Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and local Stillwaters | late September 2020

Truckee River 

The Truckee River is flowing near 300 cfs at the downtown gauge and river temperatures are perfect, starting the day in the high 50s and ending in the mid 60s. We cannot ask for better fishing conditions! Fishing has been a little sporadic, but overall good. Late morning starts have been the most productive nymphing and using streamers. We’re still focusing on sizes #14-#18 for our nymphs and Caddis patterns have been crucial. Fish are still in the moderate to fast water so don’t be afraid to add a little external weight to get your flies deep if needed. 

When the water temps and conditions are like this, look for late afternoon and evening caddis hatches. We have been getting fish on small Caddis dries (size #16-#18) in slower water after a riffle or run! This kind of fishing is rare on the Truckee so get it while the getting is good. 

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, Spanish Bullet Truckee River Dozen

Local Stillwater 

Not a lot of change for our local lakes and reservoirs. Look for fish to be shallow in the mornings and afternoons and make their retreat into deeper water as the sun reaches its apex across the sky. Chironomids under and indicator or naked style will be most productive. 

Morning and afternoon mayfly and Caddis hatches will become more prevalent as we head into fall. Look for weed lines and bays to collect and corral fish. Fishing damsel patterns will become productive for a little while as well as we get a little cooler, as will fishing streamers as the trout are looking to put on some weight before winter. 

Flies we suggest: Elk Hair Caddis, Hot Creek Caddis, Gilled Nymph, parachute Adams, Red Eye Damsel, Yankee Buzzer, Jigged Mini Leech

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