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Truckee River - Above Farad - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge
February Blue Winged Olives Midday #16-20 Royal Wulff
Midges Afternoon #18-22 Griffith's Gnat
March Skwala Stoneflies Afternoon #10-12 Elk Hair Caddis
Blue Winged Olives Midday #16-20 Parachute Adams
April March Browns Midday #12-14 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Blue Winged Olives Midday #16-20 BWO Emerger
May Caddis Evening #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Little Yellow Stoneflies Afternoon #14-16 Yellow Sally
June Pale Morning Duns Midday #14-16 Light Cahill
Green Drakes Afternoon #8-10 Green Drake Parachute
July Caddis Evening #14-16 X-Caddis
Little Yellow Stoneflies Afternoon #14-16 Yellow Humpy
August Hoppers Midday #10-12 Dave's Hopper
Ants Midday #14-16 Parachute Ant
September Caddis Evening #14-16 Holy Grail Caddis
Mahogany Duns Midday #14-16 Red Quill
October Blue Winged Olives Midday #16-20 Parachute Blue Wing Olive
October Caddis Evening #8-10 October Caddis Pupa
November Midges Afternoon #18-22 Tungsten Zebra Midge
Blue Winged Olives Midday #16-20 BWO Foam Emerger
December Midges Afternoon #18-22 Disco Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Truckee River above Farad is a gem for all fly-fishermen. This stretch of the river offers a variety of spots to catch Cutthroat, Brown, and Rainbow trout.
  • Boca to Prosser Creek: This region is characterized by slower moving water, making it an ideal spot for beginners or those looking for a relaxing day of fishing.
  • Prosser Creek to Truckee: The faster-moving water in these rapids offers a challenging fishing experience for the adventurous fisherman, it is abundant with Rainbow and Brown trout.
  • Verdi Pool: Verdi Pool, a large, stable area, is a perfect location for sighting fish before casting and offers opportunities to catch large trout.
Keep in mind that the ease of access, appearance and species of fish can vary greatly due to seasonal changes. Hotspots mentioned can prove tricky during the height of summer so always be cautious.

Best Access Points

The Truckee River, renowned for its fly fishing opportunities, sees enthusiasts flocking for its significant trout population. Above Farad, there are multiple access points for fly fishing

  • Stampede Reservoir Outlet: Accessible via Dog Valley Road, this area is a go-to spot, renowned for an abundant rainbow trout population.
  • Glen Alden Bridge: Situated off Alder Creek Road, allows for easy entry and parking availability. Pike minnow, mountain whitefish, and brown trout are commonly found here.
  • Hirschdale Exit: This site, located off I-80, offers substantial access to the river with wide variety of trout species.
  • Verdi Area: Access points around Verdi present favourable conditions for brown and rainbow trout.
  • Truckee Regional Park: Easily accessible and near downtown, providing a quality fishing locale within the urban environment.

Please remember to respect the environment while enjoying your fly fishing experience; practice catch-and-release and adhere to local regulations.

Local Fish

  • Trout
    1. Rainbow Trout
    2. Brown Trout
    3. Brook Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Pike
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Bass
    1. Largemouth Bass
    2. Smallmouth Bass

About The River

The Truckee River is a notable thread of water that winds intricately across the Nevada landscape. Originating from the picturesque Lake Tahoe, this river covers a distance of about 121 miles before it merges with Pyramid Lake.

Historically, the river has been significant, particularly when it comes to the segment above Farad. This section is home to the site where the first hydroelectric plant in Nevada was established way back in 1899; a landmark that truly speaks to the area’s pioneering spirit.

  • The river was named after a Paiute chief, Truckee, who guided an emigrant party from the Sierra Nevada.
  • Truckee River played a crucial role in the western migration of the United States, serving as a pathway for both the California Trail and the First Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Nowadays, it provides a source of irrigation for farms and ranches, and a hub for recreational activities like fishing and white-water rafting.

In a nutshell, the Truckee River – Above Farad is not just a river, but a flowing timeline that encapsulates the vibrant and compelling history of Nevada.


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