Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and Pyramid lake | mid April 2021 | NEW Reno Fly Shop Hats for Summer!

Truckee River 

The Truckee River flows have increased a little since the last report, 600 Cfs through the downtown gauge. River temps have dropped to sub 50 degrees with the recent storms. This has put fish off the bite, but with a normal warmer pattern moving in for the rest of the week river temps will come up again quickly. Fish have been in faster water, we are struggling to find fish in slow water. ESN has been crucial with the higher flows and the fish holding in faster water. 

Keep an eye out for spawning trout as we have seen a lot of rainbows starting to do their thing. Please make sure to leave the beds and spawning fish alone. That being said, pegging beads has been effective as have most mayfly nymphs in a size 16-12. There are a lot of March brown mayflies, blue winged olive Mayflies and some PMD mayflies in the system. Larger stoneflies are no longer present in number in the river and we are a few weeks away from the little yellow sallies. We have been fishing streamers with some success, specially ESN jigged streamers in olive. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Carot, Perdigon, Assassin, Quill Jig, Spanish Bullet, Truckee River Dozen

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Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake has been slower than normal because of the spawn. Fish are in very shallow water and we are seeing dozens of fish a day. The strip/retrieve bite has been best with Booby Flies and Beetles a few fish coming under the indicator on both mini jig leeches and midges. Focus on the fish that are in deeper water and that are not visible. It may be fun to cast to the visible shallow fish, but these trout are busy trying to spawn and by the time you see them they have more than likely have seen you as well. 

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Flies have varied dramatically day to day. If you are retrieving white boobies and beetles have been best with olive and Midnight Cowboys also doing well. Under the indicator we have picked up a few fish on olive or peacock balanced leeches and midges with white beads are doing well. Fishing should pick up as the fish finish their spawn and return to their normal eating routine. 

Pyramid Lake 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

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