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    Just a quick update. Caddis mania!
    Lower flows on the T above town, very warm..65+
    Cream midges, and some very small mays, and some glossisoma caddis.
    Find deeper runs you can't see through. Foam curtains too.
    Hunt them, don't just blind drift. Sit and watch.
    Find a riser and catch him.
    Fish shade where you find it on the water.....
    They like shade too.
    Most evenings there is a biblical mixed hatch below town..
    Of course it is right before dark, and a bit later.
    Bring a headlamp.
    A few splashy rises, but most are subsurface swirls.
    Feeding on pupal forms just below the surface.
    A large elk hair adult would float a pupal dropper. Double your pleasure.
    Both tan and green Caddis sz 18.
    A larger cream/yellow/orange. Pmd sz14-16. Try a soft hackle version.
    A yellow stimy serves well as a small golden stone.sz 12-14.
    Find one with a white wing/indie so you can see it after dark.
    Very early mornings are epic, coldest water temps of the day.
    The fish are getting a jump on the day.
    Things slow from 10-11 on.
    You can still gett'er done but mid-day is a good time to take a break.
    Come on strong again in the evening. Say, about 6-7 PM.
    Good luck.

    Jim
    Last edited by bigfly; 08-21-2011 at 03:01 PM.

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    Good info man....gracias.

    Was in South Lake this past Sat/Sun. Fished the upper truckee but didn't get there early enough...water was still really cold. Didn't even scare up a fish.

    Rather fish the Big Truckee anyways....sooner rather than later according to your post.

    Eric

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    Depending on where you decide to fish, the river has many personalities right now.
    But it is fishiest early, and late..
    Soon (?) they will let go a warm flush of water from lake Tahoe.
    Then you will wish you had fished sooner.

    Jim

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    "Soon (?) they will let go a warm flush of water from lake Tahoe.
    Then you will wish you had fished sooner."

    Good point Jim...i better start conniving to get up there!

    Eric

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    The release from Tahoe has started.
    Temps are up, flows are up a bit..
    Fish are getting tougher, lots of pressure.
    We are in no bling season.
    Use stuff as close to natural for best results.
    Go way early, and late.
    As water turns more clear fish will read your approach unless you put some sneak on.
    Not white hat season........
    "Small is safe" to these guys, fewer grabs on big nymphs, and such.
    PTs, micro mays, midges, PMD's, little yellow stones, and of course CADDIS!
    Seek foam for best results.

    Jim

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    Man I was out there last Saturday after a productive weekend before that and I only got a couple takes and not one fish! I found a great stretch of water above the Boca inflow, was a little hairy climbing down there though. Worst part was I fished for maybe 2 hours only to have a guide and his client come down and catch a fish first cast + several more out of the same hole. I started the day off with a dry dropper but had a hard time seeing or feeling the bite, especially with the glare of the sun on the water.

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    Don't beat yourself up too much. Everyone who fishes the Truckee gets the beat down sooner or later. Usually sooner in my experience.
    patrick

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    I have been bass fishing most my life and the challenge with fly fishing the river is what intrigues me so much. I am going to clearlake with my family this weekend and it sure will feel a lot different effortlessly lobbing a purple worm out there.

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    Own...
    For fish on the T, you need to match the bug and present it properly.
    Except for the few tank fish that are added, these are wild fish with more experience than the fishermen who come by to say hi!
    As you saw, a guide can help with the learning curve here.
    We can't guarantee a fish, but you will get better.
    And that is what's required here to play.
    Try fishing under an indie that's black, for battling the glare.
    Or a hunk of yarn that sticks up high.
    Buy a thermometer, and use it (Important).
    Heard about a fish ninja taking his girl out.
    For her first fish, she hooked/landed a 26+" bow on a green drake dry (On 6x).
    This place can amaze.

    Keep at it.....

    Jim
    Last edited by bigfly; 08-12-2011 at 11:05 AM.

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    What with an early return to school for most kids, the family camp/fish crowd has relented a bit. I heard yesterday that there are still sites available at Boca rest campground for Labor day holiday. This Fall may be one of the best ever.
    There is more water open to fish by yourself. Especially during the week.
    Saw a bunch of lrg Golden stones over the last two days 2.5-3.0".
    Down towards the canyon the water temps are more favorable for fish, but flows are bigger...
    Not much change overall (still epic from 8-8:30pm), air temps have stayed cool, which helps....
    Seeing "smoke on the water" at dawn. A sure sign of fall.
    Flows are much lower on the T above town, and quite warm. Not lethal yet, unless you over-play them.
    Had a stubborn 18" bow take me fifty yds downstream. Not sure who was more out of breath.
    In the evenings the water is at it's warmest, and toughest on them. I read 72 deg. yesterday
    Once it takes longer to resuscitate them, than it did to play them. It's time to go fish somewhere else.
    I really hate finding dead ones first thing in the morning.
    For this reason, I suggest fishing early mornings........when the water is c-o-o-l.

    Not a meteorologist, but it's starting to feel a little like fall,
    (very cool evenings) (some Fall color change starting).
    I'm road tripping early this year in case....

    Jim
    Last edited by bigfly; 08-31-2011 at 08:41 AM.

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