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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: VERY BUSY THIS WEEK SO BE PATIENT WITH YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS! Was pretty warm recently, but it will be in the low 80’s by the weekend! With those temps by the weekend we will see the official run-off season begin, so expect flows to go up! River is flowing good, water clarity is a bit on the cloudy side, and fish are willing to bite on well-presented offerings. Early summer fishing can be productive given the scenario and some really big trout are caught so far, this year.
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!
Tahoe City 252! CFS Truckee (ABOVE DONNER CREEK) 426 CFS, Below Martis Creek (Glenshire) 535 CFS! Below Prosser Creek 981 CFS, Boca 1230 CFS, Farad 1520 CFS-water temps: 58-62.
BIG TRUCKEE: FLOWS MAY BE THE LOWEST FOR THE SEASON AND THE BUGS ARE OUT! With the current flows, one will start looking to fish different water now. Trout this time of year, with the water level coming down, will be found in the usual places such as seams and faster water! 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 still high and this where streamer fishing can still be effective. It’s not often that Streamers fishing is better than the nymph rigs but it’s that time of year! Don't discount Crayfish patterns as these can be effective, they’re easy target for large trout and are often overlooked with traditional streamers! 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, Little Yellow Stones, Green Drakes, sporadic March Browns 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 PMD’s during the day and Caddis and Big Green Drake 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 AND RELEASE ONLY!!!
Flows: 176 CFS! GOOD FLOW RATE! Be prepared, as the onslaught of summer crowds are descending on this fishery now!
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS COMING INTO SHAPE this PASTweek and this section of water being heavily fished one should start thinking about light leaders and stealthy approaches. 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 throughout the day then to Caddis, PED’s, and Little Yellow Stones in the evening. 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
Tahoes Premier Guide - Out Of Squaw
Jim “Bigfly” Landis
Bigfly Guide Service