Fishing Report – October 27th, 2016

by Reno Fly Shop

Pyramid Lake

The fishing at Pyramid Lake has been as sporadic as the weather. True to form during the stormier periods the fishing has been more consistent. Not to say you can’t pick up fish during calm weather it is just at its best when clouds and wind provide some comfort and cover for the trout to feed in closer to shore.

The cooler weather and storms have dispersed the concentrated baitfish and as a result the trout seem to spread out all over the lake. Anglers that are fishing deeper water seem to have greater results. Quite a few larger fish have been caught recently and with another storm approaching, the next week should be really good.

Mike Anderson, our in-house Pyramid Lake guide, has been consistently putting clients on fish during the early morning hours and then later in the day. If you are interested in booking a trip call soon to get on the calendar as it is filling up.

Flies: Dead Pool and Spanish Olive Boobies, Bellyache Minnow #1/0, Deep Six, Midnight Cowboy, Pilot Nymph, Balanced Leech peacock and diablo

Main Truckee River – (between the Little Truckee Confluence and downtown Reno)

We got a really nice bump in flows during that last storm and it really freshened things up on the Big Truckee. Fish are spread out throughout the system and are eager to take a fly. Streamers and larger nymphs seem to be the flies of choice now. However a cloudy day with showers can be an amazing time on the Big T and tributaries for the Baetis and BWO hatches. Throwing big streamers will often trigger strikes this time of year.


Brown trout have begun their spawn have begun to stack up on their reds. Please leave these fish alone as they are protecting and adding to future fish populations. Take care when crossing the river near tailout of pools kicking up sediment can disturb spawning fish and destroy reds.

Flies: dark Biot Epoxy Stone, Skipper Stone, Dead Drift Crayfish, BH Prince Nymph, Soft Spot, Bellyache Minnow #4, Bunny Leech olive.


We have started our Winter Fly Tying Classes. If you are interested in learning to tie your own flies or sharpen up your skills we will have frequent classes over the course of the coming months.

For the next month we are going to have our guides show you how to tie their favorite patterns for fishing both Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

Mike Anderson our Pyramid Lake guide will focus on Pyramid flies and beginner techniques to begin filling your box with ammo for the coming season. Mike will cover all of the basics of fly tying, tool use and material selection. You will go away with several flies that you will be able to chase the giant trout of Pyramid Lake. The next scheduled Intro classes are October 27th and November 10th we have a few spots still available.

Learn intermediate and advanced fly tying techniques from Reno Fly Shop head guide and instructor, Mike Curtis. Mike will show you the flies he ties for his clients and himself when he fishing our local waters. He has years of experience fly fishing, tying and guiding the Truckee River and its tributaries. Mike Curtis’ next class is on November 3rd and will continue every other week for the next month or so.

Check our events calendar at for details and the next scheduled date.

Registration is on a first come basis and the classes will be held with between 3 and 5 students.

Cost is $40 and includes all material, tools and the use of shop vises if needed.

The class fee will be discounted off the purchase of a premium tying vise from the Reno Fly Shop during the night of the class.

Call 775-323-3474 with any questions.