Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | early March 2019


Truckee River

The Truckee River remains high jumping from 1,500 to 1,800 cfs at the Reno gage depending on storms and precipitation. This is great for fishing as warmer storms will increase the water temperature and the higher water will increase bug activity by scouring the bottom of the river and its banks. Fishing San Juan Worms and flashier bigger flies can be very productive in high water. Streamer fishing can also be very productive as the change in flows will cause fish to move into slower water consolidating fish into smaller areas and making smaller fish easier targets.

Focusing on seams bet[ween the main flow and the banks is where fish are going to congregate. Dangling a streamer or working a pattern along the banks is key. If you are wading you are more often than not standing on fish. Bend in the river can also be productive as the inside apex of a bend will produce soft protected water that will hold fish. Remember if you find one fish odds are more are in the same area.

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Flies That We Suggest: Squirmy Wormy, San Juan Worm, Wire Worm, Stone fly, Double Bead Stone, Sculpzilla, Weirs Sculpin, Cheech Leech


Pyramid Lake

Pyramid lake has been fishing well on days where the weather is stable. Really stormy days or changing weather has been shutting things down. The key to fishing this recent stormy weather pattern is to pick a good spot and wait the fish out. They will eventually come in to feed and you need to be ready for them when they do. Sunnier days will produce a good midge hatch that fish really key in on. Overcast days a balanced leech is still my most productive fly. Don’t get stuck fishing only one type of fly at one depth. Changing flies and rigs is the key to figuring out these fish that can change on an hourly basis.

When storms come in, fishing mud lines and inlets of creeks into the lake can be the difference between a good day and a great day. LCT will typically run on the outside line of the mud, and will dive into the mud to ambush prey. Some days are better on the retrieve and some days are better under the indicator. Make sure to have both setups and don’t be afraid to change. These storms are keeping the lake sub 45 degrees surface temperatures. We will see the midge bite really kick off when we get consistent temperatures above 45.

Flies we Suggest: Marabou Midge (wine/copper, brown/red, black silver), Balanced Leech (peacock, diablo, olive), Cat Whisker Booby, Dirty Martini Booby, Spanish Olive Booby, Midnight Cowboy, new!! Marabou Midge (chartreuse/black)


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