Truckee River Fishing Report

Truckee River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Reno Fly Shop

by Reno Fly Shop

The Truckee River flows have begun to show daily flow fluctuations that suggest spring runoff. Might be a bit early to be sustained but it isn’t too far off before we will be looking for peak annual flows and then to begin our slide into summer flows. The downtown Reno gage is bouncing above and below 500-550 cfs. The most important change since the last report are the river temperatures. River temps have jumped in recent days at the Sparks gage. Morning temperatures are in the mid too high 40s with afternoon temps easily jumping past 50 degrees. This is great news and has really increased the trout activity!  Fish have been actively eating from late morning to evening. The warmer temperatures will begin to trigger a change in the entomology of the river. Expect the baetis and stoneflies to start tapering off, and say hello to larger caddis and mayflies making an appearance soon. 

The trout are moving into faster water and keep an eye out for REDDs as we have seen a lot of spawning rainbows this week. Please make sure to leave the beds and spawning fish alone. That being said, pegging beads has been effective as have most mayfly and stonefly nymphs. The steamer bite has begun to pick up as well. It may be a bit premature, but on slower days the streamers can really change the day. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Perdigon, Spanish Bullet, Flashback BH Pheasant Tail, BH Squirmy Worm, Pats Rubber Leg, Jigged Brush Hog, Red Copper John, Carot, Bullet Head Skwala, Pullover BWO, Micro Mayfly, Truckee River Dozen

More Reports

Reno Fly Shop Reports
for Friday, March 19th, 2021

Pyramid Lake: Fishing at the lake has good, but impacted heavily by weather conditions
Truckee River: The fish are in a lot of different water types as the water warms

Reno Fly Shop Reports
for Friday, March 5th, 2021

Truckee River: Fish Activity is Picking Up
Pyramid Lake: Fish Are Traveling Into Shallow Water in Greater Numbers