Nevada Fly Fishing

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NV - Truckee River : 39.502979, -119.896889
COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON, AZ: 36.101372, -112.086280
COLORADO RVR ABV DIAMOND CREEK NR PEACH SPRINGS AZ: 35.773599, -113.363544
VIRGIN RIVER NEAR ST. GEORGE, UT: 37.014424, -113.680516
VIRGIN RV ABV THE NARROWS NR LITTLEFIELD, AZ: 36.921089, -113.831909
BEAVER DAM WASH NEAR ENTERPRISE, UT: 37.469975, -114.046646
BEAVER DAM WASH AT BEAVER DAM, AZ: 36.901921, -113.933577
VIRGIN RV AT LITTLEFIELD, AZ: 36.891644, -113.924410
MESQUITE CANAL NR MESQUITE, NV: 36.809889, -114.014750
VIRGIN RV ABV LAKE MEAD NR OVERTON, NV: 36.516088, -114.334975
WHITE RV NR RED MTN NR PRESTON, NV: 38.935216, -115.298358
PRESTON BIG SPRG NR PRESTON, NV: 38.933333, -115.080000
HOT CK NR SUNNYSIDE, NV: 38.379444, -115.151667
209 S05 E60 10 1 CRYSTAL SPGS NR HIKO, NV: 37.531904, -115.232522
ASH SPGS CK BLW DIV AT HWY 93 AT ASH SPGS, NV: 37.460000, -115.195000
MUDDY SPGS AT LDS FARM NR MOAPA, NV: 36.721637, -114.715550
PEDERSON E SPGS NR MOAPA, NV: 36.709364, -114.715714
PEDERSON SPGS NR MOAPA, NV: 36.709581, -114.715972
WARM SPGS W NR MOAPA, NV: 36.711183, -114.713664
WARM SPGS CONFL AT IVERSON FLUME NR MOAPA, NV: 36.711333, -114.709667
MUDDY RV NR MOAPA, NV: 36.711082, -114.695272
MEADOW VALLEY WASH AT EAGLE CYN NR URSINE, NV: 38.004129, -114.206927
MEADOW VALLEY WASH NR CALIENTE, NV: 37.558378, -114.563056
MUDDY RV NR GLENDALE, NV: 36.643028, -114.539708
MUDDY RV AT LEWIS AVENUE AT OVERTON, NV: 36.535278, -114.428333
CORN CK SPGS AT NATIONAL FISH & WILDLIFE HDQRS, NV: 36.438844, -115.358119
SLOAN CHANNEL TRIB AT LAS VEGAS BLVD NR N LV: 36.228642, -115.074281
SLOAN CHANNEL AT CHARLESTON BLVD NR LAS VEGAS, NV: 36.159695, -115.045276
FLAMINGO WASH AT NELLIS BLVD NR LAS VEGAS, NV: 36.143028, -115.065554
LV WASH BLW FLAMINGO WASH CONFL NR LAS VEGAS, NV: 36.139695, -115.047776
LAS VEGAS WASH AT VEGAS VALLEY DR NR LAS VEGAS, NV: 36.136918, -115.038609
DUCK CK AT BROADBENT BLVD AT E LAS VEGAS, NV: 36.090808, -115.023884
LAS VEGAS WASH AT PABCO RD NR HENDERSON, NV: 36.087475, -114.985828
C-1 CHANNEL NR WARM SPGS RD AT HENDERSON, NV: 36.044699, -114.959158
C-1 CHANNEL ABV MOUTH NR HENDERSON, NV: 36.085000, -114.968333
LV WASH ABV THREE KIDS WASH BLW HENDERSON, NV: 36.100375, -114.943319
LAS VEGAS WASH OVERFLOW AT LAKE LAS VEGAS INLET: 36.102476, -114.934437
LV WASH BLW LAKE LAS VEGAS NR BOULDER CITY, NV: 36.122198, -114.904992
COLORADO RV BLW HOOVER DAM, AZ-NV: 36.015258, -114.738594
COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM, AZ-NV: 35.191666, -114.572188
BIG SPGS CK SOUTH CHANNEL NR BAKER, NV: 38.699119, -114.131932
BIG SPGS CK NORTH CHANNEL NR BAKER, NV: 38.699397, -114.131932
LEHMAN CK NR BAKER, NV: 39.011613, -114.214439
CLEVE CK NR ELY, NV: 39.216578, -114.529639
STEPTOE CK NR ELY, NV: 39.201539, -114.689161
GEYSER CK AT SPGS ORIFICE NR MINERVA, NV: 38.680000, -114.666667
COILS CK ABV HORSE CK NR EUREKA, NV: 39.769778, -116.464444
ROBERTS CK NR EUREKA, NV: 39.789778, -116.300944
BIG WARM SPGS NR DUCKWATER, NV: 38.950194, -115.703278
KINGSTON CK BLW COUGAR CYN NR AUSTIN, NV: 39.212429, -117.113422
S TWIN RV NR ROUND MOUNTAIN, NV: 38.887430, -117.245367
BOREHOLE SPG CHANNEL NR TECOPA HOT SPGS, CA: 35.885694, -116.234250
AMARGOSA RV AT TECOPA, CA: 35.848577, -116.230024
AMARGOSA RV ABV CHINA RANCH WASH NR TECOPA, CA: 35.790218, -116.206189
WILLOW CK AT CHINA RANCH, CA: 35.800944, -116.194417
E WALKER RV NR BRIDGEPORT, CA: 38.327696, -119.214876
SWEETWATER CK AT HWY 338 ABV MTH NR BRIDGEPORT, CA: 38.441583, -119.130983
E WALKER RV ABV STROSNIDER DITCH NR MASON, NV: 38.813714, -119.047992
W WALKER RV BLW L WALKER RV NR COLEVILLE, CA: 38.379637, -119.450165
W WALKER RV NR COLEVILLE, CA: 38.513245, -119.449887
W WALKER RV AT HOYE BRG NR WELLINGTON, NV: 38.728064, -119.427861
W WALKER RV NR HUDSON, NV: 38.809637, -119.227377
WALKER RV NR MASON, NV: 38.919447, -119.190172
WALKER RV AT MILLER LN NR YERINGTON, NV: 39.048278, -119.133056
PERK/JOGGLES SLOUGH ABV CONFL WITH WALKER RV, NV: 39.142500, -119.104819
WABUSKA DRAIN ABV WALKER RV CNFL NR PARKER BUTTE: 39.150908, -119.103786
WALKER RV NR WABUSKA, NV: 39.152461, -119.098889
WALKER RV ABV WEBER RES NR SCHURZ, NV: 39.103253, -118.929317
WALKER RV AT PT SITE BLW WEBER RES NR SCHURZ, NV: 39.033809, -118.862370
WALKER RV ABV LITTLE DAM NR SCHURZ, NV: 39.013531, -118.860980
WALKER RV AT LATERAL 2-A SIPHON NR SCHURZ, NV: 38.940198, -118.803756
WALKER RV NR MOUTH AT WALKER LAKE, NV: 38.791030, -118.727085
E FK CARSON RV BLW MARKLEEVILLE CK NR MARKLEEVILLE: 38.714627, -119.764899
BRYANT CK NR GARDNERVILLE, NV: 38.793795, -119.672673
E FK CARSON RV NR GARDNERVILLE, NV: 38.845194, -119.706083
E FK CARSON RV NR DRESSLERVILLE, NV: 38.880139, -119.691806
W FK CARSON RV AT WOODFORDS, CA: 38.769628, -119.833789
DAGGETT CK NR GENOA, NV: 38.964500, -119.849319
CLEAR CK NR CARSON CITY, NV: 39.113242, -119.798237
CARSON RV NR CARSON CITY, NV: 39.107687, -119.713233
KINGS CYN CK NR CARSON CITY, NV: 39.153798, -119.807960
ASH CYN CK NR CARSON CITY, NV: 39.176298, -119.805738
EAGLE VALLEY CK AT CARSON CITY, NV: 39.165275, -119.722225
CARSON RV AT DEER RUN RD NR CARSON CITY, NV: 39.181378, -119.694869
CARSON RV NR FORT CHURCHILL, NV: 39.291667, -119.311111
CARSON RV BLW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR NR FALLON, NV: 39.463936, -119.046258
CARSON RV AT TARZYN RD NR FALLON, NV: 39.558806, -118.725984
HANKS CK AT MARYS RV RANCH RD NR DEETH, NV: 41.477861, -115.286639
MARYS RV ABV HOT SPGS CK NR DEETH, NV: 41.252696, -115.256447
LAMOILLE CK NR LAMOILLE, NV: 40.690761, -115.477003
BEAVER CK ABV CONF N FK HUMBOLDT RV NR HALLECK, NV: 41.329722, -115.571944
N FK HUMBOLDT RV AT DEVILS GATE NR HALLECK, NV: 41.178753, -115.492575
HUMBOLDT RV NR ELKO, NV: 40.936556, -115.624167
S FK HUMBOLDT RV ABV TENMILE CK NR ELKO, NV: 40.627497, -115.730522
S FK HUMBOLDT RV ABV DIXIE CK NR ELKO, NV: 40.684924, -115.813400
HUMBOLDT RV NR CARLIN, NV: 40.727697, -116.009242
SUSIE CK AT CARLIN, NV: 40.726029, -116.077855
MAGGIE CK ABV MAGGIE CK CYN NR CARLIN, NV: 40.824914, -116.223416
MAGGIE CK AT MAGGIE CR CYN NR CARLIN, NV: 40.803248, -116.200081
MAGGIE CK AT CARLIN, NV: 40.716244, -116.093575
MARYS CK AT CARLIN, NV: 40.710473, -116.125911
HUMBOLDT RV AT PALISADE, NV: 40.607417, -116.201744
HORSE CK AT HORSE CYN NR GARDEN GATE PASS, NV: 40.115556, -116.503444
WILLOW CK AT ALLISON RANCH NR GARDEN GATE PASS, NV: 40.171000, -116.486694
TONKIN SPG OUTFLOW ABV DENAY CK NR EUREKA, NV: 39.904806, -116.412528
HENDERSON CK BLW VINNINI CK NR EUREKA, NV: 39.869000, -116.166944
PETE HANSON CK ABV HENDERSON CK NR EUREKA, NV: 39.890306, -116.378278
PINE CK AT MODARELLI MINE RD NR HAY RANCH, NV: 40.381250, -116.125139
HUMBOLDT RV AT OLD US 40 BRG AT DUNPHY, NV: 40.705468, -116.530922
ROCK CK NR BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NV: 40.830406, -116.588342
BOULDER CK NR DUNPHY, NV: 40.954910, -116.440090
HUMBOLDT RV AT BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NV: 40.667689, -116.931212
HUMBOLDT RV AT COMUS, NV: 40.992125, -117.317617
L HUMBOLDT RV NR PARADISE VALLEY, NV: 41.415822, -117.373511
MARTIN CK NR PARADISE VALLEY, NV: 41.534618, -117.417905
HUMBOLDT RV NR IMLAY, NV: 40.692405, -118.204312
HUMBOLDT RV NR RYE PATCH, NV: 40.467406, -118.307647
UPPER TRUCKEE RV AT HWY 50 ABV MEYERS, CA: 38.848519, -120.027128
UPPER TRUCKEE RV AT SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA: 38.922408, -119.991571
GENERAL C NR MEEKS BAY CA: 39.051852, -120.118521
BLACKWOOD C NR TAHOE CITY CA: 39.107407, -120.162135
WARD C BL CONFLUENCE NR TAHOE CITY CA: 39.140740, -120.212138
WARD C AT HWY 89 NR TAHOE PINES CA: 39.132129, -120.157691
THIRD CK NR CRYSTAL BAY, NV: 39.240463, -119.946577
INCLINE CK NR CRYSTAL BAY, NV: 39.240186, -119.944911
GLENBROOK CK AT GLENBROOK, NV: 39.087408, -119.939906
TROUT CK NR TAHOE VALLEY, CA: 38.919908, -119.972404
TRUCKEE R A TAHOE CITY CA: 39.166296, -120.144359
TRUCKEE R NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.296295, -120.205475
DONNER C A DONNER LK NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.323517, -120.234365
DONNER C AT HWY 89 NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.321017, -120.207976
PROSSER C BL PROSSER C DAM NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.373240, -120.131587
LITTLE TRUCKEE R BL DIV DAM NR SIERRAVILLE CA: 39.491572, -120.292704
INDEPENDENCE C NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.456572, -120.287148
SAGEHEN C NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.431572, -120.237979
LITTLE TRUCKEE R AB BOCA RES NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.435741, -120.084366
LITTLE TRUCKEE R BL BOCA DAM NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.386852, -120.095476
TRUCKEE R A BOCA BRIDGE NR TRUCKEE CA: 39.385185, -120.087698
TRUCKEE R A FARAD CA: 39.427964, -120.034087
DOG CK AT VERDI, NV: 39.524354, -119.995478
TRUCKEE RV NR MOGUL, NV: 39.507132, -119.931864
HUNTER CK NR RENO, NV: 39.495111, -119.894500
TRUCKEE RV AT RENO, NV: 39.530189, -119.795468
TRUCKEE RV AT GLENDALE AVE NR SPARKS, NV: 39.525833, -119.776639
TRUCKEE RV NR SPARKS, NV: 39.517617, -119.741644
N TRUCKEE DRAIN AT SPANISH SPRINGS RD NR SPARK, NV: 39.568800, -119.726577
N TRUCKEE DRAIN AT KLEPPE LN NR SPARKS, NV: 39.526578, -119.709354
FRANKTOWN CK NR CARSON CITY, NV: 39.202278, -119.871083
STEAMBOAT CK AT STEAMBOAT, NV: 39.377133, -119.743658
STEAMBOAT CK AT SHORT LN AT RENO, NV: 39.465745, -119.728520
STEAMBOAT CK AT CLEANWATER WAY NR RENO, NV: 39.512967, -119.712409
TRUCKEE RV AT VISTA, NV: 39.520467, -119.701020
TRUCKEE RV NR TRACY, NV: 39.556579, -119.553236
TRUCKEE RV BLW DERBY DAM NR WADSWORTH, NV: 39.584634, -119.441287
TRUCKEE RV AT WADSWORTH, NV: 39.632134, -119.283225
TRUCKEE RV NR NIXON, NV: 39.777372, -119.337522
MCDERMITT CK NR MCDERMITT, NV: 41.966557, -117.831812
QUINN RV BLW CONFL E FK S FK QUINN NR MC DERMITT: 41.974000, -117.595694
SALMON FALLS CREEK NR SAN JACINTO NV: 41.944722, -114.688611
BRUNEAU RV AT ROWLAND, NV: 41.933237, -115.674527
JARBIDGE RV BLW JARBIDGE, NV: 41.890461, -115.428682
OWYHEE RV NR GOLD CK, NV: 41.688794, -115.844807
OWYHEE RV NR MOUNTAIN CITY, NV: 41.860458, -115.989260

The Silver State is well known for its desert highways and imposing mountaintops, and even better for the lights and wild activity of Sin City. But if you’re seeking some western fly fishing action, don’t despair – the state actually has many scenic rivers and waterways to suit any angler’s desires.

​Where to Go?

You might think you’d have a challenge even finding one or two places to cast your line in this driest of environs, however surprisingly, Nevada is home to 600 rivers and streams, and more than 200 lakes. This is just a handful of the favorites that are well known as both challenging and rewarding to the novice and veteran fly fisherman alike.

South Fork of the Humboldt River

This favorite fishing hole is located in the upper east quadrant of the state. The South Fork Dam divides the river into two parts, upper and lower, with the upper portion running seven miles up to Route 228 and the lower flowing about 12 miles downstream to the Hunter Banks Diversion Dam.

Though the river itself is not stocked, trout are plentiful due to migration up and downstream from the South Fork Reservoir which is stocked yearly. Game fish include rainbows, browns, bowcutts (a rainbow cutthroat hybrid), smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Some large specimens have been caught here, up to 20 inches or more.

Upstream of the reservoir you may keep one trout and only use single, barbless hooks. Downstream there is a five trout limit. Access is available via the state park off Route 228 and from Bullion Road near Elko.

Carson River – East Fork

Originating in the Sierra Nevadas in California, the East Carson River flows from the state border, wending its way 21 miles before joining the west fork. You’ll find rainbows and browns in this stocked, put-and-take waterway, with the best locations being Ruhenstroth Dam and Centerville Bridge in Gardnerville.

This urban fishery is a great place to take your children fishing. Public access is available at Ruhenstroth Dam, as well as at the bridge. There is a daily limit of five trout.

Truckee River

This impressive waterway begins at Lake Tahoe and continues for 110 miles before meeting up with Pyramid Lake, with 40 miles of the stretch lying in Nevada Department of Wildlife territory. The Truckee, which flows directly through downtown Reno, is a wildly popular local fishing spot, providing productive angling for rainbows, browns, and cutthroats. The river receives stock of rainbows in the 50,000 range between spring and fall.

While the river begins in California with plenty of riffles and pockets, after its cross over into Nevada the Truckee slows down and exhibits long runs and the occasional riffle. There is a Trophy Section just over the Nevada border that has been known to yield some 10+ pounders.

Public access is available at Mayberry Park, Crystal Peak Park, as well as points throughout Reno on West 4th Street. The limit is three game fish per day.

Eagle Valley Reservoir

This put-and-take fishery is situated within Spring Valley State Park, on the southeastern side of the state. The waters are stocked annually, with rainbows, browns, and tigers (a cross between browns and brookies). The number of fish stocked typically ranges in the 40s of thousands, offering anglers ample opportunity fill their creel on a daily basis.

The other advantage of this reservoir is that there are two campgrounds available – one with 36 sites including tables and grills, and a spillover with six sites. The larger campground has three bathrooms, two of which have showers. Day use amenities include grills, picnic tables, a launch ramp, and even a fish cleaning station. The general statewide regulation of a five trout limit is active at this fishery.

​When to Go?

Most fisheries offer year-round action in Nevada. One of the interesting things about the state, as opposed to most others, is that the majority of fisheries are open any time of the day or night – so you can pull up in the late evening, pitch your tent, and go ahead and cast away.

Fishing on the Humboldt River is best between March and June, and then in September through December.

The East Carson River is stocked with rainbows in March, April, June, and July, and with browns in the fall. Spring and late autumn are generally the most fruitful on these waters due to the lower water temperatures.

The Truckee typically experiences high flows from March to June, keeping anglers at bay, but in early summer and fall the fly fishing is very productive. Stocking occurs between March and September and runs around 50,000 10-inch sterile rainbows.

Eagle Valley is stocked from March through June and then again in the fall, so spring and autumn are generally the most productive but there is good fishing there year-round.

​What You Will Need When You Get There?

Standard must-have gear:

  • Waders
  • Wading boots
  • Brimmed hat
  • Insect repellant
  • Vest or pack
  • Polarized sunglasses (these help you to actually see into the water)
  • Rain jacket with hood
  • Fleece waders if fishing in winter – the waters here can be cold
  • Nippers and forceps
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • LED headlamp (because Nevada allows night fishing)

Standard trout gear should do for most of your fly fishing in Nevada. A 9-foot 5 weight rod with 4X tippet and 9-foot leader, accompanied by trout fly line and sink tip fly line should do fine.

Flies/hatches:

  • Hatching midges
  • Woolly buggers
  • Streamers
  • Minnows
  • Hare’s ears
  • Caddis
  • Mayflies
  • Sculpins
  • Nymphs

Persons age 12 and up require a fishing license in the state of Nevada. For youth age 12-15 the cost is $13, and for those 16 and up it’s $29. Those age 65 and older may purchase a license for $13. Non-residents may purchase a fishing license for $21 for youth age 12-15 and $69 for those 16 and up. A trout stamp is also required for those wishing to fish for or take trout. This is available to both residents and non-residents for $10.

Nevada is a land of many contrasts – from the snow-capped mountain peaks to the lush valleys and sandy expanses, the state has much to offer in the way of just scenery alone. But for anglers it also provides a wide variety of opportunities to get away from it all and lose yourself in the tumbling waters of a cold stream or the foliage-lined banks of a meandering river.