Truckee River Fly Report Late July

Truckee River Fly Report Late July

Reno Fly Shop
(775) 323-3474

Truckee River 

Through the downtown gauge, the Truckee River has been holding steady around 450 CFS.  This is perfect flows in my opinion. Wading is easier, and the river really starts to show off its details as the water level settles into the deeper channels of the channel. Pocket water, and shallow riffled water will hold feeding fish, as fish who are resting will seek out slower seams. Fishing has been good in the mornings with a mid day lull that then gives way to a burst of activity right at sunset. 

Hopper/dropper has become a fun way to pick off fish in shallower water, and slower glides. European style nymphing really hits its stride this time of year as the faster water plays to it’s strength of getting flies to depth quickly.

We at the Reno Fly Shop want to encourage anglers to bring a thermometer with them on summer fishing trips or to check the USGS Truckee River gauge near Sparks to stay informed on water temps. Above 68 degrees can be harmful to trout, and the river has topped out at 69 degrees already this year. Please fish in the early morning hours or change your approach during the heat of the day and target heartier species like bass and carp. 

Flies that we suggest: Perdigon Black, Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, CDC Red Tag, Hot Cheek, Mylar Prince, Tunghead Stonefly, Masked Marauder, Sculpzilla, Para Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator

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