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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report June 2nd, 2023

This report will cover the Truckee River, Little Truckee River, and Local Reservoirs. The Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers are still running high and have cleared up nicely. They are starting to drop a bit and are fishable in some spots. The flows are much lower on the Truckee since the last report. You're going to have to work for your fish on either river. The reservoirs on the other hand, are fishing quite good. The fish are in really good shape. What are you waiting for? Let's go fishing!

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*Just Added* Trout Spey Clinic: July 15th. In conjunction with Reno Orvis, a full-day intro to the the nuances of Spey Casting for trout on the Truckee River. Cost for on the water clinic is $285/ person and space is limited. Free intro presentation at Reno Orvis the evening of June 28th!

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.

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Cutthroat trout at reservoir
Nice Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Truckee River Conditions

The flows on the Truckee River are 725cfs in town and 2,310cfs at Boca. The clarity is good. There is a diurnal change of about 300cfs from morning to afternoon. The flows are slowly dropping overall.

Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics are the same as the last report. For these flows, deep nymphing with lots of split shot or fish weighted streamers on a heavy tip. The fish will be in the softer, slower water along the edges, seams, and eddys. Don't worry about the middle. Use bigger flies that the fish can see, both nymphs and streamers. Junk flies are always worth a shot. Then start systematically covering the likely spot. Add an extra drift or two.

Truckee River Suggested Flies

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 Tail 12-14, Flashback PT 12-14, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Glow Bugs, Copper Johns 10-14, Prospector 14-16, Frenchie12 -16, Rubber legs 6-10, Kauffman Stone 8-10, Twenty Inches 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 has dropped quite a bit since the last report. There are a few spots that have opened up but it is still tough wading. Down and dirty with heavy flies and split shot. You could get the fish of the season.

Little Truckee River Conditions

The flows on the Little Truckee are at 778cfs and the clarity is good. Water temps are good. At these flows it is really fast and there are not good crossing points.

Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee River Tactics are similar to the Main Truckee, down and dirty will get it done. However, there is a nice hatch of beatis mid-morning so seeing some fish on top is not out of the question. Getting to them is the question. Better take all the rods.

Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

For Dries: Parachute Adams 14-22, 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, Glow Bugs, 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 Muddler Minnow 8-6.

Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee is still pretty high. Fishable in spots and not so wadable. All the techniques may be deployed at some point during the day.

A net with two trout and a thumbs up
Double up on Trout

Local Reservoir Conditions

Well, if you made it this far, thank you. The reservoirs are where the fishing is at. Boca is pretty full, Prosser is somewhere in the middle and coming up finally. Stampede is near full. Surface temps have ranged from 55-60 degrees depending on where your are at.

Local Reservoir Tactics

Boca, Prosser, and Stampede have all had decent fishing from the shore. Not much on top but definitely subsurface. Indicator fishing or Streamers on the sinking line have worked quite well. If you're not hooking up, move. Target points, drop-offs, inlets, and outlet areas near the dams. Fly selection hasn't been too important but that will change. Most of the jumping fish that you see are Kokanee and they are hit and miss.

Local Reservoir Suggested Flies

For Nymphing: Pheasant tail 14-10, Flashback PT 14-10, Haresear 12-14, Callibeatis nymphs 12-14, Balanced leech 8-10, Sheep's Creek10-14, Damsels 8-10, and Midges 12-16. For Streamers: Wooley Bugger 8-10, Bunny Leeches 8-10, Sculpzilla 4-8, and Muddler Minnow 6-10.

Local Reservoir Summary

The local Reservoirs are in good shape and fishing well. If you want to feel a tug on the line and don't mind indicators or pulling streamers, then these are your venues. Plenty of room to move around as well.

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