Not A Lot Has Changed on The River

Truckee River

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by Reno Fly Shop

Not a lot has changed on the river in the past few weeks. Smaller darker flies are still the dominant fly choice for me. We are seeing a lot of Skwala stonefly in the shallower waters. Skwala stoneflies are not your typical stonefly. They don’t climb out of the river on structure, instead they move into shallow rocky areas where they hatch and mate. We are seeing them in the water, but the fish have not responded to the flies just yet. Keep them in mind on slower days and fish a smaller Stonefly pattern than the larger golden stone. The Skwala is only a size 6-8.

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We typically start to see blue winged olive mayflies this time of year. Keeping a set of BWO dries and emergers is crucial, specifically if you are fishing east of town. Focus on slow water and foam lines, winter rising trout can be very sneaky and will rise with little disturbance. Focus on overcast days with little to no wind.

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, CDC Red Tag, Zebra Midge, Ready Baetis, Carot, Quasimodo, Pullover BWO

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