Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and area Stillwaters | late May 2021 | ESN Clinic June 5 Registration Open

Truckee River 

The Truckee River is flowing at 550-600 CFS through the downtown gauge. Temperatures look perfect as we start the day around 53 degrees and the river is topping out at 61 degrees. The river is full of cutthroat trout that have been stocked over the past few weeks. The wild trout will usually move into more secluded waters as the high influx of trout compete for food. Though for some of our larger fish the cutthroat are food. 

Fishing has been good at times and tough at times. The fish have a lot of room to wander with flows above 450 Cfs. Fishing a lot of water is key. We are most consistently finding fish in faster water. Insect life has really begun to pop with some late afternoon dry fly action occurring on Caddis and small mayflies. Streamers are starting to heat up specially as we get above 60 degrees as this will trigger the crayfish and bait fish to become more active. ESN has still been the preferred technique with the fish in faster water (Check out info on our upcoming ESN Clinic below). Nymphs have ranged from 16-12. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, CDC Red Tag, G6 Caddis, Perdigon, Carot, Hot Butt, Snowshoe Yellow Sally, Masked Marauder Stonefly, Truckee River Dozen


Local Still Waters

Our local reservoirs have been fishing well following the recent storms moving out and things beginning to warm up a bit. Look for this to continue to improve as we get back up to seasonal temps this week. The Carpenter Ant hatch was stifled with the cold shock, but hopefully will ramp back up soon. On warmer days most of the fish are in shallow water no deeper than 10′ for most of the day, with a dip into deeper water during high sun times of the day. Indicator and naked style nymphing with midges, damsel nymphs, and smaller Caddis/mayfly patterns has worked. Buggers and balanced leech should also be on the menu. 

Retrieving damselflies, woolly buggers, and other small streamers around drop offs, weed lines, and structure have also worked well. Look for some dry fly action early and late in the day and during cloudy periods. 

Stillwater  Flies We Suggest: Balanced Leech, Thin Mint Bugger, Yankee Buzzer, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Flying Ant, Red Eye Damsel, Callibaetis (Gilled) nymph


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