River Overview

Spilling out of Lake Tahoe, the Truckee river meanders through the town of Truckee and winds through the Sierras before terminating into Pyramid Lake. With a healthy population of wild rainbow and brown trout, incredible scenery and easy access, the Truckee river is a true gem of the West.

Details

  • Target Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
  • River Type: Freestone, Pocket Water
  • Closest Town: Truckee Nv
  • Closest Fly Shops: Ace Mountain Hardware - Truckee Nv
  • River Regulations & Closures: Open year-round below the town of Truckee to the Nevada Stateline. Open year-round in Nevada.
  • Hazards: Challenging wading in most places.
TRUCKEE WEATHER
June 16, 2020

Summertime on the Truckee is an experience you won’t soon forget with plenty of fish spread throughout the system feeding on a variety of insects, minnow and crayfish. As the days heat up be sure to be aware of rising water temperatures, with a low snowpack this last winter we might see flows get dangerously low and temperatures spike, so use good judgement. Crayfish are on the top of the menu, so dead drifting a crawdad pattern through the bubbly, oxygenated water is a smart play. Gilligan’s G6 Caddis is another fantastic summertime pattern, especially around the large boulders.

 

Wading

Wading the Truckee River is easy in some places and extremely challenging in others. While flows under 400CFS are manageable, large, rough rocks make up the majority of the bottom and anglers will frequently stumble navigating the river. Move slow and use a wading staff.


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Optimal CFS:

300-500

Strategy

Guide Tips: In your box this month you have a heavy wired stonefly nymph and a heavy tungsten zebra midge. Run these flies in tandem to get down quick and into feeding lanes. Winter fish have to eat, but they won't use much energy chasing flies, so high stick this duo through slots and around rocks for the best chance of hooking up.

 

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Access Points

Numerous turnouts and trails exist along the Truckee river. Most anglers will start at the Glenshire access, but with the river paralleling I-80 for much of it's duration, every shoulder and turnout offers access just a short hike away.

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Info

The Truckee River flows fairly consistently throughout the year, with spikes during the Spring when the snowmelt happens. Watch the flows, but fishing the banks without ever getting wet can still be extremely productive.

Wading Info

Wading the Truckee River is easy in some places and extremely challenging in others. While flows under 400CFS are manageable, large, rough rocks make up the majority of the bottom and anglers will frequently stumble navigating the river. Move slow and use a wading staff.

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Guide Recommended Gear

Rod: 5wt-7wt Rods Prefered

Line: Weight Forward Floating Line, Leader: 4x Tippet: 4x Weight: Yes, plenty to get down quickly. Indicator: Yes

Leader: 4x

Tippet: 4x

Weight: Yes

Indicator: Yes

Waders: Yes. The Truckee river runs cold most of the year, and the bottom is composed of rough large stones. Waders will help protect anglers against the elements and river bottom.

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