Little Truckee River

The Little Truckee River starts at Weber Lake and winds through the Tahoe National Forest and under highway 89 on its way to Stampede Reservoir. Between Stampede Reservoir and Boca Reservoir is the Tailwater section that has become famous for its crowds as well as its Big Fish.  The River then flows out of Boca Reservoir and on to its confluence with the Truckee River.

The upper sections of the river above Stampede Reservoir can fish well in the Spring; this section of river is a mix of private property and Forest Service land. Below Stampede reservoir is the wild trout section, this is about three miles long. This section of the Little Truckee is a year round special regulation catch and release fishery for anglers using barb-less artificial flies or lures only.

The Little Truckee has good sized Brown and Rainbow Trout that fight strong in its cool waters. Good hatches of Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, and some Stoneflies keep these fish strong and fat. In late Spring and early Summer good hatches of PMDs and a few Green Drakes can make for some fantastic dry fly fishing. This river fishes well with streamers, indicator nymphing, and dry flies. With tall pines, willows and sagebrush, the scenery here is beautiful with abundant Wildlife. A typical day could have you catching a few nice fish while seeing Deer, Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Coyotes and more. Spend a day on the Little Truckee with one of our guides and you won’t be disappointed.

Flow Reports

Little Truckee River above Boca

  • Flow: 42.2 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 0.76 ft


Little Truckee River Access

Below Stampede Dam