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Truckee River - Martis Creek - 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 – Martis Creek is famous among anglers for its spectacular array of fly-fishing spots. The locations provide a variety of fishing experiences and a chance to catch diverse fish species.

  • Mayberry Park: An easily accessible city park with good fishing for rainbows and browns.
  • Glenshire Bridge: A local favorite for rainbow and brown trout, especially effective in late spring and summer.
  • Crystal Peak Park: Here, the Truckee slows down and forms large pools, which are perfect for dry fly action.
  • Martis Creek Lake: Dedicated catch-and-release area. Small stream fishery. Excellent for beginners. Provides access to the Martis Creek outlet, where wild trout live.
  • Trout Creek Confluence: Two miles of public water with good access and a healthy population of wild rainbows. Can be crowded, but the quality of fishing makes up for it.

Best Access Points

The Truckee River offers a multitude of brilliant spots for fly fishing, particularly around Martis Creek. Several of the standout points include:
  • Olympic Valley: Located by the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, this point offers deep pools and perfect, trout-filled waters.
  • Boca to Stampede Dam Road: This is a great, easily accessible spot offering a mixture of reservoir and flowing river environments.
  • Glenshire Drive Bridge: This location, downstream of the Martis Creek convergence, is a hidden gem with abundant wild trout.
Remember, it’s crucial to respect the local regulations. Fishing is allowed year-round at:
  1. Martis Creek Lake and downstream
  2. Truckee River through downtown Truckee to Trout Creek
Finally, always ensure you have a valid fishing license, and follow catch and release protocols to help maintain the rich ecosystem present in the Truckee River – Martis Creek area.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: These fish are a popular target for anglers due to their formidable size and fight. They can be found throughout the Truckee River system and enjoy feeding near the bottom of deep pools.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their colorful markings and acrobatic leaps, rainbow trout are a common catch in the Truckee River. They are often caught using dry flies or nymphs near the surface of the water.
  • Brook Trout: Although smaller than brown and rainbow trout, brook trout are cherished for their stunning colors and aggressive strikes. They are typically found in the cooler, upstream portions of the river.
  • Mountain Whitefish: This species, while not as flashy as trout, offers a solid fight and abundant populations in the Truckee River. They are most often caught on small, brightly colored nymphs.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the bright red slash under their jaw, cutthroat trout are primarily found in the upper reaches of the Truckee River. They are known for being particularly aggressive towards dry flies.
  • Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: A unique subspecies, these fish are native to the Truckee River basin and have adapted to its alkaline waters. They are known for their distinctively large size and striking coloration.
  • Golden Trout: While not as common as some of the other species, golden trout are a prized catch for any angler lucky enough to hook one. These fish prefer clear, high elevation streams and provide a memorable experience when caught on a fly.
  • Paiute Cutthroat Trout: Another Truckee River native, these fish are incredibly rare and protected by law. While you can’t target this species for fishing, it’s always a special moment to spot one in its native habitat.

About The River

The Truckee River, a vital and remarkable water course in the United States, has a fascinating history! Originated and flowed from the delightful Lake Tahoe, this river covers a picturesque journey of 121 miles and merges into Pyramid Lake in northern Nevada.

The uniqueness of the Truckee River lies in the fact that it doesn’t empty into an ocean, contrary to the majority of the rivers. Serving as a significant natural resource, the river’s course acts as a prime habitat for several fish species.

A quintessential part of its riverine ecosystem is the Martis Creek, a tributary of the Truckee River. Martis Creek was historically home to the fascinating Martis complex people who thrived on the lush and abundant watershed around 2000 BC to 500 AD.

  • The Truckee River and Martis Creek also played a key role in the California Gold Rush era. They were strategic points for pioneers and settlers heading west in the mid-1800s.
  • Furthermore, during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the river system was instrumental in the region’s ranching, timber, and ice production industries!

Even today, they add not just to the scenic beauty but also provide recreational activities like fishing, hiking, and boating, thus continuing their role as vibrant parts of our shared history and culture!


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