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WTF

climber
Oct 4, 2018 - 05:52am PT
Scott it slows a bit but can still be good. If you keep an eye on the weather pick a weekend that is stormy. The weather is key those months. This time of year the tui chin bait balls are huge. On clear days they come to the surface and you chase bait balls that are being hammered by fish from below. On cloudy days they go deep and they are hard to find.

Try early December if you can make it or March n April are good as well.

Iíve had good reports from guys in float tubes and boats. Fish are in 50 to 100 feet of water and or on bait balls. Itís been cloudy and raining here this week. Water temps were 65 degrees. Iíve not been out as the Truckee River is just on fire right now and well I prefer moving water.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 6, 2018 - 07:58pm PT
I've been busy getting used to my new digs in the Okanagan Highlands and I needed to get out on a nice sunny autumn day. 61f at the river. The Kettle River, 25 miles on state route 21. Special regs; single barbless hooks, no bait, 14 inch min. keep two. I planned on catch and release.

I left the house with my waders and ultralight at 5 to 3. I never fished this section and found a pullout that wasn't private property right next to a big bend in the river. Highway 21 pretty much follows the river all the way into Canada. I'm less than ten miles from there. Twenty feet down to the river. I can see the fish and they are nice. Second cast and I get a ten-incher. I let him shake off. Seventh cast and a nice hit, keep reeling and wham. One of those nice ones I saw. I get her up and she almost swallowed my spinner. Shite. This one won't survive. Well it's a keeper and I'm hungry; so be it. I quit fishing and went home and by 4:30 I was cooking that fish. I hadn't had trout that ffreshh in years.

Not a bad day, eh? That's why I live here.
WTF

climber
Oct 10, 2018 - 05:51am PT
The mighty Truckee River is on fire right now. The bows are in full on gorging mode. Hereís a few from the other night.
Get bent
Get bent
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Itís great having a river run through your town and 10 minutes from the front door. Hope we have another big winter to keep the bugs going and the fish happy. Itís been a great year here.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 10, 2018 - 08:06am PT
Nice fish, WTF! I have a good friend that just took a job and moved to Truckee so I need to make a trip up there. I've never fished that river since I only go to Tahoe in the winter.

14 inch min
This always bugs me, should be 14 inch max. There have been several studies showing that taking bigger fish reduces fish size and abundance when compared to taking smaller fish. Some land managers are changing regs but there are still too many places that encourage taking the big momma trout that can lay exponentially more eggs than their smaller cousins.

Smaller rainbows taste better too, in my opinion. Not criticizing you, wayno, you did the right thing to follow the rules, just criticizing a dumb rule. It's right up there with all of those places in Europe that don't allow catch and release.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 10, 2018 - 09:25am PT
Alright team, I need your advice.

Next week I am taking three days (Fri am alpine start, home Sunday night) with some old buddies of mine into the backcountry (our 23rd year in a row) and we are looking for big fish.

I don't know much about backpacking as a means to go fishing.....but we definitely aren't looking for a death march. Willing to grind a bit but we are looking for the a three day late fall mountain trout trip headed out of the Eastside of the Sierras, somewhere between Golden Trout wilderness to the South and Bridgeport to the North.

So, give us the beta, where are we gonna catch big mountain trout in a nice setting this time of year!

Ready....go.
WTF

climber
Oct 11, 2018 - 06:08am PT
Limpingcrab come up and Iíll give you a tour Iím in truckee a lot these days.

Micro you know who to call? Calling Stimbo to the forum there I did that for you. Have a great trip. Wish I had the desire to hike to fish. The truckee was on fire yesterday. Well on fire after it warmed up a bit. It has been some really fun days the last few weeks.

Hump day sample plate.
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Brown town.
Brown town.
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Credit: WTF
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Oct 11, 2018 - 06:36am PT
The Truckee is my "home stream" and though I'm not around much of the year that is gonna change soon. These images of October fishing just make me so homesick...but, thanks for sharing!

Timid, you seeing this?
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:48am PT
Nice bows and brown WTF!!!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 12, 2018 - 11:07pm PT
micronut, try West Lake. Large Browns and Rainbows with some cutts too. Up the Green Creek drainage near Bridgeport. One day in. Some of my best days fishing in the Sierra.
WTF

climber
Oct 13, 2018 - 05:46am PT
Micro thanks man itís been a great fall here on the mighty Truckee River. I havenít even been out to pyramid yet due to the quality of fishing weíre having on the river.

Delhi when you get back the fish will be happy to greet you. Itís been an amazing last couple of years and letís hope we get some snow this year and the flows can stay steady next summer. Best bug year this year in a long time.

Well hope you are all out getting some fall fishing in this weekend.

I finally got the tying bench set up in a permanent local. Should be able to crank out a lot of bugs this winter.
Credit: WTF
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Oct 13, 2018 - 11:55am PT
Well Keesee and I got to the Roaring River! For about 2 hours. Damn but it is hard going! But it is one of the most beautiful rivers and had lots of fish of good size and we saw some big ones in there. Fished Sugerloaf Creek too and had a blast but nothing of any real size in it. We have a different plan if we go in there again. Start at the Roaring River ranger station and then work downstream. We fished just above the confluence of the Roaring and Sugerloaf Creek but the terrain is so rugged it takes forever to get anywhere.

The hiking was pretty bad. It snowed the second half of our hike in on Saturday afternoon so that is just kind of a blur of trying to make time. Then it started raining hard just before we made camp. Next morning was spent drying us and our gear out then hiked into a perfect campsite at the confluence of Sugerloaf and Ferguson Creek. Hiked out in one day - 10+ miles with 2,200 feet of elevation change. Got to the car just before dark. Took a couple days to recover from that slog!

A real adventure but sadly not enough of a fishing trip to be worth that amount of effort. Guy has some photos that maybe he will post next week.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Oct 14, 2018 - 04:40pm PT
Hey Ruppell..... from the West Branch of the Ausable this morning. Thanks for the beta. Fun place!

Ausable River, NY
Ausable River, NY
Credit: Stimbo
WTF

climber
Oct 15, 2018 - 08:23pm PT
Nice Stimbo hope youíre having fun. I bet it is beautiful there right now.
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