Fall!!!!!

Ok, so it’s cooling off nicely……
Fish are looking up…….
Been getting a surgical drifts, and getting enthusiastic feedback.
Did 3 drifts for a 19″ Brown….
I love Fall…..
Hoppers are the special right now…..match them closely to the ones on the bank for best results…
The fish are highly suspicious after 6 months of pestering…..
Midges are many……and a good choice.
Baetis and some Infrequines too….A few Glossisoma Caddis as well.
October Caddis are on deck…….might already be a few out in the evenings….
When fishing high noon, use mud on your leader…the fish are shopping hard, give them your best sales pitch!
Crays are also on the menu.
The critters are grouping up…..won’t be long now.
If you were smart and avoided summer fishing, it’s time to lock and load!!!!!!
Call if I can help…….and I can.

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Slowly we go…….

I’ll be honest (of course), we need cooler temps, and they may be coming….
The fish are tired of us flogging them……and warmer water having less oxygen, makes fish feel lethargic and a little stressed. I often take time out from fishing this time of year, but still go to the water every day to see……..yesterday I just sat and watched rising fish, it would have been easy to catch them, but it was nice just to watch. I am a fish voyeur……….

I did throw an Adams dry to a duck that was passing by, he turned to eat…….of course I pulled it away before he ate it!  Was just practicing my presentation….ha!
Besides, I knew better than play a Mallard on a 4 weight………I once played a California Gull on a 5 weight and was under gunned…..
Osprey have moved from hunting over lakes where warm surface water has sent fish deeper, to hunting the T because flows are lower and they can find fish.
Mergansers are fledged and on their own, but hanging with other first year birds seeking fry for dinner. This is a sign of Fall approaching…..
I’m also seeing night hawks in numbers feeding at dusk. Lots of berry-pit bear scat to show that the bears are happy……Many deer down from the hills too…
Finding October Caddis already sealed off and pupating…..seems early to me.
Some shrubs are taking on Fall color. Grass is Golden and dry……
Seeing smoke on the water in the mornings…….soon it will be fishy time again…
Every year is different, and we await this year’s finish……..stay tuned…….

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Summer season

Thought I would share the joy….My buddy Andy scored his Brown on a sz 18 Baetis dry.

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We have clouds today! Always nice to get a break from the sun………The fish do not like it much……..so I feel sorry for the folks that prowling about at high noon.

Not exactly working with the fish………

The flows are nice in volume, but not in temp…….67-68 degrees at dusk. About time for a Hoot Owl closure in the afternoon.

But with clouds, we can fish straight through to dark. Hope you are out today……

Bugs are happening!  We have a variety to choose from, so go ask a fish what they like…..  PMDs, Infrequines are starting….Baetis at times. Caddis are raging in the evenings…..Hoppers are on the menu on breezy afternoons…..beetles and Ants are also being served.

 

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Summer time!

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We are hard into summer……
Had a young fisherman out this week.
We stalked a nice brown, his first, and it looked like the fish was going to win!
But this guy had more game than the fish. He said…NO! you can’t go underneath that tree…….
A March Brown properly presented was his undoing………

We are seeing Golden stones, PMDs, Carpenter Ants, BWOs, Midges, and Hoppers are starting to hop!
Get a good drift…..and maybe mud that leader……
Flows are lower every day. temps around 60 deg.
Won’t be long till it’s too warm to fish………..

Fish now!!!!!
Treat’em nice!

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Ants, Termites…..

Flying Ant-wingedLast evening, as I walked back to the truck, I saw a dead tree swarming with Brewers Blackbirds…….no other trees had any activity, so I went to take a look. Termites were emerging in large numbers. Some birds ate them as they came out of a hole in the tree. Others were eating on the wing, but everyone was feeding like it was a last meal.

Every year we have an emergence of Ants…….little black and red ones…numerous and tasty apparently. Then, we have the big black Carpenter Ants…….Most folks that own a home made of wood dislike these large wood eaters…….We also have Termites flying as well…….The good news is…….. the Trout love them!  Full of formic acid they are the fishes version of sweet tarts…Bitter but yummy!

So when you see these bugs out and about, serve them up…….either as a dry, or thoroughly drowned. It happens once a year…..are you ready?

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Doin Dries

He isn’t that big….but he ate a dry. That means, for those who fish no other way, it’s time to fish…..   Just because I fish every way under the sun, doesn’t mean I can’t fish a dry for a change, I just need to see a nose!

Flows are pre-summer high…….the flows are just big enough to wade a few places………  (be careful.), and high enough that fish feel protected to move around.                                      The H2O temp is around 50 deg. Clear green is the color…..                                                          The season is on the brink of bugs…..more every day.                                                                     Most years there is a bug progression that although isn’t predictable on the day…..follows an order at least….This year it has been all over the place.                                                             Skwallas have been going for months since Feb 2nd….March Browns are still popping in May….expecting Flying Carpenter Ants any day…but as been too cool and wet.                       A couple Green Drakes have been seen…………….they should show next month…                     PMDs are starting sort of……we have BWOs too….(That’s what the fish ate.)                            Nymphing is still the best approach, but keep your eyes peeled for that feeder on the top!    Swing a streamer if you like, they are starting to follow…….if it’s a short take, feed it to him……don’t take it away with a rod set…..strip set him.                                                                Hope you all are getting out

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Spring a dingding……..

Ok….finally it is stable and warm! I think the snow is behind us…….time to fish!
The river is looking good….the upper section between Truckee and TC is flowing well and has given up a few fish, and a fish has spanked an angler or two.
Some smaller stones are coming off…..overall bugs are sparse…more morning and afternoon.
The only thing I notice since opening day, is fishers are more spread out. You can find a spot to fish without sharing.
It’s flowing at 933 this morning and green/clear….pretty. Dropping slightly every day….water is inside the banks finally.
River’s a little bigger down below, but still very fishy.
I can feel the change about to happen……H2O temps are starting to climb this week, this will boost our bugs.
Nymphing is steady, March Browns…maybe…worms probably….Baetis for sure…..a few Glossasoma are fluttering…
Fish are starting to chase a streamer……it will get better over the next couple weeks.
Bobbers are still a good approach for now…..be a bit more sneaky than this Spring, water is clear and fish are aware of us…….Haven’t seen any risers…..they are waiting for Hoppers and Drakes….or Ants….
It will only get harder as we go….!
Remember that all the easy parking/fishing has been hammered for 6 months…..maybe walk a bit.
Now that the water is a little lower and warming, think about where the fish may go…if he goes…..you need to go too…..
I have been able to cross the river quite a few times, so it is doable if you are careful…buddy wading is advised for safety.
If ya push it, you might swim,…tap dancin’…is close to a swim……I swam yesterday.
There are big fish lurking if you don’t tell them you are coming, and get a good drift.
Holler if I can help.

Jim

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Game on!!

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I challenged my buddy to one-drift a fish…..(it’s how we get better) it took four drifts for the brown, and four more for a nice bow….

Day two……..another Brown!

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This is for those who think it has to be lower flows……..the T is at 1350cfs and beautiful. Flows are steady>>>>>>>
And a good hard freeze does wonders for clarity…….! Steelhead green!
It is cloudy and fishy today!
Fishing with friends is fun…but clients could be out, if winter wasn’t outside their “normal” program……….
Always question normal…………….:cool:
I’ve been mentioning this since the river went year-round…..If you know how to fish, the fish can’t leave the river.
We have a great time up here, on a great river in mid winter or spring……what were you doing today?

This is big fish time!!!!! A friend had a major Bow on for a few………6-7 lbs of bad attitude…….5 sec. elapsed time.

Warm today, near 50 deg.so Skwallas may show….
Canyon is below 1800 cfs and dropping now….
The Skwallas have been on for two+ weeks….and it’s their second appearance, you may have missed it……there are a few still around…..
probably won’t be any dry fishing….that was last week/month……I posted it!
Flows will be big till the pack melts….
Pray for cold nights and high cloudy days so the pack will last. (No hoping for warm days, bring a coat!…)

Jim

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Almost there…….

The path is clear……barely.

A foot of snow or so….and we are out playing. Even the dog walkers are helping to pack the path…. Of course it was fishers who started it……..It was really fine up here this week, and we are making the most of it. More birds showed up this week as well, it’s nice to hear them again….after five months of quiet…..and we know it’s spring because they’re back.

The Bows are colored up and feisty… and the occasional brown eats too. Large Baetis are showing sporadically, sz 16. They have gone back to a high-noon hatch for the moment. Winter stones are still around, and you may see a rise if they are flying. Skwallas are still trekking towards the bushes at dusk, and heading to the water to oviposite mid-day next if it’s warm. This second emergence is a first for me….but I’ll bet the bugs have done it before some time.20180305_141033[1]

 

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Improving?

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How motivated are you to learn?

It’s occurred to me over the last 40+ years of fly fishing that some fishers don’t want to get better at this sport….they would prefer the fish get easier…….IF THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR APPROACH……..you can stop reading now………..I believe this sport was designed to help you face problems, and work through them…well, maybe not designed that way, but that is how it works out….

Every day I go out, it’s a different day, I do not expect the yesterday’s solutions to work today. Many fishers act like everyday is the same. These are the ones who should consider another sport (or quit complaining)….maybe take up Crocket, or shuffle board perhaps….But, if a challenge wets your appetite and you never like it the same way every time….and maybe even enjoy a little suffering……fly fishing might just be for you.

I have said many times….just not in print….that there are two kinds of fly fishers….Consumers and connoisseurs……Some buy a license and a rod, waders etc….and expect a fish, I mean, how hard could it be? They’re just dumb fish right?                       These are the folks who tend to book trips to places like Idaho and Colorado because they have 4000-6000 fish per mile….some of which, having just arrived in a truck…… are amenable to being caught. I think that was my belief in the beginning as well…..if I catch a lot of fish, that means I’m a good fisher…..or, fish-hero even…the actual fishery wasn’t a consideration…..I just wanted a fish. If I didn’t hook up, it was the weather or the fish, but not me….. I started on cute back country fish who had never seen a hook. then chased them in stocked lakes, and later stocked rivers…..not exactly a high bar setting in retrospect……Kinda like stealing cookies from girl scouts……

Now, I fish the Truckee river with 400 fish per mile, and more education than most who pursue them. There are a few stocked fish here….but those are not the ones I want to chase. These days, I don’t care if I catch fish (unless it’s Walter), but I want to know all about them, and the ecosystem in which they reside, and to have the game to catch one if I need to.

I have learned many things about myself while fishing….how to deal with failure for one thing….You won’t always catch one. How does that feel to ya? Does it make you want to book a trip to easy water, or go back to bait fishing? Or perhaps watch it on U tube?            If on the other hand, you want to learn it so bad that all other activities pale and some suffering is OK……..Give me a call, you are the student I want…….It may take a few seasons to get a handle on this activity, and this river, but in process you may earn more than knowledge of the fish or the stream……you may find yourself as well…….At this point in my life I think of a stream as a flowing reality, and I want to wade right in………

 

 

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