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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report June 27, 2023

This report will focus on the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers. Since my last Report conditions on the rivers have changed quite a bit. Flows have dropped, the water temps are slowly creeping up, and the bugs are starting to move about more. This is all very exciting news for us anglers. I also find it to be the most challenging time of year with so much food available for the fish. This year, due to our giant winter and the ever changing water conditions, it seems to be taking some time for the fishing to really turn on. Get ready because we are very close to having some lights-out fishing on the rivers. Expect to see some people out and about with the upcoming holiday weekend.

Upcoming clinics

*Two Trout Spey Events Just Added*

Free Trout Spey Presentation: Wednesday, June 28 at Reno Orvis.

Trout Spey Clinic: July 15th. In conjunction with Reno Orvis, this is a full-day intro to the the nuances of Spey Casting for trout on the Truckee River. Cost for the on-the-water clinic is $285/ person and space is limited.

Truckee Area Sampler Two Day Clinic: July 19th and 20th. A two-day tour of the area with stops on the Truckee, Little Truckee, and other waters with tips on how to fish them. Cost is $570 for the two days and space is limited. This one is for the intermediate to advanced angler looking to see some water and sharpen various skills.

Contact Brian to sign up for either clinic at 530-386-0525 or

Man holding fish with dog looking on
Nick with his first rainbow

Truckee River Conditions

Truckee River flows are 330cfs above Truckee and 635cfs at Boca. Water temps are 52-54 degrees mid-day. The water is very clear.

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River tactics are starting to change with the water dropping. Nymphing is still going to be the most consistent method for catching fish. I suspect that will change in a hurry once the water warms a bit. The dry fly action should pick up. Green Drakes? This is the time. Managed to get some action blind fishing a dry the other day so the fish are starting to look up. The water is cool in the morning, the better action has been later in the day.

Truckee River Suggested Flies

Suggested flies for dries: Parachute Adams 10-14, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, Royal Wulff 10-14, Chubby Chernoble 10, Double Dutch 8-10, Green Drake 10, Ants 10-16, Quigley Cripples 10-14, Missing link 14, and E/C Caddis 14-16. For nymphs: Iron Salley 14-16, Haresear 12-14, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Zebra Midge 18-22, Pheasant Tail10-14, Flashback PT 12-14, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 10-14, Prospector 14-16, Frenchie 12 -16, Rubber legs 6-10, Kauffman Stone 8-10, Twenty Incher 8-10, and Princes 10-16. For streamers: Sculpzilla 4-8, Sparkle Minnow 4-8, Wooley Bugger 6-8, and Dolley Llama 4.

Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River is dropping into shape. Worth a look later in the day after the water has warmed a few degrees. Green Drakes should be showing up soon!

Little Truckee River Conditions

Little Truckee flows are 197cfs and the water clarity is good. Water temps are 50 degrees mid-day.

Man holding fish with dog
Dave with a solid LT fish. It liked the dry fly.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River tactics are to be ready for everything. Dries, nymphing, and streamers are all working on the LT. There have been some good Mayfly hatches mid-day with Caddis thrown in for good measure. The fish are looking up at times and eating dries. Nymphing has still been catching the most fish. There are lots of anglers out here so be patient and give each other some room.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

For Dries: Parachute Adams 14-22, 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, 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. For streamers try Wooley Buggers 6-8, Sculpzilla 8, Baby Swim Coach 6, and Muddlers 6-8.

Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee River is fishing pretty good. The fish are looking up at times and crushing dry flies. Nymphing is getting it done during the slow time. Expect to see other anglers out there with the holiday weekend coming up.

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