For the last couple of weeks the BT and LT have both experiened "up-ramping" flows and at time incredible bursts of wind. Now the Water Master is gradually lowering the LT flows below Stampede dam to a way-more-than-I-like 108 cfs...as of today.
If one knows the where and when to go and what flies and methods to use...an earth-shattering revelation!?...some very nice WILD trout (I do not fish planted/private waters) have and will continue to be netted.
Since I'm not guiding today and in the interest of doing some personal fishing; below I've cut and paste some e-mail communications I've had with fishing friends and/or clients. It will give a perspective of what has occurred during the last three weeks of June and some hint of what to expect during this month of July. Some images may be added. Rest assured the info provided is and will be reliable, honest and a timely assessment of my take as to what has actually happend or will happen in the Truckee area.
EXCERPTED E-NOTE QUICKIES:
6/30-----"Nice session on the LT today with two intermediate fly anglers. They hooked 13-14 trout on dries (emergent and adult Green Drakes and PMD patterns) trailing a FlashBack Pheasant Tail . Six were netted; 4 were 16", 17", 18" and 19". Two other of the minimum surface targets were easily 19"ers... hooked and played for an extended time and uncorked.
Friday's two beginners actually landed two; one each the BT and LT...small ones. They hooked about a dozen, but didn't know what to do relative to line-control...most especially two 16"plus RB's on the LT.
PS---The LT dropped to 166 cfs during the last two days..hope it stays there.!"
6/28---"...a relative novice today...still landed two RB's; one at 12" and the other 16"...ate Green Drake Cripples at the surface...a few takers were missed. The day before I was with an angler who took my basic skills clinic 4-5 years ago. It was interesting observing his skills progression since our last time together...a vast improvment...largest landed was a very "hot" 16 inch RB."
6/25---"...Monday had a nice "busman's holiday" after several days of guiding and instructing. Johnnie da Jewler was visiting and we had a 2-1/2 hour, late-day session on the BT fishing both the East and West Bridge sections of "The Loop" (at 400 cfs-plus). There were tons of emerging and up-winged PMD's along with some caddis and an occassioanl Little Yellow Stone. We hooked and landed several RB's to17" on PMD emerger and adult patterns.
Most notably I personally got "spooled" (been awhile!) by a 20"-plus 'Bow (hooked on an indicator rig with a SJ and yellow-stone nymph trailer and lots of lead...it ate the worm). Looked like we were in ACT III*. I prepared to net it, it saw me and made a strong surge and dash downstream through some heavy riffle water and into Horner's Corner and broke me off as it made a 360 swivel around a huge submerged boulder."
*read Lani Waller's River of Dreams; the last chapter entitled The Play's The Thing"...or inquire
6/21---"BT...along Glenshire...from a reliable fly angler...a 24" RB on a Green Drake dry!...After it was observed inhaling a real one!"
6/20---"yes---caddis...as far as dry flies...best producer now on the BT...in soft water has been a #14 Yellow Stimulator. I'm thinking the Green Rock Worm adults (#14) and the Turtle-Cased caddis (explains your #18 hook-ups...Glossosoma). Yes the Stimi can be taken as a Little Yellow sotne, which is being observed in lesser numbers than the two various-sized caddis aforementioned."
6/18---"...on the water last evening after a guide trip...wet a line from 6:30-9PM...hooked four and landed three...largest a 16" RB, then a 12 incher and an 8 inch "dink." The two largest ate a #16 Organza-Winged PMD spinner....no consistent risers until 8:40...rise was on all of last 20 minutes of light before I could only set-up by reacting to a splash/noise in vicinity...As Chuck Stranahan used to say..."the bath-tub" set."
6/17---"Geez...the wind today!..had a client who was competent for 1/2 day guide... It started gusting at 9AM!...did land one small one though...lost two large ones on LDR'S... indicator nymphing and lots of lead...As I mentioned, I too have measured 65 degree water temps at 1PM...way too early for that..."
6/16---"Main Truckee River to Boca is now producing trout now...dry/drop, indicator fishing...streamers producing in the heavier flows of the "canyon". Flows are up out of Tahoe City...regardless, waters temps are at 65 late in the day above Prosser inflow. So temps may foster an EARLY "dog-days"; high '67-71 sooner than I want...below Boca for cooler flows, but bigger water...a trade-off. Bugs are here, but, few if any consistent surface feeders eating them.
...LT flows are up above 300 cfs now...PMD nymphs and emergers are good plays right now, under an indicator."...plus they are getting lots of tugs."