Making do…

The flows are coming down steadily, cold temps recently have kept what little snow we have thus far. 72cfs in town. In this low water above town the river is freezing bank to bank. Below Prosser it’s slightly better. Below Boca we’re up to 300cfs. I’d go deeper in the canyon for best results. Mid morning we have some ice cakes and slush floating. Makes for a challenging drift. Smaller fish are to be had near shore, with troughs and deeper pockets can provide some larger fish. Winter bugs are in the house….Midges and Midges mostly. Baetis are always around as well. We’ve had some nice days. A wind breaker and lite fleece is enough mid-day. The water is 38deg. or so, serious fleece on the bottom is a good call. My favorite approach to fishing in cold weather….use two rod lengths of line out, and lock the line off on the the cork. If wet line doesn’t pass through the guides…..the rod won’t ice up. Duh! I have lots of tips for fishing effectively in winter, give me a call!


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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