Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report for August 15th, 2022
The Truckee River will be the focus of this report. The Truckee is still under "voluntary" Hoot Owl restrictions. That being said the morning #fishing has been pretty good. Cool overnight lows in the 40's are helping to keep the water temps lower longer during the day. The fish are looking up and they are getting pretty wise. It is a great time to test your #Dryfly skills. There are plenty of #Mayflies coming off in the morning with small smaller #Caddis and nocturnal #Stoneflies making an appearance as well. The big stones are non fliers and hard to see but they are there and the bigger fish know it. If you are not seeing any activity it is worth running a big stone pattern early unless you spot fish feeding on the Mayflies. The Grass Hoppers are starting to get big enough to be on the menu as well and I think they will come into there own in week or two.
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Truckee River Conditions
The flows on the Truckee river are 158cfs in Truckee and dropping each day. This is a pretty big change from last month. Down at Boca there is no change in flows and they are 455 cfs. Morning water temps have started at 58-60 degrees and are getting to 67 degrees before noon most days. We are in "Hoot Owl Restrictions" at this time. Clarity is good.
Truckee River Tactics
Truckee River Tactics are to start early and fish until the water hits 67 degrees. Dry and Dry/Dropper techniques are working quite well. There have been some nice hatches of Mayflies early 7am to 9am with some smaller Caddis sprinkled in. Well presented emerges and spinners have been working well. After they stop eating the Mayflies try Dry/droppers with a Stonefly dry to finish out the session when the water is too warm. If you are not moving any fish try swing a soft hackle through some of the deep pockets or a streamer. That being said #Tenkara flies have been working well too.
Truckee River Suggested Flies
For Dry/Dropper rigs anything that will float the nymph your using will work for the dry. Attractor patterns like the Stimulator 10-14, Double Dutch 8-10, and Chubbies 8-10. If you spot some rising rise, here are some dries to try: Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, E/C Caddis 14-18, Missing Link 14-16, Hackle Stacker 12-18, Parachute Adams 12-18, Quigley Cripple 10-18, Griffiths Gnat 16-20, Midges 18-22 and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs: Haresear 12-14, Pat's Rubberleggs 8-12, Mercer's Poxyback Stones 10-12, 20 incher 8-12, Burk's Bottom Roller 14-16, Pheasant Tail 12-14, Flashback PT 12-14, Perdigons 14-16, SJW, Copper Johns 12-14, Frenchie 12-14, and Princes 10-12. Soft Hackles Orange, Pheasant Tail, and Haresear 10-14. For Streamers: Woolley Bugger 6-10, Sculpzilla 4-8, Dolly Llama 6, and Peanut Envy 4-6.
Truckee River Summary
The Truckee River is in Hoot Owl restrictions so fish early before the water temps get to 67 degrees. The fish are looking up and willing to eat a well presented Dry Fly. Mayflies, Caddis and Stoneflies. The list should include #Hoppers in the near future. Get out and have some fun with the topwater action!
Other Fly Fishing Opportunities
There are plenty of other fishing opportunities in the area despite the water being so warm. I have gotten good reports from Milton Reservoir. The Brown Trout here are getting pretty wary and you will have to change it up your rig a bunch to find out what is working that day. If you get it right it has been fantastic. The Boca inlet has been producing trout as well for those that like a challenge. Longer leaders, good presentation, and smaller flies will help your success here. There are reports Prosser Reservoir that the smallmouth bite has slowed at bit but that you can still get plenty of the little ones to keep it interesting.
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