Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid March 2021 | new Pyramid Lake Beetle

Truckee River 

The Truckee River has seen another bump in flows from our last Report. Flows through the downtown gauge are 520 CFS, and the river temperature fluctuates from 40-45 degrees from morning to evening. Fish have been actively eating from 10-dusk with some dry fly action late afternoon to dusk. Sunnier days have been really good for nymphing as the water more warms quickly making the fish eager to feed. 


The fish are in a lot of different water types as the water warms. We’ve been catching them in slow frog water and all the way up into some faster runs. Baetis and midge in a size #16-#20 have been working well, as have size #6-#10 stonefly patterns as the Skwala hatch is in full swing. We have also gotten a few fish on streamers, but it may still be early for that with water temps where they are. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, CDC Red Tag, Zebra Midge, Ready Baetis, Carot, Hot Butt, Pullover BWO, Micro Mayfly, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake

Fishing at the lake has good, but impacted heavily by weather conditions. On stormy days the fish are coming into shallow water in force. The LCT are schooling well and we are seeing the amount of double ups increase. The larger fish are still rolling in from noon to about 4 with a couple of grabs at sunrise and sunset. On the overcast days the fish are being caught on both the retrieve as well as under an indicator. The Dark Lord Booby has been very productive on those days. 


Sunnier days the fish are retreating into deeper water so fishing indicators from 6-12 feet is a good idea. Midges have been key, but we have gotten a few fish on balanced leeches towards the afternoon. Make sure to change your depth constantly as that can make the difference between a slow day and a great day. 

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

We only have a few days available the last week of March and April is filling up quickly. Call today and book your fly fishing experience!


Mopcorn Beetle

Looking to try something new? We introduced the Mopcorn Beetle, a Pyramid Lake Beetle variant that has been getting a lot of attention. Movement, buoyancy and a great color combination. These are available now both online and in store, with limited supply. Get yours while supplies last.

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