When it comes to the subject of the white stuff I have been doing my research…. As a lad, I remember being over-matched by a #12 scoop-shovel fully loaded. I’ve grown to be able to wield that full shovel….graduated to a Tracked Honda 928 snowblower for manual attack (local’s favorite.) I have Groomed snow for recreational sliding, and cleared it for parking. For several years I drove the BIG $500,000 fly by wire, blower at the resort. Now, I clear private homes/cabins so people can even get out at all, to work or play. In between then and now, for 60yrs, I have been intimate with the medium..sledding, sliding, climbing, camping, which means getting down and rolling in it. Research enough to share my take on winter so far….

We are following the same schedule as 2017, which was a big one. A late start that year as well. So you just never know…The first storm was very wet/heavy, and this last storm was a nice lite topper of two feet. We need a lot more to rally against this drought, but it is a start and I’m grateful.

Years ago I realized that I had something in common with Trout, neither of us can live without water! As a guide for the last twenty years, I have become acutely aware of it’s value when running between river banks. Flows are coming back up from our scary summer low flows. A glance at the USGS gauge we jumped up to almost 300 cfs, in town and now, we are back down to 172 cfs. But it’s good to see a positive direction…..up!

The night time temps are staying cold, which means we are keeping the snow we get. If you care to learn the fish’s scheduled a daily glance at the gauge is key. You will see high flows noonish, and lower at night. As afternoon approaches the snow melt from up high, meets the river, and the water temp drops, fishing slows….. Aim for mid-morning, and the bug breakfast. Same as all winter long…..Midges, BWO’s and the occasional Caddis. Fish dries, fish nymphs, and you can swing it to them as well. We are needing snow shoes to move around now……Some fine scenery in between storms….come see.

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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