Water Levels Changing Rapidly

Truckee River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Reno Fly

by Reno Fly Shop

A lot has changed since our last fishing report. Cold storms and a lot of precipitation brought the Truckee River to just under 3,000 cfs, and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. A shock to the system, but one that the river needed and has already rebounded from. Flows at the downtown gage are 540 cfs and river temps are hitting 37 to 38 degrees at the Sparks gage again the same flow/temps they were pre-storm. Fishing has picked back up since the storm and high water. Using larger flies, worms, and streamers can be extremely effective when water levels change rapidly. Contrary to popular belief fish do feed in high water periods, specifically when the water first begins to drop and clear up.

Fish will move into softer water when water levels rise so expect the fish to be in different water than you were fishing before. Really focus on pockets and seams and slower water. It looks like we could be looking at a wet month of March as well so mastering some of these high water skills can be very effective.

Flies That We Suggest: Squirmy Wormy, San Juan Worm, Wire Worm, Stone fly, Double Bead Stone, Sculpzilla, Weirs Sculpin, Cheech Leech  

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