Really March…..

Ok, so winter is back! Actually, it’s not huge yet, but it is starting to snow a little. Looks like about two feet are due over the next few days. The wind let up from last night, so I may go out and fish in these light flakes.
Fish like bad weather.
The flows have bumped up in town to 221cfs, and down below is 680cfs……looks nice!
Slightly off color, and very fishable.
Skwallas will be hiding for a few days while cold, and will reappear later this week. March Browns are down the canyon a ways and are headed up to us.
This is the biggest dump so far this winter……not saying much, but we will be grateful for the water later in the year. Think snow everybody!!!!!

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Skipped a post for last month…..The reason is it was very dry and warm.
Not the snowy winter we were hoping for! It was so warm and T shirty that it felt like late spring.
Water is still low and clear, and fish are spookier because with no good snow on the hill, people are fishing.
Skwalas are still around, and might go big when it warms tomorrow.
No March Browns yet….but soon!
A few BWOs when cloudy.
No snow on the ground near water for the most part. Maybe in the shade…..
Try to find an eater and fish to him. Long leader and max sneak are a good addition.
We are back into a drought probably. Fish early and hard, to offset the summer blues this year.

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Junuary has been the same all month, no real need to post. The fish are still in there and can be caught, but you better bring your A game.
I hate to think about a drought, but it’s looking pretty thin.
We aren’t giving up yet, because we got all of our winter last year in Feb…..but the heavens better unload soon.

Conditions: Water is at 130cfs, 40 deg, and very clear. Midges mostly…….BWOs are coming soon.
Skwallas are about to go as well! I saw one yesterday in the shallows. It’s the first big bug of the season!
When I walk the water, I look for a flat rock near shore, that’s in 4″ of water, that is slightly raised off the bottom, with a little flow underneath. They migrate across the cobbles to shore, then wait for duskish light to come out and molt. They don’t fly here because it’s too cold….so they walk to the bushes to copulate and them walk back midday when it’s warmest.
Just before they emerge they get together to chat in little groups….not sure what is going on with them……
I wonder if they release a pheromone to sync up their deal. I watched them last year come in a wave of emergence to avoid the bird predators. Robins love them too……and I watch the Robins for a change in their feeding behavior.
We also change the way we eat, when snacking on different foods. Lots of mysteries out there.
So here is your tie or buy alert………wouldn’t want to wait for them to sell out at the shop.
They only come once a year, and big fish like them a lot. sz 4, to sz 10. Dry or nymph. Fish dries near shore in shallow glassy water. I like to fish the other side of the river because the fish are very spooky on this side!

No need for snowshoes, and a light jacket is enough for the daytime stroll. In the shade it has that 30+ degree chill.
Let me know if you need to walk the water, I’m out there anyway.


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Happy new year!

Got my license yesterday… the starting blocks for the start of a new year. The question again rises….can a fisher fish everyday of the year? This test has been going on since the Truckee went year round.
I have been able to fish over 300 days many times, but the last 65 are a harder bar to get over.
I’ll keep you posted…………
Give me a call to fish, because I will be out anyway….

Enjoy your year!!!!

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Winter fun……


We keep secrets….
Not trying to create a surge of fishers…..
But, thought I would share positive vibrations!
Merry Holidays fellow fishers, from Truckee.

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Getting better….

One thing I have learned about teaching, is that much of what I do after 50ish years….is almost unconscious.
So I think out loud with a client by “Thinking about what to do?”. (You can do this by yourself, but hopefully no strangers around to wonder about your sanity.)
They give their input, I give mine…..we pre-visualize the process. I think of it as front loading success…
This started partly due to big fish. that bolted, and I lost them. One of the local fish’s favorite moves.
I started looking where I might run, should it happen on this drift.
Started landing more fish…..
Applied this approach to all facets of play, and started landing even more fish.
The better I got at thinking about how it will go; Perfect first drift, menu choice, best set, etc… bigger fish came to hand more often with fewer drifts. And I add….if you do everything perfectly, you should expect a fish…so don’t be surprised! Too much surprise…stats go down.
To get to the level of one-drift, one fish….it is mandatory to plan ahead. I started thinking about one drift, only because it happened on accident a lot while teaching…often on the first drift.
So, I figured if you could do it on accident often, you could do it on purpose more often.
This goes for all styles, dry, nymph, streamer…
The result of not fishing randomly, and paying attention to what you are doing…is your stats go up.
Making 200 poorly considered drifts with the “lucky fly”, setting willy-nilly and then just standing and watching when you manage to hook-up…not so much. At least it never helped me….
I think of this as a secret in plain sight…..anyone can find it. If there is a divide between the recreational fisher, and the pro/advanced fisher, this is it. Plus thousands of water hours of course.
It is hard to share the feeling of calling it (this drift) and then having it work out correctly with a fish of dreams…. Honestly, the only thing better than me doing this, is watching a student realizing this by one-drifting a fish purposefully and netting it.
Once you do this a few times you realize it is not an accident…..or luck.
I ask people, what do you do, when you do it perfectly? Answer, do it again…..

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A dusting…..


Those that know the Truckee, are getting excited. We give the tourists and Highnoon dry fishers the river in summer.
But winter is the time for biggies…….and locals.
I always have a period where I have to remember to fish winter style, not summer style.
Long slow drifts are the thing, with small bugs, and less weight.
The fish pool a bit, and the takes are softer. So I use less weight, and a long stick to drift as well as I can.
The folks who are focusing on the cast, need to forget that, and work on PERFECT drifts.
Get you elbow above your ear and DO NOT move your indie when mending……
Right now the flows in town are at 175cfs and lower in the canyon is 270cfs.
It’s cloudy and lightly snowing…….finally!
Midges and Baetis are the special.
Looking forward to graveyard snow removal…..frees up my days to fish.

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It got down into single digits last night…..the Hoppers have gone….sigh.
Days are so nice we are all out playing!
Been spending some time on still waters this last couple weeks.
It’s a nice change from executing perfect drifts over super smart fish.
Switching between watching a dry just sit there, and watching a bobber just sit there…..
OK, maybe a little micro troll too…..we had some big Grey Drakes coming off, but the fish weren’t eating dries for some reason, so we swam some nymphs, just above the grass, near the bottom. The big guys were deeper than the little guys….

The waters are down to low winter flows already, and won’t improve till spring.
Waiting patiently for snow, so most humans will leave the water to me and my sicko friends.
There will be a [U]small[/U] window for risers, but mostly fishing a little bobber and small flies…
BWOs, and midges mostly….the little bugs of love.

Bring some warm fuzzies for wading, and bring a hat and coat for early attacks.
Bring your A game….the fish are waiting.

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We have color……and fish.20191008_103312[1]

It is definitely Fall!!

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