High Water Clinic Truckee River

High Water Clinic-5-11-19

High Water Clinic. Saturday, May 11th.

Waters gonna be high all spring on the Truckee River. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite times to fish the Truckee River. Big water means big fish, just how it is. Challenging and fun. Fishing in high/off color water requires a totally different approach.

This will be last High Water Clinic of spring.

The Truckee, is going to stay,“big,” for the foreseeable future. They will have the gates open on Tahoe all spring. Then they’ll open up Donner, Boca, and Stampede. That’s not to mention runoff from all the creeks and ditches and things. Obviously, the river can be too big to fish, but I’ve successfully guided in flows at 6000 k! I don’t know if we’ll see flows that big this spring. We ripped ‘em at 6k in ’17.

With all the snow we have now any future warm storms will result in a swollen Truckee River. Let me tell you, winter ain’t over yet. I’ve seen it snow into June.

Remember, fish can see just fine in high off color water. And they can be caught. Streamer rigs and nymph rigs. Mainly tight line rigs. All rigs can work, it’s how you rig them and the water you target that will determine your success. Sometimes big generic nymphs work, sometimes the streamer, sometimes suspending your nymphs under a bobber are best. Perhaps dead drifting a streamer. We’ll do a little of everything. I’ve caught my biggest fish on the Truckee River in big spring water.

As far as rods, well, it’s kinda open ended. Bring what you have. Floating lines and any trout rod. The best all around rod is a 10 foot 5 wt for this river, but we can work with anything. Flies will be the most important. I will show you my flies and we will fish my flies.

We’ll build a leader you can both steamer fish with, and tight line nymph with. 

Cost is $250. I will BBQ for lunch. Call, or email and I’ll get a deposit if you want to attend.

We will meet off the Hirschdale exit at 9:00. We will go for about 6 hours. Remember this is a class, not a guide trip and sticking fish is not the end game, learning how to stick those fish in high water is.

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