I have always enjoyed the sound of rain, but not so much last night. It was monsoonal! Sheeting, pelting, fat drops! People say to me, “well at least we are getting water”….What I know, is we lost 6″+ of our snow pack last night, and the snow pack is really what matters long term. We never know until spring how much water we will have to fish this year. This is why, for many years, I fish water levels many avoid. If fishing is more marginal every year during summer, I say”Fish Now!”. The way to fish seasonally BIG water, is to surf the chaos, treat the river more like a coastal Steelhead river. That’s why I watch the flows…..I’m able to say with confidence when to go wet my line, and yours if you call for a trip.

The river rose from 197 up to 2280cfs. near town last night. The fish do not seem to mind the flow size in cfs, but seem to prefer the dropping and clearing phase. At this time, it is back to winter and snowing hard. It will be snowing some for the next few days. The colder temps will lock-up water to it’s frozen state, and we will watch the river come down again to a fishy level. We don’t know what the level will be, but are ready to deploy when it levels out a bit. The Truckee clears very quickly after a large influx of water, I give it a day or two, and we are back to it. This is what I consider advanced level fishing. Anyone can go fish and accidentally catch a fish….Being able to do it on purpose is what counts to me, and that takes years of study to get better at. The good news, is that what you learn on the Truckee river, can be exported to other waters. I have to go plow snow for the rest of the day, but will be out on the water during the next window. See you on the water!


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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