Flow tips….

Flows near town are good to go…. For me, watching and figuring it out, are more engaging than going fishing without any idea of what’s going on. The river fishes well at 500+cfs. The question arises, do you? If all you fish is a dry fly, you may be waiting for a while…..I have been de-briefing fishers for a long time as part of being a guide. When the majority of fishers that I ask say they didn’t do well, and then they tell me they used two BBs for weight, I know why they didn’t hook up. At these flows I bump up to ABs and use three to four on my leader. It took a few seasons to see that many of us fish out of habit. If you fish that cute little stream in summer with two BBs to good effect, you may think that would do the job. Maybe rethink that approach. Are the hydraulics the same? No! How could they be? The process of sorting out the flows, and weight, helped motivate me buy a switch rod to better handle the payload. Four ABs are on the edge of what a 5 weight rod will deliver. We are shaped by the tools we use…I say get the tool for the job. Also, fish often, but not out of habit. You have a two day window to fish starting now. Go get’em.


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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