Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and Truckee River | early March 2021 | March Truckee River Dozen

Truckee River 

The Truckee River has seen a bump in flows from our last Report. The downtown gauge is sitting at 350 as some water is being released from Tahoe and Boca. We are seeing fish activity pick up as the days get longer and water temperatures begin to creep higher. Nymphing the slow to medium/slow water with indicators or with ESN techniques have all been effective. Fly selection is still small 20-16, except for stonefly patterns 8-4 as skwala stoneflies are prevalent in the river. 

Long term forecasts predict a series of low pressure systems moving through the next couple of weeks. It does look like there will be chances for overcast days here and there for some dry fly fishing. Calmer days have provided the best bite with trout rising from noon to dusk. The Blue Winged Olives are a size #14-#16. The fish have not been too picky about Fly selection, but very picky on presentation. 

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

Pyramid Lake

A chance of wind and rain this weekend with some unsettled weather for the majority of the extended forecast has me excited to fish the lake! After a few warmer days last week water temperatures have risen to 48 degrees. That is up from 45 degrees just a couple weeks ago. That doesn’t seem like much, but to these Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that is enough of an increase in temperature to get the metabolism moving. We’re seeing more numbers with larger fish showing up mid afternoon. 

Both using indicators with midge/balanced leech combos and retrieveing boobies/midnight cowboys has been effective. The fish are more inclined to take a slower retrieve that is as constant as possible. No pauses!  Fish are starting to show signs that they are in preparation for spawning. Fish are traveling into shallow water in greater numbers. We have gotten many double ups in the past couple of weeks. Indicator depth has varied somewhat but most fish are being caught around 7-9 feet off the drop off is deep enough to allow for that depth. If your are fishing a drop off shallower than that then hanging the flies a foot from the bottom has been optimum. 

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 two weeks of March and April is filling up quickly. Call today and book your fishing experience!


The NEW Truckee River Dozen for March 2021 reflects one of the best times of the year for fly fishing the Truckee River. Many of the fish are waking up from the long cold dark days and moving around the river with increased water and temperatures. This is the time that there are almost too many options to pick one approach.

We made it a bit easier with this months selection. In it you will find both suggestive and imitative patterns. Giving you the chance to switch between Baetis, Stoneflies and what we would consider searching patterns Quill Jig, Perdigon, etc. (suggestive).

Here is a gallery of the March selection that can be purchased as a selection or individually

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