Little Truckee River Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Little Truckee River California
The Little Truckee River is both a freestone stream
fishery and a tailwater fishery. The best fishing takes
place in the designated "wild trout" section in the
tailwater of Stampede Reservoir. This section lies
between Boca Reservoir and Stampede Reservoir.

The Little Truckee River starts from Webber Lake and
Perazzo Creek and flows into Stampede Reservoir. Its
upper freestone section is only available to the public
west of highway #89. The other part is on private
property. It begins as a riffle and pool type pocket water
stream flowing through a canyon and then flows open
meadows. Perazzo Creek enters the meadow section
above highway #89. Large brown trout and Kokanee
salmon migrate out of Stampede Reservoir into the river
during the Fall spawning season. The river also has
some nice rainbows. The trout are wild unless you
consider the migrating stockers that come out of the lake.

The tailwater section below Stampede Reservoir above
Boyington Mill Campground consist mostly of grassy
meadows with lots of undercut banks. Below the
campground the river flows through a canyon and
consist of pocket water. In the Fall larger brown trout
move into the river from Boca Reservoir along with
Kokanee salmon. Fly fishing Little Truckee River can
vary greatly depending on the releases of these dams.
There are several very good mayfly, caddisfly and
stonefly hatches that takes place.

Sagehen Creek, a tributary of Stampede Reservoir, is
also a good fishery. It's a spring creek that runs through
a valley. It has a population of browns, brooks and
rainbows.  Catch and Release, barbless hooks only
regulations apply from highway # 89 to the gauging
station. It flows through both a forested area and a
meadow near the lake. There's a campground located
on the creek.

Perazzo Creek, another tributary, is a freestone stream
with pocket water consisting of pools and runs between
them. Near the Little Truckee River is changes into a
meadow stream. The trout consist mostly of browns and
brook trout.

Independence Creek is another tributary of the Little
Truckee River that consist of a tailwater that flows from
Independence Lake. It is mostly pocket water with
rainbows and brown trout.

The general season is from the last Saturday in April
through November 15.
Springtime can be good in the tailwater if the discharges
are reasonable. The freestone section is subject to
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing Little Truckee
Fly fishing the Little Truckee River during the early Fall
can be productive due to spawning brown trout and
Kokanee salmon.
The tailwater section below Stampede Reservoir
downstream to Boca Reservoir is open for fishing under
special regulations.
Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwater

Rainbow Trout {Wild and Stocked)
Brown Trout (Wild and Stocked)
Kokanee Salmon


Middle Sierras

Nearest Towns

Last Sat. of April through Nov. 15.
Tailwater section below Stampede
Reservoir downstream to Boca
Reservoir open during winter

Special Regulations:
"Wild Trout" designated area

Mostly easy but some areas require

Non-Resident License
State of California

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Little Truckee River California
Little Truckee River Fishing Report:
11/20/13 Customer ordering more BWO
nymphs (20) and Cream Midge larva and
pupa reported catching some nice trout below
12/15/13 Customer ordering more flies for the
tailwater section reporting good fishing each
time the flows are low. He has caught several
nice brown trout on the Perfect Fly Brown
Fishing Report Updated 10/12/19
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01/31/14 Little Truckee River above
stampede #89 north is closed for the season.
03/23/14 Everything is closed except the
Little Truckee between Stampede and Boca.
It includes Prosser Creek below Prosser.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
04/17/14 The Little Truckee River will open
for fishing on the 26th of April. It is open now
from Stampede and Boco. We are expecting
little runoff due to the low snowpack.
04/06/14 Excellent fishing has been
taking place in the tailwater when the
discharges have been low. Fish are being
taken on our
Blue-winged Olive nymphs.
05/19/14 Two customers reporting the
fishing is great. Wind has been a slight
problem but the flows are good and trout
are taking Black
Carpenter Ant imitations.
06/24/14 Two customers ordering more
PMDs reported low water conditions but
great fishing. They are catching plenty of
trout but warned you must stay hidden from
the trout.
07/27/14 Like everywhere else in California,
the Little Truckee is suffering from the lack
of rain but all things considered, it is fishing
well. Good presentations is most importatnt.
10/18/14 The drought situation has
prevented us from reporting on the Little
Truckee River as often as we probably
should but this deserves attention. Two nice
browns over 18 inches were caught by our
customer last week. The water is still low and
slow. He was using our
Brown Sculpin.
12/04/14 Tailwater section has produced
some trout but the water is still sadly low. It
has been a tough year due to the drought.
12/15/14 More rain/snow has fell in the
watershed but not near enough. The snow
pack is the key and hopefully, it will increase
12/22/14 No reports from last week but much
better conditions. The rain has helped and
the snow will help.
01/13/15 A very good report from the tailwater
section. Customer was using our Cream
Midge larva and pupa fished in tandem.
01/26/15 Two more good reports from
customers. They are catching some nice size
trout using midges and our Brown Sculpin
02/06/15 The Little Truckee has been giving
up some trout this past week. Midges and our
Brown Sculpin streamer has produced well.
03/05/15 The best fishing conditions so far
this year. Excellent weather and good stream
levels means good fishing opportunity.
04/15/15 No reports from anyone fishing.
Poor water quality and levels.
05/12/15 A good option to the main Truckee
River. Decent water levels and a few hatches
are taking place. One good report this past
05/30/15 Flows are at 90 cfs. Pale Morning
Duns are starting to hatch. Lots of Carpenter
ants around the banks.
07/10/15 Low flows and warm water. You can
fish below Stampede where the water is a little
09/09/15 Flows are some better and we expect
it to get even better within the next month, so
stay in touch.
09/19/15 The flows are down to about 9 cfs
with little water in the lake, so it isn't doing
very good at all.
01/14/16 We will resume posting a report now
that it has some water. The flows are still very
low at 25 cfs but there has been some snow
and more is falling. The conditions should
improve greatly before long.
01/21/16 More snow is falling and will end
Saturday. Stream levels are the same as above.
01/28/16 Stream levels are very low. Flow is at
0.32 cfs and the level is at 0.24 feet. It is raining
now with a winter storm warning in effect the
next two days and then lots of snow.  
02/04/16 Same story, second verse. Very low
water levels. There's no rain or snow in the
forecast for the next week.
02/18/16 Fishing continues to be pretty
good. Getting there has been a problem at
time with bad road conditions. Check on that.
02/25/16 The flows are down to 38 cfs but that
is still okay for the Little Truckee. The water is
warmer and fish are being caught in good
numbers by the few anglers fishing.
03/03/16 There's a winter storm warning for this
weekend, with heavy rain now until then. This
will shut down the fishing but help the river.
03/17/16 The flows are much better with a
good snow pack in the high elevations to
insure good summertime fishing. It is warmer
and conditions looking up.
03/24/16 Flows are back low and you will have
to stay well hidden to fool the trout. March
Browns and Skwala stoneflies should start soon.
04/07/16 The little Truckee is still very low, at
.38 cfs and 0.27 feet. Rain, rain come again.
Skwala stoneflies are starting to hatch.
04/14/16 No changes in stream levels and
clear weather for the next week. It isn't looking
good my friends.
04/21/16 Flows at 0.58 cfs at 0.30 feet. What
else can we say.
04/28/16 Stream levels are in a little better
shape. No reports fo trout being caught.
05/12/16 The little Truckee is in good shape
and one customer did well this past week.
Stream levels are up and trout are being
caught. Give us a call or email and we will help
you with a fly selection.
06/02/16 The stream levels are in good shape
with lots of insects hatching including PMDs,
little Yellow stones, Golden stones, BWOs,
Spotted Sedges, Green Sedges (caddis) and
06/16/16 We continue to get good reports
from our customers fishing the LT. Much of
the action is coming on top with dries. Good
conditions continue to exist.
06/23/16 The flows are about 130 cfs, which
is very good. PMDs, lots of caddis, little
Yellow stoneflies, Speckled wing quills and
other insects are hatching.
07/07/16 The stream levels are still good and
customers are sending in some good reports.
Lots of hatching insects.
07/21/16 We are still getting some good reports
from customers. Lots of hatches are taking
place. PMDs, Caddis, little Yellow stones.
07/28/16 Tricos have begin to hatch. The
stream levels are still good.
08/04/16 Stream levels are down some but
still okay. PMDs, caddis and Tricos work as
well as ants, beetles and hoppers.
08/11/16 Low flows (45 cfs) exist. Stay low and
hidden. Longer, lighter leaders and tippets.
Fish early and late in the day.
09/15/16 High flows are making it tough to fish
the Little Truckee right now. Watch the levels
and fish when they drop some.
10/20/16 Stream levels continue to be very
low, flowing at 27 cfs. More rain in needed.
10/27/16 Stream levels are still very low but
we expect that to change soon. Keep an eye
on the levels.
11/10/16 Stream levels were up last week but
back low again. Blue-winged olives and
midges are hatching.
11/24/16 The season is closed except from
Stampede to Boca. Stream levels are low.
01/11/16 Just a note to say that we will be
glad to help anyone wanting to plan a trip for
this coming season. Shoot us a email at:
03/09/17 The discharges and stream levels
remain high but hopefully, conditions will
improve soon.
04/27/17 The discharges and stream levels
are still very high, too high to safe or fish
very successfully. Keep in touch.
06/01/17 Same situation -  high water levels.
It should be great when it does fall out.
07/27/17 Sorry for lack of reports. We just
got tired of high water reports. Flows below
Stampede 108 cfs at 1.18 ft. Good
conditions. PMDs, spotted and green sedge
caddis, little Yellow stoneflies and more.
12/09/17 Trout are being caught in the
tailwater section on Cream and Red or blood
midges. Fish the larva and pupa rigged in
12/23/17 Excellent winter conditions exist.
Midges and Winter stoneflies are hatching.
Fish water with little to no current.
12/30/17 The river is still in good shape.
Fish between the lakes. Winter stoneflies
and blood midges are the insects to imitate.
01/31/18 The section between the lakes is
turning out some nice trout. Cream and
Blood midges and Winter stonefly nymphs.
04/11/18 Sorry for the missed reports. We
will resume them this coming week.
05/06/18 Stream levels are fine and the
water clear. Hatches of BWO's, Spotted
sedges, and Midges are taking place.
06/10/18 The river is still flowing a little
high. Wading is tough and not safe in
many areas but okay in others provided
caution is used. There are some excellent
hatches taking place.
07/22/18 Good stream levels- just a little
above normal. Lots of hatches still taking
place. Shoot us an email for a fly list.
12/20/18 Sorry for the missed reports. Lots
of trout are being caught. Good hatches of
midges and little BWOs. Sculpin streamers
are working good.
06/26/19 We hope to resume reports on the
Little Truckee. The stream levels are down
above and below the reservoir. There are
good hatches taking place. We have one
good report from a customer three days ago.
09/06/19 The stream levels are still good,
running just a little below normal. There are
good hatches taking place and we are
getting some good reports from customers.
09/16/19 Flows are just a little above
normal but the river in good shape. We are
getting good reports.