Jan 2021!

We have very little snow on the ground, so I need you all to think snow.

We still have another month or two for it to come, but if not, it may be a low flow season. Water experts are saying we are below 50% of normal. But since we have had 300 year droughts in our regional pre-history…… I always tell people to fish now…..But since winter may not come, fish now…….

The water is very clear and below 35deg. Baetis and Midges of course.

This season has seen more pressure than usual. So bring extra sneak. Don’t just wade in and flog them. Sit for a while near a good spot, stay low and slow, then make as few perfect drifts as possible. A small Indy that’s camo…clear or white is a good idea. In low water fish are hip to bobbers. They know about rod movement too…. I recommend a water load cast upstream as far as possible. Then tend the drift like it may be your last.

I have a new take on the number of drifts to make for a fish. When I do a seine for bugs, I do it for one minute then make a count of specimens. If I have 5 Baetis in the net, I won’t make more than 5 drifts in a minute (BPM). We have a tendency to over fish I think, so this is my way of not putting them off. Because as I always say, don’t let the fish know you are coming. Surprise them for best results.

Conditions are very Spring-like and pleasant right now, but some weather is on the way. I think it’s better fishing when cloudy.

Thanks for joining me for another season!

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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