Truckee time….

So, that’s a wrap on Summer!
Most every night will be chillier, and days too. Hasn’t frozen yet at this elevation, but bring a light jacket for a dawn attack. And it’s nearing the time for a non-leaking pair of waders. Bring some backup clothes as it is still slippery out there….
This my favorite time of year……
As there are fewer fishers out and about, the fish are more likely to eat something……
Mornings are nice.
There are fewer bugs this time off year, what I think of as a limited menu.
Midges early, Hoppers midday, and a smattering of Caddis and tiny Mayflies at the magic hour.
This is another tie or buy alert. Might be September Caddis hatch this year.
I checked another pupating Caddis and it was well advanced. Are you ready for the last big bug?
Locals refer to this time as the shoulder season…we relax a bit before the winter starts. The Squirrels have gotten territorial a little later this year so we may have an extended Fall season…
If you check back through my blog for a decade of observations, you can feel ready for most anything nature can deliver.
Flows are stable, lower, and cooler than a couple weeks ago.
I am feeling the love….

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Nearer the end…….

Summer is starting to fade…….nights are getting cooler. This evening it will drop to 37 deg.
Soon we will get near freezing at night, and a few clouds, then it will be GAME ON again.
Days are still around 80+deg. Grass is starting to go golden, and there is a slight case of smoke on the water in the morning……
Harsh nuclear blue skies during the day (I think hey are beautiful, but fish don’t).
Water temp at dawn is a warmish 63-64… evening it is closing on 68.
About time to ease up on the fish at dusk. Strike early to be nice.
Midges are the mainstay….bunches of them early.
We are seeing some BWOs that are tiny.
A few PMDs and PEDs sporadically.
Caddis both little Glossasoma and some medium sz as well. Swing it!
Crays are molting.
The crowd has thinned!!! So it’s time to roll out!
Still seeing a few Golden stones and little yellow sallies are about gone….
Short wing stones are about due…..
October Caddis have began pupating already, so they will be here in about a month….a little early perhaps.
This is your tie or buy warning.
Water is too warm for swinging streamers right now, but start tying them……
Hope you folks enjoyed your summer, because it’s about over.
Flows will drop out of Tahoe soon, that will reduce the water temps lower in the canyon finally. The lake releases are tepid temps at best.
Fish the bubbles.

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Hey you fishers!!!
Hope you are getting after them…..
Flows are nice for the moment, at 300cfs in town, 600 down below. (And cooler too.)
Temps are still OK but slowly coming up.
Mid-day can be a challenge, flinging a hopper is the best bet.
Some surface activity about 9:00 am for an hr.
At twilight they may go again.
A mix of Caddis and little Yellow Sallies.
The fish are shopping hard, but have to eat.
Choose a good bug and get an excellent drift.
Mud your leader religiously if there is sun out.
Going to lighter tippet during the day, but increasing strength as we go into dusk.
Bigger fish come out to play and with warmer end of day water you don’t want to just follow them around.
Always play them as quickly as possible to prevent over-stressing our beautiful fish.
They have been leaving the flows steady, but it can change in a heart beat, so check the flows before you go.
Focus on fishing bubbles, and places the others don’t…….
Bring a head light for extra innings!

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They are still in there…….

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.
Midges too…….
Still using the switch rod, but a short stick will work almost as well..
I’d say get after it soon!

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Getting REAL NICE!

OK…….so…… we have flows at perfect temps, and volume 517cfs. We have perfect weather.
We have big fish eating on top!
The only issue… 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.

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Howdy all!!
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……

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Flows are in a saw tooth pattern right now. Lowest at dawn and then rising as snow melts in the sun. Speaking of sun… 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…… 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.
Think Sculpin….
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.


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The melt is almost over…..

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!

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It is time again for fishing an Ant! The flying sort……
Tie them or buy them soon……

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Big water season….

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.

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