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California Fly Fishing Reports

  • Throw-Back Truckee Fly Angling

    California Fly Fishing Jul 22, 2018 | 09:13 am

    Throw-Back Truckee Fly Angling Somethings change, somethings do not...a reprint:                                                                                Paul Dillon ImageCurrently PMD emerger patterns are the most effective for surface-feeders                      ANGLING UPDATE: 17 JULY 1997*My apologies for this long delay. I was unaware how many cyber-surfers bookmarked this UPDATE, and actually read my comments! Thanks for the vote of confidence on the reliability of my written word. I will  attempt to be more timely for the rest of the season.We are now experiencing above-normal warm, mountain weather in the High Sierra. During the last four weeks we've had a mixed bag of climatic conditions; sunny and clear skies, endured rain, hail, snow in the higher slopes, blistering winds that at times made it almost impossible to cast or even lob a cast to showing fish or suspected lies. To compound matters relative to fly fishing; regulated federal flows out of Lake Tahoe into the main Truckee had been erratic and unpredictable, maxing-out to[…]

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  • Summertime

    California Fly Fishing Jul 10, 2018 | 01:22 am

    Summertime Green Drakes here for 6-Weeks!...first BT then LTWell, still mobile, having pulled a calf-muscle...Nevertheless, been busy enjoying and gratified by mid-June into early July's guiding, clinics, tours and both TTFF's ( www.ttff.net) Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth program and Novice Clinic. While not "working" I made every opportunity for personal angling.The "Big Bugs Of June" all made an appearance on the BT. The Winged Blacked Carpenter Ant were first during an intense 3-4 day period. The trout were aware, creating a great surface "searching" pattern on all moving waters and lake inlets; beyond the ant's short availability.Winged Black Carpenter Ant dries also produced in creeks......and at stream inflows at lakes...best accessed via boatsMid-morning to noon emergences of PMD's and March Browns made for happy sight-fishing to rising trout.Pancho bent during the predictable late-morning PMD hatchThe trout were very selective; so we increased the odds of a grab by tailing soft-hackles or generic bead-head nymphs behind our flush-floating dries. Little Yellow Stonefly adults were and will continue to be a bug to imitate for the next 4 weeks; most especially at dusk. Also, nice adult imitation to use as your indicator fly when dry/dropper fishing while  methodically "prospecting" pocket-water. As usual the phantom[…]

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  • Anting, Worming and Turding...

    California Fly Fishing Jun 8, 2018 | 02:59 am

    Anting, Worming and Turding... HINT: For eons, this time of year we fish the inlet streams into local stillwaters. For you creek junkies explore small creeks remembering that they have a 7-10 day window of prime angling conditions...your choice at a "Hat Trick" of Brookies, RainBows and Browns...a 12 incher being a trophy."                            (May 17 2018 blog post) HOW TRUE IT IS!!Both surface and sub-surface feeding trout found in the deep pools...Maybe another week for prime conditions on the  inlet streams and creeks. Water temperatures start in the high 40’s to 54 degrees by mid-day. Waters are clear and the melt is almost complete. There are a lot of aquatics flitting about BUT the Winged Black Carpenter Antabout and the fish are keyed to them…aggressively slashing at the surface. Early-season  patterns such as  San Juan Worms and "Turds" (Pat’s RubberLegs) produce in the deeper runs and pools.fast riffles..A” record”12-inch Brookie, relative to my decades of experience in the Truckee area, was netted/taped after eating a small dry in one of the local brooks....and deep runsThe BT ‘s flows are receding nicely with water temperatures nearing ideal 55+degrees. Currently we’re on the Green[…]

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  • Memorial Day...Never Forget...

    California Fly Fishing May 26, 2018 | 09:40 am

    ...those who honorably served and made the ultimate sacrifice...their lives.Memorial Day remembers and honors those who died to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today...Never forget them.

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  • Spring FlyAngling Report & a RetroSpection

    California Fly Fishing May 18, 2018 | 11:04 am

    Spring FlyAngling Report & a RetroSpection  Let'em Breath!I've got to admit; I'm loving this unpredictable, wet, early-spring. This wet weather is really refreshing the entire region.The BT is getting into nice fishing shape. Still a bit high for my liking at 543cfs along the Glenshire stretch and 902 cfs below the LT inflow at Boca. It is remains a sub-surface game. There are few adult bugs in flight, sparse BWO's and March Browns...along with a rare, yellow, leggy CraneFly. Consistent or predictable surface-activity; still remains a minimum of 3-4 weeks away. A good sign from a recent seining reveals a dense population of both Western Green Drake and PMD nymphs. The former being one of the three Big Bugs of June; along with the Winged, Black Carpenter Ant and Golden Stonefly. Before the angling hordes arrive (pre-4th of July), explore the upper river along state-route 89;  Tahoe City-Trout Creek; flows out of Lake Tahoe currently at 195cfs. There will be wild, stream-bred trout available ...before they get harvested for the table since there are no gear or size restrictions and five (5) trout take....in the "canyon"So, currently, fish the river going down; deep along the bottom substrate... where the fish hold & rest. With the water[…]

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  • Pro-Tips Revisted...Early Spring

    California Fly Fishing Apr 14, 2018 | 12:51 pm

    Pro-Tips Revisted...Early Spring Bright sun and trout A beautiful spring snowfall in Truckee! We received 4" last night at my  6500' home. Sun is out now. Thankfully, because of 2018's MIRACLE MARCH; there will be sufficient water flowing during spring. Below is a "Pro-Tip" excerpt I authored that appeared in the Spring 2012 Sierra Fisherman magazine. The advise provided are point-on suggestions and concepts we fly anglers consider during spring's snow-melt/run-off during high flows/pool on running and stillwaters; respectively.High Water of Spring in the "Fornicating Rock" area of the Big TruckeeEarly SpringMost freshwater fly anglers anticipate springtime.  Unfortunately, every year’s conditions are unpredictable; dependent on the amount of rain or snowthat has fallen during the winter. Eventually both will run-off immediately or melt into the waterways and lakes; respectively.  It is important to remember that the snow-pack’s melt in the higher-elevation mountains is weather related; it can be steady and gradual or unpredictable and erratic. One general assumption is that the waters in early spring will be high and cold; eventually subsiding and warming by early summer. So how do we strategize our fly angling? For a start, this issue's pro contributors provide you with their astute advice. (will send upon request...Frank)Water volume and[…]

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  • Yeah... a MIRACLE MARCH!

    California Fly Fishing Mar 26, 2018 | 11:37 am

    Yeah... a MIRACLE MARCH! Put'em Back Alive!We'll take it...The water forecast for this coming trout season has improved substantially since March 7. Then we figured the melt into our trout-sustaining waters to be 43.7% of historical average. Now 20 days late,r we're at a projected 75.4% of normal snow-melt/runoff. Mother Nature has made a nice recovery in the Truckee area from an initial sub-par precipitation year. da Captain and da Entertainer discussing tactics for the high flows of springtime

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  • After Blizzard Briefing

    California Fly Fishing Mar 7, 2018 | 11:28 am

    After Blizzard Briefing ...guess I'm due for a post...been awhile.  I became focused on my re-hab on my new bionic hip and the Fly Fishing Show last week in Pleasanton CA. Now, "doing taxes", later in the month going to Virginia seeing close friends then looking forward to a mid-April trip to th BigHorn River in Montana....praying for decent weather, lots of BWO's and rising trout.Yeah, we still need snow and hope for a Miracle March. ...front door during our recent 3-day snow-event...actually a color imageTo date, via the nine (9) measurement sites in the Truckee area at elevations of 6436' to 8801'... we're at 59% of the historical, median snow-water-equivalent and 72% of total precipitation.  Personally my focus is: How much water for the melt and run-off?...for the fish. Here's how I look at it; .59 x 76= 43.5% of projected water...Geez, we're hoping a  MINIMAL 50%!Always some nice scenery in the mountains during and after the storms...from within a warm home and outside......back deck looking into the forest and  & "Donner Trail" to the Alder Creek camp-sightOne of our "north windows" during the stormAgain; there is a need for a Miracle March...NOT March Miracle!

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  • 2017-18 Snow Fall

    California Fly Fishing Dec 1, 2017 | 11:59 am

    2017-18 Snow Fall Last year's snow-fall was record-setting and unbelievable...Curious what the 2017-18 will bring. Personally, I'd prefer an "above normal" year of precipitation/snowfall; for my sanity, in the hope of avoiding a severe case of "shack-nasties" (coined by da Yoda of the Yuba; Ralph Wood)...we mountain-folk are susceptible to such afflictions.2016-17 snow-pack on north-side of my home at 6500'...early spring

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  • Yikes!!...X-Rated

    California Fly Fishing Nov 17, 2017 | 17:43 pm

    Yikes!!...X-Rated Received a new, bionic hip last Tuesday; November 9th.Today is my 7th day of in-house re-hab. I get the staples taken-out this Thursday. I have six (6) specific, physical therapy exercises; three times 3 per day/15 repetitions. I, slowly, walk... sometimes zip around at warp-speed.. around the house in a walker or cane.I over-did it yesterday; remaining on my feet for extensive amounts of time. STAY OFF YOUR FEET!! Thus far no serious pain, hence no narcotics. Everyone seems pleased with my progress...especially my personal Florence Nightengale...Karen...can't get it any better! Thus far I'm very pleased with my progress.

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