Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report June 12, 2020
The #FlyFishing in the Truckee area is good right now. This report will focus on the #Truckeeriver and the local #reservoirs. This week started off with some snow and cooler temps and looks like this weekend will be cool down also. The cooler weather has made for some really nice #DryFly action on the various venues. The flows are starting to drop on the river and creeks. The wildflowers are getting going as well which makes it a really nice time to be a flyfisher here. For info on the #Littletruckee refer to my previous report.
Truckee River Conditions
The flows on the Truckee River near town are 217cfs and below Boca they are 899cfs. Water temps have been hitting the mid 50's on the sunny days. The water is very clear. There has been a nice hatch at around 11am or later when it is cool and the fish are looking up. Multiple species and sizes of Mayflies. It is somewhat short lived.
Truckee River Tactics
Tactics for the River has been pretty basic dry, dry dropper, and nymphing. If you spot rising fish observe for a while before casting it might help to narrow your fly choice and reduce your spooking the fish that your targeting. The fish have been very willing to rise so size and shape of flies are all you need to worry about. A standard length leader, 4x tippet, and decent presentation will get it done. Been mostly nymphing under an indicator early in the day or when it is sunny. Big dry/dropper rigs will get it done as well. Haven't bothered with a streamer lately at all but probably a good bet below Boca.
Truckee River Suggested Flies
Suggested Flies for the Truckee River is a long list but at this time Various Mayfly Duns, emerges, and spinners have been working. Stop and observe the fish before casting to help narrow the choice. Dry Flies: Thorax Dun 14-16, Parachute Adams 12-16, Rusty Spinners 14-16, Quigley Cripple 12-16, PMD's 14, Royal Wluff 12-16, Double Dutch 8-10, Stimulator 8-12, Ants 10-12, Elkhair Caddis 12-14, E/C Caddis 12-14, Missing Link Caddis 12-16, Humpy 12-16, and Griffiths Gnat 16-18. For nymphs: Pats Rubber Legs 10-8, Twenty Incher 8-10, Peacock Stones 8-10, Mercer's Poxyback stone 8-10, Soft Hackles 12-16, Prince Nymphs 8-12, Poohpah 14-18, Burk's Bottom roller 14-16, Mop 10, SJW, Flashback Pheasant Tail 12-16, SJW, Haresear 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, and Birdsnest 10-16. For Streamers: Woolley Bugger 6-8, Sculpzilla 8, Muddler Minnow 6-8, Sparkle Minnow 4, and Dali Lama 4.
Truckee River Summary
The Truckee River is fishing very well throughout the system. Top water action has picked up nicely and should be getting better as these cool cloudy weather conditions continue.
Local Reservoir Conditions
The Local Reservoirs Prosser, Boca, and Stampede are fishing pretty well right now. Stampede and Boca are being held down and Prosser is being filled up. Surface temps are in the low 60's perfect for fly fishing. There are multiple trout species and #smallmouthbass to target. The Calibeatis Mayflies are starting to show up in numbers to get the fishes attention. A word of caution for all three, don't mess with the mud! Stay back from the waters edge to avoid getting stuck. The reservoirs are also a good place to work on your cast.
The Tactics for the Reservoirs very by the target species . Dry/dropper, indicators, or sinking lines will cover all of the presetations that are needed for Trout or Bass. Trout are cruising so look for edges, ledges, points, and inlet streams to target. Bass like rocky structure and submerged structure. The dams are a great place to target them or any rocky point. A fallen tree or submerged willow bush will definitely have a few hanging out.
Reservoir Suggested Flies
Suggested Flies for the Reservoirs. For Dry Flies, try Calibeatis 12-14, Parachute Adams 12-14, Cripples 12-14, Ants 10-16, Beetles 16, Griffiths Gnat 16-18. For the nymphing try Pheasant tails 14-18, Flashback PT 14-18, Birdsnest 14-16, Calibeatis nymph 14-16, Sheeps Creek 14-16, Balanced leech 8-10, Brassie 16-18, RS2 16-18, and Mercury Midge 16-18. For Streamers try Woolley Buggers 8-10, Leeches 8-10, Scupzilla 8, Gummy Minnow 6-8, and Marabou Muddler 6-8. Bass like trout flies so no need to change much.
In Summary the reservoirs are all fishing good and provide a lot of opportunities for both Trout and Bass. Be careful driving around the edge and avoid the mud.
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