Upper Truckee River - Sierra Tahoe

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Suggested Flies for Truckee River:
Sierra Tahoe Hatch Selection


Other Local Favorites:

Clark's Little Yellow Stonefly #12-16
Yellow Madame X #12-14
Stimulator #6-12
Royal Trude #12-14
X-Caddis,Olive #14-18
Elk Hair Caddis #14-18
Brown Comparadun #12
BWO Quigley Cripple #16-18

Gold Ribbed Hares Ear #12-14
Birds Nest #12-14
A.P. Nymph #10-16
Caddis Emerger #14-18
Emergent Sparkle Pupa #14-18
Burk's Hunchback Infrequens #14-16
Zug Bug #12
Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-16
Golden Stone Nymph #6-8
Bead Head Twenty Incher #10-12
Kaufmann's Stone #6-8
Black Rubber Legs #6-8

Directions: The Upper Truckee River can be reached from Hwy 89 out of the town of Meyers, just south of South Lake Tahoe. A road known as Upper Truckee Road will turn right off Hwy 89 about 3 miles south of Meyers and take you to the trailhead where the road intersects with the Upper Truckee River. A trail follows the stream up to it's headwaters' lakes. Another way to reach these waters is to take the Pacific Crest Trail from Hwy 88 at Carson Pass.

The Upper Truckee River is mostly within an urban residential environment as it flows through the cities of Meyers and South Lake Tahoe. Although there are fishing opportunities within this setting, the best flyfishing occurs in the upper reaches of the Upper Truckee. Most of the fish within the Upper Truckee are rainbows in the 7-10 inch class, Brookies are slightly larger up to 12", and Lahonton Cutthroats have been reintroduced to the headwaters portion of the river, also in a 7-10 inch class. Large rainbow spawners make their run up the streams in the lower sections of the Upper Truckee from Lake Tahoe in the Spring.
The Upper Truckee is a freestone stream with small pools and runs. It holds a wide arrangement of insect hatches such as Little Yellow Stoneflies, Caddis, and Mayflies. The Upper Truckee is open from July 1st to September 30th.

Dardanelles, Round, Elbert, and Showers Lakes provide good fishing opportunites at the headwaters of the Upper Truckee with plenty of brook trout. Showers Lake will have some nice Lahontan Cutthroats within it, up to 16 inches.
Meiss Lake at 8300' elevation is a shallow lake that is not available to fish due to regulations established by the Tahoe Basin Management Unit. However, you can fish the meadow section below the lake. A small, shallow creek flows through this meadow to the Upper Truckee River and contains Lahontan Cutthroats, mostly 6-10 inches.

A couple tributary streams off the Upper Truckee are worth noting. Trout Creek is a small meadow stream with Rainbows and Brookies in the 6-9 inch class. You can reach this from Pioneer Trail off Hwy 50. The upper reaches of Trout Creek tend to be overgrown with Alder, your best bet is to fish the narrow meadow section. Saxon Creek is also a small tributary stream with a number of meadows. Brookies and Rainbows in the 6-9 inch class exist here. Access is by way of Pioneer Trail to Oneida Road.

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