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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-01-2018, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Spey rods on the Truckee?

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I'm heading to the Truckee river over Thanksgiving week and have been reading a lot about techniques for swinging streamers there. Most recommendations are for using a sink tip to get the fly down quick. I was planning on just bringing my 5wt for dries and maybe a little nymphing but now I'm thinking I might bring my spey (Meiser 12'6" 6-8wt Highlander) as well for a dedicated streamer set up. Does anyone up there use a spey rod?

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I've only fished there once up near Truckee but it seemed like a switch rod would work pretty good, at least where I was fishing it wasn't a very wide river.
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I think I'll mostly be fishing a couple miles east of the town of Truckee since that's where we will be staying.
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That river is a bit bony for a spey rod in the fall. There hasn't been much rain. If you go below the Boca Reservoir you might find some spots where a spey would work, but, in general, that's a very big rod for the Truckee.
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Good point. Thanks.
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The Meiser would be overkill for sure, but if you have a single hand spey option in the 7wt range that could be a sweet way to fish it.
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Haven't fished there in a few years, but did a lot below Boca. A 11' 3-6 wt switch rod would probably be a lot of fun. There are large boulders and different current speeds that the extra rod length would help out some. Have a great time.
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I am no Truckee expert but, I do fish it often. I too will be up there for Thanksgiving. If you see a white Ford F150 FX4 4 door, with a camper shell, say hi. IMO, a spey rod is too much anywhere between town and the state line. I haven't been into NV so I can't speak to that side. I plan on having my 11'6" 6wt with me for swinging/stripping streamers on a sink tip. I'll also have a 9'6" SH 6wt set up to nymph and in the evenings I'll set up my 5wt SH for dries. As a previous poster stated, we haven't had any rain yet this year so I have to imagine that it is getting bony. And really, most places on this river a SH will serve your needs fine. But, there are definitely spots for the two hander! I would concentrate my efforts from Glenshire and down. Beware of San Francisco Fly Clubs private waters. It is posted and just below Glenshire and stretches I think, to the second spot where the freeway crosses the river. It is a great river but she doesn't give up her bounty very easily! All the best and enjoy!
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Thanks for the input. It's been a few years since I have fished the Truckee. The last time I was there I remember it was pretty big but that was in the spring.
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Great place to swing is the exit at Farhad (sp?).

Park and walk up a couple 100 yds then fish back to the car. 4-5wt switch rd with T8 5/5 mow tip and a sculpin might get a grab or two.
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