The Technical Truckee, the Tough Truckee, the Tricky Truckee. Nothing comes easy on the Truckee River.
Trout populations are low, traffic is high, and flow volume is erratic. It’s a rough river system for trout and anglers alike. Water management causes most the Truckee’s tribulations. Meager flows during summer heat make a tough river even tougher by substantially lowering trout populations. Low points have plagued Truckee River in the past few years during dismal flows, but signs of hope have materialized. This past winter (2017) the Sierras, which feed the Truckee’s water supply, received record snowfalls which has vigorously pushed lifeblood into the river again. This year on the Truckee has been a productive one. Fish density is low, and fish are smart, but some hearty, trophy-class fish still roam the Truckee’s waters.
The pride of the Truckee River is its wild trout. Anglers are drawn to the Truckee River for its potential to give up a memorable fish. A couple clients, and I were fortunate to encounter a real Truckee beast on a recent outing. Not only did this fish give us the ride of a lifetime, but it also provided hope for the future. This big male brown trout displays the potential the Truckee River still has. The wild trout of the Truckee River are a fantastic resource to the public, and hopefully we are able to put more effort forth allowing them to thrive, not just survive.
Arlo Townsend is a fly fishing guide in Reno, Nevada. Check him out at @arlosflyfishing or at his website here!