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Interesting weather and fishing on the Truckee RIver. Pretty good storm cycle last week, and looks like it should continue starting this weekend for about another week. We're stacking the snow up on top, so that's really good news. Relatively warm for mid-February here in Hirschdale. We got less than a foot of snow on the ground and access is pretty easy all over. Flows are nice in California, and great out East on the lower Truckee River. Not too high, not too low. The dry fly fishing out East has been relatively good. It's mainly about timing. The streamer fishing and nymphing has been descent as well. Flows will probably pop up a bit next week, but they'll settle down fast. Who knows what the end of the month and March will bring weather wise. My opinion is it will be warm and wet. We'll see.
Mild weather in the Hirsch on the Truckee River. We've had precip most of the week, but the storms have been warm. It's snowing where it counts though. The kids had one good sledding week here at our house, that's it. Now we just have a few inches on the ground-El Niño. Honestly, I love when it snows up top and not down here. Less work for this old timer. The fishing this Winter has been good. Flows have been pretty stable and volume wise, perfect. We've made it past our 2 coldest months, so it's all gravy until Spring. The dry fly fishing out East on the lower river is starting to turn on. You'll get midges in the morning. When they cluster up the fish are on them. Later in the day the blue wings come out. Big fat size #16's. Most of the fish will be on the smaller side, but occasionally you'll get a big fish rising. Warm cloudy days are the best. Even on the sunny days you should get some fish looking up. Fun to head hunt. With the warmer Winter, I haven't spent all my time down on the Nevada side. The fishing is descent here on the Ca side too.
Winter has arrived on the Truckee River. Gonna be a cold week with snow and wind. Probably not the best for fishing. Maybe down on the Nevada side, but here in Hirschdale, we'll be in the single digits at night, and won't make it out of the 20's during the day. Too much ice in the guides for me. After this week, for now, it's looking like El Niño may kick in. That means bigger warmer storms, which is good for the fishing. Last week got a few days of solid streamer fishing in. It was warm and cloudy. So, I'll probably chill and build some rods this week. My Shopify store will be up soon. http://www.truckeespeedrods.com
Mild is the word on the Truckee River. 63 degrees when I got off the river in Reno today. Crazy. That's like April weather. Hopefully we end up getting some kind of Winter. Good for fishing though. I knew with El Nino we would have a mild Winter which bodes well for fishing, The whole darn river is fishing pretty well. Flows are perfect for Winter. I'd fish the frog water and maybe the riffles as the water warms up, on warmer days. Look for that dry fly fishing in the desert to start up in about 2-3 weeks. It gets super good down there on a cloudy day. So look, the skiing sucks, might as well come out and fish with me.
Pretty El Niño'ish on the Truckee River. Warm and rain and not a lot of snow. Great for fishing, not great for the snowpack. It was 38 degrees last night, warm. Pretty much what you want for Winter fishing on the Truckee River though. Warm storms, high river. The Truckee fishes much like a steelhead river. When it gets big for a few days after rains, and then comes down, the fish are active. In times like these, fish the bigger stuff, spring type flies, streamers, worms, etc. She'll come back down in a few days, and then get the smaller Winter flies out again. This will be a repeatable pattern this year. Last year the Winter fishing pretty much sucked. The water was low and cold and everything was snow. This Winter has been much better. Flows are higher and it's been warmer.