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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee Fishing Report 7/31/2021

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This report was submitted by Jeremy Wright a Truckee based guide.

To be guided by Jeremy please call Matt Heron Fly Fishing at 518-225-6587

If you’re on the water by 5:30/6 a.m. and off by 11 the Truckee is still fishing rather well.  After 11 the water temps really skyrocket with the sun so high in the sky.  The smoke from the Dixie and Tamarack fires helped keep the temps cooler in the day, but our incredible firefighters and some much needed rain the last few days have put the fires down so we’ve got blue skies again.  Fortunately it’s been a little cloudy as well so temps haven’t been nuclear and the nights have been in the mid 40’s, giving the water a chance to cool off.

The upper river from Tahoe City to River Ranch can be fun in the morning.  Walk the bike path, throw some #8-#12 orange/yellow Stimulators near the willows or tightline/dry-dropper the runs.  Fish are eating pretty good sized Stimis so don’t be shy. Hang a #18 Brassie, or a red Copper John about 18” under the Stimi and good things should happen.  If you can handle it, put the Copper John first and tie a Brassie/Zebra midge onto the Copper John.  Roll casts help!!

USFS Campgrounds from River Ranch to Truckee are productive. Same techniques as the upper river, just less access due to private property.  Don’t trespass, stay in the campgrounds.

Glenshire area has been pretty good lately.  The key is fishing fast water!! Pocket water is your friend, tight-lining and dry-dropper are the way to go.  Don’t need to be super deep, the fish are in the fastwater, at the very beginning of the runs, right behind or in front of larger rocks and anywhere 2 runs/bubble lines converge.  Get out of the pools and walk upstream.  Midge hatch when the sun hits, then PMD’s and small white Caddis, #18-#22’s should get the job done.

The Canyon from Hirschdale down to stateline is great right now. 500 CFS.  Access to Hirschdale is basically non-existent right now (ask Sam at the shop) so go farther down the canyon and explore the other exits/pullovers.  Crawdads are molting, Summer Stones are everywhere.  Go big with one of your nymphs and don’t be afraid to try a Chernobyl Chubby dry. They’ll eat them.  And as always add more weight when nymphing!!

Please carry a thermometer, I clip mine on my wading boot and get off the water when it’s 66 degrees.  It’s 8 a.m. I just got off the river and the water temp was 60ish when I left.  Get out there early, stick a few, go home and take a nap. 

Sam from the shop here.  
You can also go to our Lost Coast Outfitters River Specific Fly packs, link here, and select the Truckee river.  The box will reflect Jeremey's suggestions! 
We recommend the Fishpond Swift Current Thermometer- right now we have them in stock in blue.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles Reports on 2.15.2018

From warm to bitter cold today on the Truckee River.

We actually had a dusting of snow fall last night. Very cold temps today and a warm up towards the weekend.

Not much change to report other than the weather. Pretty warm daytime highs for the last few weeks and now one of the coldest days of the year. Flows have remained about the same all month.

350 cubes here in the...

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Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report

Matt “Gilligan” Koles Reports on 9.23.2015

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It is fall in the Tahoe basin. This means cold nights and warm days, or the typical “Indian Summer” weather pattern that we seem to experience every year. Several river clean-ups have taken place which I love to see. A big thank you to all those that pitched in. The Truckee River right now as I write this is on the cusp of what most would consider to be...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service 

Looks like the May monsoons have ended. We had rain in and around Truckee for the last 10 days. Heavy, heavy rain at times adding a lot of water to our area and yes, the Truckee River did get high and muddy the other evening and still has some tint to it.

TMWA was going to use their drought reserves the first week of June, but now looks like it will be pushed...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service

Can you believe it has snowed more the last month than pretty much all year? Anything helps, but it ain’t gonna do much.

Flows are about 280 here in the Hirsch, higher down towards state line, and getting way low through Reno. It’s way low up along Glenshire and above that way too. Flows seem like all I’ve been talking about lately, low flows. Hopefully next...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service

Flows are up a bit since last report, about 320 cfs here in the Hirsch, a just barely floatable flow, and something I have been taking advantage of while it lasts.

Typically this time of year with this warm weather the river would be just about un-fishable, high and muddy from snowmelt, not so this year, or the last, but it is what it is and that’s the...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service

A little rain and snow around the Tahoe area on the Truckee River. Some much needed water getting added into the river this week.

About 280 cfs around Hirschdale, not bad, little higher down towards state line, and low through Reno.

We’re still hanging on up here…

For now, fish while you can. No one knows for sure exactly how long the flows in the Truckee River...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service

Flows have been cut in half on the Truckee River coming out of Boca. Thank God, because there was no way with Boca being as low as it is that we would have any water left come this sumer. We probably still won’t anyway, have any water left later this summer, but at least the river may have some water in it for a while.

That being said the river is fishing...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service

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I guess it’s spring here on out. Summer will come early this year. Get your fishing in on the Truckee River now until July.

I do not know when the flows will go down on the Truckee this year, but they are dumping a lot of water out of Boca right now.

Right now the fishing is superb for early April. Fish are spread out and you can just about find them in any...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service

Cold and wind and snow in the Tahoe region on the Truckee River. It has been very cold the last few days. Snow is on the way today and more could be on the way next week. Since the flows have came up the river has been fishing pretty well. Flows came up below Boca last week. The added volume has spread the fish out. Flows are up and good throughout the entire...

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