Very small dry flies have also been effective on warmer afternoons

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Harrison Pass was able to be crossed by high clearance 4WD vehicles this week, but depending upon how much snow falls at higher elevations may be impassable after this weekend’s predicted snow. There are still some drifts on the west side of the pass that could cause some problems. Carry chains and a shovel. The roads in Ruby Valley are in good condition.

Plenty of open water in the collection ditch and the ponds along the county line due to the warm weather. Fishing has been fair to good for 13 to 18-inch fish depending upon the day and location on the ditch. A few in the 20 + inch range have been reported. Chironomid patterns such as zebra midges, Yankee buzzers, chromies and ice cream cones should work. Other flies such as Leech patterns, balanced leeches, crystal buggers, #14-16 hare’s ears, and #16-18 PT nymphs and chironomids under an indicator are recommended. Very small dry flies have also been effective on warmer afternoons. Size 16 to 20 elk hair caddis, blue winged olives, ants and Griffith’s gnats should all be effective. Spin anglers should be using small spinners in black or olive with contrasting yellow or red colors.