Start to The Fall Fishing Season

Truckee River

by Matt Koles
(775) 351-6665

The good news first, cool Fall weather on the Truckee River.

Record high’s last week, and now very cool Fall like weather. Barely getting into the 70’s, with lows in the 30’s at night.

Bad news. The Mosquito Fire south of Truckee is pumping smoke into Truckee, and Lake Tahoe/ Reno. Mornings the air quality ain’t bad, but in the afternoons, its pretty miserable and unhealthy. School was cancelled today in Truckee.

This Mosquito Fire ain’t good. 50,000 acres now and counting. Hopefully it don’t take a run up the North Fork of the American River into Donner Summit. It’s still a long ways away, but remember the Caldor fire last year.

Smoke and cool weather is great for fishing though.

The fishing is super good right now. We have great flows still coming out of Boca, and this is really the start to our Fall fishing. The Streamer fishing will pick up, you may get some dry fly fishing, and of course nymphing will always be good. Look for Baetis hatches on cloudy days, and fish the streamers for those pre-spawn brown trout. If the flows stay like they are, man, gonna be a great Fall.

The Truckee River from Boca down into Reno is where flows are best and you will find the best fishing. Out East on the lower Truckee River, The Nature Conservancy should start fishing good with this cool weather. That opens up miles and miles of more river to fish.

So, I’d plan my fishing in the mornings until early afternoon when the winds shift and the smoke rolls in.

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