Big water…..

I lost my winter coat last week……..It is getting warmer every day.  The Spring melt has started in earnest! Flows are big in town at 2500cfs, and really big at 6000 in the canyon.

If you care to fish effectively you will need to modify your approach.
The normal fisher uses a 5wt rod and thinks about fishing dries………Since there are so few risers in big flows, we need to change it up.
The folks that choose to fish with an Indy, use 2BBs……which isn’t enough…..

Fishing Euro style is effective if you can find an undercut bank, and get close enough………  Using an 11ft 3-4 rod helps in this.

The other approach I use, is what I call industrial nymphing. An 11ft two-handed 6wt rod is the best bet. Being able to hold more fly-line off the water is key to a surgical drift.

The second thing I’ve noticed over the years is most don’t use enough weight……..A couple BBs aren’t going to get it down fast enough. So, I start with 3 ABs, and move up quickly….The other day, I didn’t hook-up until I had 4AAAs on my leader……another reason the sport a bigger stick.

And since a 9ft leader is good for only 6ft of water…..I end up making 12-15ft leaders. Fish are generally on the edges, or on the bottom, so get after them!       It’s empowering to be able to fish water that most can’t…….and when you do hook-up, the big water gives the fish an advantage, and is a hoot when you do land’em!

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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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2 Responses to Big water…..

  1. Jim- thanks for taking my brother Richard and I out to learn how to fish the Truckee river at these flows. We both learned a lot about fishing a river with these historically high flows. The fish are beautiful and healthy!
    Joseph

  2. Thanks Joe!
    You guys are now high flow fisher’s!

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