Truckee River Fishing Report

Truckee River

Amy with a Truckee River Meat Eater
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Reno Fly Shop

by Reno Fly Shop
5-14-2020
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Truckee River 

We are currently at 950 Cfs at the downtown Reno gauge. We have passed our annual natural peak flow. This is the peak flow of natural snowmelt and unregulated inflow. Flow in the Truckee River will gradually reduce to our “summer flows” coming from the 7 upstream reservoirs.

For those counting the 7 upstream reservoirs controlling water in the Truckee River are, Tahoe, Donner, Prosser, Independence, Stampede, Boca and Martis Creek. These lakes/reservoirs allow us to enjoy the Truckee River fishing year around and also provide a majority of the Reno/Sparks drinking water supply.

Fishing on the Truckee has been difficult the last few weeks, but we are noticing a turn in the right direction as the fish are getting more active!

Flows are still strong, so getting your flies through the water column quickly will ensure the best results. European style nymphing with large heavy flies will ensure your flies get to and maintain depth throughout your drift. Size 14-10 nymphs are best but in some of the deeper sections of the river adding a larger (heavier) stonefly or jigged streamer will for a taught sighter at depth. 



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