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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report July 18th, 2022

Summer is here! This report will focus on the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers. We have been experiencing some very warm weather lately and that has impacted the fishing conditions. Afternoon water temps are up and the CDFW is recommending "hoot owl" restrictions for the Truckee River. Read the article on Hoot Owl here. Basically they are asking that you voluntarily stop fishing by noon, on the Truckee River, when the water is hitting 67 degrees. These conditions are happening now on the Truckee River. No Problem. The fly fishing has been excellent in the morning. Several fish have been duped by Dry flies over the last few weeks. It is great fun to see the fish move to the #Dryfly. And, over on the Little Truckee there has been some excellent Dryfly action as well. Mid-morning and again in the evening. I love this time of the fishing season.

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Gug holding rainbow trout
Truckee River Rainbow

Truckee River Conditions

The flows on the Truckee river are 304cfs in Truckee and dropped each day. Down at Boca flows are 455 cfs. Water temps are getting to 67 degrees by noon or 1pm depending on the overnight air temps. Clarity is good.

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics are to fish early until conditions change. Dry and Dry/Dropper techniques are getting it done. There is a nice window where the fish are very active mid-morning. Well presented Caddis and Stoneflies are getting the fish to look up and take action. If you are not moving any fish try swing a soft hackle through some of the deep pockets.

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 14-16, E/C Caddis 14-16, Missing Link 14-16, Little Yellow Stones 12-14, 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, HBI 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 fishing very well. Remember to go early as we are in Hoot Owl restrictions. The fish are looking up and willing to eat a well presented Dry Fly. Caddis and Stoneflies are on the top of the list for the fish at the moment.

Kid holding a rainbow trout
Tenkara Rod Rainbow from the Little Truckee

Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee River is at 52cfs. The afternoon water temps are 56 degrees at the upper zone and warms to 66 degrees down at the weir. Clarity is good although the moss is growing nicely.

Little Truckee River Tactics

The Little Truckee River Tactics are typical Dryfly technique in the shallows and Dry/Dropper technique in the deeper runs. The river is pretty fury on the bottom do not recommend use full nymphing rigs. You'll just be cleaning you flies after every drift. A longer leader and a stealthy approach will go a long way to success here. If you spot a working fish limit your false casting to not spook the fish as well.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

Try the Green Drake 10, Ant 10-12, or Chubby 10-12 for indicator flies. Other dries; Parachute Adams 14-22, Elk Hair Caddis 1-16, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 14-18, Hackle Stacker 14-18, E/C Caddis 14-16, Missing Link 14, Flashback emerger 16-18, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs; Haresear 12-16, 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 10-14.

Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee Dryfly fishing good. Hatches are mid-morning and again in the evening. Lengthen your leader, limit your false casting and sneak up on the holes for best success.

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