December 3, 2022 Fly Fishing Report for the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake
by Miles Zimmerman
With fresh snow on the ground, access will be a bit tricky to some of the local waters such as the Little Truckee, and our local reservoirs as most of these access roads don’t get plowed. However, access is still open along most of the Truckee River as of today. We have a series of storms expected next week, and this may make getting to the river a bit more difficult here on the CA side, but the lower river around Reno and beyond will continue to fish great through this weather, and of course Pyramid Lake which should pick up with these storms.
Truckee River Fly Fishing Report & Forecast
There was a substantial drop in flows out of Boca Reservoir on Thursday the 1st, which caused a decrease of 175 CFS below the confluence, and as of today the flows at Farad are around 185 CFS. Expect a few days of slow fishing as the fish look to adjust to this sudden change, and then it should be back to normal starting as early as next week. This drop in flows will make fishing streamers or dries a great option as fish will be more likely to see these offerings when the water is lower.
If nymphing, using clear or white indicators and less split shot than normal should be some changes made, but with precipitation all week, using attractors such as stones, eggs and worms will be especially effective, however we still recommend pairing these with smaller baetis and midge patterns. The lower river past Sparks is fishing well and should continue to do so throughout the entire winter. Down here there is little to no snow, warmer weather and some potentially great dry fly and streamer fishing, so for those living or staying in Truckee, this is a great option to get off the hill and get there fishing fix in through the winter months and is absolutely worth the license fee.
Little Truckee Fly Fishing Report & Forecast
The Little Truckee will have limited access due to snow on Stampede Dam Rd. If you’re feeling ambitious you can cross country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile back here and be rewarded to with a normally busy river all to yourself.
Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Report & Forecast
Pyramid has seen some slow days over the last few weeks, but we expect a serious uptick in the fishing starting this weekend with the shift in weather. Fishing has seemed to be best along the southern beaches this week, but we are firm believers that there’s no clear pattern in this regard and if you’re not getting fish or just not feeling your pick, then move. Last week we moved 3 times before we found some good fishing, and while it still wasn’t great, making a move saved the day and everyone found fish. The best bite has been on balanced leeches fished at 9-12 feet, but when you begin to get cross-eyed from staring at a boober for too long, it sure is nice mixing it up with a full sink line and buggers, beetles or boobies. The sinking line has also been more effective winds cause your indicator to drift around too fast or during low light hours.
The Shop is Stocked for the Holidays!
We are well stocked on various gift ideas and stocking stuffers for this holiday season, and are continuing to get more stuff in everyday, including items from Yeti, Howler Bros, Simms, and we now even carry a small thought-out selection of knives from Helle of Norway. We’ll be open 9-6 daily through Christmas eve, so stop in!