Nov….the last drop.

Not sure if I’m getting the jump on next month, or savoring the last day of this one. Mostly I wanted to share how hard it is to report….For thirty years I have been trying to give good info on the Truckee. If I say a certain bug is coming, it snows. If I say a bug is done for the year, it shows up. As an honest guide, I must admit failure again. The last two days I have been kicking up Grass Hoppers. This is the latest in my fifty years of fishing them in the Sierras. This is the reason I teach “now”…..fishing the favorite fly, or going strictly by the hatch guide is an invitation to disappointment.

Besides the water being way too low, it is beautiful out there! 120cfs in town, clear/green, and getting chilly…….The winter menu is steady. Midges everyday, first as a pupa, then a mid morning emerger, late afternoon copulatory clumps (Griffiths Gnat), then spent/downwing before dark. I have been seeing a few risers later afternoon in the shade. Fish as far from them as possible, because they can see you coming from FAR away….false casting is discouraged. I prefer a waterload to keep the finny buggers guessing. The BWOs are around sparsely due to bright sun conditions….they hate that. Today I am hoping with a few clouds, they will appear in numbers. There were only three yesterday……….

I’m ready no matter how it goes down….now so are you. See you next month!

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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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