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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Prepping for Winter

Don't want to think about it...but we have to prepare for winter. I'm almost finished hand-splitting the tree we felled this spring. Then I'll put the tarp over it.
Friday, October 20's snowfall

I also have to put "outdoor stuff" under cover. Looking forward to a few days of sunshine.   OR over-cast skies, ideal for targeting surface-feeders eating the numerous emerging bugs.

Not a bad "either or"
 "HawkEye" hooked-up

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tell Me It Ain't So...

...Snow in Truckee! The reality is I've been snowed-on in Truckee as late as June 8 and early as September 12.
9 AM...Our Deck at 6500' elevation*
It is only, officially, the first day of Fall. We locals want a sun-drenched, High Sierra, Indian Summer. We'll take an average or above snowfall this Fall/Winter of  '17-'18...not the locally-named Snowamegdon we experienced last winter of '16-'17. Last winter was a godsend for the flora and fauna; especially our beloved wild trout.

*In the interests of TruthFull Blogging (non FakeNews); the image was taken by my wife Karen...I'm currently in Wolf Creek Montana fishing the Missouri River...and coincidentally,
WE GOT SNOWED ON! while on the river today.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Let'em Breathe!
"...I do not venture near the water during the Labor Day weekend; simply too crowded, most especially the LT.

On BT we've been using 'hopper/dropper" rigs in the pocket-water using short casts. We're fishing  early in the day because water temperatures are an issue, then leaving for the LT.  There a lots of hoppers; hope for a "hopper-wind" for them to haphazardly land in the water. Splat them down along the banks and give a couple of twitches

Flows on the LT were recently ramped-up to 179 cfs; a nice flow IMO. The six-week PMD hatch has faded; although there are still a few emerging along with other  mayflies and a few caddis ( size 10!). If you see  a consistent riser, target it, but they are really selective. Alternately, use a dry dropper rig in the riffles and deeper slots. Use an indo-rig in the deeper pools. No numbers but really healthy trout netted. Best fish during the PMD hatch was a taped 21" Brown that ate a #16 PMD emerger and two Rainbows taped at 20"; one ate a dryfly #12 "Flav"  (Little Western Green Drake) and the other a # 14 Zub-Bug on a dry/dropper set-up."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions?

...well, sort of

Let'em  Breathe!
For whatever reasons the Federal Water Master had tamped-down the spigot into the Truckee River at Tahoe City starting August 5th from 250cfs to 70cfs! With all the water received this record winter of 2016-'17; I'd predicted great flows on the BT August through September...eliminating the "Dog Days of Summer". This unanticipated ramp-down lasted for a several days.  Now the flows out of Tahoe City are at 230 cfs...BUT...34% below the historical 350 cfs.. I have no idea what the Feds are thinking.

The current "up-side" is that flows along Glenshire Drive through Farad in the "Grand Canyon of the Truckee" are above historical average flows. This fact mitigates the severe ramp-down from Tahoe City earlier in the month.

As for the BT water temps can still be an issue. I'm suggesting once you get a water temp of 66 think about leaving the water relative to potential stressing of the trout. HINT: 1) Do remember there will be a couple of degrees differential below each reservoir inflow (Prosser & Boca) and 2) Look for the cooler water emanating from the spring seepages; trout will congregate below them.
in the "Upper Canyon"
We've been fishing in the AM's and at dusk. Early in the day we're probing pocket water with dry/dropper rigs; for smallish RainBows and Browns. In the deeper runs and heads of pool spill-ins  use indo-rigs or tight-lining. First-hand-wise or guided angling-wise there have been no bragging-size trout.

As usual generic patterns early on and later , as the sun sets, you may need to get more specific relative to rising fish you may see...remembering "Size Matters" and shape and color...if possible, secondary. You'll see numerous bugs in-flight; caddis, stoneflies and mayflies; ranging in size #14-#18. The underutilized  bug imitation, wet or dry, is the Saddle-Case caddis
(Glossosoma) is present but unnoticed...

As for the LT, water temps are not an issue; being a tailwater. Nice flows at 120 cfs. PMD hatch has faded after a progressively, later-in-the-day, prime-time emergence period.
Casting to Surface Feeders during the PMD Hatch

Now we're observing a scattering of mayflies and caddis during the day. Best times seems to be in the early AM's and PM's. The Little Western Green Drake (Flavelina) is present in the late afternoon. Matter of fact a 20" RainBow was fooled by a #12 traditional, "Catskill" Flav tye last Friday. During the six-week PMD  emergence RB's to 19" and a hefty-lady 21" Brown ate emergers at the surface.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Techno-Challenged OR Techno-Adverse?

Yes and Yes.

Those who know me know how techno-challenged I am. Yeah, stuck in my "old-school" ways and/or unwilling to learn 21st century communication....actually a composite of both. Techies, can be unforgiving and sometimes condescending...the latter which irks me because they display their intolerance and disrespect of their elders.

Do I really want to be constantly "connected"? No I do not.

I want to disassociate myself from instantaneous communication.  Such an attitude can adversely effect my fly fishing business;  such as prospective clients assuming I text...I do not.

My operative, 20th century communication protocols are:
        1) my land-line at 530-587-7333
        2) my e-mail address at

Such will remain my current operative communication; unless someone can provide overwhelming reason/s why I should change.

My personal privacy remains an overriding priority.

Frankie da Techno-Adverse/Challenged

Saturday, July 15, 2017 with Frank R. Piscotta

Check-out my July 12, podcast at:

It was the longest live, phone interview I've ever done...1-1/2 hours! I thank the show's producer, Roger Maves for the opportunity and fun experience.

Eventually, I'll annotate the numerous topics and questions discussed; giving the specific time of each segment.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch

Last year 2016 early summer:

I matter-of-factly said to an exasperated fly angler leaving the LT seemingly dejected. He was impressed with the numbers of PMD's present and the ocassional surface-swirling, feeding trout inhaling bugs at the surface. He explained that he went through his fly box and presented his full-range of PMD emerger and adults no avail. He was befuddled, Admittedly, there are sparse numbers of Green Drakes flying around; the best count I had since their initial appearance a week early was seven; definitely not a blizzard... but...the trout were aware and on the look-out for these big mayflies....aggressively and confidently ingesting this wonder-bug. Believe me it is larger than the size 8-10 you'll find in fly bins. IMO, a #8 is a small one; I suggest a #6.

Well that was then and this is NOW!:

Currently, we're experiencing a classic "masking hatch".  Essentially the largest emerging aquatic bug is a Western Green Drake It IS "masking" the presence of smaller bugs; PMD's, BWO 's and smallish Watery Green Sedges. The  trout are showing a preference for the Pale Morning Duns

Successful surface patterns are #16 PMD ParaDuns, Cripples and a flush-floating/in the film, Organza Spinner. While at the upper water-column, think of trailers also, such as a Partridge-Orange, Partridge/Yellow soft-hackles or a FBPT. If you prefer going down in the deeper runs and riffles; #20-22 Black Disco Midge, #18 FB WD-40 trailing a Green Drake or PMD nymph fraud are producing.

You figure the best times...I believe I've got the prime-time "dialed-in".