The Truckee River is flowing around 350cfs through the downtown gauge. Through Sparks (downstream of Reno) water temps are creeping up in the late afternoons, rising above 70F degrees around 1 pm. Fishing of late has been a little slower with consistently warm water. We are getting a few shots a day, so you have to make them count!
Hopper dropper has been effective as well as ESN as the trout are in fast moving water in order to get as much oxygen as they can.
RFS customer Julian Aguilar (@julian_v3) with an early evening rainbow…
Stoneflies are still the most effective pattern as well as smaller nymphs, around a 18-16 is best. Keep your smaller nymphs on the darker side and try some more natural colors with little or no flash. When fishing hopper dropper I like to hang a nymph off of the bend of the hook about 3-4 feet under the dry fly. We have seen some fish take the dry in the early mornings as the nocturnal hatch of the golden stones wraps up just before sun rise.
Awesome capture by @mdwelch_photo of Brian Clarkson(@brian.clarkson_nv) getting some color on the Truckee.
The carp bite has been hot! No need to get up early, the carp are getting active around 9-10am and are feeding until about 3-4pm when the sun gets high and the water gets to its peak heat. We have seen some afternoon action as well, but the lower sun angle can make seeing the fish difficult.
Focus on feeding fish only. Carp fishing is more about the quality of the shot you take rather than the quantity of shots you take. Be patient and wait for the right fish. I focus on getting within 10-25 feet of the feeding carp. Long hero casts, though fun, are rarely successful. The squirmy hybrid, carp worm, and orange carp tickler have all hooked fish recently. Check out our Tips and Tricks article for more on catching carp.
These flies are all available in our Carp Dozen, which comes with a FREE Carp decal.
Presentation is key! Try to vertically drop the fly just in front of the fish. Watch the fish closely as they will usually turn to you fly or glide over it. A twitch, direction change, or tilt downwards are all good indications that the fish has grabbed your fly. Lift your rod vertically and at any sensation of resistance trout set hard and hang on!!
Flies we suggest: Carp Dozen