Suggested Flies for Little Truckee River and Sagehen Creek:|
Sierra Tahoe Hatch Selection
The Little Truckee can be accessed from Hwy 89. There are two campgrounds that give acess to the river west of Hwy 89 and Henness Pass Road will provide access to the river between Hwy 89 and the headwaters at Webber Lake. The "Wild Trout" area of the Little Truckee between Stampede and Boca Reservoir can be reached by Stampede Meadow Road off Hwy 80 or by taking Hobart Mills Road from Hwy 89. Access to Sagehen Creek is at the bridge off Hwy 89, a trail can take you downstream. Sagehen Road comes off Hwy 89 and goes upstream 4 miles to Sagehen Campground.
Wild Trout Section of Truckee: At the eastern edge of the town of Truckee where Trout Creek enters the Truckee, the Truckee River begins a "Wild Trout" section with restrictions of barbless flies and lures, a 2-trout limit of 15" or more. Most fishing this water embrace a strict catch & release policy . Most of this section is accessed by Glenshire Drive which parallels the river for 4 miles. The water is mainly riffles and runs with open areas for casting and easy wading. Just downstream from the Glenshire bridge is a private reserve owned by San Francisco Flycasters. This private water extends to the first bridge at I-80 at Prosser Creek. After the second I-80 bridge, there are deep pools, one known as "Horner's Corner" for Jack Horner, inventor of the Humpy fly. The "Wild Trout" section was extended from the confluence of Gray Creek to the Nevada state line in 2014. The best time to fish this area is after the Spring run-off has passed and the water starts to clear to the end of June prior to the hot July weather. Due to the large number of emerging caddis, a wet-fly swing of a Grey Hackle works as well as nymph patterns such as Bird's Nest and Prince Nymphs. The prime lies are the pocket water and heads of pools. Within this section about 20% of the water contains 80% of the fish.
Boca Reservoir: At an elevation of 5,700 feet, Boca covers 1000 acres and is open year-round with a five fish limit. It is planted with about
11,000 10-12 inch rainbows each season. The lake contains Browns, Kokanee and some Mackinaws. This is mostly a trolling-type
lake with many bait fishermen.
Flyfishing is best from the point opposite Boca Rest and the inlet of the Little Truckee River.
Like Stampede Reservoir, early Spring after ice-out and Fall are the best times to flyfish when the fish are feeding
in the shallows. Nymphs and Streamers are effective. In late winter or early Spring, use Streamer patterns
at the inlet cove. Try Olive, Black or Yellow
Stampede Reservoir: Stampede covers 3,400 acres and is heavily stocked with 10 to 12 inch Rainbows throughout the season. Thousands of Kokanee Salmon and Mackinaw fingerlings are also planted each year but ,Stampede is particularly reknowned for some very large Browns that take residence there. The lake is open year-round. For flyfishing, it is best at ice-out when the trout come into the shallows to feed. Flyfish the points between the launch ramp and the dam with Black Woolly Worms (#12) with a sinking line droping the fly to 15 to 20 feet of water and a pull pause strip. When the water warms in May, try the flat area across from the boat ramp. The Summer can become quite iffy since the lake is drawn down to maintain water in Boca Reservoir and the Truckee River.Try Black Ants (#12) and Daves Hoppers(#10). This works well throughout the Summer. However, Fall is another good period to fish this lake. Concentrate on the weedbed areas along the northern shoreline which also contains Springs.
Prosser Creek Reservoir: Contains a large Brown trout population and is planted with Rainbows. The lake is open year round with ice fishing popular during the winter. It can be fished from a float tube working along the banks and near the Dam. This reservoir is particularly good during ice-out in mid-March to mid-April. The trout that were trapped under the ice flow feed ravenously. Small Buggers with nymph droppers are very effective using a sinking line and a slow retrieve. Good fishing areas are the points on both sides of the dam. If the lake is full, good hatches come off at the mouth of Alder Creek during July. The Fall months can also be good when low water conditions exist causing the fish to become concentrated.
Prosser Creek: Prosser Creek consists of a North and South Fork as well as a main stem that enters the reservoir. The creek is heavily planted with Rainbows at the Highway 89 crossing. Your best flyfishing opportunities are further upstream. The main stem consists of mostly rainbows and browns in the 9-12 inch class. It is mostly small pools with runs. The North Fork begins about 4 miles from Hwy 89. It consists of mostly Rainbows with some pocket water. The area consists of mostly private land but a trail runs along the creek from the bridge above the forks. The South Fork has Rainbows, in addition to Brookies (7-9 inches) and Browns (9-12 inches). It flows through a canyon above the forks with small pools, runs, and pocket water. Further upstream, the South Fork is a small flow through private meadowland.
Little Truckee River (Sierra and Nevada cos.) from Stampede Reservoir Dam downstream to Boca Reservoir.:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 Trout
Little Truckee River above Stampede Reservoir :
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.
From the stream gauging station (located about one-eighth mile below Sagehen Creek Station Headquarters) upstream to about one-eighth of a mile above the station headquarters at a point where the stream splits into two sections. Closed to all fishing all year.
Prosser Creek (Nevada Co.) from the Prosser Reservoir dam downstream to the confluence with the Truckee River.:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
All Lakes and Reservoirs:
Open all year. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.
All other creeks and tributaries:Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.