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Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and area Reservoirs | early/mid May 2022

It’s been an unpredictable Spring here in Reno Tahoe. We’ve had a mix of weather and conditions over the last few weeks but are excited for the warmer weather this weekend. Currently there are a number of local waters in good shape and a bit of exploration can pay dividends. A number of our local reservoirs have fished well given the cold temperatures the last few weeks. Flows on the Truckee have also diminished due to the slowing of spring runoff. Have a great weekend and we hope to see you on the water. 

Truckee River

The Truckee River has come down in flow in the last few days. We had a cold storm blow through town this past week and really cooled everything off. As a result, runoff slowed and river flows dropped to under 800cfs. Clarity has improved considerably following the drop in flow throughout the Nevada side. Water temperature also decreased here in town which shifted the types of water fish were found in. 

With forecasts predicting a warming trend this upcoming weekend, we expect to see bug life improve down here on the Nevada side. With warmer temperatures and increased bug activity, fish will be eating heavily. A mix of bug types will get the job done. Caddis such as the OCD Caddis and the Ticket are great choices on those warmer days. Additionally, nymphs such as a bead head Birds Nest does a great job representing the Yellow Sally Stonefly which we are eagerly awaiting as our next seasonal hatch. 

European Style Nymphing (ESN) is the preferred method of anglers this time of year on the Truckee River and other local waters. As the water continues to warm, trout will move into faster water such as riffles and pocket water. This fishing method presents flies well in areas where a  short, deep drift is needed. We are starting to use many of the big anchor flies that often account for big Truckee Trout. Bugs like the TJ Hooker and the Mini Crayfish Jig will be good choices from here on out. While we are transitioning into warmer summerlike conditions it is best to select “suggestive” patterns more than “imitative” patterns. The shop favorite Firestarter nymph is back in stock here at the shop and has caught a good number of fish this Spring. 

It’s not too long until bugs start hatching in good numbers down here on the Nevada side. Warmer evenings in mid-late May call for opportunities at rising trout. This time of year, I always carry a few dry flies. High floating Elk Hair Caddis and Yellow Sallies can fish well in the last half hour of sunlight. Look for slicks and flat spots near the bank with a good amount of cover. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded operations at Marble Bluff Dam on the Truckee River  this season and recorded a total of 798 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to the facility. 

Flies we Suggest: Firestarter #14, OCD Caddis #14, the Ticket #14, TJ Hooker #8, Masked Marauder #8, Mini Crayfish Jig #6, Elk Hair Caddis, Snowshoe Yellow Sallie, Heisenberg Cowboy

Pyramid Lake

With most anglers gone for the season, Pyramid Lake is quiet most days. Many other waters are fishing well, so anglers are drawn elsewhere this time of year. However if you make it out this time of year can still provide some great chances. Pyramid Lake fishes well in deeper water best accessed from a boat or float tube. For the remainder of May, water in the 15-30 feet depth range seems to produce best. Heavy flies are needed at deeper depths, so think big and heavy. Jigged Streamers or simple marabou/bucktail jigs work great. We most often fish these on the same shooting head lines used for stripping from the beach throughout the season. We like the Scientific Anglers Sonar Surf for this tactic. We have jig heads available up to a 1/8oz here at the shop. If tying your own jigs- colors such as white, chartreuse, or gray produce good results. 

Slip-indicator rigs also work well this time of the year. Fishing out of a boat, float tube, or kayak gets you into water in the ideal 15-30 foot range. Balanced leeches in colors such as Peacock or White work best on this rig. Ideally, the bottom fly will suspend within a few feet of the bottom of the lake. Swing by the shop and we can gear you up for the late season bite at Pyramid Lake.

Flies we Suggest: Jan’s Tui Chub Olive #2, Jan’s Perch Fry #2, Sculpzilla White #4, Sculpzilla Olive #4, Balanced Leech Peacock #8, Balanced Leech White #8

Other Local Waters to Note

Stampede Reservoir

Stampede Reservoir offers good fly fishing for smallmouth bass. Many of the rocky areas along the East side of the reservoir have produced quite large smallmouth bass this Spring. Typically you can find some solitude up here and the fishing provides a new challenge. Slow retrieves or indicator presentations are working well. I prefer an indicator rig with either a balanced fly or jigged fly underneath. Anything resembling a baitfish or crawdad can get a grab. Pick a section to fish and methodically work the structures, covering distance along the bank. 

East Walker River

The East Walker has been fishing well the last few weeks. With flows fluctuating between 40cfs and 70cfs, many sections of river are accessible currently that may not be at a higher flow. Following the California opener, the California side of the East Walker is open for fishing. This opens up a good chunk of water. If fishing the Nevada side, the water will likely be a bit more turbid so try fishing brighter flies, mylar prince, and squirmy worms. Streamer fishing can be a lot of fun this time of year with bright flies. Try Jan’s Tui Chub as an attractor streamer.

Stop by the shop to get set up and have a great weekend!

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On-the-Water Report | Truckee River | early May 2022 | Fly Tying Class May 12

Flies we suggest: TJ Hooker, Fire Starter, Duracell, CDC Red Tag, Copper John, Parachute Adam #14, OCD Caddis, BH Birds Nest, BH Squirmy Worm, Belly Ache Minnow, Heisenberg (Rainbow)

Fly Tying Class with Matt Cullen | May 12 | 6:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced | Articulated Streamer

This is an in-person only class | You can register by calling the shop, stopping by or

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Learn to tie this articulated streamer with Matt Cullen | May 12

Learn to tie an articulated streamer pattern with RFS Instructor Matt Cullen. This is a hybrid pattern Matt has come up with using great qualities from very popular streamers patterns. A little bit Circus Peanut and a little bit Swim Coach.

Matt will share his approach and methods of tying this super effective streamer for the Truckee River. Class topics will include material selection, preparation and tying through the finished fly. You will have the chance to tie along with Matt the whole time and will go away with your own fly.

Cost is $50 and includes all materials and the use of shop vises/tools (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.

Due to the time required to tie and some advanced techniques this class is best suited for intermediate/advanced tyers that know their way around a vise. Limited to 6 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Stop by the shop or call 775-323-3474 with any questions.

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Five Tips for Fish Handling

Fish handling is a critical element of catch and release angling. While trout are hardy and robust, the act of being hooked, fought, landed and released can cause significant stress and the possibility of harm. We have prepared a list of five tips for fish handling in an effort to share what we have found to be some best handling practices. The following tips follow a loose sequence in the process of landing and releasing a fish.

Editor’s Note: The following tips are suggestions on how to catch and release fish with minimized impact. Admittedly we are not experts. We share this content in the hope it is informational and slightly educational. We did draw on some very experienced biologists in preparation of this article. To make it best we could. Also, you will see pictures in support of the copy. The photos that we chose are good examples of the tips we share. It will be very easy to point out pictures that we have shared in the past that don’t have these same qualities. We recognized and own these situations. We hope to be better and do better everyday we go out. Have fun and let’s respect the resources we all enjoy so much!

Carry a Net and Use it

When practicing catch and release, a landing net is important to protect the fish during this critical stage. Not all nets are created equal. A net with either a rubber basket or a rubber-coated mesh is ideal for protecting the outer slime coat on a fish. In protecting the slime coat, fish can be released back into their environment with a reduced risk of infection. According to Travis Hawks, Senior Biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, “coated nets are preferable for catch and release, especially when increased stress occurs from summer water temperatures”.  Additionally, Travis shares that the outer slime coating (glycoprotein) is excreted more rapidly when a fish endures stress. If this slime coat is removed, the fish stands an increased risk for infection. Overall, a net with proper bag material means more fish will survive catch and release angling. The nets we offer in the shop all have rubber or coated nylon bags for the expressed purpose of reducing stress on our landed fish. 

Keep the Fish Submerged as Much as Possible

After the fish has been landed, you can allow the fish to recover in the net by keeping its gills submerged in water. By keeping the trout in clean, moving water, they can recover more quickly. 

During the warm summer months, there is less dissolved oxygen in the river due to increased water temperature. This can make it more difficult for the trout to recover and it might need more time to be able to swim away strongly. These practices become more crucial in the summer when fish are at an increased stress level even before being hooked.

Wet Your Hands & Use the Right Tools

After landing a fish, proper handling is critical. By wetting your hands prior to touching the fish, you reduce your risk of removing the slime coat. This is not any more involved than dipping your hand in the water of which the fish just came from. 

Bonus Pro Tip: If you are on a boat or even a ladder and the water isn’t “right there”. It is easy to wet your hand by simply touching the bottom of the net bag the fish is in to dampen your hand before reaching in and touching the fish.

Travis suggested not using tailing gloves when handling fish. He believes these can penetrate and/or remove the slime coat on a fish, increasing risk of infection. 

Beyond wetting hands, proper tools for catch and release also improve trout survival. Single barbless hooks are a great way to limit your impact. You can either crimp down a barb on a barbed hook or use hooks manufactured without a barb. Travis shared that “single barbless hooks will cause the least physical harm”. 

The right hook removal tool can also quicken the act of hook removal. There can be a lot of options available. Pliers, hemostats, mitten clamps, and even “catch-’em” tools are great options. Small blunt points are helpful when removing hooks from smaller trout. 

Bonus Pro Tip: Purpose built tools for fly fishing can serve multiple functions. Flat tipped (non-serrated) tools for mashing hook barbs, rubberized grips for firm contact in your hand, scissors for trimming leader/tippet and lockable grips to attach to tags and clothing when not in use.

Photographing Your Catch

While protecting the fish is important to catch and release angling, taking a photo of a trophy or  unique fish is something to be cherished. By taking and sharing photographs of fish, we highlight the wonderful resource and passively advocate for its health and protection. Taking photographs of fish in the water is the least impactful way to document your catch. Often it is possible to photograph fish fully submerged and end up with a unique image.

If removing the fish from the water for a photograph, there are a few things to keep in mind. Travis offered this advice: “when handling a fish, keep the fish in its natural position…cradle it, don’t squeeze it”. Mr. Hawks also noted that it is important not to turn or twist the Caudal Peduncle (for non-biologists this is the wrist, or thin area, just in front of the tail). Unnatural positioning can cause structural damage to the fish.

There are critical organs on the underside of the fish just behind its head. It is best to use one hand to cradle the fish loosely near its pectoral fins with fingers extending along the bottom up towards its head/gills. 

When ready to lift a fish for a picture, use one hand to cradle the fish near its pectoral fins with support underneath towards its head and your other hand to circle the wrist (just in front of the tail). One securely holding the fish. Have the photographer ready before lifting the fish.

Hold the gills above water for no more than 10 seconds and then return the fish to the water. It is best to lift and return the fish to the safety of the net. This will allow you to determine when the fish is revived and ready to release.

Revive and Release

The final step to successful catch and release is reviving and releasing the fish back to its habitat. If the previous tips were followed, the fish should be ready to swim back and resume its normal activities of eating bugs and growing big. While many anglers attempt to release the fish into fast water where more dissolved oxygen is found, Travis suggested releasing the fish into  water with a moderate velocity and depth available close by. This allows the fish to acclimate and get back into its rhythm. Travis also noted that “if a fish is released into heavy current or riffle structure, the fish must work harder [to hold its position]”. 

By utilizing these fish handling tips,  we can limit our own impact and reduce post-catch mortality.

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Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River, Pyramid Lake and other waters | late April 2022

Fishing conditions have changed in the last week following a significant spring storm. The Truckee has fished well here on the Nevada side but the California side has shown signs of life later into the afternoon as water temperatures increase. While the Truckee is our main venue this time of year, Pyramid Lake continues to produce and other waters at higher elevation have begun to fish better with nicer weather. Swing by the shop and we can get you ready for the weekend! 

This week’s report has been prepared by Aden Breckner, @beadsnworms

Truckee River

Following the spring storm this past week, the Truckee boasted some great fishing throughout multiple sections. We saw warmer days following the storm which resulted in increased feeding activity. Here in Reno, flows have hovered between 800-950cfs. While flows are higher than they’ve been in the past few months, the spring flows we are experiencing now are still very fishable and yielding impressive results. If flow appears too high or clarity is diminished where you are, try working upstream until you are above tributaries.

The majority of the fishing we are doing is subsurface with indicator rigs or the European Style Nymphing (ESN) method. In the past week I’ve preferred the ESN setup as it allows me to fish typical nymphs along with jigged streamers. As the water clarity and flow changes, switching back and forth between the nymph and streamer rig has worked well. 

The California side of the Truckee also fished well this past week. On a recent trip, we found fish on the ESN rig working through pocket water and faster riffles in the afternoon. It was a welcomed surprise to find fish hanging out in water more typical of summer trout fishing. The key to success upstream has been timing. As water temperatures rise throughout the day, trout become more willing to move for food.  Moderate temperatures are forecasted for the coming week and should help to regulate spring runoff. Now is a great time to be on the river. It is important to note that these spring flows demand extra caution when wading the river. This often restructures my plan throughout the day knowing that some sections may not be safe to wade. A side effect of the higher flows is the pushing of trout to edges of the channel. In many situations, wading may not be necessary as the fish are within feet of the bank. 

Flies we Suggest: French Nymph #14, Fire Starter #16, TJ Hooker #8, Perdigon Black #14, Carot #12, Jawbreaker White #1/0, Jawbreaker Orange #1/0, Heisenberg Cowboy

Click the button below to view our Spring High Water and Your Best Approach to Big Trout article by Andrew Richter

Click here to view our Five Tips for Success During High Water article by Aden Breckner

Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake has seen a reboot in fishing success this week. The post spawn bite has started and will conclude the big push of the annual spring spawn. Big LCT are hungry after not feeding the last few weeks and are eager to chase flies. Streamer fishing has been most productive at a growing number of beaches. Using flies like Jan’s Tui Chub or bigger articulated streamers like the Cheech Leech have been catching large fish from North to South. The indicator bite has made a noticeable switch in the last week and the Balanced Leech has begun to produce good numbers rather than midges and chironomids through early April. Most productive balanced leech colors have been white or peacock to represent a baitfish. As the fish spread out, fishing some of the more popular beaches will be less of a deciding factor when headed out to the lake. There are fewer and fewer people as we progress later into the season, so this is a great time to hit the lake if you’re looking for solitude. As we approach summer, the float tube fishing can be very productive and is the most underrated time of year to fish Pyramid Lake. Swing by the shop and we can give you up-to-date conditions for your float tube and some tips & tricks

Flies we Suggest: Cheech Leech, Balanced Leech Peacock #8, Balanced Leech White #8, Jan’s Tui Chub Olive #2, Jan’s Perch Fry #2, Micro Cat Whisker Booby, Deadpool Booby

Other Local Waters to Note

Shop staff have spent the past week fishing a number of local waters within an hour’s reach of Reno. Recently reservoirs in the Truckee River watershed have begun to fish well. Reservoirs such as Prosser Creek Reservoir and Martis Creek Reservoir have shown signs of life following the spring storm. 

3 Stillwater Tactics during Spring runoff

Prosser Creek Reservoir has become host to a great smallmouth bass fishery the last few years. Tactics such as the popular Float-N-Fly rig are producing bass as a result of the cold water temperatures. If we see a few warm days, try stripping baitfish patterns or crayfish flies to these hungry bass.

Martis Creek Reservoir provides stellar fishing for rainbow and brown trout. In the spring, a variety of tactics will work but the blood midge hatch will begin here soon. Until then, flies such as the balanced leech and bugger patterns give you a fighting chance. Martis is a fishery worth exploring this time of year. 

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Summer League 2022 Registration Open | Competition May 7-June 11

Excited to announce registration has opened for our 2022 Summer Fly Fishing League!

This will be our 7th edition of the league and it continues to grow with new and returning anglers. The most consistent feedback we get from competitors is how surprised they are with the amount of fun and community that the they experience. Not to mention having the chance to improve your skills and meet new anglers each and every week!

Competition starts May 7th and runs for 6 consecutive Saturdays until June 11th. We anticipate some periods of high water during this season. We will run the comp unless it is deemed unsafe and or compromising to the angler.

Summer League will meet Saturday mornings at the Reno Fly Shop at 8:00 am. Angler pairings will be selected at random each week, the pairings will then be assigned randomized beats by drawing. We found this approach makes each week a new and exciting experience.

If you are unfamiliar with the League. We assemble up to 20 anglers on Saturday mornings. Randomly draw pairings then randomly assign beats to those pairings. From there the anglers will find their beats determine who goes first and second. Each angler will have 1 hour to catch as many trout as they can and record the length of each fish over 8 inches. Total number of inches caught will go to that anglers weekly total. While one angler is fishing the second angler is there to assist in measuring fish and record length of fish caught. 15 minutes is allowed between heats to allow the second angler the chance to get rigged and ready. Following the two 1 hour heats the pairing returns to the Reno Fly Shop to record results.

The Summer league will have 10 beats with available spots for 20 anglers. Pre-registration fee is $50, which will give you priority access to all 6 Saturdays. If you can’t commit to all of the days, no sweat, drop-ins are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis and are charged $12/day if you get in. There will be a prize purse for the season’s final podium.

Please call or stop by the shop to pre-register for this season.

Rules are unchanged from previous seasons. Please review these for how things work and what to expect. We will review these each week for new and returning anglers.

Here are some photos from previous seasons.

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake, Truckee River and regional stillwaters | mid April 2022

The seasons are changing and conditions are in flux. A wide range of weather conditions are forecast for next week. As a result, a change in tactics will be required day to day to fish most effectively. A wide variety of water is fishable now and will continue throughout the spring. We encourage you to find new water to fish and explore.

This week’s report has been prepared for you by Aden Breckner @beadsnworms

Truckee River

The Truckee River seems to have fished differently on a hourly basis. Spring runoff is occurring and will alter flows here in Reno throughout the day. The USGS gauge in Reno shows a daily swing between 700-900cfs. Nymphing will be best in the morning as a result of lower flows and improved water clarity. Typical for spring, a mix of bugs have been on the menu and trout have been taking most well presented nymphs. A double nymph rig consisting of a large nymph (Conehead Stonefly, TJ Hooker) and a small nymph (Firestarter, black Perdigon) will best represent the bugs in the river. Stoneflies in a range of colors and sizes have worked well as an anchor fly, while smaller mayfly nymphs with flash have accounted for the most takes. New to the shop for spring 2022, the Firestarter nymph has produced well along the length of the Truckee River. This flashy Perdigon-style fly gets down has become one of our go-to nymphs on the Truckee and beyond. 

The Firestarter

When flows increase later in the day, streamer fishing has become more effective in the last week or so. With higher flows, Brown Trout can often be found confined to structure along the bank. Targeting water directly upstream with a streamer when wading has been a lot of fun and provides a different approach than in lower water conditions. When fishing this method, a large fly with a weighted head (Sculpzilla, Heisenberg) allows for a jig-style retrieve to be used.

We look forward to the coming summer season and the great fishing on the Truckee.

Flies we Suggest: Firestarter #14, TJ Hooker #8, Perdigon black #14, Carot #12, Jawbreaker White #1/0, Sculpzilla natural #2, Heisenberg #2

They’re here!!!

Pyramid Lake

As typical for mid-April, Pyramid Lake has slowed significantly as a result of the trout’s spring spawn. While more difficult this time of year, large trout can still be found throughout the day. Crowds have thinned significantly and large sections of shoreline are now empty. This is a fun time to be at the lake since you can watch large pods of cutthroat cruise through the shallows in search of tributaries. Fishing will be best in times of low light.

The stoke is real

From here on out to the end of the season, stripping flies (Booby fly, Pyramid Lake Beetle, micro Pyramid Lake Beetle) on a sink line will be best. Very soon, a post spawn bite will commence and streamer fishing will continue to improve. Most likely the post spawn bite will pick up around the last week of April. While most anglers have left for the season, the late season at Pyramid Lake remains a shop favorite.

Flies We Suggest: Micro Midge albino wino #12, Micro Midge 49’er #12, Balanced Leech White #8, Jan’s Tui Chub Olive #2, Jan’s Perch Fry #2, Pyramid Lake Bugger northern lights #2

Other Local Waters of Note

Davis Lake

Davis Lake has experienced great spring fishing in the last few weeks following ice-off. Techniques used here are not dissimilar from fishing Pyramid Lake. Lake levels are lower than in previous years, but ledges and drop offs are still accessible in most bays. Fishing balanced leeches and chironomids in water 4-10’ has been most productive later in the morning after the water has had time to warm. Davis hosts a surprising population of Largemouth bass and offers a unique opportunity different from other local waters. 

Flies We Suggest: Micro Holo Midge, Mini Jigged Leech, Balanced Leech, Micro Booby Fly

East Walker

The East Walker has fished well through a variety of spring weather conditions and flows. The Nevada side offers expansive areas of public access to good small stream fishing. This time of year, the East Walker offers dry, nymph, and streamer fishing all in the same day. 

Stop by the shop for more information on day trips to water beyond the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake. The springtime is one of the most exciting seasons as a number of local waters hit stride with higher flows and cold water. 

Flies We Suggest: BH Squirmy Worm, Hot Spot, Quill Jig, Belly Ache Minnow, Psycho May

We just received a fresh batch of hats. The Reno Fly Shop Active Hat is available in multiple colors. Available online and in store.

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On-the-Water Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | late March 2022

Pyramid Lake flies we suggest: Micro Midge, Micro Booby Fly, Micro Beetle, Holographic Midge, Balanced Leech, Jan’s Perch, Mini Jigged Leech, Pyramid Lake Bugger

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | late March 2022 | Pyramid Lake Micro Flies

Warmer weather is creeping into our area this next week before returning to average temperatures and possibly some smaller storm systems next week. This change is weather has started some of the lower elevation snow pack too begin melting and daily peaks on the Truckee have bumped over 600 cfs at the time this report was written. Spring runoff won’t truly begin until we have overnight lows in the Tahoe/Truckee area consistently above freezing. Next week’s cool down will slow down the melt and hopefully prolong runoff as long as possible.

Truckee River 

Skwala stoneflies have made themselves seen this week. This is a little later than usual but we’re happy to see them as are the trout. Larger flies like this are easier for trout to detect in dirty water, making the inflow of runoff a happy coincidence. Otherwise, nymphing has still been best, dirty water can be good for streamer fishing and fishing a worm or egg fly can be succesful as they are bright and easy to see. 

Rainbow trout have begun their spawn. Please be aware of reds near tailouts of pools and the side of long glides. Earlier this week we observed some rainbows staging and starting some of the “house cleaning” but the redds were not yet occupied. It won’t be long so keep you eyes ready for them and please give them some space to do their thing.

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: TJ Hooker, Masked Marauder, Tunghead Stone, Squirmy Wormy, Carot, Perdigon (red and black), Fire Starter, CDC Red Tag, Assassin, Heisenberg, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake 

The cutthroat are getting shallow and are bringing a lot of their pre-spawn behavior. The fish are still biting when there is some wind and weather. Both the retrieve and indicator fishing has been working with indicator taking a slight advantage when there is little to no weather. With that being said, a lot of our indicator bites are shallower than 6 feet and no further than 20 feet from shore. I’m seeing a lot of anglers simply over casting these cruising fish while indicator fishing. 

For the retrieve bite, fly selection has not seemed to matter much. If the fish are in close they are usually in such great numbers that one of them will eat your fly competively. The LCT have been very hot and aggressive making even the “small” trout a lot of fun to catch. 

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Holographic Midge (49’er and albino wino), Boobiy Fly (Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker,Dark lord, Pyramid Lake Beetle, Pyramid Lake Buggers (Northern Lights, Martini Olive), Pyramid Lake Fly Selection

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We have been experimenting with smaller and smaller flies the last couple of seasons at Pyramid Lake. This trend is not unique to us and we are hearing more and more anglers use flies that, at times, defy logic when thinking of catching a huge LCT trout. While seemingly crazy there is simply no denying that these micro flies work. How small would you go?

To make this trend more available to anglers at the lake. And to test their effectiveness with a larger group of people we have made up an offering of micro flies. We have a very limited supply of our most popular Pyramid Lake patterns and colors tied in a micro size. We hope you get to try these and can give us your feedback on their effectiveness.

The following are examples of some of the sizes we have been working with.

These are currently only available in-store. We will have them up online soon and will let you all know when available while supplies last. We have a limited supply of these patterns so get yours while you can.

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On-the-Water Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid March 2022

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Pat’s Rubber Leg, Mini Jigged Leech Olive and Black, Perdigon, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Fire Starter, Jigged Pheasant Tail, Carot, NEW Fire Starter, Hot Butt, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Holographic Midge, Pyramid Lake Buggers, Boobies (Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Diablo), Pyramid Lake Beetle, Jans Tui-Chub, Balanced Leech, Pyramid Lake Fly Selection


The Fire Starter is a great perdigon style jigged nymph. Effective in slightly off color water and when searching for fish. This fly is very popular in the competition scene. Represents nothing and everything at the same time!

NEW The Fire Starter
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Happy Hour with Travis Hawks | Q&A – State of the Truckee River | March 17 @ 6:00pm

Many of you that have followed us over the past several years know that we have recorded a podcast with Travis Hawks from the NV Department of Wildlife that we have called the State of the Truckee. We had quite a streak going of putting out these podcasts but in 2021 NDOW decided not to conduct the annual electroshocking due to water conditions.

To make up for the lack of an audio recording Travis has agreed to come into the shop and be available for a Q&A from the audience. Travis will be available for all topics on the Truckee, Carson, Walker and Nevada fisheries. This is a relaxed social setting with Travis fielding moderated questions from the audience and ones that have been submitted in the comments below and on our social media accounts. We hope to see you Thursday night!

We have opened up comments below! If you can’t make the Happy Hour please provide a question here. We will summarize the event and Travis’ responses in a follow up post. Thanks!

HAPPY HOUR With Travis Hawks from the Nevada Department of Wildlife

When: Thursday March 17th 2022 at 6:00

Where: Reno Fly Shop (238 S. Arlington Avenue, Reno)


Travis will be coming in to to present on the State of the Truckee River and answering questions about the river from the audience.

This will be a super low key and social event. Much like other Happy Hour events we have hosted this will get going right after we close the shop and Travis will start about 6:30. This is a BYOB event.

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