Wednesday, June 23, 2010

6 Must-Have Early Summer Truckee Patterns

In anticipation of the Truckee coming down to productive fishing levels, (maybe less than a week if we are lucky...) I thought I could share my 6 favorite early summer patterns for the Truckee. These flies will give you the best shots at fish, and I will do everything short of guaranteeing hook-ups. Here they are in no particular order.

1. Flav-Green Drake Sprout Emerger-Once the G.D.s start hatching,
you will want to have this fly in your quiver.

2. Burk's Hunchback Green Drake- Certainly the best G.D. nymph for the Truckee.

3. Barr's Jumbo John- A juicy looking fly that will get down to the fish in fast runs.

4. Mercer's Micro Mayfly- Big fish eat little things...

5. Chernobyl Ant- May not be as productive as the nymphs, but will certainly be more fun.

6. Stanley Streamer- Gotta give it to the boss, this fly always produces big fish--especially when they start planting fish on the Nevada side. (The fly is still in the Brown's mouth)

Thanks for reading, and make sure to stop by the Reno Fly Shop to pick up these must have early summer Truckee patterns, we might even show you a few more. -JM

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

First Post

The Author with a 29" Brown from the Nevada side of the Truckee
Caught last July on a Micro Mayfly Nymph
Hi All,

My name is Jake Manoukian. Since this is my first post I should give you some background info about myself. I am a 19 year old student at Middlebury College in Vermont. I work in the fly shop in the summers mainly opening shipments from Simms and cleaning the fly bins; but sometimes Dave lets me organize the size labels for our apparel. Anyway, when I'm not working or building model airplanes, you can find me fishing one of our local rivers, usually swinging nymphs and landing hogs. The Truckee is my favorite river, but I fish the Little Truckee, the Carson, and even the Sparks Marina pretty frequently. So if you like talking about fishing, or anything else I suppose, feel free to comment on any of my posts and we will be able to get a little rapport going. Thanks for reading, and you will hear from me soon. -JM

Friday, June 18, 2010


Took my guys out to the LT for the morning. Got too crowded for our taste so we went to the river and caught just as many fish there as the LT, in less time. What did we get them on? A foam ant fished in the seams behind some split shot. Haha. Saw one other angler on the other side of the river, but we had plenty of room so it worked out fine. The Truckee is a truly amazing fishery if you're willing to go out there and try to learn her mysteries. SO many anglers get stuck in their comfort zone that is the Little Truckee and really limit themselves as anglers. This time of year there's so many rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds out there that are fishing well or just starting to fish with trout that haven't seen flies in months. Hopefully I can spark a little fire in the people reading this and you guys get out there and explore, cause there is no time better than the present. Good luck in your early summer adventures!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Truckee Update

Despite being fairly blown out through Reno, the Truckee is high but fishable once you head west a ways and fish the CA side. Proof of this was sent to me by Michael who's been sticking some beautiful fish up there on brown colored stones and wd-40's:

That spotty rainbow looks like something out of an advertisement for an Alaskan guide trip. Awesome.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

They're here!

The annual carpenter ant flights are starting up now that we're getting some warmer weather. The river's high, but fishable, especially further up. Try some big ant dries on the banks, or fish a drowned one like a nymph. This hatch isn't long lasting, but can be epic for a few days.