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Friday, July 25, 2014

Boomers, Lighting, Deluges...and July Fly Fishing


Warming water?...look for bubbly water and deep slots and pockets

Throughout the month of July we've netted some decent trout. There have been sparse numbers of 20"-plus trout; more higher-end of 20"-, both Rainbows and Browns. For the bigger fish; you have to target them...and timing is important. There has not been a lot of showing fish at the surface and the most productive method has been going-down "low & slow". My tried & true advice is to go big/small in sizes in your tandem rigs and adjust the lead...as in "when in doubt, add".
...get down!...use lead

Hatches have waned, even though we haven't witnessed reliable and sustained emergences. While seining for clinics I've had to make repeated attempts to get samples of the stream's bugs...more so than in a "normal" year.

It has been an interesting July ...weather-wise. We've experienced above normal and record hot, humid days. It has exasperated the already...at times...marginal fly fishing conditions relative to low flows and warming waters.

Most recently, starting last Wednesday the 16th, the skies turned grey and foreboding; accompanied by some light sprinkles along with the distant sound of boomers and flashes of lighting. Then Thursday I flash-backed to Vietnam; a two hour deluge in the late afternoon. For sure we need the dampness and we hope it continues...the trout need all the water they can get and cooler flows.

My 3/9/14 "prognosis" has proven to be spot-on...we need a BIG winter!
The BT/LT Junction Pool

The below "ADVICE" is the best opportunity to hook/net some trout...maybe a long vacation from the water during august into September until we get cooling air temps and water flows.

ADVICE:

If you insist on fishing the BT; whether below town or throughout the "canyon" on the California-side, do so early and leave early. I'm talking angling early AM to at the maximum noon! Water temperatures are in the high -60's even at  that time; the fish can be stressed irregardless of what type of water you fish.
You'll find bigger and cooler water in the "canyon"
 


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Connectiveness"

For years I've been informing new fly anglers that fly fishing was about "connectiveness" to what is occurring about us as we fly fish. This concept was recently more eloquently written about and reinforced in the current August-September 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine's FORUM feature entitled "Time To Act" 

Here's the opening paragraph*:

"At its heart, fly fishing is about connections. When we wade into a handsome trout stream or stalk across a vast bonefish flat, we hope to touch something elemental, something that resonates deep inside. Rather than sitting in front of our TV sets or viewing nature through a window, we immerse ourselves in the world around us, the sunshine, the currents, the breeze and the intricate dance of life itself become more obvious, more personal, more real. And when graced with a trout, tarpon, or a steelhead on the end of our line, we can't help but give thanks for such an incredible gift." 

authors; Craig Matthews, Yvon Chouinard, Tom Rosenbauer &Todd Tanner 


Friday, June 20, 2014

TRUCKEE TRIVIA # 21...Answer

OK, no one seems to know where Crack-Ass Rock is.

ANSWER:

It is along the Glenshire stretch of the Truckee River, above the Cat-House Hole, (aka The White House, Polaris or Pink House area), between the old walking trail along the rock wall and the new Legacy trail. If someone wants the GPS, I'll get it...let me know...da "crack" is highly visible.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

E-Quicky Report #16


We're still waiting for really consistent and predictable fishing action; on/in the surface film or below. Conditions are very fishable. It is a matter of time and that time is imminent.

MAY 24---"Well we’re still waiting for the consistent surface action on both the BT and LT. Best method remains sub-surface dredging with or w/o indicators. Dry/dropper “searching” has resulted in a few takes, but nothing of bragging size. Water temps on the BT yesterday were 57-59 along Glenshire; figure a tick or two lower below the reservoir inflows. Big water below Boca inflow in the low 700 cfs; above in the low 300’s to mid-100’s depending how high up along route 89.

 Haven’t seen any more Fly Black Carpenter Ants; they were present a couple of days last week. Now were on the look-out/watch for adult Golden Stones and Green Drakes. Seining indicates they are present and maturing….so soon. Seeing  small adult crane flies, sporadic PMD’s, Spotted and Green Rock Worm caddis. I’m getting a bit anxious, I want surface targets."

 MAY 27---"I am strictly a wading guide and do not operate in Nevada.  As of today there has not been any consistent dry fly angling. If so, skills are required because the few risers have been finicky."

MAY 28---"Yeah, it still remains slow on both the BT and LT. Essentially there has to be more bug activity on both waters. I’d like  to see a slow ramp-down in cfs on the LT. On the BT, flows are fishable (exceptionally low for this time of year) and the water temps are into the high 50’s. I have a challenge getting people into fish tomorrow and Friday."  

MAY 29---"There are some bugs on both the BT and LT, but few if any showing fish. The LT is already getting crowded.  Sub-surface remains the best for both waters thus far. We’re all waiting for the dry fly fishing to commence. You’ll see small caddis and a scattering of PMD’s, craneflies…I personally have not seen any Golden Stone adults. If I were you I’d explore the BT from the Boca inflow upstream; too much water below. The key is to “stick & move”; fishing quickly and methodically “searching the water”,  looking for an opportunistic feeder."

MAY 30----“…today we had the most success to date of raising fish to the surface while “searching the water” with dry/dropper rigs…pocket water best results…still not a lot of adult aquatics but steadily increasing in numbers…haven’t seen the ants for over a week…awaiting the Green Drakes and Golden Stonefly adults.”
 

 

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Busman's Hoilday in Utah...Epilogue

This post is looong, but full of images...enjoy 
 
Flaming George Dam...Start of Section A on the Green River...Dutch John, Utah
Below are excerpts from my 4/14/2014 post:
"...verify if all the positive stories about this fishery is true."

"The hope is the timing is right and the BWO hatch will be in full-bloom...with lot of surface feeding trout."

Where there any disappointments? One, just a bit; I'd hope for more target-shooting when we drift-fished the last three days. It occurred on our first two day of wade-fishing. Fish were up and the hatch lasted about four hour both days. The area we wade-fished was the lower Section A. We stalked the banks to about 1-1/2 miles above "Little Hole". There was plenty of water to fish; everyone setting-in at a spot where there were plenty of fish to  target. Best flies were 18 BWO Pull- Overs trailing #20-22 Griffith's Gnats on 11'-12' leaders with 6 x tippets.

 E-notes to friends on  wade-fishing the first two days:
"I'm currently fly fishing the Green River's Flaming Gorge. I have never seen so many trout at the surface for an extended 4 hour period of a BWO hatch; exception being at Silver Creek during a Trico emergence/spinner fall."
"...I had a trying day (editor...tongue in cheek) casting to pods of surface-feeding 14"-18" Browns on the A section of the Green River from 1100-1600..the Baetis hatch last that long!...tough day ;-)."
 Little Hole....bottom of "A" section
looking for snouts and swirls at the surface 
 
....what's this?
...on closer viewing...solid matts of BWO stillborns and cripples
Three days of drifting; two days on A section and one day on the B section:
 There were BWO hatches all three drift days; but clear skies and heavy gusts of wind were not conducive to a good top-water feeding. So sub-surface was the best option, even though each day we targeted the sparse rising trout.  (Unlike the previous two days while wade fishing…we had bigger numbers to the boat (guessing 30-35;  browns, RB's and a few whitefish while on the "B" section.  Small flies, #4 and BB shot, 7'-9'drops from the indicator was required for the most consistent grabs. We used #16-18 non-descript nymph and egg patterns.
 FLIES
 
 
LUNCHES:
 
 
 
 DRIFTING THE GREEN'S FLAMING GORGE: 
 
 
  

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
THE FISH: 
Irv (my fishing partner) and Gene the guide (highly recommended)
 
The Rainbows and Browns were in the 14"-18" range
 
unique "double"...Brown and Whitey...
 THE BONUS!
 Wild asparagas
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

TRUCKEE TRIVIA #21

Question:

Where is "Crack-Ass Rock"?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Truckee Images...

"...May will fish like June..."
image via www.baiocchistroutfitters.com
"...few adult and rising trout, sub-surface remains the most consistent techniques".
 
image courtesy of www.baiocchistroutfitters.com