Euro Nymphing Techniques Working Very Well

Truckee River

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by Orvis Company
2-6-2020

For the rest of the winter the water temps will settle in the high 30's and maybe reach the low 40 range. Start to pay attention to those slower moving runs (tailouts, deep slack water) which are also alittle deeper (3'-5' range). Indicator nymphing works well in these areas because the water is slower and deeper. Euro nymphing techniques also work very well during this time of year. Go down on tippet size and bug sizes to get those trout feeding on midges and other small bugs. Just because the water is colder and fish slow down a bit doesnt mean trout wont come up for that emerging pattern in the surface film. If you wish to dry fly pick sunny days with high pressure, that really gets the hatches going in the winter. Trophy trout will come out more mid day when water temps go up. Use those buggers, sculpin, and even crayfish with sink tips. When using streamers slow up your retrieval pattern, Trout are gonna move a little slower.

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:Brian Slusser (California)

Water flow: 244 mogul nevada

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 39 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: mid-day into the afternoon

Best stretch: From Mogul to Stateline on the Nevada side, and stateline to Truckee.

Best access point: Best access points on the river are areas west of Reno including Mayberry Park, Crystal Peak Park, Mogul, Verdi.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Stoneflies BWO's Crayfish Sculpin Midges Scuds

Fish species: Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroat, Cutbows, Mountain Whitefish

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Reno, NV

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet

Best fly fishing rod: 10' 3 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line

Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line



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