Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and Stillwaters:
Early June 2020
Flows on the Truckee River have dropped dramatically! The downtown gauge is at 770 CFS currently. Not sure if it will continue to drop or not, but with a drop of nearly 300 CFS fishing on the river has been amazing! Hatches are happening daily from noon to dark. The bug smorgasbord includes Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMDs, and the occasional Green Drake. With all this bug activity, fishing has been hot from sun up to sun down with a little lull around 1.
This is my favorite time of year to fish as there are many different ways to get into these active trout.
ESN has been good as fish have moved into faster water. Depth is key this time of year, but remember with a lot of bug activity some trout are suspending mid column. As we head into summer and lower water hopper dropper is a fun way to nymph with the occasional dry eat. I like a long dropper (around 3-4 feet). This can be difficult to cast, but really fun.
Speaking of dry flies, afternoon hatches into the evening have some fish eager to rise to size 14-12 Caddis and stimulated flies. This is not happening ever night, but most days have enough activity to get fish to eat on top in deeper glides.
Local Still Waters
Not a lot of change in terms of stillwater fly fishing. We have not gotten warm enough to force the trout into deeper water, but we are probably not too far off. Early morning and afternoon dry fly action is still prevalent, as are damsels and streamer fishing mid day. Fishing subsurface with midges and callibaetis nymphs, with or without an indicator, has been the most productive way to consistently fish throughout the day.
Continue focusing on drop offs and weed edges, but soon the fish will begin to transition into the deeper water further from shore. It’s not a bad idea to check the deeper water if fishing appears to be slow.