Truckee Tahoe Fly Fishing Report September 8th, 2020
This report will have a little information about a lot of things effecting the local fishing and a report for the Truckee River. First off, due to the current fire conditions the Tahoe National Forest has been closed to dispersed camping and no campfires allowed. Get all the info here. Second, expect to see the flows drop dramatically in the upcoming weeks out of Tahoe for the #TroutUnlimited project that is scheduled along Glenshire Drive. This project will add some much needed structure in an area that otherwise has none. Should be a great benefit to the trout! Third, I think we can all aggree that a change in the weather is needed so let's pray for snow!
I wanted to mention that the flows have been great this year and really benefited the fishing. It is not often that we get this flow consistency for this long in the season. The fishing has been really good and will be until the flows change. Better get out there.
Truckee River Conditions
The flows on the Truckee are 316cfs in town and 455cfs below Boca inflow. Water temps are good in the morning and warming rapidly during the day to 68-70 degrees. The water clarity is good.
Truckee River Tactics
It is Transition time here. Most of the big bugs and hatches have come and gone. With the exception of Hoppers and October Caddis. Hoppers are on the menu now in areas that have large concentrations of them on the bank. Look for October Caddis to make an apperance in the coming weeks. For the rest of the Mayflies, Midges, and Caddis they have gotten smaller and more sparse. Well presented dries have been taking fish and well as nymphs on Hopper/dropper rigs. As the meals get smaller the fish are going to need to eat more. An overcast day could be really good so be ready for the weather change. Pay attention to the banks and edges of nice seams you might get a nice surprise.
Truckee River Suggested Flies
The Suggested flies here are pretty similar to what has been working all year just smaller. Time to downsize and that goes for tippet too. May need to use 6x to get the right look on those tiny dries. Dry Flies: Thorax Dun 16-22, Parachute Adams 16-22, Rusty Spinners 16-18, Quigley Cripple 18-20, Royal Wluff 12-16, Double Dutch 8-10, Morrish Hopper 8-10, Crystal Stimulator 16, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, E/C Caddis 16-18, Missing Link Caddis16-18, Chubby Chernoble 10, Humpy 12-16, and Griffiths Gnat 16-20. For nymphs: Pats Rubber Legs 10-8, Twenty Incher 8-10, Peacock Stones 8-10, Mercer's Poxyback stone 8-10, Soft Hackles 16-18, Prince Nymphs 8-12, Poohpah 14-18, LaFontain Sparkle Pupa 16-18, Burk's Bottom roller 14-16, Mop 10, SJW, Flashback Pheasant Tail 14-18, Flashback Haresear 16-18, Copper Johns 12-20, Crawdad 8, and Birdsnest 10-16.
Truckee River Summary
The Truckee River is still fishing well the bugs have just gotten smaller. Dry/dropper has been working great. There are lots of hoppers around so would try that first before switching to some other method. Lot for the flows to change in the next week or so.
There are other options out in the area to get your fly fishing fix but I just haven't had time to investigate. There are good reports coming from Milton Reservoir for those that like the super small far and fine game. And, good reports from the Little Truckee River as well. I would think the bass bite still good in Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs.
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