Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | late February 2022

Feb 24, 2022 | FISHING REPORT, Pyramid Lake, Reno Fly Shop, Truckee River

Finally the dry spell has broken. This has been a welcomed sight for sore eyes as we wondered if winter was over in February. Storms and colder temperatures may make river fishing difficult, but for Pyramid Lake the conditions could not be better. We’re fortunate to live in an area where waking up to 4 inches of snow and overcast skies doesn’t put a damper on the day. It just makes the choice of where to fish easier. 

We really enjoyed bringing back our happy hours, and had a great turn out. Look to the events calendar at to learn more of these upcoming events. 

Truckee River 

The cold temperatures and snow have made getting to the river difficult. Ice has formed on the river and a few inches of snow remain on the banks that are protected from the sun. It will take a few days of warmer weather and temperatures to get the fish back into a feeding mood, but it won’t be too long. 

Before the storms fishing was good on the Truckee. As is always true for this time of year, quality over quantity is the goal and plenty of quality fish have been caught. Nymphing has been the primary way that we have been catching trout on the Truckee River, but with some unsettled weather in the forecast, look for some noses poking up on overcast days. Fly selection has not changed much from the last report. This is a great time of year to fish slower water and to be focused on presentation.

It’s the best drifts that will get the best fish

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Baetis Cripple, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake 

Fishing at Pyramid Lake has been amazing. Still not a huge number of fish, but the quality fish have been really good. We are finding these fish looking for easy meals in somewhat shallower water. Most of the indicator bites have been in less than 9 feet with the most right around 6 feet. Bright midges have been working best. Balanced leeches are starting to transition out of the food chain for the cutthroat, but I wouldn’t leave them at home just yet. Let us know if you are experiencing the same

Our most consistent results have come from using indicators on deeper beaches when the weather is calmer and retrieving flies when the wind and weather is a bit more unsettled. Midnight Cowboy buggers and Popcorn Beetles have been very productive on those windier days.

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Pyramid Lake Buggers, Boobies (Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Diablo), Pyramid Lake Beetle, Bellyache Minnow, Jans Tui-Chub, Balanced Leech, Holographic Midge, Pyramid Lake Fly Selection

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