Fly Fishing the Truckee River

The Truckee River is a tailwater that flows from Lake Tahoe for 120 miles ending at Pyramid Lake, NV. Although this river is technically a tailwater, at times it flows like a freestone stream and at others it will fly fish like a Spring Creek. The California Section fly fishes well between 80cfs and 300cfs, with hatches of Stoneflies, Mayflies, Caddis and Midges throughout the year. With an abundance of bait fish and crawdads, fish can reach over 20 inches in size. The Nevada side of the Truckee River generally flows at a higher rate and fly fishes best between 200cfs and 500cfs. The hatches are similar to the California section. Fish Species for both sections include Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lahonton Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Whitefish. The Truckee River can be very difficult to fly fish at times, thus its nickname “The Big Tricky River”. A guide for both California and Nevada sections of this river is highly recommended to learn the skills necessary to effectively fly fish the Truckee.