Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and Truckee River | late February 2021

Truckee River 

The Truckee River has been fishing well! We are really seeing fish activity pick up as the days get longer and water temperatures begin to rise between winter storms. Nymphing the slow to medium/slow water with indicators or with ESN techniques have all been effective. Fly selection is still small #16-#20, but we are catching fish on many different patterns in that size range. 

Finally, passing storms have given us some overcast skies. This is the prime time of year to fish dry flies out east. Blue winged olives and midges are on the menu. Parachute Adams in a size #16 & #18 have worked well as have the Baetis Cripple and Griffiths Gnat. Fish have not been to picky with fly selection, focus more on perfecting your presentation and use patience to really let those fish settle in and rise consistently before casting to them. 

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


Pyramid Lake

The midges are back in town! It is that time of year when the midges bite picks up and the indicator bite really gets into its stride. Darker midges have been best, my go to is a black body copper wire midges with a little hot spot around the collar. Depth is critical when it comes to midges fishing  I will change my depth throughout the day several times before I change my fly. Most of the fish are around 6-9 feet. 

Don’t give up on the retrieve bite though as the LCT are on their pre-spawn and traveling into the shallower beaches where the strip bite can be good. Booby Fly in chartreuse and the Dark Lord variety are working well, as are  woolly buggers and midnight cowboys.

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

Fishing is great right now and should only get better as we head out of winter and into spring. March is booking fast, call and book a guide trip today!

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