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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report - Truckee River

kiene's american river fly fishing report
Updated - 8/16/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are now down to 262 CFS at Truckee and fish are concentrated in deeper runs, tributary inlets and springs.  Truckee fish are very temperature sensitive.

Our guides tell us that fishing is Good and Insects such as PMDs, Caddis, and some Blue Wing Olives are still showing.  Now is hopper time so splashing a hopper pattern along the undercuts can get strikes anytime of the day.  Don't neglect Crawdads which the bigger fish devour.  Dead drift your favorite Crawdad pattern through the usual holding lies for some serious hookups. 

Good patterns to try are those that represent larval stages of PMDs, Blue Wing Olives and Caddis larva.  We have reports that passionate pink San Juan Worms under an indicator along the edges are catching fish.  Try slapping a hopper pattern along the edges in the afternoon and as mentioned above, dead drift Crawdad patterns.

Recomended Patterns


Parachute/tan or pale yellow #16 & #18,  Stimulator/#10 & #12,

Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Adams Parachute #14, Crazy Charlie #10, Royal Wulff #14, Renegade #14.


Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14 Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red. Near Enough Crawdad #8, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18,

Crawdads: Our guide Phil White (Fish Habbit Outfitters) recommends the  Near Perfect Crawdad #8 or Creek Crawler #8.  


Current River Conditions: Flows remain around 100 CFS and the river is easily crossable, though be careful and use a wading staff. 

Fishing continues to be very good but unfortunately you will probably have lots of company, so it's best to go midweek.  The evening bite on top is very good.  Fish are now in their usual holding lies along undercuts and in the seams.  

San Juan Worms can get you fish and so can scudds. Golden Stones and Green Drakes are over but nymphing with a Mercer Epoxy Stone size #12 or #14 may get grabs. Midge nymph and scud patterns are always a staple on the Little Truckee and should be a part of any multi fly nymph rig.​

This is a good river to fish with a guide your first time out so give us a call at the shop and we will hook you up . . . no pun intended. 

Recomended Patterns


Parachute PMD pale yellow #16 & #18, ,  Stimulator/Yellow #10 & #12, Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Parachute Blue Wing Olive #18. Adams Parachute #14 & #16.


Pheasant Tail #12, #14 #16 & #18, San Juan Worm/pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Scuds/pink & olive #14, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18.


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