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  • Sage Words from the Icons #18

    California Fly Fishing Oct 15, 2019 | 16:50 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #18 Fishing a side-channel...noticed this quote on FaceBook recently:"Fishing has a dignity, a simplicity, a ruggedness and honesty...little dreamed about in this materialistic world"ZANE GREYSolid hook-up...tiny fly...in the nib

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  • Truckee Angling, Last Century Throwback PART # 3

    California Fly Fishing Sep 20, 2019 | 00:56 am

    Truckee Angling, Last Century Throwback PART # 3 Let'em Breathe! Circa mid-80's Thy Rod & Staff's 8-panel brochure Inside Panel #3: LATE SEASON: LATE SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & EARLY NOVEMBERIf fortunate, the autumn angler experiences a glorious Indian Summer with only an occasional, shot-lived thundershower. Crowds are gone, nights become brisk, and the aspens and alders turn golden. It is a special time of year. Stealth become a prime tactic.Fall...Crowds are goneSolitude is the rule at Milton. If action is slow. one  can vacate the belly-boat and start prospecting for fall spawners leaving the lake and ascending the short stretch of the Yuba River's Middle  Fork. The same regulations apply.In October, the Truckee basin lakes will produce the largest trout of the season. The migrating 6-10 pound Browns are encountered in Stampede, Boca, and Prosser impoundments. Fly-rodders are starting to get their share.JR with an inlet BrownEx-Truckeeite Stan McCleod with fall-time Truckee River RainBow 

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  • Native Sons Tour of Truckee & Little Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Sep 4, 2019 | 19:22 pm

    Native Sons Tour of Truckee & Little Truckee Currently there is space available for the Native Sons Tour scheduled for September 20-21.  If you can't attend this tour get on the e-list and we'll send you future schedule tours. 2020 will be our 6th year conducting this unique angling event and the quality of the experience is spreading throughout the fly fishing community.Details: www.cyberfly.com/native-sons-tours/Friday night's "meet & greet" snacks prior to PowerPoint talk The Big Truckee's "Willow Run"JB Hooked-Up at the Little Truckee's  "Sweeper #1"2019 had Green Drakes present in Truckee area for 9 weeks! 

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  • E-Quicky #22...mid-July-late August

    California Fly Fishing Aug 30, 2019 | 02:22 am

    ...Or, a selective, 5-week peek into the e-life of CyberFly7/16---Inquiry on Angling Conditions:The BT in the Glenshire stretch has been fishing well via dry dropper rigs in the pocket water. Bring your thermometer because the water is warming...I leave the water at 67 degrees. The PMD hatch on the LT has been really good for surface feeding trout...progressively getting fickle because of the crowds; most especially the upper area. The flows are currently at 126 cfs; decent. 7/18---An e-note on the passing of a longtime local fly angler, John Lim:Thanks for the update on John...we'll all miss him. He was a fixture at the LT inlet at Boca. If you wanted to know what was happening there; he was the man. I'm planning on attending his "celebration" in Auburn.7/18---An inquiry about a recent blog post:…stillwaters other than Boca; too crowded now with the summer crowds. I’m talking Inlets into Prosser and Stampede; best accessibility is via boats.For sure, I can provide info as needed.7/20---A request for angling info:...didn't do the BT on Friday; doing an early start on the LT...recently bumped-up to a nice 140cfs. At 8 AM there were 10 vehicles in the upper parking area!...walking all the way down to[…]

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #17

    California Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2019 | 05:01 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 | 18:14 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 2, 2019 | 01:50 am

    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 30, 2019 | 03:03 am

    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 | 13:06 pm

    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 17, 2019 | 04:27 am

    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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