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Little Truckee 
Updated -6/8/24
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Current River Conditions: Flows are 460 CFS and clear.  For up to the minute flow information click on the link in the next section below.

Fishing is Fair: Miles at Trout Creek Outfitters in Truckee says "The flows on the LT remain high, and while the fishing is still tough, we have been hearing more positive reports come from here this week. continuing to flow at +/- 550 CFS, this tailwater with a narrow streambed will have limited holding water at this time. For those willing to adjust from their normal Little Truckee tactics (fishing size 18-22 mayfly nymphs with 6x tippet) this can be a fun challenge to try something new on this notoriously technical fishery. While it still may remain technical, the game will switch to walking the banks until you find the right kind of water and using heavy weighted flies to fish the few potential areas of water soft enough to hold trout. Like the main river using high sticking tactics right now will be the best way to fish during these swift flows. Also like the main river we recommend using heavy tippet right now, something to the tune of 3x-4x fluoro. Fly selection will also differ, and larger bugs can be fished with greater success. Try using something “buggy” that can imitate various hatches, something like a duracell, blowtorch, or carrot. The flies are heavy enough to get into the zone and will work well when the fish don’t have as much time to inspect it or when various hatches are happening simultaneously. Worms, jigged streamers, or crawdads may also be worth a shot. Especially for those that prefer to fish with their feet and cover multiple miles in a day. If in doubt pair a heavy anchor fly with a perdigon to match the bugs that these fish may typically key in on during normal conditions. The advantage with fishing the LT during this time is these fish are currently receiving far less angling pressure, and with a bit of a different approach you may catch a couple off guard. ."

  Click here to see PDF of CDFW 2024 Regulations


See Hatch Chart Below

Check out picture of Miles on the front of cover of the
current issue of
American Fly Fishing

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About the Little Truckee River


The Little Truckee is the central Sierra’s little secret.  Though it’s larger sibling, the Truckee River gets all of the attention in the national media the Little Truckee can have some of the most consistent fishing throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Not only does it hold a large concentration of fish but it is very fly fisherman friendly as the low density of riparian vegetation along it’s banks lets you concentrate on what’s in the water rather than what’s tangled up in the trees. 


Because the Little Truckee is a tailwater its water temperature stays relatively consistent all through the summer.  When August and September come, the water in the main Truckee can get warm enough to make fishing tough once the sun comes up, yet the water being emitted from below Stampede Dam is always cool, which makes a great place to fish on a hot afternoon. 


The Little Truckee flows south out of the eastern Sierra into Stampede Reservoir, then upon its exit below the Stampede Dam, flows through about a three mile meadow section and a short canyon section to eventually dump into Boca Reservoir. 


Once it leaves Boca it travels another one hundred yards to its confluence with the main stem of the Truckee River just east of the town of Truckee. The “special regulations or trophy trout section” between Stampede Dam and Boca Reservoir is the magnet that draws fly fishermen to what is primarily a wild Rainbow and Brown trout fishery though it’s supplemented by hatchery trout that find their way up from Boca Reservoir. 


Though the Little Truckee is called a “river” it actually resembles a large creek and consists of a variety of water from riffles and pools to pocket water and flats.  The geology of the river bottom and surrounding area is volcanic, which is typical of eastern Sierra watersheds.  In fact, the porous nature of the volcanic rocks of the river’s bottom contributes greatly to its ability to host a huge variety of aquatic insect’s which contribute to the fertility that makes the Little Truckee very attractive to trout. 


The large variety of bugs however, can make fishing tougher as the fish have lots to choose from and can get quite finicky at times.  The aquatic life is typical of the east slope of the Sierra.  Blue Wing Olives, March Browns and Green Drakes start off the season then come the Pale Morning Duns, Little Yellow Stones and Caddis.  Towards the end of summer hoppers become a significant food source for the trout, and then the year finishes off with Blue Winged Olives making reappearance.  Chironomids are omnipresent throughout the year.

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