Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and Pyramid Lake | early December 2021

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Truckee River 

The Truckee River is flowing around 190cfs  through the downtown gauge. The trout are moving into slower water, and actively feeding during the warmer temperatures. Fly selection is small, 18s and below are my go to nymphs.

As the seasons change so does bug size and color. In the winter, bugs shrink and are typically darker. As the water warms in the spring bug species are typically larger and more colorful. That being said, small midge and mayfly patterns are most often the best choice. And for those who like to peg beads to imitate eggs, trout beads with blood spots are the way to go. 

Flies: Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Hot Butt, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake 

We have been getting into large fish recently, but you have to put in the work to get them. Bites are few, but the fish willing to eat are usually a good size. We have moved into the Middle Part of the season and typically numbers go down with quality of fish going up. Water temps are in the mid 50s again at the surface. The cutthroat trout are coming in shallow and have been suspending around 10-15 feet. The indicator bite has been ok, just make sure you are changing your depths constantly.

Stripping flies on a fast sinking line has still been the most productive method. Make sure to count your line down to depth. I like to change my depth every cast by letting my line sink 5 seconds more each cast until I reach a 60 second and then repeat the process starting by counting the line down 10 seconds until you get a bite and can focus in on the depth the fish are holding. 

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

Brayden, @brayden.blizman, set in this report from Nov 22 and 23.

Things were pretty slow stripping an orange wooly bugger about mid way down in the water column off of the Rock at Pelican Beach. Seems like most of the fish had moved to deeper water.


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