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 CUT OUT OF DAM AT TAHOE CITY! Daytime temps will be close the low 40’s and lows in the morning will be quite cold in the lower 20’s! FORECAST IS CALLING FOR A TOUCH OF SNOW ON Wednesday AND THEN MORE CHRISTMAS WEEK! As water temps and flows drop start utilizing more winter techniques! GOOD DRIFTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS! Early 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 296 Truckee (BELOW DONNER CREEK) 348 CFS, Below Martis Creek 370 CFS (Glenshire), Below Prosser Creek 398 CFS, Boca 498 CFS, Farad 594 CFS-water temps: 39-43 DEGREES! FLOWS WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY DROP AS TEMPS REMAIN AS COLD AS THEY ARE IN THE MORNINGS.
BIG TRUCKEE: Flows have dropped to below 1000 CFS with water clarity being good! Use Your High-Water Techniques still. Things have changed in the weather as we will drop into a bubble of high pressure. 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 high, 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!
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!!! LEAVE SPAWNING FISH ALONE!!!
FLOWS: 67 CFS!
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS being moderately LOW at a rate of 87.5 cfs on this stretch of water one should see activity and picky fish. Light leaders and stealthy approaches will still be required. Access is wide open here now and fish can be found everywhere throughout the system. Browns from Boca should be done spawning, but if you still see activity please leave these spawning fish alone and don’t wade through redds. Fishing to the Rainbows below the Browns is the way to go now. 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