Warm weather will produce some cloudy water conditions, especially in the afternoons but the Truckee has been fishing very well in general. BWO’s and midges continue to hatch downriver of Reno. From the state line through town a few skwalas are still around and the fish will eat a streamer as well. We are starting to see some March Browns and a few other larger mayflies. Most of the rainbow spawn activity is over but there are a few fish still at it. In CA, the water is a little colder but bugs and fish are fairly active. When in doubt, a San Juan worm will usually produce some fish. Nymphing is the most productive technique throughout the river. Get your flies on the bottom and keep them there. Golden Stones, small mayfly nymphs, birds nests and worms are good options. Flows – Truckee 215cfs, Boca 536cfs, Farad 586cfs, Reno 517cfs
Flows are up (240cfs) and the fish are spread out a little better than they are during winter flows. Huge midge hatches as well as the occasional winter stone and BWO account for most of the bug activity. Fishing has been pretty good. Small nymphs (16-20) are your best bet, but keep an eye out for rising fish. Please avoid the spawning rainbows when you see them on the redds!!
East Walker River
The best bet for dry fly fishing is the East Walker at present. BWO’s continue to hatch mid-day with a spinner fall later in the afternoon when the wind cooperates. On the NV side, fish will come up for a skwala on warm afternoons. Try fishing a small mayfly or midge under the skwala as this can be very effective. Streamers will get some of the bigger fish moving. Flows have fluctuated between 40 and 60 cfs this past week. Try to go when the flows have stabilized for at least a day.
Fishing has been “up and down” this past week. Some good days and some slow ones. The fish are definitely in the spawn mode. Nymphing with or without an indicator is probably the most productive method, although you should bring your sinking line, beetles and buggers for the days when the fish are a little farther from shore. This is historically the best time to fish the lake so get out there and get after them! Red copper johns, mahalo nymphs, big midges, chartreuse beetles, and a variety of wooly worms are catching fish.