Main Truckee River – (between the Little Truckee Confluence and downtown Reno)

Flows have dropped even more from the previous fishing report. Water temps are still holding below 65 degrees. Our guides have been finding fish later into the day and starting at sunrise is not completely necessary. Be attentive to hatches early morning, around 7-8 and in the late afternoon typically starting around 6. Dry/dropper, tightline nymphing and streamers will all produce fish this time of year.


Brown trout spawn in the late fall and will begin to stack up on REDDs. Please leve these fish alone as they are protecting and adding to the fish population for the future. Fish not actively spawning will be very territorial and earge to defend their place in the river. Throwing beg streamers will trigger strikes often this time of year.

Flies:  Pheasant Tail #16 and #18, Biot Epoxy Stone, Copper John black, Carotene, Oops, Bellyache Minnow and the Bead Head Olive Wooly Bugger.

RFS Head Guide, Mike Curtis, putting clients on fish.  Book your trip today.

RFS Head Guide, Mike Curtis, putting clients on fish. Book your trip today.

Lake Davis and Frenchman’s Reservoir

Not too much of a change here, but be aware of stroms moving intot he area that will bring nasty winds and a steep decrease in temperatures. Be prepared for morning hatches, damsel flies and blood midges to make a strong comeback before winter. Fish will be trying to put on pounds so baitfish patterns can be very effective in these last months, but don’t give up on Chironomids under a breakway indicator in the Big Cove area.

Flies: Balanced Leech canadian olive and diablo, SST Leech, Red Eye Damsel, Mini Damsel, Sheep Creek Special, Blood Midge, and the Patient Midge


Check out our events calendar here for details

We have started our Winter Fly Tying Classes.  If you are interested in learning to tie your own flies or sharpen up your skills we will have frequent classes over the course of the coming months.

Chartreuse Boobie

Chartreuse Boobie

For the next month we are going to have our guides show you how to tie their favorite patterns for fishing both Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

Mike Anderson our Pyramid Lake guide will focus on Pyramid flies and beginner techniques to begin filling your box with ammo for the coming season.  Mike will cover all of the basics of fly tying, tool use and material selection.  You will go away with several flies that you will be able to chase the giant trout of Pyramid Lake. These classes start Sept 29 and will continue every other week.

Learn intermediate and advanced fly tying techniques from Reno Fly Shop head guide and instructor, Mike Curtis.  Mike will show you the flies he ties for his clients and himself when he fishing our local waters.  He has years of experience fly fishing, tying and guiding the Truckee River and its tributaries. Mike Curtis’ class starts on Oct 6 and will continue every other week for the next month or so.

Check our events calendar at for details and the exact date.

Limited to 5 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Cost is $40 and includes all material, tools and the use of shop vises if needed.

The class fee will be discounted off the purchase of a premium tying vise from the Reno Fly Shop during the night of the class.

Call 775-323-3474 with any questions.


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