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  • Sage Words from the Icons #17

    California Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2019 | 00:01 am

    Sage Words from the Icons #17 Let'em Breathe!"Most fishermen use the double-haul to throw their casting mistakes further"LEFTY KREH

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  • Massive ButterFly Hatch in Tahoe!

    California Fly Fishing Aug 9, 2019 | 13:14 pm

    Massive ButterFly Hatch in Tahoe! There has been thick flights of TortiseShell butterflies in the Truckee & Tahoe area....the most I've personally witnessed  since building my first home in Truckee in 1979. I'm not seeing them along the streams or lakes though...so not a fly angling pattern to imitate...thus far.California TortiseShell ButterflyNymphalis Californica Here is an article from the SF Gate:Massive butterfly swarms becoming the talk of TahoeThere aren't enough to block out the sun, but social media posts out of the Lake Tahoe area show enough swarming butterflies to get just about anyone who encounters them to pull over and start taking pictures.While some think the butterflies are migrating monarchs — which have been declining at an alarming rate in California — the Reno Gazette-Journal identifies them as California tortoiseshell butterflies that are visiting the Sierra in search of the remnant of our winter snow pack.The butterflies are known to frequent beaches and puddles in search of salt from the soil, according to the newspaper.The bugs can be identified by their orange and red wings, and social media posts show them swarming in a few locations around the region".https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/butterfly-swarms-Lake-Tahoe-monarch-tortoiseshell-14291637.php

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  • Truckee Angling...Last Century ThrowBack...PART #2

    California Fly Fishing Aug 1, 2019 | 20:50 pm

    Truckee Angling...Last Century ThrowBack...PART #2 Let'em Breathe!Circa mid-80's Thy Rod & Staff  8-panel brochure, Panel 2, Inside:MID-SEASON: JULY, AUGUST & EARLY SEPTEMBER*notes present-day changes"The water warms and the runoff subsides. Up to the end of July, an angler can spend pleasant mornings at Martis Lake* casting to sighted "cruisers" along the wees edges. These "gulpers" leisurely inhale Callibaetis duns and spinners. Timing their rises and tracking their movement pattern is a challenging and contemplative game.Mid-day angling on the Truckee Rivers is relaxing. Access is easy and the wading is non-threatening on the upper "Wild Trout" section. About six miles** of it have special regulations of interest to the fly rodder: 2-limit,; single, barbless artificials only; minimum 15". A freestoner, the Truckee has a balanced mix of riffles, runs, pools and pocket-water. Large fish are in residence. Keeping things in perspective, the median trout size in the Truckee River is within the 10"-12" range. They are all well-finned and stream born.During the evening  sessions, entailing late-afternoon to dusk. the Truckee becomes intriguing. During the period, the river confirms its well earned reputation as a "night-stream". There are opportunities for double-digit hook-up during the even rise."* The lake's fishery and angling experience declined in the mid-90's. Nowadays[…]

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  • Truckee Angling, Last Century ThrowBackPART #1

    California Fly Fishing Jul 29, 2019 | 22:03 pm

    Truckee Angling, Last Century ThrowBackPART #1 Let'em Breathe!!I was going through a jumble or paperwork in my upstairs office space and I came across an 8-panel Thy Rod & Staff  brochure I had printed and distributed in the mid-80's to early '90's....the infancy of my fly fishing guide service.I quickly read through the copy and then wondered if there were similarities or changes...in the Truckee, fly fishing "scene" then and now. Here's Panel l, Inside: The Area The Lake Tahoe region is a world renowned, diversified recreational playground. The addition of trophy trout angling in the area's alpine waters make this the premier outdoor site in the pristine High SierraDuring the70's California's Fish & Game became aware of the natural fishery potential that the area possessed. Working with California Trout, the angler conservation organization, the state instituted "Wild Trout" waters. Restrictive regulations in the form of creel limits, minimum and maximum size requirements and gear use was mandated. The area now sustains self-perpetuating, natural trout populations without the intrusion of hatchery fish that dilute their native instincts. Rainbows, brooks, browns and cutthroats, all jewels in their own right, are available to the conscientious fly angler in and around the Tahoe-Truckee basin Let'em Breathe!!

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #16

    California Fly Fishing Jul 19, 2019 | 08:06 am

    Sage Words from the Icons #16 "Trout are not smart; they are instinctive. They know that their food is a certain size, shape and color, and most importantly, that it travels at the same speed as the current. Anglers who stray from that basic formula have extreme difficulty catching trout."JOHN  GIERACH Book: All Anglers Lie...Chapter 4, Fly Fishing Tailwaters...page 30

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  • Summer Mode in Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Jul 16, 2019 | 23:27 pm

    Summer Mode in Truckee Lot of consecutive warm and breezy afternoons. The BT has receded, we're seeing more airborne bugs throughout the day...and at times, intense, evening caddis emergences, thick flights of Little Yellow StoneFlies and sparse mating-swarms of Sulfurs (?). Middle Truckee water-temps range 51-59. Picking-pockets within boulder gardens temps a lot of feisty (read smallish 7"-10" RainBows). The largest I've witnessed is an 18" RB which ate an #18 Black/Red Zebra Midge, it was stationed at the riffle-inflow of a deep-pool. I've netted RB's to 16 inches; via a #16 PMD Hackle-Stacker. I've heard of a19" trout eating PMD emergers, at dusk (below image)...But, no first-hand nor grapevine Browns; most especially those of out-sized proportions.Magic-Time on the Truckee's "Toilet Bowl"As you proceed downstream below either Prosser or Boca dams; you'll  experience two things; heavier flows AND cooler water-temps, 1-3 less. The aforementioned is enlightened angling strategy as we progress into the heat of late-summer to early fall-time.Don't forget you'll encounter lots of commercial rafting below the inflow at Boca. They are legally permitted to enter the main river at the Boca dam's inflow of the LT no earlier than 10 AM and off the water no later than 5PM; at Floristan only. During[…]

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  • ThrowBack Truckee River Regulation Sign

    California Fly Fishing Jul 10, 2019 | 22:04 pm

    ThrowBack Truckee River Regulation Sign My recollection is that the below California fishing regulation sign was mid-'80's; guessing '84-'86. I consider it the second-generation sign in that the first special regulations for the Truckee River were instituted in either '82 or '83. These C and R rules made the Truckee River a new addition into California's "Wild Trout" program.TRUCKEE RIVER   ANGLING  REGULATIONSOPEN SEASON:Last Saturday in April through November 15LIMIT: TWO TROUTMinimum size limit: 15 inches total length. Only Artificial flies or lures with Barbless hooks may be used  Area Regulations (B) Truckee River from the confluence of TroutCreek downstream to the GlenshireBridge. artificial lures only (C) Truckee River from the Glenshire Bridgedownstream to the mouth of Prosser Creek.     artificial flies only (D) Truckee River from the mouth of Prosser Creekdownstream to BocaBridge.artificial lures only (E) Truckee River from Boca Bridgedownstream to the confluence of GrayCreek.      no gear restrictions                CCR SEC.  7.50 Title 14Resources Agency of CaliforniaThe first generation sign had just two special regulation sectors, not four as noted above. From Trout Creek to the Boca Bridge (the old one...closed when?) it was barbless artificials only, two take, minimum 15". From Boca Bridge down stream to Gray[…]

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  • SummerTime in Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Jun 30, 2019 | 18:27 pm

    SummerTime in Truckee ...Bring it on! Flows & water temps are near-perfect alignment...

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  • Seek & Find Uncrowded Truckee Angling

    California Fly Fishing Jun 25, 2019 | 23:02 pm

    Seek & Find Uncrowded Truckee Angling Progressively, as the Big Truckee and Little Truckee water flows become more "user friendly" there are likely crowds at these venues. If you want to avoid such; explore other regional waters within an hour's drive of the town of Truckee. You'll likely find some solitude at popular spots, venture way upstream or down and think about boats for difficult access.Have Boat...Will TravelEven on well-known  waters one can find no other anglers...searchWaiting for the hatch...and heads

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  • Brookies & Bent Rods...Truckee Area

    California Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2019 | 15:59 pm

    Brookies & Bent Rods...Truckee Area I love fly fishing small waters...been doing such for eons in the Truckee area. There are numerous  tiny brooks and creeks within a hour's drive of my home. Some are "secret"...others not. If new to the region study your topo-maps and start exploring. A few provide us the chance of bringing-to-hand the area's "Hat Trick"...brookies, rainbows and browns. In the near future Lahonton Cutthroat will be available; creating the area's unique "Grand Slam". A trophy is  in the 12"-13", most are 6"-10"...perfect quarry for a 3 weight rod...and dry flies.There are important  considerations when seeking such waters. Below is an excerpt from my Destination Theater's presentation at Pleasnton CA's 2019 Fly Fishing Show: INSIGHT #2SMALL WATERSa) initially, the water temps are too cold and flows are too highb) then, the flows are ideal, but water temps remain too coldc) finally, flows and water temps are optimum for about 10 days ONLY...then flow and temps are too low and warm!if there's water , there are troutYour first cast is the most productive for these opportunistic feedersAbove and below..."pan-size" or shall I say "hand-size" stream-bred trout"OK, rise again..."

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