Truckee River has settled into a winter mode and is fishing typically. Flows are 250-300 cfs and temperatures are fluctuating between 32 to 38 degrees. Fish are in slower water for the most part but on sunny days they are moving into a little faster water to feed. Don’t expect them to stick around in the moving water for long. We’re still waiting for the blue winged olives dry fly hatches to happen, but subsurface the BWO bite has been very good. Fishing small dark flies (18 and smaller) under an indicator has been the most effective way to find feeding fish. My typical winter rig is a size 18 baetis pattern on the point with a red zebra midge off of a tag about 18-24 inches away. I will add weight above both of my flies bringing my entire rig down to the bottom better where the fish should be holding.
Fishing has been pretty good for the last couple of weeks. Patience has been key, as fish are coming in to eat a few times a day so it is best to get to a beach and wait for the school of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to go by. I have been fishing both floating line and sinking line throughout the day. Mornings have been best under the indicator and the evenings are best retrieving. Midges are starting to wain as far as activity goes and were focusing on dual balanced leech rigs. For the retrieving setup, we have been using two boobies in contrasting colors and allowing the fish to decide the color fly that they want. The Cat whisker and Deadpool Boobie have been best. As always with the winter season fish totals will be low but the size of fish should be greater on average.
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