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Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report May 26th, 2021

This report of May will focus on the Truckee River and Little Truckee River for your Memorial Day weekend. We have had some pretty up and down weather over the last couple weeks. A little rain, snow, and plenty of overcast skies. Good for getting the bugs popping. Speaking of bugs, some days the hatches are heavier that others and there a various species in play. Mayflies, Caddis, and Stones are all making appearances. It is a smorgasbord for the fish this time of year on both rivers. The local reservoirs are worth a shot as well. Most are low for this time of year. The road to Jackson Meadows is open and that means Jackson Meadows and Milton reservoirs are accessible.


Up Coming Clinics

I have space available for both of these clinics. Give me a call 530-386-0525 or email brian@flyfishingtruckee-tahoe.com and I will get you signed up.


June 12th Women's Only Clinic Full-day on the Truckee River

July 21st and 22nd Two Day Clinic Truckee Area Sampler


Truckee River Conditions

The Truckee River flows are 625cfs in town and 725cfs below Boca. Water Temps are 48 degrees mid-day. Clarity is good. As our days get warmer water temps will climb accordingly.


Truckee River Tactics

Truckee River Tactics are a bit of a mixed bag with Nymphing being the most productive thoughout the day. At these flows you are going to need to get the lead out and go deep. There are multiple species of bugs coming off starting around 11am and continuing for a few hours. Having a dry ready if you spot a surface eater is a good idea. Streamers are a good option as well for the bigger fish and covering some of the bigger runs. If not hooking up make an adjustment then move.


Truckee River Suggested Flies

Royal Wluff 10-14, Skwala 8-10, or Chubby 10-12 for indicator flies. Other dries; Parachute Adams 12-22, Stimulator 8-10, Ants 10, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 14-18, Hackle Stacker 14-18, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs; Pat's rubber leg 8-10, Green Drake 8-10, 20 incher 8-10, Poxyback Golden Stones 8-10, Haresear 12-14, Burks Bottom Roller 14-16, Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Pheasant Tail 14-20, Flashback PT 14-20, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 12-16 and Princes 10-14. For Streamers; Sparkle Minnow 4, Sculpzilla 4, Muddler Minnow 6, and Woolley Bugger 6-8


Truckee River Summary

The Truckee River has been lights out at times and tough other outings. There are plenty of bugs in play that finding the "one" may take a little switching up of your flies. Be on the lookout for rising fish if you looking for topwater action.



Charlie tightlined a nice rainbow

Bill is all smiles at Prosser

Milton and I at Milton reservoir

Little Truckee River Conditions

The flows on the Little Truckee are pretty much the same as they have been all winter at 75cfs. The temps are 48 degrees and the clarity is good. Much like the Truckee there are multiple species hatching.


Little Truckee River Tactics

Little Truckee river tactics are a mixed bag at this time Dry, Dry/Dropper, or

Tightline Nymphing are all going to work at some point in the day. Don't be afraid to switch it up and move on. We have found fish in both the slow and fast water so be sure to cover it well. These fish are pretty smart so stealthy approach the holes and your probably going to have to fish smaller tippet and flies.


Little Truckee River Suggested Flies

Try the Skwala Stone 8-10 or Royal Wulff for indicator fly. Parachute Adams 14-22, Griffiths Gnat 16-22, Quigley Cripple 16-20, Thorax Dun 14-18, Hackle Stacker 14-18, and Compara Dun 16-20. For nymphs: Micro May 16-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Blow Torch 14-16, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Flashback PT 16-20, Perdigons 16-18, SJW, Copper Johns 14-20, Zebra Midge 18-22, RS2 16-20, WD-40 16-22, Brassie 16-20, Black AP 12-16, and Prince 16-20.


Little Truckee River Summary

The Little Truckee River conditions are good. The fishing is good, it is not easy. It is technical fly fishing for some pretty nice fish. If that is your thing you will have a great time.


Other Fly Fishing Venues

For this Memorial Day there are lots of options. Prosser, Boca, and Stampede Reservoirs are all at around 50% capacity at this point. The trout fishing from shore can be pretty good. The inlets have been producing some good fish and there have been some LCT's being caught as well.


The road to Milton is open and the fishing was pretty good. All subsurface action on Midges and Mayfly nymphs. Our day was super windy didn't even bother with a dry.


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