The Truckee is really coming into shape. What run-off we had is all but gone and the flows are just about right for this time of year. They just started releasing a little more water from Lake Tahoe in the last week which has really helped the upper section around Glenshire. The Canyon section has really fished well over the past week and the evenings have been awesome. Down around Reno it has been more of the same, Caddis on most evenings. Looks like we are in for a couple of days of wind which could slow the evening rise thing but after that we are in for some great weather coming up this weekend.
If you get a chance to fish the last hour before dark make sure you are rigged with some good dry Caddis patterns. Cutter’s E.C. Caddis in size 16 is hard to beat. Stay until dark. The last hour is the best for dry fly fishing. If you get lucky you might even see a Green Drake or two. During the day, Nymphing with a Stonefly or a Green Drake and a smaller dropper like a Caddis or a Little Yellow Stone Fly nymph in some of the deeper pools and runs is a good way to start. Make sure you use enough weight to get your flies down fast. A BB or even two BB’s are a good idea. Mornings and evenings are the time to go right now and will be for the rest of the summer, especially on the Nevada side of the Truckee. Flows are: Town of Truckee 320 CFS, Boca Bridge 592 CFs, Farad 672 CFS and Reno 475 CFS.
East Walker River
The East Walker has been fluctuating between 165 CFS and 134 CFS where it is now. This is probably going to be pretty common as water is released for irrigation. The fluctuations are not enough to really worry about and the fishing has been really good. Cooler weather over the past week or so has the water in great shape. There still are some Caddis hatching in the evenings and a little dry fly action on the California side in the mornings. On the Nevada side Hoppers and Stoneflies fished with a dropper is still hard to beat. The best nymphs to try are Caddis, Midges and San Juan Worms. The weather forecast looks like it is going to heat up some so get there early and fish the mornings and evenings.
Little Truckee River
The Little Truckee has been flowing around the 200 CFS mark for a couple of weeks now. The fishing has been pretty awesome. At 200 CFS, the fish have a chance to spread out some. The whole river is fishable and the fish get a break from pressure that 30 CFS can create. At 200 CFS, you have to take a little different approach. There are going to be a fair number of fish that hug the bank and stay out of the main current. Take your time approaching a new area and look for fish hanging out near the bank. PMD’s have started to make an appearance and the hatch is only going to get better over the next few weeks. PMD dries and nymphs should be in your box if you are going to the Little Truckee along with midges, San Juan worms and some Green Drake dries just in case.
It is Damsel season! Davis Lake is in great shape and the Damsels are right on time. Here is a good way to approach Davis right now. Get there early in the morning around 7:30 ish. Rig up a floating line with a long 3x to 4x leader around 1-=0-14 feet. You can start with Blood Midge patterns or go straight to Damsels. On calmer days fish can be seen taking Midges and Damsels right near the surface. There are opportunities to sight cast to fish as well either from the lake or walking the shoreline. You should be able to fish this way for most of the morning. As the sun gets higher on the water the fish seem to be going a little deeper and it could be a good idea to switch to an intermediate line. In the afternoons switching over to a faster sinking line to get into 8-14 feet of water can keep you in the game. Wiggle Tails and Wooly buggers are a good way to go. You can also fish nymphs and midges under an indicator in 8-14 feet as well. In the evenings there can be a secondary Blood Midge hatch as well the last hour before dark. This pattern should continue for the next couple of weeks unless we get some really warm temperatures again.
The Lake closes at the end of the month until October. It has really slowed down for shore anglers as the fish move out into deeper cooler water. There are still some fish being caught mostly from anglers in float tubes or pontoon boats in a little deeper water. Boaters are still catching fish on a regular basis trolling in 20-60 feet of water. Early mornings and late evenings are the best time to give it one last try at Pyramid.
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