Courtesy of Mountain Hardware and Sports
DON’T FORGET TO PINCH THOSE BARBS, PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH & RELEASE ONLY! AFTER THE APRIL 29TH ALL CREEKS AND RIVERS WILL BE OPEN.
NOTE FOR THE WEEK: SUMMER CROWDS ARE GONE BUT THE FALL CROWD IS HERE SO BE PATIENT WITH YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS! Daytime temps will be in the 70’S with Wednesday being the last day of scattered thunderstorms! Flows from Tahoe City are in decent shape with flows picking up more below Donner Creek, and fish are willing to bite on well-presented offerings. GOOD DRIFTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS! Early fall fishing can still be difficult but one can start thinking about fishing anytime of the day now.
TRUCKEE RIVER: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES! CATCH & RELEASE ONLY PLEASE!!! 1000 FT BELOW TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK IS OPEN AND IS UNDER GENERAL REGULATIONS!
Flows: Tahoe City 69.2 CFS LOW! Truckee (BELOW DONNER CREEK) 177.3 CFS, Below Martis Creek (Glenshire) 191 CFS Below Prosser Creek 267.5 CFS, Boca 532 CFS, Farad 606 CFS-water temps: 64-68.
BIG TRUCKEE: FLOWS GOT BUMPED UP LAST WEEKEND AND THE WEATHER WILL BE COLD WITH SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS/SNOW CONTINUING UNTIL Thursday evening! With the current flows and water temps, one will start looking to fish MODERATELY FAST water now. Trout this time of year, with the water flow stabilizing, will be found in the usual places such as seams and swift water during the day and middle and end of pools in the mornings and evenings! Get proficient with your nymphing techniques because the payoff could be one of the elusive big trout that reside in the T. From Boca, downstream to Stateline, flows are great and streamer fishing can still be effective. Fishing streamers below the Boca outflow will be more productive in the morning and late evening hours. Don't discount Crayfish patterns as they are in MOLT this time of year and can be effective. Fish them as if they are a traditional streamer in a fleeing or wounded fashion as they’re an easy target for large trout! 3x and 4x for streamer rigs, leaning more towards the 3x. If the streamer gig isn’t your thing don’t worry as there are still plenty of trout being caught on nymph rigs. Golden Stones, PMD’s, Caddis, October Caddis, Little Yellow Stones, BWO’s, Midges and PED’s are all present on the Trout’s diet this time of year. For the purist, one can sit on the banks and wait for some nice fish to rise to PMD’s during the day and Caddis, October Caddis, Little Yellow Stones, and PED’s towards evening. On another note let’s all remember proper ethics and C&R techniques as temps have dropped. Let’s not play trout to exhaustion and handle minimally or not at all. Remember, there will be days where you'll do great and the next you'll get your you know what handed to you, it's the Truckee. To learn the river exponentially, hire one of our local guides. It's worth the money if you fish this occasionally or want to learn it's secrets! Great list of local guides on bottom of page.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: NO BAIT!!! NO SCENTED LURES!!! PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER ANGLERS AND THEIR SPACE! PLEASE DON’T FISH ONE SPOT FOR TO LONG. CATCH & RELEASE ONLY PLEASE!!!
72.2 CFS! LOW FLOW RATE! Flows will drop next week for Penstock Inspection of Stampede! The preliminary schedule for the Penstock inspection at Stampede Power Plant is as follows: Sept. 8 p.m. - Stampede flows down to 100 cfs Sept. 24-26 - ramp down flows to minimum flows (or as determined by water master) Sept. 26 a.m. - Flows at minimum to allow for dewatering of units and penstock Sept. 26 p.m. - Turbine, spiral case, and draft tube inspections Sept. 27 all day - Penstock Inspection Sept. 28 a.m. - Re-water penstock start ramping up to required flows Sept. 28-29 - Ramp to required flows per Water Master **Re-watering of Penstock may start on Sept. 27 of time allows after inspection is complete.
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS GOING DOWN on this stretch of water one should see varying amounts of activity but light leaders and stealthy approaches will be required. Access is wide open here now and fish will be found everywhere throughout the system. Trout here will be feeding on a steady diet of Midges in the morning and then turning their attention to PMD’s and Baetis throughout the day then to Caddis, PED’s, and Little Yellow Stones in the evening. Cloudy days can produce some great dry activity here! So, have all stages of these bugs in your box. The rule of thumb here has been 5x-6x depending on the situation. Fall backs to use are San Juan Worms when nothing else seems to work. Hint: the bigger fish in this system prefer emergers over adults most the time, so learn how to fish emergers effectively.
LOCAL SUGGESTED GUIDES:
The Dean of Guides
Tahoes Premier Guide - Out Of Squaw
Matt "Gilligan" Koles
The Mayor of Hirshdale
Jim “Bigfly” Landis
Bigfly Guide Service