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Today it is summer. Yesterday it was spring.......fastest change ever.
The spring melt is done, and flows will come down in steps everyday. flows 350cfs in town, 900cfs down below. very clear.
The menu is expanding as quickly as the season.
Flying Carpenter Ants, Crane flies, Dobson flies, Caddis, are the recent arrivals.
March Browns are still popping. Green Drakes are on deck.
Hoppers will hop soon.
A cray might work...............
The fish have already had a season of fishing early this year. No ski resorts to distract players.
So, bring your sneak at full power.
I have been using 14' dry fly leader, on the big stick to stay far from their fishy eyes.
It would be a time to work on your long game, and a very good drift.
Have been doing better sight fishing than blind fishing.
I often see people fired up to fish on their two days of fishing. Flogging.........
I know I get more water time than most guys. But the guys that do best, stop and sit until they see their mark.
200 poorly considered drifts do not help.
As I always say.......All it takes is one good drift.
Things are nice up here, where are you?

Jim
 
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Hitting 80 deg. today......
Nuclear blue skies......
Flows are dropping rapidly....
Hope you enjoyed the easy season, because it will take more game now.
The first Golden stone appeared yesterday......a Hopper too, definitely summer.
Watch the birds for tips on the menu.
March Browns are still about. BWOs are sporadic if at all. A few Caddis.
Several Mays popping early, then a spinner fall late.
Cleared to guide on the Truckee......physical distance is the norm.
 

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Got a small blast of snow yesterday....melted already for the most part.
Back to summer, in another day.
Fish are in the river, where are you?
We only get a few months without snow...........I suggest you get after the fish before winter returns for good.
Fish were rising yesterday in the storm......they really like the funky stuff more than the blue skies.
Choose your fishing days wisely!
Do the gray!!!!!
The next one is next Friday...............

Jim
 
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The big bugs month is well under way. Green Drakes are on the move!
They passed through town headed upstream........
Going to chase them for a few more nights.
We look for Night Hawks for an idea of where they are.
The water flows are coming down and warming, but not too bad yet.
Lots of PMDs and Glossisoma Caddis.
Golden stones are happening slowly, and hoppers are on deck.
Don't wait, fish now!!!!!

Jim
 

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It's been warm and windy......
Fishing pressure is intense. Seems every fish hero alive is out there flogging right now.
Many are not hooking up because the fish are better than they are.
Poorly maintained drifts let the fish know we are after them. Same with splashy casts, and multiple attempts, instead of just one good one..
Watch your shadow on the water, and the rod's shadow and movement too.
Wading is not recommended due to noise produced.
Stand or kneel in shade if possible.
No false casting over them either.
Instead of thinking 200 drifts, try just one.....a really good one.
Many fish are lost due to a vertical set around here. SWEEP set....
If you lift them they will do a roll on the surface and self release.
Fish are eating bugs, if you can get it to them without them knowing you are around.
Golden Stones are on.....along with Little Yellow Sallies.
Grass Hoppers too in the afternoon.
Caddis of various sizes.....12-20.
Water temp is cooler down in the canyon.............
Have fun!
 

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I can testify that those Truckee fish are educated. Coming from a much less pressured fishery, I had to make some serious adaptations out there.

I remember wishing I had kneepads after extended kneeling/crawling to sneak up on a pod. Of course, right when I started connecting someone stumbled over to see what was happening and make a few adjacent slaps with their line.

Beautiful area, though. Cheers.

 

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Not much to report this month....never is.
Warm water, the masses flogging the water, seriously spooky fish since this year the season started in Feb.
Bring your A game for the morning session, and skip the PM fishing.
We are doing a hoot owl closure till cooler temps return.
Give our fish a break.....
They will thank you, me too..

Jim
 
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We are having cooler nights....lite frost.
Days have been cooler due to smoke from fires.
Not too bad 1st thing in the morning, and gets worse over the day.
All waters in National forests are closed.
CA. Waters are fishing.
So, I'm on the water....getting set for the fishy time of year!
Still have Hoppers, and Oct. Caddis are on deck any day...some noct Short wing stones are around too.
I tell everybody, core locals fish from end of Sept. to May.....
Break out your snow shoes!

Jim
 
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Yikes thanks....I'll say again...come up.
Not trying to rub it in...much.....
I would wait till the rains come......smoke is bad right now (It is keeping the riff raff out though.).
At times, less than a mile of vis.
I've learned to breath through my ears....it's why the hair grows there right?


Jim
 
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Forests are open to fishing again. Smoke isn't too bad.....
Water temps are good for happy fish.
Lower 50s.
Not a lot of bugs...
A few micro Mays..
Oct. Caddis can show anytime.
Flows are low in town, at 87cfs.
500 cfs down below.
Go fish!!!!!

Jim
 

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It's trying to be Winter.... Got a dusting that immediately melted. Suspect it's Brown Trout time!! Water is low clear and clear. The fish have been chased hard all season, and are buyer averse. If you do hook up the fish may well react as if electrified. They are tired of fishers. So, bring your A+ game.
The menu is limited to Midges, BWOs, and a few Glossasoma Caddis. The woods have gone quiet, all the visiting birds have left.
Looking to drive the plow tonight, but it sounds like it will be a high elevation dump with some rain down low, that's what we need, wet ground and then cold.
The visiting tourists have mostly left as well, and so now I can walk the water alone.
Stay safe out there....see you on the water.

Jim
 

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Wanted to share that it is FINE up here right now. For those of you that are on deck and ready, you have a weather window for a week or so, and clearance to launch. The fish are slowly forgetting about this year's heavy use. Mid morning is a time of day that warms the air a bit and BWOs like that. Midges go no matter the temp. There is an afternoon possibility of midges clumping.... Try a Griffiths Gnat sz 18-20.
I search for a risers then fish down to them and strip-set for better results. Yes, with a dry.......
Swinging is a good approach as well, soft hackle or streamer.
Have a nice holiday weekend, well spaced!

Jim
 
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