Hinkson Slough – Mason Valley WMA, Nevada
Fly Fishing Hinkson Slough: Located within the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area, Hinkson Slough offers a traditional trout fishing experience earlier then any other Northern Nevada location. The pond itself opens in mid February and closes in September to fishing to help protect migrating and nesting birds. Rainbow trout are planted in the slough every year in good numbers. When conditions allow the bass and trout can grow pretty large in its insect fertile water.
From the opener to roughly the end of April the trout fishing can be very good with bass fishing picking up as the water warms by May. Trout seem to prefer nymphs with the typical slow retrieve or under an indicator. Midge are the earliest hatching insects at Hinkson shortly followed by Callibaetis mayflies and thick swarms of damsels.
Gear for Fly Fishing Hinkson Slough: Rods can be pretty light, 3-5 weight will handle the trout while a six may be better for the bass. With a maximum depth of ten feet, Hinkson can be fished entirely with a floating line. Shore fisherman should do just fine at Hinkson but those willing to get into tubes or pontoons are likely going to do better. I find its critical to be in a boat when targeting the bass in the tules. Read more on Hinkson Slough in The Fly Fisher’s Guide to: Nevada or book Guide Trip with the author.
Nymphs for Hinkson Slough: Black Fly Larva, Zebra Midge, Micro Midge, Pheasant Tail, Sheep Creek Special, Zug Bug, Stillwater Callibaetis, Stillwater Flash Nymph, MIcro Caddis, Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail, Peacock Snail,