Saturday, August 28, 2010
"...how’s the fishing?
Simply “FAIR"at best… The big Truckee is lowering, but still a
bit warm. Best times are in the AM, dry-droppers in the pocket-water
and indicator-nymphing the deep runs or pools…with lead. The Little Truckee has been ramped-up during the 10 days; shutting-off
bug emergences & rising trout or sight-fishing to them. The best
technique has been indicator nymphing and if you’re lucking you
may see a sipping trout in the AM and dusk in the slick water.
Been up a couple of times since we went out. Did pretty good on little ones.
That is what we’re seeing on both rivers. The largest trout during the last week was an 18” rainbow which ate a San Juan Worm, on the LT…few risers even in the evenings
...LT it is currently close to 200 cfs; about 2 weeks ago it was 40 cfs.
Call...I’ll give you current info as to conditions and what is working. Things can change. I do know we’re expecting some cooler air temps, rain & thunderdstorms this week-end; that can change things for the better. Hopefully this week-end's weather will create a change from the tough"dog-days" we've been experiencing the last 4-5 weeks.
During the last two weeks the best on the LT has been is 6 hook-ups and four lands to 18". On the BT, at most, 5 small ones to 14”. As I've mention, I'd rate things fair at best.
HINT: Lake inlets are a good prospects right now."
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
"The Truckee River is lowering but still too warm...AM fly fishing is best. The Little Truckee is rising (releases from the dam)...few fish rising and few bugs emerging...so there is limited dry fly fishing. Most productive fly fishing on both rivers is indicator nymphing.
Best possibility of consistent dry fly angling is on the North Fork of the Yuba; an hour north of Truckee. It is a beautiful mountain, freestone stream. The stream-bred rainbows are smallish; 6"-11".
The weather in the Tahoe area has been in the 75-85 range with clear skies and at times gusty winds. These conditions are forecasted for minimally the next week. We’re awaiting cooler nights as a precursor to the start of Fall…hence cooler water temps and less crowds."
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Early in my fly fishing addiction I'd carry a "road-kill kit" entailing a very sharp blade, desiccate powder and plastic bags. There was a point in time when my freezer section had an abundance of bird carcasses, deer and varmint sections...mostly tails.
Eventually, I quit. Mostly because I never really did of lot of fly tying having worked lot with my hands at the family craft business at San Francisco's Telegraph Hill ...so I didn't need the catharsis.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
If this weather pattern continues it bodes well for the fly angler to adjust their tactical thinking. Specifically, there may be 1) cooler flows because of more cloud-cover 2) more extended periods of bug emergences instead of those of short duration and 3) less wary trout because less bright sunshine will encourage longer stays in feeding lies; in lieu of protective holds and cover. Hence, more chance at opportuntinistic drift feeders.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Throughout the month of July flows were unpredicatable. Initially the BT out of Lake Tahoe was at 70 cfs then progressively ramped-up to its current 331 cfs. The increase was welcomed because the flows were receding, but, the increase in water temps was not welcomed because the lake was inflowing from the surface.
As far as bugs to anticpate; PMD, surpringly BWO's, Midges, smallish Caddis.
We are also anticipating the appearance of the Flavelina (Little Western Green Drake...sized 10-12)
August is a great time to venture to the North Fork of the Yuba. Here you will find cool mountain springs that generally provide the NFY with 10 degrees less water temps than the BT. The trout aren't huge, but, very willing. This is a classic "quick-action" river. Use of attractor dries in the #14-16 range and droppers in sized 16-20 will produce good numbers of wild rainbows. A large trout is 12-14"; most are 6"-9".More of "north of Truckee" in future posts; mostly in the form of an "eye-candy" photo essay of opprotunities in this uncrowded area.