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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Truckee River Update 4/13/2017

The Truckee River continues to run with big flows, and those flows have increased in the past couple of days. Lake Tahoe is now releasing 1,210 cubes, Glenshire is now at 2,310, and down in the canyon it’s even bigger at around 4k. Weak storm systems have been passing through with intermittent breaks. We’ll see another break into this weekend, with another storm coming in Sunday night. Snow totals from last night on the crest came in at 10”. Even more impressive, there is a slightly larger storm forested for later next week. The faucet may turn off at the end of April with the typical high ridge of pressure that dominates through late spring, summer, and early fall. 

Well, the record of 1982/83 has been broken! 89.7 inches have fallen so far this season, and our snowpack is at 207% of normal for the northern Sierra. Keep in mind there is more precipitation to come, and the bulk of the runoff has yet to commence. This summer into fall is going to be unbelievable for all waters of the Sierra. Will there be the "Dog Days" of summer this year? Hard to say, but at this time it is hard to imagine. 

Fishing continues to be productive nymphing the slower deeper side water, and the quality of fish being caught is impressive to say the least. With the increase in flows, an angler will have to work a little harder to find the right water. The color of the water has been amazing, a dark steelhead green, with decent clarity, which could change from the fresh new layer of melting snow. Same flies, same tactics apply as in my previous reports. I have some open dates on my guide calendar, here is your chance to learn about fishing high water instead of sitting on the couch. Call me 530.228.0487 or email at baiocchi' 

Get out there and enjoy the great outdoors, it’s awesome, and it’s free.

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