Courtesy of Mountain Hardware and Sports
AS OF NOV 16TH, ALL CREEKS AND RIVERS WILL BE CLOSED UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE BY DFW REGS.
DON’T FORGET TO PINCH THOSE BARBS, CATCH & RELEASE ONLY NOW!
NOTE FOR THE WEEK: FLOWS HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT OUT OF DAM AT TAHOE CITY! Daytime temps will be in the UPPER 30’S lows will be in the TEENS! GREAT SNOW amounts last week, and this can only help with what has been a dismal winter. GOOD DRIFTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS! Winter fishing can still be good so keep at it! ACCESS WILL BE VERY LIMITED RIGHT NOW WITH THE RECENT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS!
TRUCKEE RIVER: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES! CATCH & RELEASE ONLY NOW!!! 1000 FT BELOW TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK IS CLOSED, AND YES THAT MEANS PROSSER CREEK IS CLOSED!
FLOWS: Tahoe City 50 Truckee (BELOW DONNER CREEK) 96.2 CFS, Below Martis Creek 181 CFS (Glenshire), Below Prosser Creek 260.7 CFS, Boca 441 CFS, Farad 490 CFS-water temps: 39-42 DEGREES!
BIG TRUCKEE: Flows remain steady with an increase of flow coming out of Boca but overall hasn’t changed much. Use Your WINTER Techniques. With the current flows and water temps, one will start looking to fish SLOWER water now. Trout this time of year, with the water flow being MODERATE and COLD, will be found in the usual places such as seams behind large boulders, back eddies, edges of big pools, or on the edges that drop into deeper water. Get proficient with your nymphing techniques because the payoff could be one of the elusive big trout that reside in the T. From Glenshire downstream to Stateline, flows are high and streamer fishing can be effective. Fishing streamers through the Glenshire stretch downstream will be more productive from 10-3. Don't discount Crayfish patterns as they are always a meal for a large trout. 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. Sculpins, Darker Stones(skwallas), and now more prevalent hatches of BWO’s, Baetis, and Midges 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 Baetis, BWO’s, Midges, and the intermittent Skwalla hatch. 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 NOW!!!
FLOWS: 203 CFS!
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS going up to a great rate of 203 cfs this stretch, while rather inaccessible at the moment, will fish much better. Not so light leaders now but stealthy approaches will still be required. Trout here have not seen a break from anglers all year because of the lack of wintery weather so please be conscious of proper C&R techniques! Access is LIMITED here now and with flows up fish can 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 BWO’S, Baetis, and Midges again 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. Fallbacks 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. LOTS OF SNOW ON ROAD, SO IF YOU GO BE PREPARED FOR THESE CONDITIONS!
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