Make no mistake it is no picnic fooling these wily tricky
browns or the bows? With fish concentrations in excess
of 3,500 per mile and serious trophy trout all through
the river system. One would imagine the odds are great!
Wrong cowboy, it's never easy for the most talented fly
fishers to score 6-10 fish days. If your quite adept
at working tiny surface flies in slicks and working edges
of currents from long distances with enough tippet to
keep everything drifting and looking natural. You might
get lucky. Caddis, Mayfly, and Stoneflies sizes #10-16.
PMDs #14-16, ants #6-8, Tricos and spinners #18-22, Bushy
tied March Browns. Special techniques change depending
on area being worked. This river has over 88 miles of
life and only around 12 miles suited for fly fishers
who are not private landowners.
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The middle 12 miles is excellent fly fisher area beginning
below town of Truckee. Take Hiway# 267 going northeast
go right on Glenshire Road. It is about 4 miles to Glenshire
Bridge. All along the way you will see turnouts. It is
a good starting point, please be aware rafters do run
this river in some sections. This is a special state
wild trout sanctuary with often-complicated special regulations.
In fact as this river is discussed one should be aware
of the need to always check the state regulations before
stepping into new waters. Catch & Release with barbless
hooks and a lot of common sense, in regard to leaving
no footprints or trash or anything behind on this special
water is mandatory! On the upper and lower area trout
can be kept, though few fly fishers keep their trout.
This middle area is heavily patrolled and often gets
hammered with fellow bug tossers. This is a river made
for old hands, journeymen fly fisher types who can rapidly
adept to changing water depth, hatches, clarity and pool
deep diving weighted patterns worked at often different
speeds and depths. In short this place is more then a
challenge for serious fly fishers, unless you hire a
guide or pay fairly serious day rates at private lodges.
Those who seek easy wading access go here first, if you
seek less company, it can be found with a little energy.
Remember when the sun begins to go down, working slicks
and filmy areas with tiny dries is a magic bullet here,
if you can fire at will?
Another good area might be accessed by heading toward
small village of Hirschdale, a bridge cross's the river
and one can park and access the river, several nice
pools exist here. Here you will be heading in direction
of the Grand Canyon of the Truckee. If you're into
long walks of several miles in serious often-treacherous
areas, this river will be your cup of tea. A trail
exists winding several miles into steep canyon country
before arriving at Grey Creek. It is recommended hiring
a guide if you're not at ease with long walks in strange
areas. Many trophy trout exist and can be fooled in
this area, though it is off the beaten path. Another
good option may be to drive back toward Truckee by
way of Glenshire Road, take a right on Hiway#267 go
quarter mile to Interstate #80. Take first exit of
I-80 about 4 miles along over Union Mills Bridge. Continue
on for 7 miles cross West Bridge of the sweeping horseshoe
bend in the river known as " The Loop " .
Turn right on dirt road, park here and you will see
fishing regulations and other signs of fly fisher access.
Here you will have many possible routes to try or wade,
depending on river flow time of year.
The lower section of the Truckee beyond Grey Creek
follows interstate #80 to the town of Farad. Down river
almost three miles the water begins to flatten out
with very limited access. Fly rods in the 3/4-weight
class for fun, unless you need a 5/6 weight for windy
conditions. Best way to approach this river is to understand
all your tricks will come into play here. Deep divers,
tiny dries on long invisible tippets, deep pool action,
working cripple patterns, riffles, great early late
dry fly action, working rubber legged flies. You name
it, you better know how to do it or hire a guide and
cut to the chase, this place can get very complicated