As a fisherman, I am responsible for the fishery. The better I fish the more responsible I am, because I will handle more or larger fish. As a guide it is imperative that I am responsible for teaching good ethics to others. Guides set the tone for recreational fishers to follow. To walk the talk, for the time being, I have stopped fishing myself, and suspended my guiding operations until the conditions improve.
The flows have dropped to 150cfs. Low flows warm more quickly. I’ve been getting water temps at dawn of 63-64, and 67deg before noon. We are going into a period of higher daytime air temps, so it will only get worse for a while. The smoke is bad right now. It has been bothering me personally, and I would think the smoke would effect oxygen uptake for the fish as well…… maybe change the PH of the water too. I’m not booking trips for September this year because of conditions as bad as I’ve seen as a 30 year resident in Truckee, and 50 years of fly fishing. I hate to lose business, but I care about this river…. Maybe we can all do something else fun for a while, we can fish later.