07-02-2011, 01:11 PM
re: Truckee river (CA not NV)
Flows have dropped. It's finally summer.
Still some MARCH browns popping. That alone helps us understand how far from "normal" this season. Try a tan birds nest sz14.
Golden stone nymphs lurking near shore waiting for the right day to emerge.
You can fish non-flying black ants, all summer.
Starting to kick up hoppers, big and small.
Hopper/dropper in slack water, or better yet, drowned.
Termites are going off. Try tying one up, and drowning it.
(sz 16 red body, sz8 wing)
Same goes for every other food form around. Drown it.
At these flows many bugs don't survive the emerge/mate/oviposit cycle.
Getting swept under in a foamy riffle.
Just because fish aren't rising, doesn't mean they're not eating.
Green drakes popping. Sparse/protracted hatch, find slack waters in the evening.
Nymphs up near shore. Very dark backs this year.
HBI's are apearing more often in the seine. Some flying.
Many, Little Yellow sally nymphs. Iron sally pattern works.
PMD's are around a bit.
Same with micro-caddis.
A sj worm may do it too.
Never doubt a midge's value as a dropper.
Hooked up more on a streamer recently as well. Sculpins are on the menu, fry too!
Many dark morph fingerlings in slews/backwater. sz6-8 brown bugger.
As I'm posting this, a friend regaled me with the "fat fish footrace" he had. Fifty yards of scrambling before his 3x leader parted.
Be prepared to run. These fish are strong, after fighting the high water.
Since this is a year-round river, these fish aren't so easily fooled.
Be a little sneaky, get a good drift, and anything could happen.
Enjoy the weekend, be safe.
Last edited by Bigfly; 08-09-2011 at 11:12 AM.