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Balmy weather on the Truckee River. Things are a changing though. Storms are in the forecast for this week. We need 'em. If you've seen Boca, and Stampede, or the upper river, you'd understood why. I'm hoping we get a good AR type storm. Where is snows on top and rains down here. The higher the river gets, the better. If you like to streamer fish, that's what you're looking for. Low and clear and cold, just kinda sucks. Pegging an egg with a zebra midge, just makes me not want to fish. Throwing steamers in big winter water is better than any powder day I've ever had. I'd rather shake hands with a brown trout, then a whitefish. Flows are still pretty descent. I'm not sure how long that can hang on, so hopefully the storm door Saturday stays open and we can rack up some rain and snow.
Coming out of the cold snap on the Truckee River. Teens still in the mornings, but a nice warmup in the afternoons, and more warmth on the way. Hopefully, next week we can welcome some storms back in. Been cold and dry. This week looks to warm, and by Thanksgiving, highs will be in the 50's in Truckee. Probably be a good week to fish. Hit them trouts on the head. water temps are cold, both in Ca, and on the Nevada side of the river. Good news is the big fish gotta eat everyday, they need the calories. Bad news is, the little ones don't. Expect your winter trout that you do catch to be bigger than in Summer. Expect to catch whitefish. They like worms and eggs, and small shit, like zebra midges, and any kind of small black mayfly. Fish the frog water until it warms, and then try some riffles, to see if fish have moved in to feed. Pull some streamers, and see if you can get a big fish out of their winter funk. It works. Flows are still pretty descent, but I'm waiting for those big chocolate milk winter days.
Winter conditions on the Truckee River. Cold, cold, cold. It's Wintertime in Truckee. Ain't much warmer in Reno either. Teens at night, and just getting into the 40's during the day. The cold has arrived a little earlier this year. Wintertime tactics for sure. Water temps have crashed. Look for trouts to be holding in the frog water. They may move into some riffle type water mid-day to feed. Mainly, they put themselves, this time of year, in very slow walking pace water. Hit 'em on the head, and you my end up with some fish. If you're planning to fish on the CA side, know that it is extremely cold in the morning, and you will want to wait to the sun gets up. The Nevada side of the Truckee River, is a bit different, at least East of Reno. It's much warmer down there, and generally a better choice when it's cold like this. I like to streamer fish most all of Winter. I like brown trout, and they like to eat a good meal, especially now, post spawn. I'll nymph some rainbows up, but pulling streamers through the frog water is where it's at. Obviously, it's nice to have a raft for that, but you can wade fish the steamers too. If you're nymphing, hard to beat the egg, and the worm. Egg/worm, and a small baetis nymph. You can tight line, or suspend them under the bobber. We have pretty good Winter fishing on the ole Truckee River. I pretty much get all of the biggest fish, now and the next 3- 4 months. https://youtube.com/shorts/QIspyzMMRro?feature=share
Winter has set in, with more rain and snow on the way for the Truckee River. A very good start to Winter for November. Good rain and snow last week, and more on the way this week. Looks like we went right into Winter. In Ca, on the Truckee River, water temps have crashed with this cold weather. Look to hit them fish on the head. Fish the frog water. Look for trouts to move into riffles, or heads of runs when the water warms mid-day, and the bugs start coming off. Look for slow walking pace water about 3-5 feet deep. Nymph with the small stuff. In Nevada fishing has been good with this colder/ stormier weather. The steamer fishing was good last week, and should probably stay that way. Flows are pretty good down in the desert, and water temps are not as cold as the California side of the river. Good stuff to go hit down there all Winter long. It's a totally different river down there compared to the Ca side. Usually no snow, and warmer temps, and some big ass fish. https://youtube.com/shorts/8m6_d1s-0ug?feature=share
Buckle up, weathers changing. Gonna get us a good dose of Winter this week on the Truckee River. In fact, the next several weeks, periods of cold and snow are in the forecast. If you streamer fish, good news. If you dry fly fish, good news too. As we head deeper into November, it should be real good, lower on the Truckee River in Nevada, and progressively slower on the Ca side of the river. Mostly, I try to spend my time out East floating and fishing streamers. it's warmer down there, there's big fish, and it's just kinda cool in the desert. It'll fish the Winter around here too. Just gotta hit them on the head. Should be a fun next month. https://youtube.com/shorts/52IispghgK4?feature=share