Truckee River/Lake Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report, 12.01.20

The Truckee River has been fishing pretty well lately! As we head into winter, we’re hoping for some precipitation soon to bump up the flows a bit. A good amount of rain or snow should really get the fish going!

Truckee rainbow release, photo courtesy of Matt Heron

Flows: (cfs)

Tahoe City to Truckee: 75.5

Truckee to Boca: 150

Boca to Farad: 239

Farad to Stateline: 253

Morning water temperatures on the river have been in the low-40s, meaning the fish will be pretty solitary. Baetis and midges are an ever-present menu item, and classic attractors like stoneflies and worms are still on the menu. Fishing the Pat’s Rubberlegs or San Juan Worm as a dropper, down to a smaller pattern can always be a productive nymphing rig.

Winter colors are starting to appear! Photo by Matt Heron

As mentioned in our last fishing report, go-to flies are still TBS. Around midday we’ve been seeing baetis hatches, of bugs around size 18. If you’re in the right spot at the right time, the dry fly fishing could be great, especially considering how dry and high-pressure it’s been lately.

With the low water temperatures, fish are going to be more and more commonly found in deeper, slower runs and pools. Pocket water season is over, folks. If the fish are transitioning into the deep stuff, we need to be too if we want to catch them!

MHFF intern Max Lancaster with a tank of a Truckee brown!

As always, trout are spooky! Switching up to lighter tippet and really picking apart your runs can always make a fishing trip more productive.

Tight lines!

Ryan Rintala | Social Media @mattheronflyfishing

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