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Truckee River/Lake Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report, 03.01.2021

Things are getting awfully dry around here as of recent! With luck, the snow gods will pull off a Miracle March and the Tahoe basin will receive some much needed precipitation. The forecast predicts a small storm this week, which will hopefully be one of many this month.

While the weather is calm, we are seeing some vibrant colors at dawn and dusk. Photo by Ryan Rintala.

Flows: (cfs)

Tahoe City to Truckee: 105

Truckee to Boca: 166

Boca to Farad: 344

Farad to Stateline: 364

Throughout the river, we are seeing higher flows. More water is coming out at the dam, and a lot more water is flowing out of Boca Reservoir into the Truckee.

Truckee stunner! Photo courtesy of Matt Heron.

Many of our fish are still on the winter staples like baetis and midges in sizes 18-22. Skwalas should be on the menu soon as well, and stonefly patterns like Pat’s Rubberlegs have been consistently producing.

With warm and sunny days, dry fly fishing has been pretty bare. Most fish have been caught on indicator and sightline nymphing setups, and with the higher water we are seeing some streamer action.

A Truckee pre-spawn rainbow. Photo by Ryan Rintala.

Our rainbows are showing signs of pre-spawn. In the photo above, notice the abrasions on the fishes head. This, along with factors like scraped fins or similar abrasions on the trout’s underbelly or sides, indicate that spawning season is nearly upon us.

With that in mind, please be courteous and watch where you are wading! Anything that resembles a redd should be avoided. At this time of year, it’s best to leave spawning fish and reds alone so that the next generation of Truckee rainbows can have a better chance.

Tight lines!

Ryan Rintala | Social Media @mattheronflyfishing


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