Truckee River Fish Report for 4-15-2022
Snowy weather and cooler temps have helped slow the early runoff
by Trout Creek Outfitters
Snowy weather and cooler temps have helped slow the early runoff on the Truckee from its highest point of flows in the canyon, dropping from over 1,000 CFS to around 850 now. This would have been a greater decrease, but we’ve seen the Water Master now let more water out of Lake Tahoe increasing from 70 CFS to 200, creating more consistent flows along the entire river. We hope to see this push some fish up along the higher stretches of the Truckee along 89 South, as thus far this spring that stretch has been fishing poorly due to low flows and likely also in part to it going dry in the fall causing not only a possible loss of fish populations but also bug life.
With the tapering off of snowmelt and the increase of the notoriously clear water out of Lake Tahoe, we anticipate that the smaller bugs will become increasingly effective once again, especially from Tahoe City to Glenshire Drive. Make sure you have a good selection of baetis nymphs in sizes 16-20 and midge larvae in an 18-22 in addition to your larger attractors such as brown stoneflies in 8-10 for a Skwala imitation, worm patterns, eggs and crawdads when nymphing. With the larger flows we are seeing right now also make sure you have ample split shot on your line to get your flies in front of the fish and slow down your drifts, this is probably the single most common mistake we see from anglers when fishing this river.
The streamer bite remains steady during this time and larger olive sculpin patterns remain king, but expect only a handful of grabs over the day and be on it when they happen as it will likely be a bruiser, and for god’s sake don’t fish anything below a 2x! As days get longer and temps begin to warm back up next week, look for the morning bite to get better as an earlier start can be advantageous to ensure you’re the first one presenting flies to any given fish that day. In case you haven’t heard we have now shifted to our summer hours, and we are now open from 7-7 daily, so grab a coffee next door stop on in and get the latest before you head out for the day.
Trout Creek Outfitters Reportsfor Friday, April 8th
Truckee River: The Truckee has provided some excellent fishing over the last few weeks
Little Truckee River: Finally, the Little Truckee has seen a bump in flows after many months of low water!
Pyramid Lake: Indicator fishing has been the most consistent, especially as we see more spring weather at the lake
Trout Creek Outfitters Reportsfor Friday, April 1st
Truckee River: Fishing attractor nymphs will be a good bet
Little Truckee River: The Little Truckee has yet to see the benefit of the spring run off
Pyramid Lake: Pyramid has seen some good days over the last week
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