The Lahontan Cutthroat trout have begun their spawn and fish are coming into extremely shallow water looking to find fresh water to run up into to spawn. The tribe plans to begin opening the hatchery in the coming weeks and the fish are ready for them. This can be a difficult time to fish as the trout have other things on their mind. I will focus on retrieving flies this time of year and try to entice the fish to bite out of aggression. Booby Flies and Pyramid Lake Beetle still produce fish, but a lot of the time I will experiment with larger flies and baitfish patterns like Jan’s Tui Chub or Bead Head Wooly Buggers to elicit a strike.
Indicators are still a great option for targeting the LCT. As the trout begin to school more competition increases as do the chances of catching numbers. We’ve all seen a line up of anglers where it seems that almost everyone has a fish on. That is also indicative of this time of year. Midge color is key. I tend to use brighter, more obvious flies this time of year. Red and gold is a good combination as are traditional white beaded Albino Wino.
The Truckee River flows have begun to show daily flow fluctuations that suggest spring runoff. Might be a bit early......