The Tuffy…

The T is living up to it’s name.
The way I “sell” this, is by telling the truth…
We are fishing one of the hardest rivers in the West.
During the toughest time of year.
On the warmest flows I’ve seen…69 in the PM.
The Crayfish molted at the end of June.
Instead of, the end of August, or Sept.
We are 3-6 weeks out from “normal”.

There is a fishy window at dawn, and runs to about 10:00 AM.
And a window at dark. I feel a little guilty fishing this one…
Pretty warm.
The rest in between, is mostly casting practice….
Having said that…most people actually need cast/drift practice……..
And, twice in the last week, during deadsville/practice….
A client got the drift in the right spot, and there he was.
Of course landing him….
These fish are pursued year-round, and by some serious fishers.
Then, after the 4th, well, lets say they get some attention…
It makes for pickpocket fast and smooth takes-drops.
You……need to be gunfighter fast as well.

We will have these unusually high flows (For a drought year) in the main stem until, the raft companies aren’t making enough money.
Or, the lake reaches it’s natural rim
Then we, and the fish, will have a warm trickle….fish now.
Bring your best game.
See you at dawn.

About Bigflyguideservice

Full time fly fishing guide on the Truckee River and other California state waters. Smaller stream techniques as well as switch rod instruction. 40 years experience fly fishing. Catch and release only.
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