Saturday, July 17, 2010

The heat is on...

Summer is in full swing here in the Northern Sierra's with warm daytime temperatures and beautiful evenings. The Middle Fork Feather has gotten a bit warm and some algae is starting to grow.Best fishing is early and late with plenty of wild rainbows aggressively attacking dries.

The damsels have finally shown up at Davis but the water temps are too high and I have stopped fishing there until temps come back down in the fall.Reports have been encouraging with fish feeding in the shallows.If you do fish here right now,please use 4x tippets and land the fish as quickly as possible as they may not survive an extended battle in 70+degree water.

I've had a few trips on the Truckee River lately and have had mixed results.Craig from Orange County caught this awesome brown on a Fox's Pupa while fishing some amazing pocket water.He also landed also smaller brown a few minutes earlier.

Lenny from New York didn't have as much luck on the Truckee,but he did land a couple of small rainbows on a hotwire caddis.

Unfortunately we had to contend with a bunch of rafters that were floating the river and made for some challenging interactions.Everyone was polite but fishing became tougher after one rafter decided to disembark and walk her raft right through the pocket we were fishing.Fun times on the Truckee!

Milton Lake is fishing well as of this writing. Small para adams are getting consistent action as well as callibaetis emergers early in the day.The callibaetis hatch has been minimal at this point but should become the more consitent as the summer deepens. A size 14 mahogany dun is the ticket during the hatch.Midges are everpresent and size 18 snocones under an indicator also has been producing.Remember this tailwater impoundment is VERY cold so dress appropriately under your waders.

The small creeks are still a little high but are fishing very well.Tons of hungry wild trout providing almost nonstop dry fly action.Nothing like wet wading a small high country stream in the heat of the summertime!

Get out there and fish!

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