Flows are still holding around 250 CFS through the downtown gauge. Fishing has still been very good in the early mornings. Nymphing has still been the most productive technique both indicator and euro. Smaller flies have still been key. I’ve been fishing 18-14 with the size 14 only as a soft hackle to represent smaller fish. Swinging flies was not as productive this week. This could be a sign the trout are moving away from eating smaller bait fish, but I would continue to fish with them until the fall. There are still some midday hatches that are bringing some nice fish to the surface. The hatches are short and the fish do not react to them for a long time. I would stick to dry dropper with an unweighted small nymph or soft hackle if you want to focus on fishing the surface more.
We are getting very busy with the summer temperatures beginning to drop off. Check your calendar and call the shop today.
Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Hot Butt, Soft Hackle PT, Carot, Duracell, Split Cased PMD, Brush Hog, Spanish Bullet, Hot Spot Truckee River Dozen
Local Still Waters
Make sure to check local restrictions due to past and active fires that have caused some closures to our local still waters. Fishing continues to be ok for most reservoirs. Fishing early is really your only option unless you get into the higher elevations. The trout are holding in 10+ feet of water and are really only active during lower light times. With the fish starting deep sinking lines and slow retrieves or slip indicators and nymphs are going to be your best bet. We have not seen a lot of surface activity lately though it is not impossible.
When using sinking lines make sure you know your sink rate and count your Fly to depth every time. Nothing is worse than forgetting to count and homing a fish and not being able to reproduce that depth.