“Can You Really Fly Fish in Central Nevada? Nothing says “Road Trip” like a day fly fishing in Central Nevada”

By Rich Lewis
NCFF Charter Member

Nevada has big water. Nevada’s prominent lakes are Lake Tahoe to the north and Lake Mead to the South. Smack dab between these two gems is Central Nevada.

There is zero big water in Central Nevada. Instead you’ll find a diverse smattering of smaller locations in which to pursue trout, bass and other species. The Central Nevada fishery includes ponds, ditches, reservoirs, creeks, alpine lakes and a few small rivers.

For those willing to seek-out Central Nevada’s fishable waters, plan on long travel times to fish this high desert frontier region of the American West. Rewards include wide open spaces and fly fishing at its finest!

NDOW (Nevada Dept. Of Wildlife) is a great resource on fishing Central Nevada.


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Fishing Gear For Central Nevada Anglers – By R. Lewis – Nye County Fly Fishers

Fly Fishing Central Nevada – Direct Gear

  1. Rod
  2. Reel
  3. Fly Line
  4. Fly Leaders
  5. Fly assortment
  6. Line Accessories (Weights &Floats)

Indirect Fishing Gear

  • Wading Staff
  • Fanny Pack Water Bottle Storage
  • Small Back Pack
  • Camera
  • Landing Net
  • Stringer
  • Forceps with Hook eye Needle
  • Magnifier
  • Fly Floatant
  • Snack
  • Ice Chest

Selection Fly Rod, Reel and Line Weight for central Nevada Angling

  1. Since most streams, ditches and stocked ponds & lakes have trout in the 10-13 inch class, a 4 wt. Rig is ideal. A 4 Wt. has enough power to land this size fish.
  • A weight forward 4 WT floating line and 3 / 4 weight Reel is a good match
  1. Mono Leader can be straight or tapered: 5 – 9 feet ; from 2-8 LB. test –Fluorocarbon
  2. For fishing larger impounds (Cave Lake for example), minimum 5 WT rig & 6-12# leader.
  • Floating line, sink tip nymph line, or a full sinking line for trolling or casting into deep water.
  • An Intermediate sink line will allow retrieves through and over near-shore obstacles; such as rocks, brush possible. You can control the level of the fly during the retrieve. Think Slo-Sink.
  1. Consider a 6-7 weight rig for larger 4# plus fish. Tahoe and Pyramid Lake come to mind.

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Safety First- Fly Fishing Remote Central Nevada – By R. Lewis – Nye County Fly Fishers

Fly Fishing remote frontier destinations is serious fun – Safety First

Be Prepared & and tell at least one person where you are going and when you expect to return
  1. Gas Up
  2. Cell Phone/Ham radio/CB
  3. Maps of area and/or GPS
  4. Water
  5. First aid Kit
  6. Firearm/Knife
  7. Food/Beverage
  8. Proper Clothing For Location and Season

Personal Clothing Items

Performance fabrics are blends of synthetic fibers that repel, wick-away and allow moisture to evaporate quickly. These lightweight advanced garments also block UV and even contain insect repellents.

  • Shirt:Long sleeved shirt with ample pockets , or LS shirt with Lt. Wt. Fishing vest.
  • Pants:Synthetic fabric pants with Velcro cargo pockets. Zippered pockets a plus. Note: Cotton Jeans are a determent when wet. Cotton holds water and dries slowly
  • Coat: Packable Wind/Rain Breaker
  • Gloves: Fingerless casting gloves: These prevent sunburned hands and also protect fingers from string damage. Lastly-they can improve grip on gear and fish
  • Hat: Wide brimmed hats are a favorite choice of wise fly anglers. The brims deflect flys when casting becomes challenging. Another smart option is wearing a ball cap/Buff Combo.


  • Wading- Water Shoes, Hip Boots, Breathable Chest Waders
  • Hiking Boots
  • Water shoes if boating/tubing
  • Snake boots if in Snake Country

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