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Ace Hardware Store.11320 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee. (530) 587-4844 Fishing licenses. Great variety of flies and selected fly fishing gear. The place to go in Truckee.
Tahoe Flyfishing Outfitters 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe. (530) 541-8208. The only full service, dedicated flyshop in the Tahoe Truckee area.
CVS Drugs 11411 Deerfield Dr. Truckee. (530) 587-5770. Fishing licenses and a sampling of flies and tying materials.
Cedar House Sports Hotel. 10918 Brockway Rd. Truckee (530) 582- 5655. Classy place, nice bar and restaurant.
Larkspur Hotel Truckee Tahoe (the old Best Western). 11331 Brockway Rd. Truckee (530) 587-4525. Show your class invoice at time of check in for a discount.
Martis Lake. Army Corp of Engineers campground on west side of Martis. 25 sites, water, pit toilets. Very quiet, my favorite. No reservations (530) 587-8113.
Donner State Park. At the east end of Donner Lake. 154 sites, no hookups, hot showers, flush toilets, museum, interpretive center. Reservations: (800) 444-7275.
* indicates reservations accepted. Contact Truckee Ranger District (530) 587-3558 for further details.
Hwy 89 North CorridorUpper Little Truckee Campground* Located 11.5 miles south of Sierraville on Little Truckee River. 6,100 ft. 26 sites, water, vault toilets.
Lower Little Truckee Campground* Located 12 miles south of Sierraville on the Little Truckee River. 15 sites, water, vault toilets.
Sagehen Campground Located 9 miles north of Truckee and 2 miles west of hwy 89. Turn left at Sagehen Summit Turnoff. Free. 10 sites, creek water, vault toilets.
Lakeside Campground Very nice. Located 4 miles north of Truckee on hwy 89 on the NW shore of Prosser Reservoir. 30 sites, water, vault toilets, boat launch.
Prosser Campground Located 4 miles north of Truckee on west shore peninsula of Prosser reservoir. 29 sites, water, vault toilets.
Annie McCloud Campground Located 5 miles NE of Truckee on NE shore of Prosser Reservoir. From hwy 89 turn right on Prosser Dam Rd, continue four and one half miles. Campground is just past the dam on the left . 10 sites, lake water, vault toilet.
Stampede and Boca reservoir Area
Boca Campground Located on the SW shore of Boca Reservoir. 20 sites, lake water, vault toilets, wheelchair access. Open dusty campground but you can keep your boat at your site.
Boca Rest Campground Located on the NE shore of Boca Reservoir two miles north of dam. 25 sites, water, vault toilets, hand-off boat launching. Open dusty campground but you can keep your boat at your site.
Boca Spring Campground Small campground above the reservoir. Turn right on the dirt rd across from Boca Rest Campground. 17 sites, water, vault toilets, horses allowed.
Boyington Mills Campground Located on the Little Truckee River 4 miles north of Boca Dam. 12 sites, river water, vault toilets, no tables.
Logger Campground* Located on the SE shore of Stampede Reservoir, one mile west of the Stampede Dam. 252 sites, water, vault and flush toilets.
Emigrant Group Campground* Located on the SE shore of Stampede Reservoir, one half mile west of the Stampede Dam. Reservation only. Flush toilets, trailor dump station, BBQ's.
Davies Creek Campground Located on a dirt road on the north side of Stampede Reservoir. Free. 7 sites, vault toilet.
Truckee River CorridorGranite Flat Campground Located one and one half miles south of Truckee on hwy 89. 75 tent or RV sites, 16 wheelchair accessible sites, 7 walk-in sites, water, vault toilet.
Goose Meadows Campground Located 4 miles south of Truckee on hwy 89. 25 sites, water, vault toilet.
Silver Creek Campground Located 6 miles south of Truckee on hwy 89. 19 tent or trailor sites, 7 walk-in sites,water, vault toilet.
Natural History and Fishing
Yellowstone Flyfishing.com is run by my great friend and the world's best lake angler, Phil Takatsuno. Phil has compiled a tremendous amount of information regarding the Yellowstone area, but much of what he has to say is very pertinent to California fishing. In particular, his DVD "Yellowstone Hatches" has THE BEST insect information yet compiled. Awesome footage of bugs (almost all of which live in California), their imitations, and how to fish them. Get a copy!!
Mountain Yellow Legged Frogs have been forced to the edge of extinction by wholesale and relentless planting of Sierra lakes with non-native trout. Go to this excellent site to read the FACTS!
USGS Biological Sciences. What's up with the creatures. Lots of facts, fun and interesting stuff about the world around us. Check out the "fish kills" link!
California Dept. of Fish and Game. The state's most intelligent and dedicated troops working under the state's most inept politicians best describes the CA DF&G. Their site contains loads of information and a plethora of great links.
The Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project. An absolutely incredible resource regarding anything and everything of value in the Range of Light. If you can't be there be here.
Troutnut.com. Wonderful site about aquatic insects and other trout foods. Over 3,000 images!
Ed Abbey Homepage. A link to The Man. Try the random Abbey quote generator to find such gems as: "Reason has seldom failed us because it is seldom tried". "Save an elk, kill a cow" and of course, "Nature bats last".
South Yuba River Citizen's League is probably the organization that has done the most with the least. SYRCL got wild and scenic status for the Yuba and in their own way, have done more to protect California's cold water fisheries than other organizations who advertise themsleves as specializing in doing so.
Trout Unlimited. The largest and most powerful trout fisheries organization in the state. Need I say more?
Cal Trout. The name says it all.
California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. These guys never get the credit they deserve for plugging away. Look here to see where they've been and where they're going.
Conditions and Predictions
Sierra Snow Pack Are you sure you want to look for Golden Trout at 12,000 feet on Memorial Day? This site gives real time readings of the snowpack throughout the Sierra.
River Status Kayak or fish? Real-time report of river conditions courtesy of Dreamflows.
CA-NV River Forecast Center Prediction of river flows and peak run off based on snow pack and weather models.
Road Reports Can I get there from here? Clickable map for real-time road conditions.
National Weather Service. River Flows, Tide Tables, and even the Weather. Loads of useful information for anyone getting off their computer and going outside.
Companies We Like
Patagonia. There is no company we like better than Patagonia. Their products are cutting edge and their mission statement is even sharper: "Patagonia exists as a business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crises."
SIMMS. GREAT stuff! Top notch gear that might be expensive out the door, but it lasts and lasts and lasts to the point of being some of the most economical in the industry.
Umpqua Feather Merchants. Where can I buy Cutter's patterns? Who ties all those flies anyway? Tell 'em of your hot new pattern. . . who know's, you might be the next Dave Whitlock.
Galvan Fly Reels You can pay a lot more for a trout reel but you won't find anything better than a Galvan.
Frontier Pack Trains. We have been using Frontier to schlep our gear and friends into the golden trout-rich waters of the Ansel Adams Wilderness since the 70's. The best pack outfitte rin the Sierra.