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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report July 7th, 2024

This fishing report will give some insight into the conditions of Truckee River and Little Truckee Rivers. The flyfishing up to this point has been good, really good. All the species of bugs are hatching at this time in the larger sizes. Dries early and Dry/Dropper later in the day. The flows are still strong coming out of Tahoe for the Truckee and Stampede for the Little Truckee. The summer heat is here and that means that you need to start following your thermometer. The water temps on the Truckee River and freestone streams are starting to rise and that can be hard on the fish. Fishing early in the day or late after the water temps start to drop. Here is a link to the Fish and Wildlife guidance on fishing in the heat. https://wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Inland/Hoot-Owl

The Little Truckee River is not as affected as the Big T because it is a tailwater fishery. Meaning the water is released from a dam and that water is pretty cool right now and will stay cool during the day. That means that the LT is going to get busy.


Addtionally it is worth noting, Milton Reservoir may experience a warm up as well. Milton, which is usually fed 100cfs of cold water from Jackson Meadows reservoir has had the flows cut to 10cfs due to a problem downstream. The reduced flows are expected to last until July 31st. So here is another place to use the thremometer and time your fishing accordingly. Once the flows return here it should be good all day. Just have to wait and see.


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Milton Brown the day before the shut down

Truckee River Conditions

The flows above Truckee are 299 cubic feet a second and at Boca the flows are 616 cubic feet a second. The afternoon temps are pushing 66-67 degrees and may be warmer later this week. Clarity is good.


Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics for our current conditions. Fish early and stop when the water hits 68 degrees. The fish are looking up! Dry Fly and Dry/Dopper techniques have been working quite well. The fish have moved up into the faster water and pockets. Nymphing in the pockets and pools can also be effective. Pick your favorite tactic, grab a cold one, and enjoy.


Truckee River Suggested Flies

Truckee River suggested flies: For Dries Stimulator 10-14, Green Drake 8-10, Parachute Adams 10-16, Ants 10-16, Little Yellow Stones 12-16, Royal Wluff 10-16, Elk Hair Caddis 12-16, Quigley Cripples 10-16, Compara Duns 12-16, For nymphs: Haresear 14-18, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Zebra Midge 18-22, Pheasant Tail 12-16, Flashback PT 12-16, Perdigons 14-16, SJW, Copper Johns 10-16, Frenchie 12 -16, Rubber legs 8-12, Kauffman Stone 8-12, Twenty Incher 8-10, and Princes 10-16. For Streamers try Woolley Bugger 6-8, Sclupzilla 4, Baby Gonga 4, and Game Changer 4-6.


Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River is fishing super good in the first half of the day. Lots of bugs hatching and the big ones like Green Drakes and Golden Stones are getting looks. The water is warming quite alot and you need to watch the temps in the afternoon. Overall, great time to get out and flyfish with these excellent conditions.



Little Truckee River Conditions

The Little Truckee River flows are 299 cubic feet a second. The water is cold 48-50 in the morning coming off the bottom of Stampede Reservoir. Clarity is good.


Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River Tactics for this report would be to match the hatch. Green Drakes are starting to pop and the PMD's are starting as well. Dry Fly and Dry/Dropper technique are good approaches here. You will need to make good casts and manage the drift. At these flows the fish might be reluctant to come up to the top in the deeper runs. You may want to nymph these zones. However, the river bottom is a bit slimy and that makes the deep nymphing a pain to keep the flies clean. Check your flies often. Expect to see other anglers out here with the summer hatches started.


Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

For Dries: Parachute Adams 14-22, Green Drake 10, Green Drake emerger 10, Ants 10-12, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, E/C Caddis 14/16, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 16-22, Hackle Stacker 16, Emergers 16-20, RS2 20, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, Ants 14-16, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs: Haresear 14-18, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, HBI 16-18, Brassie 16-20, AP nymph 16-20, 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 16-18.


Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee River is in prime shape for Dry Fly fishing. The water is cold and bugs are hatching. Expect to see some people too.


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