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Mid-winter bite good along Truckee

Fishing on the Truckee is good and you can have a lot of space to yourself as most guys do not like wading in cold water or getting hit in the head by snow flakes. That means elbow room and hungry, solid rainbows for the few who get out and wet a fly. I recently fished, just prior to this snowstorm today and my fishing buddy and I managed more than 20 fish, not bad for a day on the Truckee.

The water east of Reno is fishing well.
Photos by Brian La Rue
An angler attempts to land a 20-plus inch rainbow.
Photo by Brian La Rue

We started east of Reno and quickly jumped to a couple different access points. Flashback pheasant tails, midges and San Juan worms were working from the first pool at 10 a.m. to the last run at 4 p.m. The largest rainbow went 22 inches while the majority ran 18 to 21 inches. At one point I hooked what I thought was the bottom, but after a pair of quick head shakes and a throw of the hook, I was left wondering actually how big this mystery fish might have been.

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