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Truckee River
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Updated - 2/23/24

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up to the minute Stream Flows and Hatch Chart

Conditions: 90 CFS between the lake and  Boca inlet and 383 CFS at Farad. For up to the minute flow information click on the link in the next section below.
Fishing-Fair to Good: 
Miles at Trout Creek Outfitters in Truckee reports: "One of the most important factors of success right now is fishing the right water. These fish are currently sitting in “winter water” this means water that is walking speed or less, ideally along a small seam or bubble line running alongside the main current. They want the deepest water they have access to and ideally some sort of cover, be it a big boulder, cut bank or overhanging brush. Even with the decreased visibility from the rain last week, we still caught an equal number of fish on the smaller offerings, with the zebra midge in particular doing best. When fishing the slower water the fish are in right now, they have more time to inspect your presentation. A well presented smaller fly will often fish well when you are fishing an area thoroughly, where a larger attractor nymph will often produce within the first few drifts, targeting those more aggressive fish.."


The Nevada side is a bit of a different game and as the river flows east, we see areas on the west side of Reno where water is pulled out for power stations or for Reno’s water source. If fishing down in the desert, we recommend focusing through downtown, and all the way east of Sparks towards Lockwood or Mustang Ranch. Not to say there’s not good fishing around Verdi or Mogul, it has actually been quite good as of late, but if you land in the wrong spot, you may find the water too low or may be greeted with some private property signs."

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About the Truckee River


The Truckee consists of just about every water category there is.  Much of it is freestone, with long runs of pocket water, punctuated by long wide flats.  Once the Truckee drops into the canyon section it turns into a necklace of very deep pools and runs separated by roily pocket water.  It’s not a big river so most of the time it is very wadeable. 


For most of its length the Truckee is for all practical purposes is what you would call a wild trout water.  Trout plants of hatchery fish (Rainbows and Lahontan Cutthroat) are limited to the upper ten mile stretch which runs from its outlet from Lake Tahoe to its confluence with Trout Creek located at the lower end of the town of Truckee where the special regulation (wild trout) section begins. 

The twenty miles between Trout Creek and the Nevada state line the special regulations limit tackle to artificial lures with barbless hooks. There is also a size and bag limit of two trout with a minimum size of 14 inches from the last Saturday in April through November 15th.  For the winter season which runs from November 16th through the Friday before the last Saturday in April, no fish may be kept. The wild trout water is home to Rainbows and Browns, some that get very large.


Access points are easy and numerous along the Truckee.  Though there is some private water (San Francisco Casting Club) along its length, there is plenty of U.S. Forest property in between so that you can always find a way to get to the water.  The upper section begins at the outlet from Lake Tahoe and is some of the most beautiful water one can fish, but unfortunately its beauty also has made this a very popular rafting run.


Springtime means run off and that can occur during various interval lengths beginning in the month of April and continue into June.  There is an old saying that when the water is high and roily, go big heavy and ugly so big and heavy. The spring transcending into summer season brings the beginning of significant hatches with one of the first most anticipated hatches being the Green Drakes.  March Browns also appear and Baetis continue during the early part of spring. 


With the arrival of summer the flows settle down and all of the bugs that we know and love show their faces.  Caddis, Golden Stones, Little Yellow Stones and Pale Morning Duns are the most common. Also of mention are terrestrials such as hoppers and very importantly the huge Carpenter Ants that blow up slope from the valleys below. 


Fall means fewer fishermen, particularly on weekdays, and cooler water temperatures.  Cooler water temperatures mean fishing will remain good all day and as with other waters located where there is a harsh winter environment, the trout’s feeding habits change from selective to opportunistic as they bulk up for winter.  The Baetis are beginning to show again and the October Caddis are preparing to leave the comfort of their pine needle homes to pupate into huge moth like creatures. 

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