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Truckee River/ Lake Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report, 02.17.21

The Tahoe Basin has received a hefty dusting of snow in the last week, and the colder temperatures and cloudy weather brought in by the storm are excellent conditions for baetis hatches. The rest of this week and the foreseeable future is anticipated to be mostly sunny with a chance of snow on Thursday. Daytime highs are forecasted in the low-40s, and lows in the teens to mid-20s.

Truckee ‘bow. Matt Heron photo.

Flows: (cfs)

Tahoe City to Truckee: 76.1

Truckee to Boca: 139

Boca to Farad: 248

Farad to Stateline: 275

The California side is keeping some pretty steady flows as of the last month or so. From Farad downstream to Stateline we are seeing reduced flows from two weeks ago, though still pretty typical for winter.

Our guides have been finding fish consistently on staple winter bugs. Baetis in size 18-22 and midges in 16-20 have been deadly. Classic nymphs like the Pheasant Tail are producing so long as they’re in a smaller size suited for winter.

Remember that when water temps are low, so is the movement of the trout. Don’t expect them to come and swing for the fences at your bugs. Fish your spot thoroughly and really pick it apart. Every cast is a new opportunity at a fish!

The reward of a cold winter’s day! Photo by Matt Heron.

Tight lines!

Ryan Rintala | Social Media @mattheronflyfishing


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