The clocks were set back an hour on Sunday and now it gets dark early. Water temps are good, but sleep in a bit. I haven't been on the water until 9 AM or so. Streamer fishing has been productive if you pound the banks. There are plenty of trout sitting on the edges and a streamer will hopefully trigger their predatory instincts to strike. Most rivers close on Nov 15, but several stay open with different regulations. Typically, barbless and C&R. With some snow in the forecast, Friday - Sunday could be good, really good! Some flicks from the last few days...
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 5:55 PM
It's still Fall in Truckee, but with a bit of snow on the ground. Mornings are brisk, so wearing multiple layers isn't a bad idea. The water temperature stays fairly cool, until the sun shows over the peaks, about 9 AM. The weather for the upcoming week looks good, maybe a bit of moisture on Thursday with temps in the high 50's. Indicator fish has still been the best. I took the weekend off with my Dad to swing some flies up North. The weather was great, as well as the fishing! Flicks below...Oh yeah... GO GIANTS!!
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 3:07 PM
Several friends and I loaded up the backpacks and headed to a high alpine lake for Golden Trout. The fishing was tough as the wind was consistently blowing 20+ mph steadily all throughout the day. Roll casting with a heavy sink tip did the trick. On the way home, we stopped by the East Walker for a quick visit. There were multiple cars at each pull out and anglers on each section of the river. The weather finally decided to show up, snow is upon us now...water temps are cooling off fast, so fish mid-day for best results around Truckee. November is shaping up to be pretty good...
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 11:41 AM
Temperatures have been brisk in the early AM hours. Fall is here, but without the rain. The flows are still prime on the Truckee. Look for water temps in the 57-60 range. I've been seeing caddis, crays (great thing!), small stones, midges, & baetis. I've been a few Oct caddis as well, but they are pretty elusive right now. Fish the fast water, back eddies, and pools. Some from the last few.
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 11:14 AM
Fishing has pick up over the last week or so, mostly on the nymph rig with several fish looking up for those hoppers. We had several nice bows chasing from under the alders. The dry fly fishing hasn't picked up yet, hopefully soon! Crays, hoppers, baetis, oct caddis, small olive stones, & small tan sedges have done the trick. The flows are decent through town, but below the Boca confluence is the place to start. Work your way down the canyon towards Reno. You might have to billy goat some of the trails, but chances are you won't find another angler along the banks. Here are some photos from the last few days...
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 10:22 AM
Sorry for the belated post, but I've been busy catching up on some fishing out of state! Montana & Oregon have been the destinations as of late, but it feels good to be back on my home waters, the Truckee River! The flows dropped right after Labor Day here in Tahoe. That raft hatch is gone for the most part, but you still see some cheerios here and there. The best fishing in town has been below the Boca confluence. Flows are a steady 520 cubes in the canyon, but gets a bit larger with every tributary that feeds the Truckee River. Big stones, tan caddis, & crays still seem to be hooking fish, but landing them is a different story! Mornings have been fishing better. Afternoon is a bit harder, but the fish are still eating. Try fishing the fast water when the sun is high. Faster water holds more oxygen, thus allowing them to move to food without having to work too hard. Try a streamer, the takes tend to be pretty hard this time of year and it's only going to get better... This past weekend I headed out with a good friend of mine to catch some Lahontan Cutties. The backpacking was prime and so was the cliff jumping! These fish are truly beautiful...this fish also qualifies for the Heritage Trout Challenge for CA. Lahontan's are a native specie to the Tahoe area and are hard to find...Call me if you would like to know more about these fish! Patch those leaky waders, clean that fly line, & get ready for some good fishing very soon!
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 9:59 AM
The temperatures have been pretty warm lately, with more heat coming our way. The weatherman are also calling for isolated thunderstorms for the next few days. With overcast skies, the fishing has the potential to be epic. If your looking for the big boys, streamers have been the ticket. Switch rod + sink tip + your favorite cray pattern = deadly. Follow that equation for success. Fishing has been good in the morning on the Truckee, but by the afternoon the water is too warm and the fishing slows dramatically. Swing some flies in the AM, then hit the beach in the afternoon. If your looking for dry fly action, hit the Truckee in the late evening around 7:30. Look for caddis and small stones coming off. Takes will be splashy for caddis and subtle for the stones. I'm off to fish the Big Horn in Montana for a week.. see the full report with photos next week… PEACE!
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 10:31 AM
The summer heat is on! Mid-day the heat has been beating down. Cover up well with sunscreen and a long sleeve shirt. A big hat is also key, along with a good pair of POLARIZED glasses. It is probably the best tool an angler can have, unless you are Hal Janson of course… The trout have been whacking the crays with intent lately. Crays molt in order to grow, in that process they are very susceptible to fast current and lurking trout. Small stones, big stones, caddis, PMD's, midges, & hoppers have been on the menu for the trout. Sometimes when there is a big hatch happening and you can't seem to hook one. Switch up the bug and throw them a hatch "buster", typically smaller than the bug hatching. I've had success with Adams, Wulffs, & Humpies. It never hurts to throw something big up top and drop a small nymph a few feet off the back. August is shaping up to be epic fishing! Here are a few photos from the last few days…
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 7:05 AM
After last weeks thunderstorms, we get a week of great weather! The high has been in the 70's/low 80's with a mild breeze. Wet wading has been rather refreshing lately, even through the evening. The fishing has been hit or miss. Get away from the crowds and find some "untouched" water.. (somewhat hard to do in the Truckee area). Nmyphing has been the most productive means to catch fish on the Truckee. Dry/dropper combo in the fast pocket water has been producing. Caddis #14/16, crays (go big), & yellow sallies have been the ticket. You would be surprised, but streamers are still producing mid-day when there isn't any visible action on the surface. The Little Truckee is fishing rather well, but the fish have been difficult to hook. Green drakes are still present, as they have been here just over a month now. Typically they are only show for 2 weeks or so. Fish a cripple, size #8, in the fast water and hold on! PMD's have been coming off right around 11 AM through 3 PM or so. The trout look like they are eating off the surface, but they are actually sipping PMD emergers sub-surface. 5x is key here…Pictures from the last week on the river…
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 4:13 PM
The Truckee River is still pumping at a steady 380 cubes in town. Other tributaries also help feed the flows. Fish below a tributary of the Truckee. The water temperature tends to be a bit cooler and the food sources are plentiful for trout. Streamers & nymphs have been working well for me as of late. Yellow Sallys, caddis, crays, Prince nymphs, Hares Ear, & hoppers have been working. (to name a few) With the increased flows, add more weight than your used to. Fish the sides, slicks, boils of the fast water for some grabs. The Little Truckee has also been fishing pretty well. Flows are at a steady 100 cubes. PMD's, caddis, and surprisingly a few green drakes have been the dry fly action out there. Lots of "salad" in the water, so ease up on the weight if you are nymphing. Dry/dropper typically works best for these flows. With the temps in the mid-80's this week, get out early or fish late when the sun is low. The past few days have been great with the cloud cover and brief thunderstorms we had last night. Time to go streamer fish…have a great day! *Beginning of August is shaping up to be prime dry fly action, book your trip today!
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 9:21 AM
It's almost the 4th and the weather appears to be cooperating with warm temperatures! The rivers in the area should be crowded for the next week or so, but you can still find some untouched water. Flows have dropped a bit in the area; 350 out of the lake, 425 in town, & 625 in the canyon. The LT has also dropped to a steady 165 cubes. Dry fly action has been pretty good lately...Fish are being hooked on PMD's, caddis, little golden stones, & drakes. Nymph, drp/dropper rigs have been producing fish. Mid-day, fish the pocket water with a dry/dropper setup. Look for rising fish in the evenings. I like to use a downstream presentation, if I know the fish is on the larger side. Careful wading, as the rocks are very slick right now…
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 9:07 AM
This is a story about a brown with amazing evasive maneuvers when hooked with a fly. Last week I found a nice slot and hooked a nice brown several drifts later… this brown was full of piss and vinegar. She shook her head with such force snapping 4x, like a pitbull with a chicken bone. I was flat out shocked and amazed. Now she had some official "jewelry" in her lip.. I had to come back for round two and my fly…The next night I took my buddy out to give the slot a go. Sure enough, he hooked that same fish on the first drift. The take appeared to be a snag, but once it started moving my buddy was amazed. His 6wt switch was bent, like a kid without ice cream at the fair. I knew it was that same fish by the way she fought. The fish ended up spitting the fly a minute later. I looked at my buddy and we both were dumbfounded and white in the face. Alright, time to put on the gloves for this fish… Now it was war! She haunted my dreams for the next few nights... I had to go back. I let the slot rest for several more days and ended up checking it out last night. Flows were perfect, bugs were out, and it was time to land this bad girl. I rigged up my friends rod..I kid you not, we hooked that fish again - first drift. I grabbed the net knowing that we are going to land this fish. She jumped completely out of the water to reveal her true size or maybe give us the "fin." She ran down river with help from the current, we were in pursuit. Back and forth head shakes were dished out, but my buddy maintained tension on the fish with perfection. After 5 minutes or so, she looked ready to come to the net, but we were wrong - one more run 50 yards downstream. We were in pursuit again. I yelled to my buddy to get her in a back-eddie. The trick worked - she was in the net!
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 10:05 AM
Fishing has been good lately in the Tahoe area. Flows on the Truckee are a steady 260 after being pumped the last week or so… Flows in the Hirschdale canyon are around 750 cubes, which fishes well. Throw on a sink tip with a streamer or hit them down low with some nymphs. Caddis (#16), PMD's (#18), Green drakes (#10) have been working well lately. Stones (#8/10) also have been producing. Fish the seams with a dry/dropper combo with a high-stick for best results. Bring sunscreen & a good pair of sunglasses with you, it's been hot in the Truckee area. Fish the fast water during mid-day, fast water hold more oxygen and tend to be cooler for the trout. Drys have been coming off in the evening, nothing too consistent yet…Look for long flat spots to cast your 5x/dry combo...Little Truckee is fishing well with flows in the 330 range. Add more split shot than your used to and fish some new water. You may get a surprise tug…Some photos from the last few days…
Posted by The Tug is the Drug at 9:06 PM