Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | Late February 2020

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by Reno Fly Shop

Pyramid Lake

Not a lot of change at the lake. Fish are coming into feed early and late with the change of light and also around 2pm. The fish have been very weather dependent. Bluebird days have made the LCT very sporadic, but in spite of this a lot of big fish are still being caught. Midges are still crucial as the Tui-chub are deep in the lake where the water is warmer. The next plentiful food source for our beloved trout are chironomids. Brighter flies with a little flash in them have been fishing well on the sunnier days. In contrast, when the sun is blocked by clouds or waves caused by wind more muted fly colors should be your choice, and don’t neglect balanced leeches on slower days. This time of year it is best to pick a spot that you are confident in and to wait for the fish to come through.

Pyramid Lake Flies We Suggest: Balanced Leech (Peacock, Olive, Diablo), Holographic Midge (Albino Wino, Wine/Copper, Black/Copper)

Truckee River

The Truckee River has been on fire! Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching daily. The trout are not always looking up for them, but they are expecting the hatch and nymphing has been incredible. Fish are moving into moderately paced water. Not too slow, but also not too fast. Focusing on seams and foam lines has also been a key factor to find feeding fish. Look for seams that go over deeper water.

I’ve been sticking to confidence nymphs around a size 16 and smaller. Frenchie, Duracell, Spanish Bullets, and the like have been performing well. Don’t be afraid to add extra weight to get you flies into the deeper buckets. Indicator fishing has been my preferred method as a lot of the stretches we’ve been fishing are in wider sections of the river. The fish have been extremely active, and willing to chase streamer patterns as well.

Flies we suggest: Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, Zebra Midge, Baetis Nymphs, Carot, The Ticket, Para Adams, Para Olive,Psycho May BWO, ID Thief, Sculpzilla, Weirs Sculpin

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