The wild fish in the Truckee River between Tahoe City & Truckee are on the bite

Truckee River

by Truckee River Outfitters
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The flows on the Truckee remain excellent from the Town of Truckee down through Reno. The water has finally cooled off and the fishing has been very good. Normal fall conditions are taking shape for sure.

The upper stretches down through the Glenshire area are low and very clear. This is a great time of year to fish the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. The fish in this stretch are a little smaller but they are all wild. When the water gets this low they tend to pool up in deeper water and are easier to find. The river in this area fishes much more like a small mountain stream. Lots of pocket water and many boulders. Dry Dropper set-ups are the way to go. Use smaller attractor dries like Royal Wolf's and Stimulators. This is Baetis time of year so size 18-20 Baetis nymphs are a good bet for the dropper.

The river is still flowing close to normal from Boca Bridge through Reno. It is very clear however and a much more stealthy approach is a must. The fish have backed off the faster water some and are really spread out. Brown trout are very active and starting to get into spawn mode. There have been some really nice fish caught in the past couple of weeks. Nymphs fished either with an indicator or High Sticking "floater No Cator" style has been working well. Really good dead drifts are a must with these water conditions. Baby Crayfish, Stoneflies and October Caddis are good Point flies right now and any fly that imitates a Baetis Mayfly (like a Pheasant Tail) is a good option for a dropper. Flows are: Town of Truckee 146 CFS, Boca Bridge 432 CFS, Farad 456 CFS and Reno 346 CFS.