Big water season….

The river is up to the edge of the bank…touching the grass. This is a great time, with larger fish nearby.
Hovering around 2000cfs and clear/green with the temp around 50deg.
We have BWOs and March Browns as the special, and a pink worm as the desert portion. (They are sold out locally.)
Little Glossisoma Caddis have started popping…..
Crays are out and around, carpenter ants are out and will emerge and fly any day!
Streamers are a good choice for hungry fish, they need to be heavy though with these flows. Maybe try a sinking leader as well. Swing it near the bank for love.
We are in prime time right now….several days this week were nominated for best day of the year for being alive and fishing!
High sticking is a good approach, since they hold right next to the bank. Another way to go is the two handed rod. But don’t try to fish the middle, just the first twenty feet or so…….
I’m using 3-4 AAAs split shot in pushy areas, but if you find some glassy water 2 split will do. The takes are very fast since they know the season has started. Sweep set like a gunfighter. And, be prepared to run……
We have another 3 weeks of bigger water, then everybody who can’t/wont fish these flows will show up and start flogging the water. I had a full day trip yesterday with a nice couple. We had the river to ourselves all day. Caught a few, hooked a biggy, and generally had a great time. Sitting in the sun, near the water with a beverage, and watching the bugs cycles is about as good as it gets. Getting a little weather later this week, that sounds very fishy. See you on the water.

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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