Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and area lakes | late July 2019

Truckee River 

Through the downtown gauge, the Truckee River has been holding steady around 450 CFS.  This is perfect flows in my opinion. Wading is easier, and the river really starts to show off its details as the water level settles into the deeper channels of the channel. Pocket water, and shallow riffled water will hold feeding fish, as fish who are resting will seek out slower seams. Fishing has been good in the mornings with a mid day lull that then gives way to a burst of activity right at sunset. 

Hopper/dropper has become a fun way to pick off fish in shallower water, and slower glides. European style nymphing really hits its stride this time of year as the faster water plays to it’s strength of getting flies to depth quickly.

We at the Reno Fly Shop want to encourage anglers to bring a thermometer with them on summer fishing trips or to check the USGS Truckee River gauge near Sparks to stay informed on water temps. Above 68 degrees can be harmful to trout, and the river has topped out at 69 degrees already this year. Please fish in the early morning hours or change your approach during the heat of the day and target heartier species like bass and carp. 

Flies that we suggest: Perdigon Black, Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, CDC Red Tag, Hot Cheek, Mylar Prince, Tunghead Stonefly, Masked Marauder, Sculpzilla, Para Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator


Area Stillwaters

Warmer temperatures are a great opportunity to get into some of our area great higher elevation still water fly fishing. Some of these great fisheries take a little extra effort to get into, but the pay off can be well worth it!

Terrestrials and other aquatic bugs hatch in the relatively short time available and make up a large portion of a high altitude trout’s diet. This makes these beautiful spots dry fly heaven. I’ll typically pair a foam ant, beetle, or grasshopper pattern with a Callibaetis nymph suspended below and focus on weed lines, drop offs, and wind lines. 

Twitching and retrieving small wooly buggers, and other damsel imitations can really get the fish biting as well if they are not liking a more static presentation on a full floating or intermediate hover line. 

Flies that we suggest: Red Eye Damsel, Wooly Bugger (black and olive) Para-Adams, Zebra Midge, Yankee Buzzer, Gilled Nymph, Zug Bug, Stillwater Stimi, Flying Ant, Chernobyl Hopper, Para Madam X

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