Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bath water

Friday night we headed east of town to see what the Truckee was fishing like. Got on the water at about 6pm and felt like i was in a jacuzzi. The water was pretty warm even in the faster runs. There was a little surface action in the deep pools but not near enough to key in on what was on the menu. Dropped nymphs down deep, pulled streamers through and no luck. We are planning on a night were we show up around 10pm and see what the bite is like in the moon light. Those big pigs go rambo status and enjoy meals they cant see. Another trip out with no pictures or fish! The bite is tough with the high temps. Get out early or get out late. Befor the water heats up, or after it cools down.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer standards

Thomas and I made our way up near the town of Truckee this weekend to fish that section of the Truckee River. We didnt get on the water until about 8am and didnt really have any action until around 11am. The insect action was minimal though we did see some surface action happening in a nice deep tailout section. Tom took off around noon and I must have thrown flies to one feeding fish for 2 and half hours. I managed to get him to take 3 times but each hook set produced that whistling WHIFF sound and no fish. Earlier in the day my stack consisted of a Burke's bottom roller followed by BH Prince, followed by a green drake pattern I had tied up the night prior. No luck! Fished pocket water, some deeper runs, nothin. swung a belly ache minnow pattern throw some of the deeper runs as well with no love. Once we came to the deep tailout section Tom noticed some legit surface feeding. After throwing a multitude of flies, they seemed to prefer the little yellow stone pattern the best. I was using a custom pattern that I will put on in our flies section here shortly. By the time 2:30 rolled around, the rafting traffic had become more annoying than I cared to put up with so I retired and went home to sit in the AC and have a few hundred beers.

The main lessons learned from this outting: Get out there early, rise before the sun and get on the water asap. Conversly, sleep in. Get some chores done, tie up some caddis and stone patterns and head out for the evening bite. The raft rats and tube traffic will be spookin the fish in the warmer part of the day. Pretty much the standard for the summer.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Beautiful Morning on the River

The weather is heating up and so is the fishing! Although the action was a bit slow for us in the beginning it was a promising sign of things to come. I took our friends Dan and Chris with me east of town in the hopes to get on an evening caddis bite on Saturday evening. As is usually the case in our state my efforts were trumped by a 15mph wind leading to some not so effective dry fly fishing conditions. Chris did miss a massive strike that created a wake with his line shortly before stealing his fly... Im calling carp on this one. Saturday morning we woke to much more favorable conditions with no wind and air temperatures in the upper 50s. After some coffee and a short drive to the west side of town we began fishing. Within 15 minutes the first fish was in the net, a cute little 12" hatchery rainbow, and a few minutes after that Chris landed a strong 16" Whitefish. We then made our way to another spot in town that I have been meaning to try. Immediately Chris caught another small rainbow followed by Dan losing 2 fish(which is usually the case because he concentrates most of his efforts on artistic photography instead of fishing but we'll save that for another post). Shortly after art-boy lost his 2 fish i hooked into a very nice brown in the 20-22" range. After a 2 minute fight and some very strong runs the hook worked its way out and i was subsequently a very sad boy. We did try one other spot but hunger got the best of us and it was off to Jimmy Johns. As far as bugs go it looks like most of the Green Drakes on this side of the state line have hatched during the high water period but you should still find some good GD dry action in the upper sections of the river. I was seeing a ton of Little Yellow Stone casings on the rocks so I imagine the evenings are a good mix of LYS and Caddis. Our fish came on a variety of flies including a Hotwire Prince nymph, zebra midge and Burkes Bottom Rollers. See you out there this weekend.

Friday, July 9, 2010

And the livin's easy

Summer time, and while the livin may not be easy for us working class folks, the Truckee is settling in to its summer time comfort zone. Flows are down in the 400's from Reno down to Derby and polishing out nicely west of town. Below Derby, they are as steady as you will find em on the Truckee. If you want to head east of town, bring your caddis box. West of town, the golden stones will be doing their thing up in the sierras. We are going to be all over the river this weekend and hope to bring some good reports come Monday. See you out there! Brandon advises that you lead your stack with a Burke's Bottom Roller.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Home at last

The waters of the Humptulips flow as clear as Lake Tahoe, home to salmon, steelhead, resident trout and yokels. I was lucky enough to fish the crystal clear river two times, in two totally different conditions. The first came late on a sunny June afternoon for a very short period. The river was like nothing I have ever seen before. If I could see a foot below the surface I could see a mile. The river drops off quick to the channel holding what I only hoped would be a treasure of massive steelhead and trophy rainbows. The let down was that there were no massive steelhead but only a couple of small rainbows biding their time to make the sojourn the sea to become chrome. The second condition, the day after. The finicky coastal weather brought rain that only served to bring the flows up but didn't dirty the river at all. We launched the drift boat just below the 101 bridge above the hatchery. This was my first time in a boat on a river. The locals say the river is low but to a guy from Nevada, this river is flowing like nothing I've yet seen, and still, crystal clear. We made our way down stream a couple of miles with no fish, no takes, not even a sighting but the trip was a success. I was able to fish water like nothing in our area. Some of the most amazing habitat I have ever laid my eyes on, those bait chuckin red necks are truly lucky. For what it's worth, we spent a morning floating on water as clear as glass with no fish in it. This was one of those days that helps you realize that, while we are addicted to the bite and the fight, we live for the feeling that only comes from being on the river.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as Cherish and I enjoyed taking them.

A small rainbow in the Humptulips. In a few years, he'll return as a steelhead to spawn chrome.
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Most folks were stuck working.
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Nothing beats the feeling of showing up to a river you don't know, and catching fish.
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