Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and area Reservoirs | late June 2020 | Tying Kit for the Jigged Assassin

Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and area Reservoirs | late June 2020 | Tying Kit for the Jigged Assassin

Truckee River 

Flows on the Truckee River are hovering around 700 cfs at the Reno gauge. Fishing has been really good throughout the day! Fish are moving into fast water by late morning and are eating well until early afternoon. There is a little lull in fishing mid day with a chance for dry fly fishing in the last few hours of light. Pale Morning/Evening Duns are making their presence known as most of our fish are coming on size 16-14 mayfly nymphs. Yellow Sallies are around as you move into the canyon and upper river but are winding down in Nevada. We should start to see more and more Caddis and we move farther into summer. 

Golden Stoneflies are also starting to become active as are crayfish. Fishing a larger stone fly on the point of your leader will imitate these well, and will also help keep you rig tight and deep in faster water. 

It’s getting to be that time of year again to keep a thermometer on you while fishing. Afternoon water temps will continue to creep up as this warming trend continues. Trout become more stressed as water temps move towards 70F as oxygen content in the water begins to decrease. There is a temp reading on the Sparks gauge for you to monitor from afar. Remember this is lower in the system and might not reflect what is going on upstream. Carry a thermometer and know for yourself. If you do take a local temp reading, snap a picture and email to us or tag us on social media with a time/date stamp.

Euro Nymphing has been very effective in the fast water as has using a dry dropper rig for a subtle nymphing technique with the opportunity for a splashy surface eat. 

Flies we suggest: The Ticket, G6 Caddis, OCD Caddis, Nemec Stone, CDC Red Tag, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Madam X, OCD Caddis, ID Theft, Sculpzilla, Weirs Sculpin

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Local Still Waters

 Our still waters are starting to get warm. Surface temps are getting to 70 degrees mid afternoon pushing fish into deeper water. Early morning and late evening are your best bet to catch trout. Most of the fish will have transitioned to 10-20 feet of water. Midge hatches have been strong as have Callibaetis. Running a long leader with a breakaway indicator or naked style will get you bugs down deep to the trout. Some of our local reservoirs have experienced late evening Hexegenia dry fly hatches. You can begin imitating these massive Mayflies afternoon close to the bottom following their natural hatch with nymph patterns, culminating in emerges and drys in the last bit of light. 

Flies We Suggest: Gilled Nymph, Zugbug, Red Eye Damsel, Parachute Cahill, Yankee Buzzer, Wooly Bugger

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Between guide trips Mike Anderson was able to put together another tying video and kit for you. This is one of his “go-to” searching patterns for the Truckee River. It is a suggestive pattern that does well to represent many mayfly variants and actually does very well on local stillwaters as a callibaetis. These are tying kits are available online and in store.



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