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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report December 9th, 2021

This report will focus on the #Truckeeriver. It looks like the nice fall type weather we have been experiencing is giving way to more winter like pattern. If this storm comes to fruition this will impact the access to the Truckee River as well the surrounding venues like the Little Truckee. I don't know about you but, I am ready for some skiing! Looking forward to it in fact.


Up to this point the fly fishing has been good and typical for the current conditions that we have been experiencing low, cold, and clear. Don't expect the fishing to get better all of a sudden as this drop in temps will make the fish even more sluggish. And, this is the slowish time of the fishing season. Did I mention skiing? As we more forward look for periods of warmer weather. The mid 40's and above will give the water a little warm up during the day and that may stimulate some feeding activity. I have spotted fish feeding on midges in the surface film. If you have the time, go for it. Dress warm, in layers, and add a set of socks.


This might be my last update until the New Year and I want to say thanks to all of you who follow this blog. I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season! If you are looking for a gift for the fly fisher in you life I sell #Giftcertificates and they make great stocking stuffers...




Truckee River Conditions

The Truckee River is 74cfs in town and 204cfs at Boca. Water temps are in the high 30's and may warm up a few degrees with warmer days. As I said before it is Low, Cold, and Clear.


Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River tactics for low, cold, and clear are to use smaller bugs, light leader, lighter tippet. Try to be stealthy on your approach. Sight fishing is possible and I have spooked a few fish from the edges by approaching the hole too quickly. Take your time and observe the situation. The takes are slow and deliberate. #Euronymphing has been good and to keep you bugs out of the moss try dries and dry/droppers. Some fish are have been eating the top attractor fly as well as midges! Fish the heat of the day this time of year.


Truckee River Suggested Flies

It is time to downsize. The big bugs have come and gone but smaller versions of Royal Wulff and Chubbies make good indicator flies for dry/dropper rigs. Other dries: Parachute Adams 12-22, Stimulator 12-16, Ants 14-18, 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: 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 14-20, Crackback Beatis 16-20, Two Bit Hooker 16-20, Soft Hackles, and Princes 12-16.


Truckee River Summary

Truckee River has been good but change is coming and access may become an issue. It is low, cold, and clear. Technical fly fishing is the ticket right now euro nymphing, dries, and dry/droppers. Take your time, downsize your terminal end, and make a decent cast. Good luck out there!


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