The bite has really switched on this week, and for those waiting patiently to fish out here, now’s the time! It seems that all methods of presenting a fly are working out here, depending on the where and the when. The bobber will fish best when fishing off of sandy shelfs 6 feet or greater, or if fishing around rocky outcroppings where snags are present. Balanced leeches tend to do best when there’s a bit of chop on the water, adding motion to your flies. Midges tend to do best when the lake is calm and glassy, or during sunny days, and also when fishing around tufa rock, which is a preferred substrate for these insects.
While we don’t typically recommend using split shot on your line, we do encourage you to change the weight of your flies up depending on the size of the waves or the amount of current found where you land for the day. When the lake is glass or has small rollers, down-sizing you fly size and weight will often get you into more fish. Conversely when we see those infamous 3-4 foot swells, using leeches with large tungsten beads, or trying balanced baitfish patterns will work better, anchoring your flies in the zone. While we’ve found that stripping tends to work best during low light hours, we’ve also seen the strip bite really be great during heavy swells, when the bobber just gets kicked around too much. This week we had the best day yet this season with over a dozen takes between 2 anglers, with the largest weighing in around 8 pounds and one fish lost after a good battle estimated near the 20 pound mark. The bite window was most of the day with the most action found from around 11am-3pm.If you would like to go fishing with us please check out our website Trout Creek Outfitters.com or call (530) 563-5119.
The Truckee River saw a great flush of water with last week’s big rain event peaking at over 3,000 CFS......