Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and Local Stillwaters | Mid July 2020

Truckee River 

The Truckee River is bouncing around 500 cfs at the downtown gauge. Water temps are near or above 70 high in the afternoons through Sparks and east of Reno. 70 F is typically the water temperature when we try to give the fish a rest. Through the heat of the summer it will be best to fish upstream of the shop and in the morning hours. Also it is helpful to carry a stream thermometer to monitor the water temperatures yourself.

Dry fly fishing has been somewhat inconsistent, except in the very late afternoon. Early through mid morning has been the most consistent with nymphs and ESN rigs. 

Hopper/Dropper has been an exciting way to fish recently with a few fish grabbing the hopper. If you are interested in finding out how to set up a Hopper/Dropper rig please swing by the shop and we will outline it for you.

Stoneflies are very much on the menu and catching more of the larger fish. Not sure if the trout are on these larger meals as stoneflies or crayfish. For your second fly a smaller size 16 Caddis, such as the OCD caddis or G6.

Flies we suggest: Carot, The Ticket, G6 Caddis, OCD Caddis, Nemec Stone, Masked Marauder, CDC Red Tag, Parachute Adams, Parachute Madam X, Perdigon, ID Theft, Sculpzilla, Weirs Sculpin

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Local Still Waters

Fishing has been good on our local still waters, but you’ll want to focus early in the morning and late in the evening. Fish are pushing into deeper water mid day, sometimes as deep as 25 feet. Target these fish with indicators such as an Air-Lock for suspending midges at depth. Play the fish slowly to allow them to acclimate and release quickly to ensure a healthy return. 

The Hex hatch is slowing down at some of our lucky reservoirs but the afternoon caddis hatch is picking up momentum. There are still a few scattered hatches but with the warmer week ahead should peeter these out quickly. An opportunity for dry fly takes is in the early mornings and late evenings. Caddis, terrestrials, and mayfly drys will be best. 

Flies We Suggest: Gilled Nymph, Zugbug, Red Eye DamselParachute Adams, Yankee Buzzer, Wooly Bugger

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