Water temps are up on the Truckee River


Everyone who lives near the Truckee River knows water is down and temps are up.  So what?

Well, the word is out that the ol’ watermaster will be dropping flows on the Truckee River real soon.  The wildlife of the Truckee are a hardy bunch, but flows below 100 CFS as expected will be devastating for the trout.

We’re asking that all you who fish the river would join us in a voluntary “Hoot Owl Closure”.  For the months of July and August, get off the river before noon strikes, and avoid fishing in the afternoons and evenings.  The collective effort of even 100 of us banding together to protect the  treasure we have in our backyard can make a huge difference.  Watch this video for more information.


A Proposed Hoot Owl Closure on the Truckee River from Catch, Snap, & Release on Vimeo.


Will you join us? 
Tell the world you’ll support the trout of the Truckee River by simply commenting here, and we’ll shoot you a free TRK bumper sticker and put you in the monthly drawing for a free hat.

  30 comments for “Water temps are up on the Truckee River

  1. July 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Well played! This is a very responsible response to the water issues we’re facing on the entire eastern Sierra side.

  2. Matt Wilcks
    July 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Rusty Fraser
    July 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I personally retire my fly rods until late September, early October. I frequent the entire eastern sierra throughout long valley . All the fisheries are below normal flows, even the high country. I’m spending my summer stocking the fly boxes. Support the fisheries!

  4. July 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Very Good, I get the word out,

  5. July 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    These procedures just seem so simple and sensible! Nice job getting the word out to the locals, who are connected via FB and the web. I wonder how these ideas spread to all of the people who visit Truckee in the summer? Word of mouth is good start I think. Your work is appreciated!

  6. July 29, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Again, Very well done guy’s! The video is awesome, explains the situation very well and should remind responsible trout anglers to apply this ethic to ALL the waters that they fish!

    Congrats to taking a responsible stance and your outreach efforts! Let us know if we can be of any help.

    The Angler’s Edge
    Gardnerville, NV

  7. b hynk
    July 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

    What ever it takes to maintain a healthy trout population on the magnificent TRUCKEE river. Callme a “HOOT OWL”!

  8. Greg Robinson
    July 29, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Thank you for helping protect this valuable resource.

  9. July 29, 2014 at 4:02 am

    An outstanding video and a very important message. Myself and the rest of the WTLGT crew support this 100%. We’ll work hard to spread the word but if there is anything else we can do to help just please let us know.

    Dave Duffy

  10. Danny Rotter
    July 29, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Hoot Owl Closure it is. Very informative video.

  11. John Linn
    July 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Thanks to you all for for getting the hoot owl closure going.

  12. Cary Westbrook
    July 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    The little tribs everywhere along hwy 4 are in dire drought conditions. hopefully some trout will survive to replenish the creeks at some point when they do receive some water? It was very sad to see.

  13. July 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for making this enlightening video for such a positive and ethical direction of finding a solution to protecting fish throughout the draught and beyond. I’m more than happy to support the Truckee trout and this cause and spread the word wherever I’m able. Great work folks!

  14. July 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Bravo on a great video. For you all and so many riverbums like myself this fishery is our lifeblood for many months of the year. Let’s respect her and rest our precious fish.

  15. Steve
    July 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Well done on the video and putting out the word. Personally I’m taking the opportunity to try flyfishing for carp. It’s a whole new game for me, different but challenging.

  16. Erika Scyphers
    July 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I love our river! Everything in it & around deserves our respect & a little help is only a fraction of what we can give so the more people that know, the better.

  17. Brian Clarkson
    July 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Great video. Thank you for spreading the word.

  18. William T
    July 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    This gem and many other cold water fisheries out here in the West have a bit of a problem as of late.We have less water,more people using it,and hotter temperatures.When these things combine,it can have deadly consequences for trout.Thanks for this video always important to educate others on high water temperatures.

  19. Travis Milligan
    July 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the info

  20. Ryan Mahannah
    July 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I owe most of my success and what I’ve learned on the Truckee to a few guys on this and other sites. Thanks to Doug and Donald. I will participate in the “hoot owl”. If that’s what it takes to help preserve the resource that provides so much new enjoyment and comraderie, I’m all in and will spread the word. If the position was open, I’d be the Hoot Owl Enforcer!

  21. July 30, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I’m in. Great work, the site looks good.

  22. Dallas Relaford
    July 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Sounds good! Count me in

  23. mike
    July 31, 2014 at 1:12 am

    When water temps get too high, the river ought to be closed to fishing. Fish need to be protected if we want wild fish to survive low flows and high temps.

  24. Matt Kohler
    August 2, 2014 at 12:27 am

    The conservation mentality of fly fishermen is one of my favorite things about the sport and its culture. I support the Voluntary Hoot Owl Closure initiative.

  25. Dean
    August 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

    On my way up next week. Will leave the flyrods at home. Golf sounds better. Unfortunately, fish and fairways need water we don’t have.

    Nice job on the video and message. Thanks Lost Coast for pushing the message.

  26. Gary Hipple
    August 3, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Lets keep our river going for many years to come.

  27. Yancy Doos
    August 3, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Just one small step to protect what we love! I’m in!

  28. August 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Great video. I represent the City of Reno and also Loralei the Mayfly, as a Hydrologist and Children’s Author (The Secret Life of Streams). City runoff can cause warmer temps in streams and rivers, but residents can help this issue by reducing turf and their sprinkler runoff and installing rain gardens (yes it rains here), like at the McKinley Arts & Cultural Center. Water gets infiltrated, cleansed naturally, and seeps back into the river, rather than gutter flows warming up and feeding the Truckee with runoff from concrete. Cooler rivers mean more mayflies and stoneflies too… happy fish!

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