FISHING REPORT for January 21, 2016
The fishing can be described as really good one day and difficult the next. And when we mean good it is REALLY good. Multiple fish/angler/day and usually at least one or two over 10 pounds. We have heard of quite a few large (15+ pound) fish being caught daily from several different beaches.
Seems that the fish being caught all over the lake with a concentration being toward the southern beaches. Not to leave out the northern spots but numbers seem to be down south.
The indicator and no-cator bite has been surprisingly good for this time of year and the top producer has been the Balanced Leech. We have a great local source so inventory hasn’t been a problem and we have quite a few different colors in stock.
The folks retrieving their flies have also had some great days. Contrasting colors in a two fly rig seems to get the most attention by the big fish.
Flies: Holo Wing Midnight and Olive, Tui Chub Olive, The One, Balanced Leech Peacock, White and Midnight, Spark Plug, Popcorn Beetle, Boobie Chartreuse, Black and Purple
Main Truckee River (between Little Truckee confluence and east Verdi)
Typical winter style fishing on the Main Truckee seems to be the name of the game. As you can listen to in Episode 9 of the Reno Fly Shop Podcast. Winter is the time for quality over quantity. High sticking and indicator fishing in the slower water can produce some really nice fish. We have been out with a dry/dropper on calm cloudy days and have been catching fish. Swinging unweighted streamers through frog water and tailouts will pick up a Brown Trout out for a daily meal.
Flows in the Truckee are up and down with the frequent storms we have been getting. High flow is a great time to streamer fish the edges of the main channel and to even break out the two hand rod and swing some streamers. Keep moving and have fun.
Flies: Flashback Pheasant Tail #14 and #16, Pink Soft Spot #16, Bird’s Nest Black #14, Red Butt #14 and #16, Flashtail Wooly Bugger Black and Olive, Stanley Streamer Brown
Main Truckee River (downstream of Reno/Sparks)
Several reports have come in from folks venturing down below Reno/Sparks on the Main T. They were somewhat motivated by the discussion with NDOW on Episode 11 of the Reno Fly Shop Podcast and their results of the Fall Surveys. While the observations were consistent with their results they ran into a few fish with streamers and even saw several rising on a cloudy day to Baetis. It is good news that fish are finally getting water down east of Reno and with winter storms we hope for a great Spring/Summer.
Northern California and Oregon Coast
provided by Leslie Ajari at galgonefishing.com
The NorCal/Southern Oregon coast as well as the inland steelhead rivers such as the Trinity are blown out and expected to stay so for the next week or so, pending no more storms push in…. although it looks like there are a few storms on their way. One of the most important parts of understanding winter steelheading is that its all about timing. The rain is excellent for fishing conditions once river flows drop, visibility improves and the color changes from mud brown to that perfect steelhead green. Trips can be touch and go; its best to expect some cancellations, and book a few trips to allow for some flexibility with the weather.
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