The best time to fish the Truckee River is in the morning until around noon

Truckee River

by Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters

The water conditions on the Truckee in California continue to be really good. Most of the water in the system is being released from Lake Tahoe right now and there is a good flow from Tahoe City down to the State line. The river is starting to get on the low side in Nevada which is pretty bad timing with the record heat we are experiencing in the area right now.

The evening hatches are very compressed due to the air temps right now and are almost nonexistent on the Nevada side of the river. The best time to fish the river is early in the morning up until around lunch time. The water temps fluctuate daily with the air temps and by afternoon the water is pretty warm. Nymphing with a Golden Stone Nymph with a smaller dropper like a Caddis or a Little Yellow Stonefly is hard to beat right now. Look for fish to start to move up into faster water that holds more oxygen and has less pressure from fishermen, tubers and people playing in the river, especially with the 4th of July holiday this weekend. High Sticking without an indicator is the best way to approach this type of water for sure. An indicator can simply drag your flies out of the zone in faster water and make it more difficult to get a good drift. Heavy flies and a couple of BB split shot will also help to get your flies down faster. Flows are: Town of Truckee 330 CFS, Boca Bridge 437 CFS, Farad 538 CFS and Reno 331 CFS.