Fly Fishing Report Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | early October 2018

Flows in the Truckee River are fluctuating from 350 cfs to 250 cfs at the downtown gauge depending on upstream releases and diversions.

CURRENT FLOW AT FARAD GAGE

CURRENT FLOW AT DOWNTOWN RENO GAGE

Not a lot of change on the Truckee river as of late. Fish are moving into faster water to put on the feed bag for winter. Search pocket water and runs moving faster than a walking pace. Fish are being caught all times of day as it is not cold enough to really drop the river temps which have been in the mid 50’s. This is the ideal temperature for trout to feed and they are doing just that. Streamer fishing is definitely increasing in its effectiveness as we get closer to the brown trout spawn. Morning, evening, and stormy days will be best for this method. European Style Nymphing has been super effective with fish in the faster pocket water with its conflicting currents and turbulent water. You can cut through the water well and really put you flies at depth quickly and effectively. Intermittent storms and colder air temperatures will begin to affect water temperature, but it shouldn’t drop enough to affect the fish significantly for quite some time. As I stated above this weather is a great time to get out and throw some big flies for big trout.

Flies That We Suggest: Carat, Spanish Bullet, Perdigon Black, G6 Caddis, Tunghead Stonefly, Masked Marauder, Sculpzilla

RFS Guide Shane Connelly and a satisfied guest on the Truckee River


The opener at Pyramid Lake has finally arrived! Fish are in deeper water due to the 68-70 degree surface temps. This has the fish holding in 20 to 30 feet of water. A float tube or boat is the most effective way to fish for these monster trout right now as fish are only intermittently coming into the shallows to eat. There is bait everywhere and those who find the bait balls catch fish. We are using streamer patterns with a booby flies behind it and moving them quickly as the LCT are really keying in on movement. The north and south sides of the lake both fished well. The key is depth! Make sure to count down your shooting head as it sinks. Fish are holding at specific depths and are not varying from that much. You don’t want to hook a fish without being able to quickly repeat the depth that the fish are at the next cast.

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Flies that we suggest: Jan’s Tui Chub, Weirs Sculpin, Boobie fly (Cat Whisker, Martini Olive, Dragon), Midnight Cowboy, Pyramid Lake Beetle

RFS guide Mike Anderson has openings for guiding Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River in October and November. Call today. Call today to get in on this great Fall fly fishing.


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Another great Truckee River wild rainbow trout caught in downtown Reno

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