Fly Fishing Report May 25, 2017

Truckee River and tributaries


The winter of 2017 is finally coming to a close and in our opinion it is about time… This has definitely been one for history and with a snowpack that still plentiful the winter is going to keep giving for some time.  

The Truckee River has been over 4K in downtown Reno for some time and the area reservoirs are full or very near capacity.

The fishing has been challenging but those willing to put in the work are reaping the rewards. I find it very exciting to see the changes to the river and tributaries. Areas that we have become very familiar with and have come to almost expect to produce fish have simply been worked over by high runoff and have changed dramatically.  Trust me, there are still plenty of fish and quite a few large ones to be found and they are mostly being found along the edges of the main flow along the banks or in seams where the flow is divided.

Getting your flies down is probably one of the biggest challenges. Split shot is the most common tactic but sometimes simply using a loop knot, like the non-slip mono loop knot, can do the trick. European style nymphing (ESN) has been a very effective approach for the angler stalking the edges.  Often we don’t even need to get our feet wet. We have found soft water along the edges will often be holding fish if not many of them.  Take you time walking up to the edge of the river and make a plan before making that first cast.

If you are looking for motivation and or some wise tactics for approaching the Truckee River during high flows check out the article on our website by Andrew Richter which outlines his approach and tactics that he titled: Spring High Water and Your Best Approach to Big Trout.

Much like Andrew discusses nymphing the soft water along the edges will give you best shot at some of the famous Truckee River Trout. Also as you move higher up in the system fewer tributaries combined to color the water.  It can be clear and streamers can get a feisty Rainbow to net.

We are stocking quite a few new patterns this summer and will have an entire selection of ESN style nymphs and some great new patterns by local tyers. Come check them out.

Flies:  Nemec Stonefly, Rainbow Warrior, the Carotene, Squirmy wormy, Wire worm, CDC Red Tag Jig, Tungsten Duracell and the Dead Drift Crayfish

Pyramid Lake

The bite at Pyramid Lake has been pretty sporadic this time of year.  With some warming temps and influx of freshwater we are seeing an abundance of tui-chub, suckers and Sacramento Perch being caught. This isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon unless you are bent on catching a trout and then at times it can become a bit frustrating.

It can take a bit of effort to find a beach where the trout out number the other type of fish but when you do it can produce a bunch of good sized Cutthroat. With the water remaining below 60 degrees both common tactics are still working, retrieving flies on a sinking line or fishing on a floating line (with or without and indicator).

Low light conditions seem to be the best for LCT and windy chop can help a bunch bring the fish in close.

Mike Anderson has a few spots left before the close (June 30). If you want to get out before the end of the season give us a call soon.

Dead Pool Booby

Flies:  Holographic Midge copper/black/copper and copper/wine/copper, UV Tease wine and black, Boobies all colors and Wooly Buggers black w/ red tail.

Frenchman’s Reservoir and Lake Davis

Things have been really good at our two local area lakes. Water temps have warmed and the side tributaries are still contributing to stimulate the bugs and fish. Fishing damsels and small leech patterns along the weed beds have been a great way to find fish and fishing from a tube/boat with a Chironomids with break away indicators will also produce good numbers.

Damsel Nymphs – Picky Fish Damsel, Marabou Damsel, Red Eye Damsel

Nymph and Midge – Gilled Nymph, Sheep Creek Special, Hale Bopp, Yankee Buzzer and Chironocone black and rootbeer.



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