Host: Ron Calvert (530) 677‐6575 (home) - (530) 558‐5577 (cell) - Email:
Welcome/Rendezvous Meeting: Tuesday, June 26 @ 9:00am
Where: Parking Lot of United Trails Deli & RV Park/Rowdyville Fly Shop
10068 Hirschdale Road, Truckee, CA 96161 (Hwy 80 Exit 194)
Max. # Attendees: 12
Overview: The Little Truckee River starts from the outflow of Webber Lake and fills two Reservoirs, Stampede and Boca, prior to emptying in the Truckee River. Our destination will be the section best known for flyfishing: the "Wild Trout" area, less than 7 miles along Stampede Meadows/Stampede Dam Road from Stampede Reservoir downstream to Boca Reservoir (5949‐5700' elevation). [As for upper reaches of the river, the upper section between Webber and Hwy 89 is available, but from Highway 89 to Stampede is private water.] The wild trout section is a small textbook blue ribbon stream supporting mainly nymphing with some occasional dry fly action; however, these are educated fish who see fisherman every day. The river is fairly accessible, with multiple turnouts available from the parallel road and mostly level, well‐trodden trails. There are a few small patches of
stinging nettles here and there, but not too many hazards other than that. Regulations are artificial lures only, barbless hooks. Most will be practicing catch and release, although the regulations say 2 fish are allowed under 14 inches.
The tentative plan is to meet at 9am, and fish most of the day in the Wild Trout Area of the Little Truckee. Bring your own lunch to eat alongside the river (if not packing from home, sandwiches/etc. are also available at the United Trails Deli). For those staying late into the day or overnight, we can convene at a local Truckee restaurant of the group's choosing (Jax Homemade Comfort Food, Burger Me, or something else...).
Controlled water releases from Stampede Reservoir usually provide flows of 25‐350 cfs downstream to Boca Reservoir. [Safe wading flows are ≤200 cfs. Flows were in the 500+ range in late May/early June, but by June 10 had dropped to a more ideal range of 100‐150 cfs.] Link for current conditions: USGS Little Truckee Flows
Directions: Travel time is about 3+ hours from Jackson, CA – this makes for a long (but still possible) day trip. Plan to take the Hirschdale Exit (#194). The Rowdyville Fly Shop is just south of Highway 80, while the Little Truckee River is northward from Highway 80.
You can reach Hwy 80 through Folsom/Auburn or take an eastern route via Hwys 88/89 and Lake Tahoe. June is the season for roadwork, and Highway 80 is no exception. Watch out for westbound closures/delays and eastbound lane restrictions. Depending upon circumstances, it may be easier coming/going from Truckee by using an eastern route via Highways 89 or 395. Check for current California road conditions at: California Road Conditions
Immediately local campgrounds (some with water, some without) are available at Boca Reservoir, Boyington Mill (right along the Little Truckee River), and Stampede Reservoir; reservation information is available from the Truckee Ranger District (530) 478‐6257.
Camper/motorhome spots are available at the United Trails Deli & R.V. Resort, 10068 Hirschdale Road, Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 587‐8282. Other semi‐developed campsite options are available at Prosser Creek Reservoir (off Hwy 89 – see Maps for details).
More ritzy accommodations:
The Inn at Truckee ($80‐90/night)
11506 Deerfield Dr, Truckee, CA 96161
866‐539‐0036 or 866‐599‐6674
Boomtown Hotel ($90‐120/night)
(~36 minutes east from Truckee, next to Cabela’s.)
2100 Garson Rd, Verdi, NV 89439
Larkspur Hotel Truckee Tahoe ($159‐269)
11331 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA
Cedar House Sport Hotel (~$220/night)
10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
Truckee Donner Lodge (~$130/night)
(formerly Holiday Inn Express)
10527 Cold Stream Road, Truckee, CA 96161
866‐599‐6674 or 530‐582‐9999
Recent Fishing Reports, Website link(s) and/or more information:
June 6, 2012 Fishing Report for the Little Truckee River from Truckee River Outfitters: The flow in the Little Truckee has decreased from 600cfs on June 1 to 57cfs on June 5. Because of the drastic drop, the fish are a little “shell shocked” but should return to their normal routines in a day or two. Look for big hatches of bugs in the next two weeks as the insects will get in high gear in these low flows. Baetis, Caddis, Little Yellow Stones, some PMDs and midges will be hatching throughout the day. Now that the flows are way down, using a little stealth and a longer, lighter leader will improve your success significantly
Reno Fly Shop
California Fly Shop
Truckee River Outfitters
Local Fly Shops:
Rowdyville Fly Shop
[Hwy 80 Exit 194]
10068 Hirschdale Road, Truckee, CA 96161
(ACE) Mountain Hardware & Sports
[Hwy 80 Exit 185]
11320 Donner Pass Road