It may surprise you to know that the Truckee can fish the best in the winter months. Remember that every fish needs to feed daily. The tough part is that it is brutal on you. You need to be a tough angler to fish it and in relatively good shape. With the high snow banks, access is very limited. This is one of the reasons to go with a guide right now. We know the best way in and out of the areas.
Last week the river was in good shape offering some good fishing conditions. A few storms are upon us that are going to add a bit more snow to the equation. The end of next week looks like things are clearing and the temps look good.
There are several factors that are in our favor during the winter. The fish pod up in slow water together. Unlike the warmer months where the fish tend to spread out, having the fish podded up together only helps. With the fish in one area together it creates competition. This works in your favor because the fish won’t be as picky. The feeding time is predictable. The fish are hungry and will be feeding during the warmest parts of the day. The bite is from about 10:00 until 4:00. You will need to get to the river early to walk on the snow while it is still frozen.
The menu is concise. Midges, baetis, and san juan worms. I’ve seen a few black winter stones out and about but not in good numbers yet. The big bugs aren’t around right now. Try tail water tactics right now. Small bugs on light tippet in slow water. The dry fly action isn’t really happening yet. If we get a warm week that will change things up a bit. It might not be a bad idea to bring some snow shoes to access the spots where no one has been recently. Cross country skiing can be a good way to travel to the river.