The Truckee River is flowing around 370cfs 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. Temps above 70F can be stressful on trout when they are hooked and fought. We suggest giving them a break in mid afternoon in areas of the river that are above 70.
Don’t give up on getting outside, there are other areas to explore during these hours, upstream of Reno, tailwater tributaries, high elevation lakes. Not to mention some great warm water targets.
We highly encourage fishing in the mornings during this warm period, both for success and the health of the fish.
To support this, the morning bite has been good. We’re not seeing a lot of bugs present throughout the day so cover water quickly and search for actively feeding fish. Faster water has still proved best for targeting trout, but fish a lot of water types to get a good understanding of what the fish are doing that particular day. As you wrap up a morning session or on your way to an evening bite watch out for Hoppers coming off of the trail on your approach. Riverside meadows and adjacent floodplains should be drying out. This should begin to produce ideal conditions for grass hoppers. Trout will be looking for these to flop into the water out of overhanging bushes and on windy days. Be prepared with a few in your fly box, Panty Dropper Hopper and the Spring Creek Hopper are great patterns to have ready.
On the main stem of the Truckee River, stoneflies are king right now. Especially for the larger fish. Crayfish should be molting by now with the warmer water temperatures so fishing a lighter colored stonefly pattern like the Terminator stone can be a game changer. Combine a size 14-16 Caddis or mayfly nymph with your stonefly.
Warm Water Alternative: A great place to fish during the warmer afternoons is a local water that holds carp. Warmer water, high sun and lower wind can create ideal conditions to sight fish for these game fish.
Starting August 1st, 2020 the Reno Fly Shop will be presenting – Season of the Carp, a month long special feature dedicated to carp fishing.
Keep an eye out for exclusive podcast episodes, a Carp Dozen, a raffle, tying kits, and MORE!
Local Still Waters
This is a perfect time to look for remote high altitude lakes! Higher altitudes will be cooler for both you and the fish leading to longer and better days on the water. High mountain lakes are usually pretty sterile as far as consistent bug life is concerned so fish are willing to take most offerings on and below the surface.
Para Madame X, Black Mamba Ant, Parachute Adams and smaller midges are all great flies for these lakes.
Check out our newly released Mini Jig Leech online or in the shop. These are great flies for a variety of stillwater fish food. Under a hopper, an indicator or crept along a weed bed using a finger roll will put you into fish.
Trout will move into deep cooler water and will rest mid day with the high sun and temperatures. Dries early and late and suspending midges and mayfly nymphs under indicators or with the naked technique once the surface action slows down.
As the summer progresses, some feeder creeks dry up and the surrounding ponded water and meadows should begin to dry out. This will concentrate insect activity in the water and near the waters edge. Thus providing better access for trout to feed regularly. Also, the less standing water “should” reduce the amount of mosquitos and biting bugs.
Get out there and have fun!!!