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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report for September 1, 2022

This report will focus on the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers. Hard to believe that it is September already. Conditions remain good for the Truckee river although it is losing flow daily on the upper reaches. The lower reaches the flows are being maintained higher with water releases from Prosser and Boca. The fish are still looking up for well presented Dry Flies. The Little Truckee has consistent low flows and is holding in there temps wise closer to the dam. Overall fishing for both rivers is getting more technical with smaller flies, longer leaders, and finer tippet. There is plenty of opportunity to catch a fish on top just may have to go early or late in the day.

Woman holding a fish
She came all the way from Australia to fish the Truckee River and landed several rainbow trout.

Truckee River Conditions

The Truckee river is now basically two different rivers. The flows in town are 93cfs and at Boca the flows are 460cfs. Water temps in the upper are starting off at 58-60 degrees and depending on the overnight low are reaching 68 at about noon. Water clarity is great. Below Boca the water is a few degrees cooler but again warming up during the day the further down from the dam release you get. The clarity here is good.

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River tactics are Dries or Dry/Dropper technique on the upper lower flow section. And down below Boca where the flows are bigger Indicator nymphing and streamers will also do the trick. The bugs have gotten smaller and downsizing your offering is probably a good idea. That goes for you rigging as well.

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 12-14, Double Dutch 10, and Chubbies 10-12. If you spot some rising rise, here are some dries to try: Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, E/C Caddis 16-18, Missing Link 16, Hackle Stacker 16-18, Throax Dun 16-18, 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 14-18, Flashback PT 14-18, Perdigons 14-16, SJW, Copper Johns 14-18, Frenchie 14-18, and Princes 12-16. Soft Hackles Orange, Pheasant Tail, and Haresear 14-16. For Streamers: Woolley Bugger 6-10, Sculpzilla 4-8, Dolly Llama 6, and Peanut Envy 4-6.

Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River is now two different rivers given the flow regime. Low flows in the upper reaches that are perfect for technical Dry Fly fishing or Dry/Dropper technique. Below Boca the water is much larger and makes more sense for indicator nymphing and throwing big streamers. The temps are still an issue in the afternoon but, the morning sessions have been great.

Man with fish
Tom from Florida with a Little Truckee Rainbow

Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee River flow is 46 cfs with much cooler water closer to the dam. Afternoon temps at the inlet to Boca are 66-68 degrees. The water clarity is good with some large moss chunks floating through.

Little Truckee River Tactics

The Little Truckee River tactics are much like the Big River in that it is time to lengthen the leader, drop tippet size, and use smaller flies. Beatis and Caddis are making up the bulk of the menu. Ants and Hoppers could come into play on the windy days or in the middle of the day.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

Try a Hopper 10, Ant 12-14, or Chubby 12-14 for indicator flies. Other dries; Parachute Adams 14-22, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 14-20, Hackle Stacker 14-20, E/C Caddis 14-16, Missing Link 16, Flashback emerger 16-18, RS2 1-20, Tricos 16-20, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs; Haresear 14-18, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, HBI 14-16, Sparkle Pupa 14-16, Poopa 14-16, 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 14-16.

Little Truckee River Summery

The Little Truckee is fishing well for anglers that like the technical challenge of far and fine. Fish early and late for the best shots at bigger fish. Don't be afraid to send a Hopper out to hunt for you. Good luck.

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