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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.

Wintertime…

When I suggest looking at the flows of your chosen water, I don;t mean just before you go fish. That would give you info for the day, but if you follow daily, you will learn the ever-changing “personality” of a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Brrrrrrrr…..

A solid 8 deg last night. Clearing skies always encourage a low temp. Starting to get a little shore ice. It’s time for fresh studs on your boots. Not much snow yet…..We got close to a foot, but it has … Continue reading

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Snow….

Slowly but surely it’s looking like winter. About 5-6 inches of lightness, but another foot is coming today. Roads are OK if you feel like going out to fish. After this blast, it will be fishy for a week before … Continue reading

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The calm before the storm……

A night of drizzle, getting sunny now……The water master raised the release flows from Donner Lake about 75cfs. the town run now has 114cfs and looks fishy compared to recent levels. Down in the canyon flows are at 300cfs. Hardly … Continue reading

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Winter…..

Well, it has begun…… I can always tell, because I get up at 2:00am. to push snow around. This was our first semi-productive storm. About half rain and half snow. Total of about 4″ on the ground, but most melted … Continue reading

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The bones…..

25cfs is very close to none. Although I won’t be fishing water that low, I love walking the river in these conditions. I have x-ray vision now….seeing everything. Spent a few hours with the Dippers (American) yesterday. Most birds are … Continue reading

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Chilly……

Got down to 15deg last night, the first chilly evening of the season. Next weather will be on Wed. Perfect mid-week scheduling. Got a small blast of snow which melted immediately…….Up high we got a dusting. Color is rampant right … Continue reading

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Weather is nice……

Cool and misty this morning. Don’t think we will get enough moisture to change the flows, but it feels like nature is beginning to think about storms. Blazing blue skies were really wearing on me. Fish don’t like them much … Continue reading

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The pause……..

In the Fall, there is often a pause before we hit Winter. We are there now. Warm temps, but not too warm. Nights are cooler. but not to freezing yet. Below Hirschdale the water is fish-able at 424cfs and tan … Continue reading

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