When the Crayfish molt occurs on the Truckee River, trout become like dogs in heat

Truckee River


by Matt Koles
8-3-2012
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It's hot, weather wise up here. It's been a hot dry summer. The fishing is still good on the Truckee River. I wouldn't say it's off the charts great, but we're getting into them.

Historically, July is the warmest month of the year in Tahoe-Truckee. In August days start getting a bit shorter, nights longer, and by the end of this month I'll be scrambling to cut wood, and be wearing waders again.

Fish have got one thing on their mind, crayfish. When the crayfish molt on the Truckee River, trout are like dogs in heat. I had two cancellations this week, to stay in practice, I went out and fished. One day I did shitty. Today, I had fish breaking me off on 2x. Very large trout. Three fish broke off right at the knot. I'll talk more about knots later on down the road. That shouldn't happen. I know how to tie knots. After today, I'm back using the duncan loop exclusively for larger flies.

I even got a mid-day session on the LT yesterday. My dry fly skills are not what they used to be, but still stuck a few. In my opinion, the Little Truckee has been overused and mis-mangaged. Mainly because it has not been managed at all. The LT is becoming a shadow of what it used to be. I basically took myself out of the guiding picture there. It's a shame others haven't.


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