After the heat spell in our area over Labor Day weekend, we are happy to see cooler days starting today as well as some potential thunderstorms over the next few days. Unfortunately, now we are having some smoky days with the Mosquito Fire burning near Forest Hill, but so it goes. For those looking to get out despite the smoke, there is light at the end of the tunnel in terms of those dog days of summer as we come into more of a fall weather pattern in the extended forecast, and conditions are already improving with the cooler weather over the last few days. Looking ahead towards the fall, we are doing ok all things considered and we should see some good fishing opportunities in the next few months.
With the release of +/- 250 CFS of cold-flowing water out of Boca reservoir, the lower river didn’t seem to get affected too greatly in terms of water temps last week, holding to the mid 60’s by mid-day. The upper river is a much different story. With most of the water along 89 South and Glenshire Drive coming from the surface of Lake Tahoe, this water was mostly just too low and warm to fish with flows in the ‘shire at about 85 CFS. We encourage you to fish anywhere from the confluence of Boca to the Nevada state line where flows will be relatively unaffected most of the year and water will be its coolest. Please continue to remain diligent in bringing your thermometers when fishing for the day, calling it when the temps exceed 66.
As we approach the first days of fall, we look forward to a good October caddis hatch this year with more water in the system. Now is a good time to pick up some of these pupae and give them a try. Both the local trout and the local trout anglers wait in anticipation for this hatch every year as it is one of the last big bug hatches before winter. The smaller caddis pupa in a size 16 are very much on the menu too, as well as BWO’s, PMD’s, and midges while the bite on larger bugs such as stones and craws has slowed. Look for fish in a variety of water types from the medium speed water in riffles and pocket water as well as the tail outs of deeper buckets, anywhere where you cannot see the bottom and has some current to it is worth a few casts. As we come into fall and see more and more overcast days, the streamer bite should pick up, so dust off those trout speys. We have heavily increased our selection of streamers in the shop too, so stop in and check us out!
With the hottest weather seen in weeks expected all this week, please limit your time on the Truckee River to......