now. Dryfly and Dry/Dropper techniques are working great. Nymphing with crawdads is also an effective mid-day technique when the fishing is slow. This could be the season of the Hopper? We'll see. I don't find them to be as effective here as in other parts of the west.
Truckee River Suggested Flies
For Dry Flies: Turcks Trantula 8-10, Hoppers 8-10, Stimulator 6-12, Cubby Chernoble 6-8, Parachute Adams 14-18, Red Quill 14-16, Compara Dun 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Humpy 14-16, Quigley Cripple 14-18, Rusty Spinner 14-18, and E/C Caddis 14-18 . For nymphs: Pats Rubber Legs 10-8, Twenty Incher 8-10, Peacock Stones 8-10, Soft Hackles 12-16, Prince Nymphs 8-10, Burk's Bottom roller 12-14, Flashback Pheasant Tail 14-18, SJW, Haresear 10-14, Copper Johns 12-16, Z wing Caddis 14-16, Micro May 16-18, Brassie 16-20, and Mercer's Poxyback Golden Stone 8-10.
Truckee River Summary
The fly fishing continues to be good. Just need to follow your thermometer to stay in the colder water with the most active fish. Don't be afraid to change flies and move.
Little Truckee River Conditions
The Little Truckee River is in good shape with great flows at 99cfs and water temps 56 degree in the afternoon. The fish here are quite experienced and a bit finicky. Bring your"A" game for success here. There are small Beatis and PMD's hatching throughout the day. Some Micro Caddis in the late afternoons evenings and a lot of Hoppers.
Little Truckee River Tactics
The Tactics for the Little Truckee River this time of the season consist of long leader, smaller flies, and stealth. Plan your approach, make a decent cast, and change flies. Sometimes you will have to change several times. False casting here will not help. Wait a minute between casts if your putting the fish down. If there are a bunch of cars try a different section.
Little Truckee River Suggested Flies
Little Truckee River Suggested flies. For dry flies try a Hopper 8-10, Tailwater Tiny 18-20, Hackle Stacker 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-20, PMD 14-20, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, Quigley Cripple 16-18, Thorax Dun 14-20, and Compara Dun 14-20. For nymphs try Micro May 16-20, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Flashback PT 16-20, Juju beatis 16-20, SJW, Copper Johns 14-20, Zebra Midge 18-20, RS2 16-20, WD-40 16-20, Brassie 16-22, and HBI 14-16.
Little Truckee River Summary
The Little Truckee River is fishing pretty well and conditions are good. You will need solid presentations and some patience to dupe these fish. Good Luck!