It is almost the end of July and the Truckee River is just now starting to get near normal fishing levels. While still pretty high for this time of year, it is now beginning to be very fishable, particularly from the Town of Truckee downstream to the Boca inlet.
This past week I fished dry flies in the evening. The water level is just a slight bit higher than when I typically fish the Truckee during the early season. As a result, the spots that I fish were accessible, but still pretty difficult to wade.
I found myself making longer casts and working hard to get those drag-free presentations. It was much more difficult since wading closer was not an option with the higher flow.
During the last hour of daylight, the insect activity peaked with loads of caddis, PMD mayflies and little yellow stoneflies emerging in earnest.
My friends and I were able to catch some fish, but not the larger ones that we had hoped to see. While two of us each hooked one nice fish, neither of us could land them. We all managed to catch some small fish.
The insect activity was good and the small fish mean that there has been some good recruitment in the river. Catching small fish is a good thing. It means there are fish that will be there in the future for anglers. They will be the large ones years from now!
An evening on the river is often therapeutic for me. When I used to work full time, I would sometimes feel the stress of the day. On those days I would go down to the river after dinner and would come back a changed person. The river has a calming effect on most people.
Each day, the river seems to be dropping a little. It will not be too long before it is in perfect shape. Get out there and check out the fishing. Whether you catch fish or not, the river is a great place to be on a summer evening.
and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and other area newspapers.