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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

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Matt Koles reports on 2.28.19

Snowing again. Ha ha ha.

All you can do is just laugh and be thankful for all the precip at this point.

Big rain and snows this week again. If you have a second home up here, best make sure you get your roofs cleared, mainly the ice damns, and clear out your propane tank. Big wet snows on top of all this snow is a recipe for disaster.

Flows have come up at of Lake Tahoe. It’s nice and big at just above 1,200 cubes here. About 1,400 cfs and change in the battle born state. Good, good streamer flows. Nymphing flows for that matter too. Flows will come back down a bit after this storm system but should stay up for a while. This is when things are going to get interesting. We gonna get some big fish now.

The snow from last week has packed down nice all around and getting to the river is a lot easier. Kind of a rain/ snow mix here at 5,500 feet, dumping on the summit. 80 has been closed off and on again today.

These are the flows that get me excited, excited to go fish behind the house when I have a minute, and excited to guide in. Why, cause big flows usually equal big fish on this river. Like steelhead for trouts. 


And if you don’t bang out a monster, you’ll still stick some nice clean fish. Clarity is good, and remember trouts can see just fine. Access ain’t too easy in California, not much of any snow in Nevada. Good news it has warmed up too. 30’s and 40’s in Truckee. Some 50’s in Reno. Way better fishing temps.

I’ll spend a bunch of time up here in my neck of the woods now that the flow is up. I have so many good high water spots, the fishing can honestly be somewhat easy at times.

Still digging out. 

Tons of snow. Mammoth and Squaw Valley have set February snowfall records. That’s impressive considering we’re just a little halfway through the month. Wow. Honestly, I haven’t seen this much snow here in Hirschdale. Even more than ’17

I’ve literally just been blowing snow, or shoveling it since the last report. It’s a lot of work when we get this much snow. 80 has been closed the majority of the week. Just kinda gnarly up here. Cabin fever for sure. Reno just about ran out of groceries as the trucks couldn’t make it over the summit.

I went out and fished for about an hour the other day just to get out. It was a balmy 24 degrees. You ain’t going anywhere near the river unless you have some snowshoes, at least for now. That is in California. The Nevada side would be a much better option. Flows got big mid-week, but are slowly tapering back down. Kinda perfect right now at around 500 cfs here in the Hirsch. 800 and change down through the conservancy in Nevada. Good streamer flows for the lower river. Itching to get back on it.

It’s been cold, be nice if it will warm some. Hard to say what March will bring. Seems we’re stuck in a wet pattern, which is good, but man, I think most folks need a break in Tahoe. I have a bunch of trips lined up in March, weather permitting, ha ha. The river is ice free despite the cold temps and actually is good to go. I can now plan some clinics and things too for March.

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