Fishing has been good recently on the Truckee and its surrounding rivers and lakes! We’ve had a few smokeless days of clear skies, but the smoke has returned (this weekend should be good though). Although it may suck for us, the bugs couldn’t be happier. Smoke is making a good substitute for cloud cover, and the baetis are loving it. We are seeing a few Mahogany Dun and October Caddis coming off, and the hatches should only increase as we roll further into fall.

Stunner Truckee River rainbow, photo courtesy of Matt Heron

Flows:

Tahoe City to Truckee: 74 (these should pick up this week)

Truckee to Boca: 90

Boca to Farad: 450

Farad to Stateline: 503

Photo courtesy of Ryan Rintala

Tip: if the bugs are loving the weather, the fish are too! The smoke cover has been a substantial factor regarding fishing, and it has been good lately! We are starting to get fish on streamers, which should pick up significantly after we get some rain or snow. Impressively, fish are still eating hoppers and most likely will until some weather rolls in and daytime temperatures drop. As usual, indicator and tightline nymphing has been the main game. Fish have keyed in more on midges and baetis now, but they’re still eating some big bugs. Downsizing tippet is always a good move, especially with smaller flies.

A Truckee River stud, photo courtesy of Matt Heron.

Good luck out there!

Ryan Rintala | Social Media @mattheronflyfishing