This winter the weather has had a hard time making up its mind on what it wants to do. We have had some wonderful spring like days with highs in the 50’s, and now we are watching it snow. The white stuff falling from the sky is more than welcomed as we head into spring, and our rivers and lakes will rise from the snow melt. We have definitely enjoyed the abundance of water the last few years and the fish have agreed.
We had some really good fishing on spring days with bugs showing up most of those days. Flows are good about everywhere that’s open to fish. Keep an eye on water temp for the most active feeding times for trout. Below 45 degrees can make it very tough.
The Truckee below 267 bridge to state line has had some consistent midge hatches with a few BWO’s still flying around most sunny days. Flows are good, but get a bit bigger below boca reservoir. Keep an eye out for skwalas. Nymphing is still the most consistent action with a few heads showing here and there.
East Carson below Hangman’s Bridge has some good flow with midges on the warmer days, a BWO here and there, and a few skwalas showing up. Little more opportunity to throw a dry/dropper now that the fish have seen a few stoneflies. Streamers can be affective. Dead drift or strip slowly with the colder water temperatures.
East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir has had flows low most of the season at 20 CFS. They raised it and dropped it back down to around 50 CFS. The fish don’t respond well to changes but give them a day or 2 to settle in. Nymphing is most productive but not uncommon to see a rise on the warmer days when the bugs are a bit more active. Streamers can be affective if you are tired of the bobber. Carrying a couple setups is not a bad idea so you can switch tactics on the fly, pun intended.
Recommended Patterns: Zebra Midge Olive, Black, Red 18-22, Flash Midge Pupa 18-22, FB Pheasant Tails 18-20, GB Hair’s Ear 16-20, Barr’s Emerger 18-20, San Juan Worms Red & Pink 14-16, Pats RL black 10-12, Griffiths Gnat18-20, Parachute Adams 18-20, Wolly Buggers Olive, Black & White 10-12