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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Historical Snow Data for the Sierra Nevada

"Sierra Nevada" is Spanish for "Snowy Range" and the Sierra Nevada lives up to it's name, recording some of the heaviest snow falls in the world. Some interesting records include:

1 day snowfall: 67 inches (5.6 ft.) at Echo Summit, Jan 4, 1982 (2nd in US)

Single storm snowfall: 186.6 inches (15.6 ft.) at Donner Summit, 1982 (2nd in US)

1 month snowfall: 390 inches (32.5 ft.) at Tamarack, Jan. 1991 (US record)

Total winter snowfall: 884 inches (73.7 ft.) Tamarack, 1906-07

Greatest snow depth: 451 inches (37.6 ft.) at Tamarack, Mar. 11, 1911 (US record)

Highest average March snow depth: 108 inches (9 ft.) at Echo Summit

As you would expect, snowfall in the Sierra increases with elevation. The lower foothills only rarely receive any measurable snow. Middle elevations receive a mix of snow and rain during the winter. Above about 6000 ft., the majority of precipitation falls as snow. It is not unusual, in some locations, to have ten feet of snow on the ground for extended periods.

However, snow accumulation does not directly follow precipitation in the Sierra. While the greatest total precipitation occurs in the northern part of the range, the greatest snow accumulation occurs in the central and high southern parts of the range, due to higher elevations and colder temperatures which inhibit snow melt. As expected, snow depths drop dramatically on the east side of the range due to the rain shadow effect.

TRUCKEE TRIVIA # 27...Answer and more


299% of average March snowfall...1995

...and more:

260% of average March snowfall...1991

225% of average March snowfall...2011

Monday, March 7, 2016



What is the highest percentage of average snowfall ever recorded for the month of March...and...what year?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Let'em Breath!"...E-QUICKEY #17..."

Proper Handling?   The current rage is keeping trout wet during handling and prior to release. Apparently "grip and grins" are no longer de-rigueur. But, IMO, if the image is framed prior to a quick "lift & dip";  it is reasonable to image a fleeting moment.

I believe TU has  coined "Keep'em Wet"...or they have co-opted the phrase. So I've decided to "coin" the original "Let'em Breath!".  I'm curious if this phrase catches-on.

E-Quickey #17:3/6/2016---"...we got 6" last night. Sun is out right now...beautiful! BUT, we need a lot more snow just to get us to 100% of normal snow-pack. This current snow is very wet so that bodes well for water content...unfortunately, currently below historical average to date. A MIRACLE MARCH is needed; thus far it is weak. At start of winter, we needed 150% of average to break the drought...Hope I'm wrong, but it ain't going to happen...

NOTE: a photo essay entitled "Let'em Breath!" will be published in the InSight feature of the summer 2016 issue of Sierra Fisherman magazine.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

TBT...Prepping for the Fly Fishing Show

It is snowing right now! We definitely need it since February has been very sparse as far a snow...although wet initially.
CyberFly!!....circa late-80's

Since I'm seeing more, grainy, black and white images on "throw back Thursday" on FaceBook; I thought I'd include an image taken on Sagehen Creek...long ago. The super-grainy image was actually the first "head-shot" that appeared on my original web-site's home-page in '95. Obviously I didn't know much then ...and still remain techno-challenged...about the Internet and social media.

Currently I'm doing my mid-winter preparation for my attendance at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show (; February 26-28 2016).  I'll be in the Truckee Guide NetWork booth and will be presenting at Destination Theater on Friday and Saturday. I've re-edited my PowerPoint with the new title being "Truckee Fly Fishing Options". I'll not include the original "Truckee-Tips" which has been part of past presentations. The "tips" are gleaned from my 33rd years of guiding and instructing exclusively in the Truckee area...."Simply experience counts". Both a printed "Truckee-Tips" and "Little Truckee Tips" will be available at the booth. Do come-by the booth and visit.

I do enjoy being/displaying and talking at the regional outdoor and fly fishing shows. It is a great opportunity for "catching-up" with my long-time (as early as 1984), current guide, clinic and "tour" friends...and those adventurers who I fished with in southern Chilean Patagonia (7 of 8 years; 2004-2012). 

Unbelievably I've been doing shows since the late '80's. First, in San Francisco, I participated in  the Great Outdoors Adventure Show  for 3-4 years- sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle. Then the once only Fly Rod and Reel magazine's Fly Show in San Francisco. Thereafter, for over a decade during the '90's into the early century I had a booth at the International Sportsmen's Exposition in San Mateo, CA. Since then I've appeared at the first Fly Fishing Show at the Civic Center in San Rafael CA.

I still appear at the same Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton CA. As I mentioned, I still cherish the opportunity of seeing old and new friends and meeting those people interested in being guided, attending skills clinics or signing-up for Native Sons Tours.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sage Words from the Icons #5

Keep'em Wet!

Topic: Fly Fishing Writers

"Many of today's outdoor writers have gone to school and learned to write; then started to write about fly fishing. The lack of on the water time shows in their writing."

FromLefty Kreh in preface of Dave Hughes' Fishing the Four Seasons

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Answer for TRUCKEE TRIVIA #26 a

Yes #26a was more difficult; not a simple Google search....;-)

The Answer:

Truckee's first town mayor in 1993 was Kathleen Eagen