Monday, August 22, 2011

Tuckee River - August 19

The stars finally aligned, and Kellen, Bob and I were able to get out on the river for some afternoon fishing finally. We met up around 4:30 East of town, and chatted for awhile with another local fly fisherman before hitting the river. With the flows sitting right around 500 CFS east of town, the fishing conditions were fantastic.

We started downstream from the rigs, and I immediately hooked into a fish that spit my flies. I haven't had much luck landing fish over the last few weeks, and this evening was no different. We ended up fishing the same hole for around an hour without any luck. Bob took to investigating the hole with a snorkel. It was quite a site seeing some guy floating down the river in boxers and wading boots face down in the water. That must have been some kind of party...

We grabbed our gear and moved upstream a few hundred yards to fish a nice tailout. The water was warm and moving fairly quickly, but we came up empty handed. Kellen managed to hook one in this hole, but he apparently suffers from the same disorder I do right now. It's called the "One that got away disorder".

We moved up another few hundred yards, and found a nice deep run facing a rock cliff. Shortly before dark I moved up above Bob and Kellen to a slower pool and managed to hook 2 more losing both of them. The last fish took my trailing flies with him, and put up a pretty good fight. The flies of the evening were a leading stonefly with a Prince #16 and Red Copper John #18 trailing. I'm not certain what Bob and Kellen were throwing, but our stacks were fairly similar.

All in all, we lost 4 fish in 3 - 4 hours. We did notice a decent caddis hatch around 7:30 or 7:45 (just before dark), but not too much surface feeding. Be sure to keep a drag free drift when fishing your runs. The fish are fairly picky, and won't hit if your flies are dragging.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Truckee River - August 14

Man it's been awhile since any of us has bothered updating. We've all been buried with the responsibilities that life brings, and haven't had much time to fish. Combine that with the fact that we have more water than we no what to do with, and you've got poor fishing conditions.

I finally made it out to the river this weekend for a few hours, and can tell you that it was very pleasant. Great weather combined with excellent flows equals very good fishing conditions. Unfortunately, I didn't snap any pics on the phone, and didn't bring the camera along, so you'll just have to take my word for it this time.

I decided not to venture too far from home, so I hit a nice spot in Verdi that we had success with in the wee months of winter. I haven't really been researching the hatches, so I went with a traditional #6 Golden Stonefly nymph trailed by a #16 Prince nymph and a #18 caddis (brown). Apparently it's been so long since I've been out that my fingers forgot how to tie proper knots, so it took me awhile to rig up.

I got on the water around 7 am and fished 1 deep run for about 2 hours. I noticed some sporadic surface action, but couldn't really see any major hatch on the surface. I figured it must be emergers that the fish were keyed into. I managed to hook one decent sized rainbow, but due to my poor tying technique, the bugger made off with my entire stack. The hooks were barbless, so I'm hoping he shook them. I managed to get a few more hits in the same spot, but decided to try my luck elsewhere as the fish weren't staying on the hook. I moved downstream a few hundred yards and hooked another small rainbow in a clear pool, but he spit my flies back at me immediately. I continued fishing this spot for another hour or so, but it started warming up and I decided to pack it in.

All in all, I had 2 lost, and another 10 or 12 hits in 4 hours. Not bad for not having fished the Truckee in at least 6 months. The flows right now are fantastic, and the fish are biting. From here on out, I'm hoping I can make it out at least 1 day per weekend, so expect frequent updates! Be sure to pack hoppers. The Grass Hoppers are out in full force, and I will post a hopper-dropper pattern on the blog this week that should help you get started.