Getting a little harder to meet a fish……but still turning both browns (in softer water) and Bows (in bubbles).
Many rods have been waving over the river. Fish are hip to our trip…….
The flows have come down to Summer flows, at about 220cfs in town.62deg and rising. The canyon is about 500cfs, and nice.
Very clear and pleasant temp for humans…which means lots of floaters on the water mid-day.
I say, go early and late for a more enjoyable experience.
Definitely bring your sneak skills, and get a good drift!!!
Golden stones are happening…moving to the stretch along hwy 89 towards Tahoe city.
Little yellow sallies are still going for it. Some nights there are a bunch going off. Think dry fly. Glossisoma Caddis, and a few larger ones in the evening. Swing it for the added value fish.
Still using the switch rod, but a short stick will work almost as well..
I’d say get after it soon!
OK…….so…… we have flows at perfect temps, and volume 517cfs. We have perfect weather.
We have GREEN DRAKES……
We have big fish eating on top!
The only issue…..is we are up to our wader tops in floggers.
People sometimes don’t like my typecasting fishers…..just remember I was flogger at one time.
I’ve said, many times that the best way to fish, is not like the other guy.
Walking the trail at high-noon next to the water in a white hat, false casting and making 200 drifts over the same fish, without adjusting their rig even once.
It may sound harsh and even an exaggeration…..but keep in mind I have 48 years walking the water, and 30 on the Truckee river, and nearly 300 days a year on water.
Just standing around watching carefully, can help you become a better angler…..
4th of July is THE month not to fish like that other guy. The fish know exactly what we are up to, and so are profiling hard. A single errant cast can ruin a hole, and casting 50-200 times doesn’t help you increase the odds in a positive way…..
If you observe locals fish a high pressure river with big fish that are wild (Henrys fork ranch water, Silver creek, etc….) you will see them stand around mostly just watching.
They wait for a fish to feed, and sight fish them. If you know their position, and the food preference, you only need one good drift. If the fish misses the take, or you take it away (normal as well….)the universal fisher will fire several casts right back at them. I suggest ya go sit down, drink a beer or other inspirational bev, and wait till the fish goes back to work catching dinner. More casts, and more drifts, are the antithetical approaches.
Stalk that fish like you are a seal team sniper…..don’t think more drifts, think one good shot. And make it so…..
I realize that slowing down is hard when you don’t haunt the water all the time, but it’s the best advise I can give another fisher. Besides……GO FISH!!!!
Edit…..Bring a good flash light…it ain’t high noon fishing time.
Best bring 3x for your dries, anything lighter, you will either break off the big guy, or play them too long out of caution….once shadows are on the water, go big.
Summer is in full swing. Flows are slowly dropping to fishier levels…..a little less sawtooth (Daily increase and decrease) in the flows currently at 1050 cfs……The temp is hovering around 52 deg. Water clarity is clear/blue. There is a bunch of wishers/fishers out and about. The best advice right now, is get up early so you don’t fish behind someone. The menu just hit the high mark for the year…..Golden stones, Sallies,and Hoppers are the specials with a side of Caddis…..
Drakes have been seen for a couple weeks and are passing by till next year…….sigh….I might still try one….
Fish are looking up early and late….think shade….during the day.
Get a good drift, because the fish are well aware that it is game on. Remember they hate hooks and photo ops……
Flows are in a saw tooth pattern right now. Lowest at dawn and then rising as snow melts in the sun. Speaking of sun…..it went sunny about four days ago. I miss the clouds of spring. It just got harder……..
The flows in town are about 1400cfs, and clear green/blue. The river dropped 700cfs this last week. A couple inches a day.
The Flying Carpenter ants are about done. March Browns are dwindling…..
We await the Green Drakes!
Some Caddis are out and about finally. The Little Glossisoma, and a mid-sized as well.
Happened to see both a big Golden Stone yesterday as well as the little stones too, so we got that going for us.
Starting to see a few risers, but not often enough to sit and wait for them……..fish emergers for best results.
But carry a dry rod rigged in case you see a nose…..
They will move to a streamer now, if properly presented. sinking poly leaders on a Skagit will do…..7ips is what I like.
There has been a spike of floggers on the water……makes it harder to find a fish that will eat, because they know we are after them! Bring more game is my attitude.
1. Don’t wear a white hat first of all….it gets there first. Dark clothes are suggested. The first thing I see from 200 yards away is your hat. So from 20 ft they can definitely see you. The classic light colored vest gets there second…..
2. Don’t just walk up to the water with your rod tip sticking out over the water either. Maybe hide behind a rock or bush.
The fish are very close until you bumble by them.
3. Don’t false cast. Water-load or roll cast is best.
4. Make the best drift in your life EVERYTIME. Get your elbow up above your ear to achieve this. Don’t move the bobber (Or a dry if you roll that way…) mending in
mid-drift!!!!!!!!!!! This is the way they shop for dinner here, waiting for the un-natural movement, and then decline if it does.
6. Don’t fish like the other guy!!!!! Because he isn’t catching. He got up late and stalks at high noon, he only fishes one style (the only style he knows), probably has no clue on the menu (and just fishes his lucky fly.)
I’m not bagging on people, I’m relating how I see many fishers shoot them selves in the foot when out fishing.
Been working on my Doctorate on the UNIVERSAL fisher…..And, I am the president of the association…. having spent the last 30 years studying how a fisher can diminish their chances before making a cast. I study the good fishers too….the difference is clear, in the final fish score.
Since the fish are hip to the usual approach, if you do more than go through the motions, you will enjoy the outcome more.
I fished poorly when I arrived on the Truckee 30 years ago, by raising my game, fish will now almost come when called!
This is what I teach everyday….how to refine our fundamentals until you can whisper to them..
A bigger stick is recommended to cover water. You will be penalized by a 9ft 5wt.
We are using 3-4 AAA shot and a 15ft leader in these flows.
Remember to run if you hookup….you won’t be able to “winch” them back to you in these flows……
Yesterday was my official start of summer…..I wet-waded for the first time this year. (To my knees only…)
All in all, it’s time to fish……but then, it’s always time to fish.
Flows have peaked for the season I think, steady at 1400cfs right now. Coming down a little everyday. We may still get a rise in flows, but only for a day as storms effect us. Mostly it is game on for those who don’t need to wait for lower flows……
The color is a very good Steely green with vis to 4 ft. Weather this week is cloudy and fishy, every day I go out with blue skies, I find the fish less active, and a little spooky. THAT’S why I fish while the water is up, and the sky is gray.
Bugs are March Brown Mayflies, some Glossisoma Caddis, and Midges of course…..
Nymphing is probably the best bet….
Pat’s rubber legs, M Brown nymphs, subsurface and/ or a sculpin on the swing.
Water is still too big to wade….bring a long handled net.
This week is good weather for fishing!
It is time again for fishing an Ant! The flying sort……
Tie them or buy them soon……
The river is up to the edge of the bank…touching the grass. This is a great time, with larger fish nearby.
Hovering around 2000cfs and clear/green with the temp around 50deg.
We have BWOs and March Browns as the special, and a pink worm as the desert portion. (They are sold out locally.)
Little Glossisoma Caddis have started popping…..
Crays are out and around, carpenter ants are out and will emerge and fly any day!
Streamers are a good choice for hungry fish, they need to be heavy though with these flows. Maybe try a sinking leader as well. Swing it near the bank for love.
We are in prime time right now….several days this week were nominated for best day of the year for being alive and fishing!
High sticking is a good approach, since they hold right next to the bank. Another way to go is the two handed rod. But don’t try to fish the middle, just the first twenty feet or so…….
I’m using 3-4 AAAs split shot in pushy areas, but if you find some glassy water 2 split will do. The takes are very fast since they know the season has started. Sweep set like a gunfighter. And, be prepared to run……
We have another 3 weeks of bigger water, then everybody who can’t/wont fish these flows will show up and start flogging the water. I had a full day trip yesterday with a nice couple. We had the river to ourselves all day. Caught a few, hooked a biggy, and generally had a great time. Sitting in the sun, near the water with a beverage, and watching the bugs cycles is about as good as it gets. Getting a little weather later this week, that sounds very fishy. See you on the water.
Shawn is feeling fishy…..it took 3 drifts for a personal best bow. Flows are up and beautiful! The fish are active and so am I!!! Give me a call for fish advice…..
I know there are a few folks out there who would like to catch fish like this Brown.
The question arises, what are you willing to do about it?
This kind of fishing has nothing to do with luck. The fishers who depend on luck, hook a fish like this once in a lifetime. Andy does about one a month.
They are in there, what are you going to do about it?
Give me a call when you decide…….I can teach you too.
A close fishing friend Andy strikes again. He is looking for something bigger, and is always willing to study.
We never know from year to year how the Spring melt will evolve. I spend a huge part of my life visiting the river and monitoring all the players in the riparian system. Doing this every day helps me get closer to predicting what will happen. But, the main two variables are weather and flow changes due to dam releases. If we experience very warm conditions obviously snow melts, if it rains we get a melt spike, and if it’s cool and cloudy our snow stays longer. I view the GOES WEST satellite from NOAA, every day….weatherhttps://www.goes.noaa.gov/dml/west/nhem/nepac/wv.html. If it’s warm, then the increased melt forces the Water Master to release more water, to keep from over-topping the dam. I’ve learned that fish dislike radical changes in temp or flows. When its cool and cloudy the flows steady up and the fish turn on. So the other predictor before going to fish the Truckee River, is to watch the USGS flow reports…https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis/uv?site_no=10339410.
Therefore, I look for a day like today, with cloudy conditions and steady flows to go fish….
The way you learn when to go fish, is to go frequently, in all possible conditions for years/decades on end to find the pattern that is most productive.
Right now the water is a blue green color, and steady in temperature @47deg.
We are seeing an occasional Skwalla stone, but they are mostly done for the year. Many BWOs if it’s cloudy.
March Browns are starting to show as well. Watching how the birds are feeding will help you choose your bug offering for the day. I fish year-round, but the times of year I get a little more fish twitchy, is the time just before the melt, during the melt, and right as the river steady’s up into Summer. This is the prime time for finding your personal best fish because of the linking of factors……The food has arrived in the form of larger and more numbers of bugs.
The flow is high enough to provide a scouring effect that suspends more food in the water column. High flows also give cover for bigger fish to move. And the slight color allows us to work closer for better success.
Since many fishers think high water isn’t good, the pressure on the fish is at it’s seasonal lowest, and the fish are most willing to come and play……….Now, you just need a perfect drift…..give a call for the inner secrets of that art…..