Truckee River – Nevada


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Truckee River, Nevada

Fly Fishing the Truckee River in Nevada: The Truckee River flows 110 miles from Lake Tahoe, CA to Pyramid Lake, NV. More than 70 miles runs through the state of Nevada with much less fishing pressure then California. Once home to the enormous Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, the Truckee in Nevada now holds a good population of Rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. The average trout in the Truckee is over fourteen inches, with many over twenty inches. Many fly fishers avoid the Truckee in Nevada due to its lack of summer hatches and urban setting. What most locals don’t want you to know is how great the dry fly fishing can be during coldest winter months. Gear is easy for the Truckee, four to six weight rods eight to eleven feet in length, paired with floating lines will cover the majority of conditions. High-stick and indicator nymph fishing is certainly the most productive method throughout the year. Streamers are also a good choice especially if you’re targeting the largest trout in the river.

Access can be found upstream of Reno near the California/Nevada state line in the town of Verdi. Crystal Peak Park and Dog Valley Bridge provide anglers with an alpine like setting closely resembling the much more popular California section. As the river continues into Reno it starts to feel much more urban and access can be found at Mogul, Mayberry Park, Dorostkar Park, Ivan Sack Park, Idlewilde Park and the downtown Whitewater park. This stretch is also very popular with rafters and kayakers during summer afternoons. These upper access points have great areas of pocket water, riffles, and some plunge type pools near the state line. The river in Reno is very urban, often surrounded by curious bystanders strolling along the river. East of Town access begins at Lockwood where TNC has recently made some fish friendly upgrades.  Mustang and Patrick provide anglers with good access near the bridges. The Truckee east of Reno offers more than fifteen miles of productive trout fishing to be explored.

Fly Fishing Gear for the Truckee River: 4-6 Weight rods 9′-10′ in length. Sturdy reel with a floating line covers most conditions. Leaders – Dry 5X-6X 9′-12′ – Nymph 3X-5X 7′-10′ – Streamer 2X-3X 5′-7′. Indicator and High Stick/Euro Nymphing are the most productive methods year round. The dry fly fishing can be found in the form of Baetis from as Early as October through April. Streamer fishing is effective year round. Read lots more on the Truckee River in the Fly Fisher Guide to; Nevada or book a guide trip on the Truckee River here.

Dry Flies for the Truckee River: Cutter’s E/Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Humpy, Royal Humpy, PInk Cahill, Parachute Cahill, Parachute Adams, Stimulators, Jan’s Fast Water Emergers, Jan’s Green Drake Emerger, Gilligan’s Snowshoe Caddis, Gilligan’s Snowshoe Little Yellow Stone, Parachute Ants, Parachute Hoppers, Jan’s True-Tone Emergers,

Nymphs for the Truckee River: Jan’s Full Metal Jacket, Pheasant Tail, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Pearl Caddis Pupa, Ragdoll, Phoenix Stone, Winter Worm, Gilligan’s Skipper Stone, Gilligan’s G6 Caddis Pupa, Oulette’s Stone Daddy, Oulette’s Peaches and Cream Jig, Oulette’s Sweat Pea Jig, Flashback Heavy Hares Ear, Bead Head Prince, Twenty Incher, Copper John, Zebra Midge, Jan’s October Caddis Pupa, Claws, Jan’s Trout Crayfish

Streamers for the Truckee River: Jan’s Sculpin, Hook Up Baitfish, Cone Head Woolly Buggers, Crystal Buggers,

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