Truckee River Fish Report

Truckee River

Wild Rainbow on the Truckee
Photo Credit: Reno Fly Shop

by Reno Fly Shop

Flows on the river have returned to seasonal averages as water is sent from Boca down the system. The gauge at Downtown Reno fluctuates from 238-290 cfc throughout the day. This consistency in flows should trigger some nice hatches, specifically caddis, as the water temperature rises throughout the next month. Be aware of fish health and safety as water above 68 degrees can be lethal to fish when stressed from being caught.

Expect grasshoppers to begin showing up any day now, if they have not already. These are very effective during windy days which seems to be everyday this summer so far. Focus on current seams and undercut banks where fish can greedily ambush these flies. We have experienced fish that are very eager to take crayfish patterns that are presented with a dead drift under an indicator or tight-lined. For more ideas on how to fish crayfish patterns and their effectiveness check out our podcast episode with Ralph Cutter.

Fish have been holding in faster water to follow oxygenated water as well as easy access to bugs and crayfish.

Truckee River at Farad

Truckee River in downtown Reno

Flies: E/C caddis, Missing link, Burks Silhouette PMD, Red Butt, Dead Drift Crayfish, Meatwhistle rust, Beadhead Crystal PT, Wool Head Sculpin