The Truckee continues to hover around 900-1000cfs for the second straight week in a row near Boca and in the canyon. I wouldn’t say this is unusual, but it sure doesn’t happen very often. The drop in flows has been very slow this week and that’s not a bad thing. These are the flows we’ve been waiting five years for!
Now to the fishing…Although the water is high, it’s surprisingly clear and fishing has been good. We’ve been getting into a fair share of good, quality adult fish this past week and all of our spring bugs are around. The go-to’s this week have been baetis, skwala nymphs, worms, march browns and generic dark mayflies under an indicator have been producing fish.
If you’re looking to throw dries, I would throw skwala’s with a baetis emerger as your dropper. This can be a very reliable set up this time of year across the west as our first round of big stoneflies start to hatch. You might also try some march browns, there aren’t a lot around, but enough to give it a shot. If you’re seeing tiny sips and not many bugs, go with a good old midge. It’s hard to beat this time of year.
With the river being as high as it is, try to concentrate on the softer edges and seams. The last thing the fish are doing right now is holding in fast water, wasting energy with cold water temps.
The Little Truckee has been hovering around 50cfs for some time now. Not much has changed over there, small baetis, winter stones and midges have been working well. A few rainbows have started to spawn, so be careful were you walk and give them some space.
Our spring bookings are looking really good this year with all the water. That said, we still have plenty of guide days open and the guys are all itching to get you on the water!