Courtesy of Mountain Hardware and Sports
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 20’S to LOW 30’s and lows will be in the LOW TEENS! Some SNOW Sunday night into Monday and then some more around Thursday. GOOD DRIFTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS! Winter fishing can still be good so keep at it!
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) 148 CFS, Below Martis Creek 235 CFS (Glenshire), Below Prosser Creek 296 CFS, Boca 344 CFS, Farad 403 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, 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 and Midges during most the day. 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!
FLOWS: 71.3 CFS!
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS coming DOWN to a DECENT rate of 71.3 CFS fish here have been a little less apt to bite. Light leaders and stealthy approaches will be required. Trout here have not seen a break from anglers all year because of the lack of wintery weather so please be conscience of proper C&R techniques! Access is wide open here now and 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. 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. STILL PATCHES OF ICE AND/OR SNOW ON ROAD, SO DRIVE CAREFULLY!
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