Frenchman’s Reservoir Guided Fishing Trips with Baiocchi’s Troutfitters
About Fly Fishing Frenchman’s Reservoir
Frenchman’s reservoir is similar to Lake Davis in having fertile flats, and drop offs into submerged creek channels that offer prime transition zones. Though Frenchman’s is a bit smaller than its big sister Lake Davis, It’s known for big number fish days during the spring and fall. This stillwater is a favorite with fly anglers from the Reno area of Nevada, and northern California in search of a high desert stillwater experience. The aquatic insects thrive at Frenchman’s reservoir with callibaetis mayflies, midges, and freshwater snails being the most prolific food sources.
Autumn is a great time here, the resident rainbows come into shallow water and feed aggressively before the snows of winter. During this time, the crowds thin out and only the most hardy fly anglers can be found roaming the shoreline, or float tubing through the lanes. Frenchman’s Lake ices up a little later than Lake Davis, and I have had some of my best days during the early part of December. If you’re going to travel to Lake Davis to fish, it’s worth the extra time to make the trek east, and ply the waters of Frenchman’s Lake.
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Frenchman’s Reservoir Current Fishing Reports
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“Jon Baiocchi is the ‘fish whisperer’. He taught me everything about fly fishing…reading the water, fly placement, what to use…you name it. His flies are like fish candy. If you go fishing with Jon you will definitely be pleased”
-Jeff Wastell, Arvada CO