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On-the-Water Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid November 2022 | RFS Custom Jaydacator Leader available now

Reno Fly Shop guide, Mike Anderson , with your on the water report from Pyramid Lake!

Shore fishing has really picked up at Pyramid Lake. Mostly an indicator bite with a few fish being picked up on the strip.

Flies We Suggest at Pyramid Lake: dark Balanced Leech Peacock, Midnight Cowboy and Sizzurp, Booby Fly chartreuse/white and Spanish Olive, Pyramid Lake Buggers, Pyramid Lake Beetle

Flies We Suggest on the Truckee River: Thread Quill, Spanish Bullet, French Nymph, Carot, Perdigon, Quill Jig, Galloup’s Jig BWO, Egg Patterns

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid November | RFS Custom Leaders Available NOW

A significant weather change has brought precipitation and cold temperatures to the Reno-Tahoe area. Fishing conditions have changed as a result at both Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River. Water temperatures have dropped across our region and have made trout fishing better across the board. Flows continue to drop into late-fall and winter flows on the Truckee and are pushing fish into slower and deeper holding water. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout at Pyramid Lake are being caught in greater numbers from the shore as a result of the storms. We hope you enjoy this week’s report and get to spend valuable time on the water.

Pyramid Lake

Following the storm system in early November, fly fishing at Pyramid Lake has improved greatly with shore fishing becoming the method of choice for a majority of anglers. As water temperatures have decreased, fish have moved into shallower water and are now targetable from the shoreline. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout feed in slightly deeper water adjacent to the shoreline, so look for depth changes that occur close to shore. Cutthroat have seemingly switched away from baitfish patterns and are keying in more on smaller presentations. Both sinking line and floating techniques have produced fish in the last week and will target roughly the same areas.

 When stripping flies on a sinking line, flies such as the Pyramid Lake Bugger in a variety of colors will be a good choice. Additionally, many of the stripping flies with foam incorporated into the tie will help add additional movement to the presentation. A staff favorite last season was the Mopcorn Beetle. This fly is a spin off the standard Pyramid Lake Beetle, but utilizes a Mop Body tail on the end for added movement. This fly has an almost unfair amount of movement and is sure to be a favorite for seasons to come. 

Indicator fishing has also been effective as of late. With cutthroat cruising in 8-12’ of water, indicator fishing is a good choice. This setup allows you to suspend flies at a certain depth throughout the drift. Additionally, it allows you to keep the fly in an effective zone for a longer period of time compared to the sinking line setup. Balanced leeches and Mini Jig Leeches are great choices this time of year. When fishing two of these flies, it is best to rig the top fly on a tag to allow it to balance properly. On dark and stormy days, darker colors tend to work best. The Sizzurp Balanced Leech is a new addition and available exclusively at the Reno Fly Shop. Other colors such as Peacock and Midnight Cowboy have been top producers as well. Midges and chironomids on the other hand are not fishing well which is typical of this time of year. As the season progresses, these flies will become more effective. 

Flies we Suggest: Mopcorn Beetle, Pyramid Lake Beetle, Pyramid Lake Bugger, Booby, Balanced Leech, Mini Jig Leech

Truckee River

The Truckee River has also fished well in the past week and has seen a reduction of flows. As flows have dropped, water has become increasingly clear and Brown Trout have begun to spawn. With the addition of eggs in the river, both rainbow trout and brown trout have been keyed in on egg patterns. Bead fishing is an increasingly popular technique and is an effective way of fishing an egg pattern on a fly rod. While the egg bite has been good this fall, smaller mayfly nymphs have also been effective in the clear and cold conditions. Mayfly nymphs in darker colors such as olive, brown, or black have been effective when fished in tandem with an attractor such as an egg or bright nymph. Flies such as the Psycho Mayfly or the Micro Mayfly are great choices.

As the water temperature continues to decrease, trout are holding in slower and slower water. Try focusing on deeper buckets and slower water where fish don’t have to work too hard to hold their position. With trout in slower water, tippet diameter comes into play and can make or break a day on the water. Thinner tippet material will help fool a few more fish as we go into the end of the year. 4x, 5x, and even 6x fluorocarbon tippet are needed when fish have more time to examine your presentation. Cortland Top Secret Tippet is a customer favorite throughout the year.

While many associate fall and winter with slower fishing, this can often be a great time to target large fish with streamers or even a dry fly. Stormy weather provides favorable conditions for both of these techniques and can offer some variety to your fall and winter trout tactics. Successful streamer fishing takes place in slower water this time of year. Heavier streamers in slightly smaller sizes catch large trout on the Truckee River. Additionally, dry fly fishing can take place on days with the same weather conditions. Overcast skies and precipitation create ideal conditions for Blue Winged Olive (BWO) mayflies to hatch. While dry fly fishing does not occur all the time on the Truckee, this is certainly one of the best times to do so. Pack your dry flies next time you hit the river. 

Flies we Suggest: Psycho Mayfly, Micro Mayfly, Jig TNT, Weiss UV Jig, Daniel’s UV Polar Jig, Thin Mint Bugger, Baetis Cripple, Parachute Adams, Pull Over BWO

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Happy Hour with Travis Hawks | Q&A – State of the Truckee River | March 17 @ 6:00pm

Many of you that have followed us over the past several years know that we have recorded a podcast with Travis Hawks from the NV Department of Wildlife that we have called the State of the Truckee. We had quite a streak going of putting out these podcasts but in 2021 NDOW decided not to conduct the annual electroshocking due to water conditions.

To make up for the lack of an audio recording Travis has agreed to come into the shop and be available for a Q&A from the audience. Travis will be available for all topics on the Truckee, Carson, Walker and Nevada fisheries. This is a relaxed social setting with Travis fielding moderated questions from the audience and ones that have been submitted in the comments below and on our social media accounts. We hope to see you Thursday night!

We have opened up comments below! If you can’t make the Happy Hour please provide a question here. We will summarize the event and Travis’ responses in a follow up post. Thanks!

HAPPY HOUR With Travis Hawks from the Nevada Department of Wildlife

When: Thursday March 17th 2022 at 6:00

Where: Reno Fly Shop (238 S. Arlington Avenue, Reno)

Details:

Travis will be coming in to to present on the State of the Truckee River and answering questions about the river from the audience.

This will be a super low key and social event. Much like other Happy Hour events we have hosted this will get going right after we close the shop and Travis will start about 6:30. This is a BYOB event.

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid March 2022 | Happy Hour with Travis Hawks 03/17 at 6:00pm

Truckee River 

Blue winged olive hatches are happening almost every day and they can be thick every afternoon! It takes some clouds or shadows later in the day to make the fish rise to eat on the surface, but the food is plentiful. Smaller baetis and midges patterns are working well as the hatch is subsurface as well. We suggest that you vary your depths beneath your indicator or when using a euro nymphing as the fish may begin to suspend to better intercept the hatching insects. 

The fish have been on midge too. Eddies and on soft seams is where you will find the trout feeding. It’s not uncommon to see a ton of BWO going off and think that the fish are eating those when on further investigation they are focused on a smaller sub-hatch of midge. One of our favorite midge patterns when they are eating on the surface is the Griffith Gnat.

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Baetis Cripple, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake 

Pyramid Lake is fishing well, but it can be very sensitive to the weather. It is best to look at conditions to determine when, how, and where to fish. A bit different this year has been that on nice days the fish are being more picky, stubborn, and lazy. We are moving into a time of year too where the water temperatures will rise and the numbers of fish caught daily should increase. Midges have been red hot! The 49er and other bright flies have been fishing the best. Set flies shallow under your indicator.

A lot of our strikes are shallower than 9 feet. With the majority coming around 6 feet under the indicator. On stormier/windier days the strip bite has still been very active with the usual suspects for flies (booby flies, beetles, dark buggers). There has been some annoying vegetation/algae on some of the popular stripping beaches, but this accumulation on vegetation usually only gets on your fly in the last 10-20 feet. Casting over the weed line and hooking fish makes cleaning our flies worth it. 

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Holographic Midge (49er, Albino Wino), Pyramid Lake Fly Selection, Booby Fly (Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Deadpool and Dark lord), Pyramid Lake Beetle, Pyramid Lake Bugger (Midnight Cowboy and the Northern Lights)

HAPPY HOUR With Travis Hawks from the Nevada Department of Wildlife

When: Thursday March 17th 2022 at 6:00

Where: Reno Fly Shop (238 S. Arlington Avenue, Reno)

Travis Hawks, Nevada Department of Wildlife, will be coming in to present the State of the Truckee River and answering questions about the river from the audience. This is usually covered on our Reno Fly Shop Podcast but due to low/warm water conditions Travis did not conduct the annual river survey. Travis will be able to give you real and honest updates on the status of the fishery the current water forecasts and much more.

This will be a low key and social event. Much like other Happy Hour events we have hosted this will get going right at 6:00 and should last until about 8. This is a BYOB event.

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | late February 2022

Finally the dry spell has broken. This has been a welcomed sight for sore eyes as we wondered if winter was over in February. Storms and colder temperatures may make river fishing difficult, but for Pyramid Lake the conditions could not be better. We’re fortunate to live in an area where waking up to 4 inches of snow and overcast skies doesn’t put a damper on the day. It just makes the choice of where to fish easier. 

We really enjoyed bringing back our happy hours, and had a great turn out. Look to the events calendar at RenoFlyshop.com to learn more of these upcoming events. 

Truckee River 

The cold temperatures and snow have made getting to the river difficult. Ice has formed on the river and a few inches of snow remain on the banks that are protected from the sun. It will take a few days of warmer weather and temperatures to get the fish back into a feeding mood, but it won’t be too long. 

Before the storms fishing was good on the Truckee. As is always true for this time of year, quality over quantity is the goal and plenty of quality fish have been caught. Nymphing has been the primary way that we have been catching trout on the Truckee River, but with some unsettled weather in the forecast, look for some noses poking up on overcast days. Fly selection has not changed much from the last report. This is a great time of year to fish slower water and to be focused on presentation.

It’s the best drifts that will get the best fish

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Baetis Cripple, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake 

Fishing at Pyramid Lake has been amazing. Still not a huge number of fish, but the quality fish have been really good. We are finding these fish looking for easy meals in somewhat shallower water. Most of the indicator bites have been in less than 9 feet with the most right around 6 feet. Bright midges have been working best. Balanced leeches are starting to transition out of the food chain for the cutthroat, but I wouldn’t leave them at home just yet. Let us know if you are experiencing the same

Our most consistent results have come from using indicators on deeper beaches when the weather is calmer and retrieving flies when the wind and weather is a bit more unsettled. Midnight Cowboy buggers and Popcorn Beetles have been very productive on those windier days.

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Pyramid Lake Buggers, 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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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid February 2022 | Happy Hour Feb 17 – Q&A with RFS Staff


Ground Hog Day came and went last week and while he saw his shadow that portends for continued winter; it certainly doesn’t look like it with the weather we have had over the past several weeks. Bluebird conditions have persisted since early January and we have eagerly awaited a return to winter. Maybe the gopher actually knows something as there is weather pattern change forecasted for next week and into the beginning of March.

Even with the distractingly nice weather the fishing has been solid. Pyramid Lake is performing as would be expected in the combination of mid-winter temps and high pressure. Good at one beach and slow at the other. The river has been the performer as of late. Fish are eating well and showing the girth.


Truckee River 

The Truckee river is flowing at 250 cfs through the downtown gauge that is well below the median for this time of year (400 cfs). The river is in really good shape as the weather has kept the river temperatures above freezing at night and ending the day in the low 40’s. The trout have responded to the increased temperatures and they are feeding heavily and are putting on weight. Midge, baetis, and Skwala stoneflies are the main feed right now. We are fishing mostly subsurface as we have not had a lot of the cloud cover that brings the blue winged olives to the surface. One the warmer afternoons we have found surface feeding fish along foam lines and tucked up into quieter eddies. Fortunately, nymphing and streamer fishing has been very effective. 

As always with winter fishing using attractor patterns like worms and eggs can be very effective as well. The trout are still holding in slower water, but on these warmer days they have pushed into faster water then you may be expecting. I really like to focus on seams and if you can find an eddy or slow pool with flow alongside it you’ve hit the jackpot. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Baetis Cripple, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen


Pyramid Lake 

Fishing has changed quite a bit out at the lake. We are seeing the typical transition the LCT make every year where they begin to focus heavily on midges and begin to make their way into shallow water to feed. With the high pressure and blue-bird weather, fishing has been inconsistent. Some days have great numbers, others are producing few fish but good quality, and still others are producing zero fish. 

When the cutthroat get shallow like they do this time of year they tend into one of two personality types. The first personality is the cruiser. This fish will swim along the drop off opportunistically picking off food. The second personality is the chaser. This fish is on the hunt looking to pounce on whatever moves. We will fish under an indicator with two midges for the cruiser, anywhere from 4-9 feet down, tending more towards the down side than deep. For the chaser, we will strip sinking lines with boobies and burgers. We tend to fish a light colored booby fly and a dark bugger or a dark booby and dark bugger. Strip speed can make or break your day for these chasing fish. Don’t get stuck using only one way. Experiment with your retrieve until you find the correct timing. 

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Holographic Midge, 49er Pyramid Lake Fly Selection, Boobies Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Dark Lord, Pyramid Lake Beetle, Midnight Cowboy, Martini Olive


Happy Hour with Mike Anderson, Aden Breckner and Matt Cullen – FAQ on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River


We are excited to re-start our Happy Hour Series. This event will be in-person at the shop with a panel of your favorite Reno Fly Shop staff. 

Mike, Aden and Matt will be able to discuss the most FAQ we get here in the shop on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River. But they will be prepared for any topic that might come up.

Happy Hour and Q&A

When: February 17th @ 6:00

Where: Here at the Reno Fly Shop

What it is: Panel discussion on FAQ Mike Anderson, Aden Breckner and Matt Cullen.

What to bring: This is a FREE event that will start about 6:00ish and go to about 8:30 here at the shop. We suggest you bring a drink if you would like one and questions/comments for the guys.

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Happy Hour | Q&A with RFS Staff | Thursday, Feb 17 at 6:00


We are excited to re-start our Happy Hour Series. This event, February 17 at 6:00, will be in-person at the shop with a panel of your favorite Reno Fly Shop staff. 

Some of the topics the guys will cover and much much more

Mike, Aden and Matt will be able to discuss the most FAQ we get here in the shop on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River. But they will be prepared for any topic that might come up. And YES heckling is encouraged.

Happy Hour and Q&A

When: February 17th @ 6:00

Where: Here at the Reno Fly Shop

What it is: Panel discussion on FAQ Mike Anderson, Aden Breckner and Matt Cullen.

What to bring: This is a FREE event that will start about 6:00ish and go to about 8:30 here at the shop. We suggest you bring a drink if you would like one and questions/comments for the guys.

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

What a December! The Sierra have broken a previous record from 1970 with the most snow in the month of December. Over 200 inches of snow have fallen with still a few more days left to add to an ample snowpack. This is incredible news for the next spring and summer, as our reservoirs should get a healthy volume of water. The 10 day forecast is for an unsettled weather pattern to continue with disagreement on how much additional precip we will get. While we never would turn away precip it might be okay to be on the low end of the forecast this time to allow the Tahoe area to dig out and get prepped for the rest of winter. The Sierra Snow Lab has received 70% of the seasonal average in the first three months of the water year (Oct-Dec).


Truckee River 

Flows through Reno responded to the front end of this storm period when things started warmer but have now stabilized around 300cfs for now. Water temps have dropped dramatically too with the daily high just approaching 35F. This may slow things down for a while, but they will adapt and begin feeding on smaller midges and baetis with just a few degrees warmer temps. Fishing more towards mid day when the water begins to warm and hits its peak temperatures will be best. Just be careful of ice and snow on the banks making wading difficult. 

We’re getting closer to the blue winged olive hatch that begins usually in mid to late winter. Look for overcast, not windy days to begin this feeding pattern. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Hot Butt, Truckee River Dozen


Pyramid Lake 

Surface temps have dropped considerably with these past storms. For the most part the LCT are feeding depending on wind conditions. We have been making a day by day call on where and how to fish depending on conditions. On days that are stormy, all bets are off and both retrieving flies and indicators should work well. It seems that retrieving flies yields better returns on these days though. 

Calm days with cloud cover most often we will fish under an indicator. This technique keeps your flies in the strike zone longer, but retrieving flies can be effective in the morning and evening and if the wind picks up. Warmer nicer days are indicator days. Fish will push into deeper water, not necessary further from shore but deeper. 

Balanced leeches have been most effective for the indicator bite, but I would not rule out a midge, as many fish are still looking for these smaller but plentiful food sources. 

Lindsey with a good one from a balanced leech

Woolly buggers have been the preferred retrieving fly, and because I’m focused on the technique on darker days my flies are darker too. Beetles and boobies have worked too, but not as much as a good ol’ bugger.

Griffin put in some time over the holidays and caught this on a bugger

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Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Pyramid Lake Buggers, 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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OTW | late December 2021 | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | Holiday Hours at the Reno Fly Shop


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. From all of here at the Reno Fly Shop!!!


Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Mini Leech Olive and Black, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Hot Butt, Truckee River Dozen
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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mid February 2019 | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | fly fishing report

Things are starting to heat up on Pyramid Lake. Recent storms have brought the fish in close and while air temps have been cold water temps near the shore have been in the high 30’s and low 40’s each afternoon.

Anglers have been mixing success with stripping Boobies and fishing midge and balanced leeches under indcators.

While searching depths with a floating line the RIO Midge Tip fly line is a great way to have good connection to your flies and to vary retrieve rates to vary depths.

Flies we suggest: Cat Whisker Booby, Dirty Martini Booby, Spanish Olive Booby, Midnight Cowboy, Balanced Leech, Marabou Midge, Dragon Booby, Holo Midge, Pyramid Lake Beetle


Here is Mike Anderson’s most recent video report. Mike’s guide calendar has some space available towards the end of February when we anticipate things might really beginning heating up at the lake. Call today!

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