The water clarity on the Truckee River as of late has been really clear, making fish pretty spooky. Storms rolling in for the next few weeks will bring in some needed moisture and raise the river a few CFS while raising some turbidity as well. Otherwise, the fish are focused on small flies; sizes 18-20 and smaller if you dare. The trout have also transitioned into their slower winter water spots. This will be slower water with a bit more depth compared the beginning of the month.
We find ourselves suggesting the use of indicators during the winter months, unless a hatch of blue winged olives comes out, then it’s dry fly fishing time! Indicators allow the anglers to lengthen drifts in slower water. The bottom is often more consistent in the slower reaches allowing a static depth to be effective.
With cloud cover we’re seeing some baetis action in the afternoons, but wait for these really fast paced storms to push through before expecting to see noses breaking the surface.
The storms have been treating the lake very nicely! Surface temps are sub 50 degrees, and with the overcast and low pressure the Lahontan Cutthroat are getting shallow and feeding well. The indicator bite has begun to pick up, but the retrieve bite is still my preferred method.
The trout seem to be pretty well scattered throughout the lake we’re seeing fish being caught on the north and south side of the lake. The key is finding a good drop off into 12-15+ feet of water, and keeping your flies in the water.