Fishing Report September 16, 2016 | Class Schedule

Truckee River Brown Trout 2016

Main Truckee River – (between Little Truckee confluence and downtown Reno)

We have reached the point in the water year when the flows will bounce around as water is turned off and on from different upstream reservoirs and as the irrigation season comes to an end. Flows in Reno have dropped nearly 25% and are around 200 CFS. This will have a short term impact for the fish, but as flows normalize the fish are quick to adapt and will be back on a bite soon.  The weather is helping out a lot with overnight lows in Truckee in the low 30s.  This will keep temps down and create great conditions for insect hatches.

We have continued to see an abundance of stonefly shucks on the rocks. October caddis should be coming soon to a tributary near you! This is a nocturnal insect so be prepared with dry flies in the early mornings and nymphs at dusk and nighttime.


Early through mid-morning seems the best time to find fish feeding on dry (adult) flies. Parachute Adams have been a favorite of our guides lately. In various sizes (#16-#24) you can represent various aquatic insects and find a feeding trout with this popular pattern.

Changing leaves, college football and casting streamers on the Truckee River go hand-in-hand. This is the time of year to get out and cast the big stuff to fish looking to put on weight going into winter. If Streamers haven’t been part of your tactics think about booking one of our guides for a half day to get shown the ropes and where they like to target Fall trout on the Truckee River.  Call the shop to check availability.

Flies: Pheasant Tail #18 and #16, Biot Epoxy Stone, Copper Johns # 18 and 16, October caddis, Bellyache Minnow, Bead Head Olive Wooly Bugger, Carotene and the Parachute Adams

Brandt visiting Brown Town
Brandt visiting Brown Town

Lake Davis (report from our friend Jon Baiocchi from Baiocchi Troutfitters)

The Lake is starting to cool down slowly and the surface water temperatures have dropped down to 62 degrees in the morning reaching 66 in the afternoon. The days are getting shorter, and water temperatures will continue to drop. This morning at the lake the low was 31 degrees. Aquatic insects are hatching again, with blood midge and Callibaetis on the menu. Current capacity of Lake Davis is at 57%, and looks like we will be able to launch our boats at the Honker Cove boat ramp until the lake ices over. It won’t be long until the Fall bite starts. Contact Jon now to book your trip for this special stillwater for fall, just a note, they book quickly.

Flies: Balanced Leech Canadian Olive and Diablo, Wiggle Tail, Red Eye Damsel, Mini Damsel, Sheep Creek Special, CDC Comparadun, SST Leech, Blood Midge, Patient Midge and the Red Eye Midge.


Marlette and Hobart Reservoirs

As with Frenchmans and Davis this fishery has been fishing well with the cooler temperatures. Lows above 9000 feet have dipped below freezing on several nights making the water cool and ripe for some great fishing. The colder temperatures will have no doubt shut off the terrestrials, but fish will still be looking for these food sources for a while (especially on windy days). As always small streamer patterns and chironomids will work well. Feeling adventurous? Try the washline technique highlighted in podcast episode 21 with Phil Rowley. This technique should work wonders on these still waters.

Flies: CDC Comparadun Callibaetis, Parachute Adams, Parachute Ant, Chirono-Cone, Yankee Buzzer, Royal Humpy, Foam Beetle with red butt and a Booby

Fly Tying Class Schedule

Introduction/Beginner Fly Tying – Sept 29, Oct 13 and Oct 27

Learn to tie Pyramid Lake flies with Pyramid Lake guide and RFS Instructor Mike Anderson. 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.

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. Class size is limited to 5 students.  Please sign up soon to reserve your spot. Call 775-323-3474 with any questions.

Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy

Intermediate/Advanced Fly Tying- Oct 6, Oct 20 and Nov 3

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.

This class will have a different highlighted fly each class but will always focus on tool use, techniqes and material selection.

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.

This class is best suited for tyers that have experience using basic tools and tying basic trout patterns. Limited to 5 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Call 775-323-3474 with any questions.


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