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Rain, snow, longer days adding to fun on Truckee, Pyramid and beyond

Fishing at Pyramid is turning on as temperatures warm and fresh water fills the lake.
Fishing at Pyramid is turning on as temperatures warm and fresh water fills the lake.
Photo courtesy Brian Strang

Both the Truckee and Pyramid are waking up. Fresh snow and rain in the Tahoe-Reno region has warmed up the water and the fish are responding. Knowledgeable anglers are connecting with 10 to 14 fish a day on the river while some are reporting as many as five to six at Pyramid. Throw in the wild action at Frenchman and Davis and I think it is safe to say, Spring is here!

The author caught this nice rainbow on a Helios 2/Mirage combo and a 5X leader.
Photo by Brian Strang

This writer hit the Truckee twice in as many weeks with more than a dozen fish each outing. Cutthroat, rainbows and whitefish were hitting through town and out east as they found a San Juan imitation called the UV Juan to be irresistible. They also found a Prince, twenty incher and a red pure midge hard to pass up.

Anglers on Pyramid are doing good with an assortment of tadpole beetles on Depth Charge line and Maholo imitations under indicators. For the beetles, white and chartreuse chased by black and blue or purple has been the top combo. A wine or red colored Maholo has been turning on for indicator fishermen.

Frenchman and Davis on the other hand have been red hot after storms as the rainbows are grouped up and cruising the shallow coves with the idea of spawning in the backs of their minds. Leave them alone in the feeder creeks as they are there to spawn and create future generations, but on the lake, have fun catching and releasing.

The top flies working at this two lakes are green jig fly patterns, two-tone midges, gold-ribbed hare's ears and maroon chronomids. Fishing seems to be a hit or miss, but you will increase your chances of success if you fish when flows are coming into the lake.

For more information on the Davis, Frenchman, Truckee or Pyramid bite, feel free to ask questions in the comments section or swing by Orvis Reno for the latest bugs.