As the Summer winds down, there is a period of less food in the water.
Hoppers are the “windfall” on the menu.
The flows will come down, and allow a dry-fly drift under bushes, shady patches, and grass edges.
Mostly little guys, up to 16-18″.
Of course, you could drown one….
Try not greasing it to float, and instead put one split-shot on, and bounce it through some cascades of bubbles.
You will be amazed…..

I have a guide friend who golfs (No accounting for taste.)
He compares the Truckee to Pebble Beach.
Said teaching fly fishing beginners here, is like handing a beginner golfer a set of clubs there.
It’s going to hurt a bit…..
But, would you rather they make Pebble easy, so anyone can do it?
Move the tee closer, make the holes bigger, maybe a make a ridge on the green to guide the ball in????
That is the appeal of the T, tough going, so you have to work for it!
I understand the joy of miniature golf too.
But the last thing I’d want at this point in my career, is easy fish.
I’d go fish the lower Sacramento, or the Provo, or maybe fly to Alaska……
Many of my clients who catch fish in great numbers elsewhere, can’t buy a fish here.
Good technique takes time, and you don’t get it by fishing easy fish.
If you can go up on every fish in the river, why bother fishing?
I hope the people who come to fish will understand.
We feel your pain…
but hang in there, it’s worth it!
You could always take up golf.

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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