View Full Version : Truckee area & first trout on fly rod (pics)

06-18-2009, 03:27 AM
Had a few days to do nothing (fish), and decided to explore the Truckee area. *I've been going here for years but never really took time to learn the river. *I was so used to getting easy limits at the Donner boat launch that I was always content with that. *I can't remember the last time I was skunked from the ramp area at Donner, just casting KM's or soaking worms....oh wait, yes I can remember...it was just last week! *Talked to a number of other anglers at Donner too and they had also been skunked. *Must have something to do with the lack of stocking at the lake. *

So headed to Glenshire in the evening *to practice with the fly rod. *Probably the most amazing thing was that I had the place to myself. *Very nice since my casting skills are laughable and best not done in front of others.

Sun going down on the Glenshire Bridge...

heres the same spot at sunset an hour later...apparently I was just obsessed with taking a photo of my fly rod near the bridge


Nothing for me here. *The water was still pretty cold, and the air temp was in the mid 50's so I had to pack it in for the night. *Next day drove up 89 to Jackson Meadows. *This was motivated soley by the fact that the dry erase board in Ace said "Fishing is great!" under the JM section.
Storm clouds over Jackson meadows...it was on and off thunderstorms the entire few days...

Fished from near the dam with silver *KM's and Thomas Bouyants...caught this bruiser and about 10 of his clones in an hour. *Or I caught the same guy 10 times and he's just not the sharpest fish in the lake. *He and his clones were all C&R'd
Minor crowds at JM, a little windy, not what I'd call balmy weather. *Still, bring bug spray!
Beautiful meadow on the road to JM. *I think that's the Little Truckee


Checked out the Forest Service map for the next day and was thinking of driving up *to Lola Montez....but was not familiar with the road...anyone ever been there? *What's the road like, is 4x4 needed? Instead the next day I headed *down the semi rough road to a lake and stream that a friend had told me about. *The friend also said that if I named the place on here that he would "brain" me. *I think that's an older guy term for beat me, so no name for this one. *But, I don't think it's exactly a secret spot. *Saw a few fish rising here and got two to hit some of my poorly presented flies, but I missed them both, still beautiful country. *



The next day it got a bit warmer... I think up to 70 almost and went to hit the Truckee again for a beautiful morning
Tried about 100 casts with the fly set up with all different kinds of flies. *I kept seeing fish rise in one area, so I tried a few drys through here and was rewarded with my first fish on a fly rod. *I've caught them on fly n bubble spinning rigs before, but attempting to bring him in with the fly rod was a different sensation. *Beautiful good sized bow, fought for a good few minutes before agreeing to come to the net for a quick photo. *Pic is a bit blurry because my hands were still shaking from the exitement. *This guy was revived and released.

Well, that last one made my week. *I went back to the Truckee that evening but it was pretty crowded. *I think the warmer weather got more anglers to come out, but I just wanted to practice casting without irritating everyone else, so packed it in and headed home. Good times on a solo trip.

06-18-2009, 05:29 AM
That fly rod in the bridge pic really makes the photo come to life,other wise it's just another bridge. Good looking fish on the fly rod pic also. I have yet to catch one on my fly rod yet and yes i choose to practise alone also. I'm not very good at it either.


Captain Compassion
06-18-2009, 06:46 AM
Nice to see you out after the trout again Duke. That Truckee bow is a real beauty. Excellent pictures. Thank you.


06-18-2009, 06:50 AM
Nice report, pics and a great first fish on flyrod!http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__fishing.gif

06-18-2009, 07:49 AM
That last one's a beauty.

I might try my hand on the fly rod in the next couple years too.

Way to go.

06-18-2009, 07:59 AM
Thats a great report. I too love to flyfish....when no one can see my poor excuse for a cast....

06-18-2009, 08:31 AM
great pics, Duke...and way to go on that nice trout!

06-18-2009, 11:20 AM
Great photos and story! My recollection is any cast that hits water and not tree branches or stream side shrubs is FANTASTIC! ;)

06-18-2009, 01:04 PM
yak +1....i don't really know what i'm doin fly fishin either, but i don't care what others think...so do it no matter who's there...people will usually offer tips instead of laugh @ you in my experience...great report and pics of the bridge w/rod and beauty of a final fish.


06-18-2009, 02:09 PM
Very nice, Duke. Way to hang in there. That was one fun report to read. Yeah, rainbow on a fly rod. ;) :D

06-18-2009, 03:06 PM
Great report and pics!! Thanks.

First trout on a fly rod is exciting. Congrats.

Now comes catching a trout on a fly that you tie. It adds to the experience.


06-18-2009, 05:04 PM
Great report!
Congrats on the first trout on the fly.
It sounds like you got him on a dry too... Right on, must have been a thrill. Very worthy catch. Those truckee trout haven't been coming easy

06-18-2009, 05:40 PM
Very well done. Nice post and pics. There is definitely something special about taking fish no the fly, be it on the dry, nymphing, or dragging streamers. If you are serious about the fly thing, mark next spring on your calendar and head for Pyramid Lake.

06-18-2009, 10:46 PM
Awesome job and pics, that nice bow has great color and shape, must have jumped on you a couple times!

06-18-2009, 11:40 PM
Duke those are some great shots fish, landscape, rods, nets.....Man there ain't nothin' like it......Jetspray