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  • Tell Me It Ain't So...

    California Fly Fishing Sep 22, 2017 | 18:41 pm

    Tell Me It Ain't So... ...Snow in Truckee! The reality is I've been snowed-on in Truckee as late as June 8 and early as September 12. 9 AM...Our Deck at 6500' elevation*It is only, officially, the first day of Fall. We locals want a sun-drenched, High Sierra, Indian Summer. We'll take an average or above snowfall this Fall/Winter of  '17-'18...not the locally-named Snowamegdon we experienced last winter of '16-'17. Last winter was a godsend for the flora and fauna; especially our beloved wild trout.*In the interests of TruthFull Blogging (non FakeNews); the image was taken by my wife Karen...I'm currently in Wolf Creek Montana fishing the Missouri River...and coincidentally,WE GOT SNOWED ON! while on the river today.

  • AskAboutFlyFishing.com with Frank R. Piscotta

    California Fly Fishing Sep 5, 2017 | 04:20 am

    Check-out my July 12, podcast at: http://www.askaboutflyfishing.com/speakers/frank-pisciotta/truckee%20river-past-present-and-future.cfmIt was the longest live, phone interview I've ever done...1-1/2 hours! I thank the show's producer, Roger Maves for the opportunity and fun experience.Eventually, I'll annotate the numerous topics and questions discussed; giving the specific time of each segment.


    California Fly Fishing Aug 27, 2017 | 16:06 pm

    E-QUICKY FISHING REPORT #21 Let'em Breathe!"...I do not venture near the water during the Labor Day weekend; simply too crowded, most especially the LT. On BT we've been using 'hopper/dropper" rigs in the pocket-water using short casts. We're fishing  early in the day because water temperatures are an issue, then leaving for the LT.  There a lots of hoppers; hope for a "hopper-wind" for them to haphazardly land in the water. Splat them down along the banks and give a couple of twitchesFlows on the LT were recently ramped-up to 179 cfs; a nice flow IMO. The six-week PMD hatch has faded; although there are still a few emerging along with other  mayflies and a few caddis (...to size 10!). If you see  a consistent riser, target it, but they are really selective. Alternately, use a dry dropper rig in the riffles and deeper slots. Use an indo-rig in the deeper pools. No numbers but really healthy trout netted. Best fish during the PMD hatch was a taped 21" Brown that ate a #16 PMD emerger and two Rainbows taped at 20"; one ate a dryfly #12 "Flav"  (Little Western Green Drake) and the other a # 14 Zub-Bug on a dry/dropper set-up."

  • Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions?

    California Fly Fishing Aug 26, 2017 | 13:38 pm

    Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions? ...well, sort ofLet'em  Breathe!For whatever reasons the Federal Water Master had tamped-down the spigot into the Truckee River at Tahoe City starting August 5th from 250cfs to 70cfs! With all the water received this record winter of 2016-'17; I'd predicted great flows on the BT August through September...eliminating the "Dog Days of Summer". This unanticipated ramp-down lasted for a several days.  Now the flows out of Tahoe City are at 230 cfs...BUT...34% below the historical 350 cfs.. I have no idea what the Feds are thinking.The current "up-side" is that flows along Glenshire Drive through Farad in the "Grand Canyon of the Truckee" are above historical average flows. This fact mitigates the severe ramp-down from Tahoe City earlier in the month.As for the BT water temps can still be an issue. I'm suggesting once you get a water temp of 66 think about leaving the water relative to potential stressing of the trout. HINT: 1) Do remember there will be a couple of degrees differential below each reservoir inflow (Prosser & Boca) and 2) Look for the cooler water emanating from the spring seepages; trout will congregate below them.in the "Upper Canyon"We've been fishing in the AM's and at dusk.[…]

  • Techno-Challenged OR Techno-Adverse?

    California Fly Fishing Aug 5, 2017 | 13:15 pm

    Yes and Yes.Those who know me know how techno-challenged I am. Yeah, stuck in my "old-school" ways and/or unwilling to learn 21st century communication....actually a composite of both. Techies, can be unforgiving and sometimes condescending...the latter which irks me because they display their intolerance and disrespect of their elders.Do I really want to be constantly "connected"? No I do not. I want to disassociate myself from instantaneous communication.  Such an attitude can adversely effect my fly fishing business;  such as prospective clients assuming I text...I do not.My operative, 20th century communication protocols are:         1) my land-line at 530-587-7333         2) my e-mail address at will remain my current operative communication; unless someone can provide overwhelming reason/s why I should change.My personal privacy remains an overriding priority.Frankie da Techno-Adverse/Challenged

  • "...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch

    California Fly Fishing Jul 12, 2017 | 22:12 pm

    "...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch Last year 2016 early summer:I matter-of-factly said to an exasperated fly angler leaving the LT seemingly dejected. He was impressed with the numbers of PMD's present and the ocassional surface-swirling, feeding trout inhaling bugs at the surface. He explained that he went through his fly box and presented his full-range of PMD emerger and adults patterns..to no avail. He was befuddled, Admittedly, there are sparse numbers of Green Drakes flying around; the best count I had since their initial appearance a week early was seven; definitely not a blizzard... but...the trout were aware and on the look-out for these big mayflies....aggressively and confidently ingesting this wonder-bug. Believe me it is larger than the size 8-10 you'll find in fly bins. IMO, a #8 is a small one; I suggest a #6.Well that was then and this is NOW!:Currently, we're experiencing a classic "masking hatch".  Essentially the largest emerging aquatic bug is a Western Green Drake It IS "masking" the presence of smaller bugs; PMD's, BWO 's and smallish Watery Green Sedges. The  trout are showing a preference for the Pale Morning Duns.  Successful surface patterns are #16 PMD ParaDuns, Cripples and a flush-floating/in the film, Organza Spinner. While at the upper water-column, think of trailers also, such[…]

  • Sage Words from the Icons #11

    California Fly Fishing Jun 27, 2017 | 17:25 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #11 Heywood "da Mountain Man"...hooked-up!Fly Fishing"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."ARNOLD GINGRICH1969Let'em Breathe!"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969

  • Yikes..MOSQUITOS!

    California Fly Fishing Jun 18, 2017 | 23:30 pm

    Yikes..MOSQUITOS!                                                                                                                                            holykaw.altop.com..they are here, they'll get denser in the coming weeks. Be prepared. They'll eat you like they did to me yesterday.express.co.uk

  • Truckee Area Angling Conditions

    California Fly Fishing Jun 11, 2017 | 22:09 pm

    Truckee Area Angling Conditions da Entertainer and Captain Chris at the Swimming HoleMy prognosis on Truckee area fly angling conditions are pretty much spot-on relative to this excerpt of my blog entry "Musing About Spring 2017"(http://flyfishingcalifornia.blogspot.com/2017/03/musing-about-spring-2017.html)"...the Spring of 2017 in the Truckee area will be the REVERSE of Spring of 2014. Angling and/or water conditions will be a minimum of  four (4) weeks later than a "normal" season...possibly even 6-8 weeks later."...Been plying the local waters and I'm going to confirm that we're beyond the minimum four weeks behind relative to a "normal" season. Now I can verify the 6-8 weeks later seems to be about right. As of today we anglers are netting mostly RainBows to 19"...best I've heard through the "grapevine" is a 23" Brown.My favorite "Hat-Trick" small waters are on the cusp of optimum conditions relative to flows and water temperatures. Do remember that these, IMO, have an approximately a 10-day window of prime angling opportunity. The sequence being; initially a) the water is too high and cold. b) then, fishable flows but still too cold, c) to right flows and water temps [the "10-day window"...fish it!] and ultimately, d) water is too low and too warm...forgetaboutit!Snow-melt and its resulting run-off is...hopefully...waning. Flows[…]

  • Sage Words from the Icons #10

    California Fly Fishing Jun 4, 2017 | 16:49 pm

    Politics“If the client brings it up, you can respond, if and onlyif, you agree. Even then, it is best to steer things in another direction. Most of us get mad when we think about politics, and angry people don’t fish well. I know, I’ve tried it.” JOHN GIERACH…from “Guiding & Being Guided” chapter in Sex, Death & Fly FishingMy Comment: Over the years if a client persists with casual innuendos about politics to see where I’m coming from politically; initially I let the first few attempts slide-by, ignoring the comments. If they persist, then Frankie da Curmudgeon makes an appearance. I’ve sort of paraphrased Gierach as in: “Politics pisses people-off. And people who are ticked-off can’t fish very well. The only politics I’m receptive to discuss, if you’re willing and you are paying for my time, is fishery politics.