Wind can be a four letter word.

Spring time in Reno can be a very short season. Some years it seems like we go from freezing cold to 100 degree days over night.

This year we’ve actually had some decent spring time weather, but that hasn’t been without a few snow storms and 90 degrees days thrown in for good measure. The one thing that Spring always seems to bring with it is wind and this last weekend was no exception.

With another year of light snow pack and a very dry spring Reno can have it’s share of wildfires. While it’s still early for “fire season” as it’s called, driving to the Truckee on Sunday I spotted some smoke on the mountain above where we planned on fishing. Here are a few photos from friends Natalie and Jed of what is now being called the Hunter Falls Fire.

fire 1

fire 2

The wind gusts of 40-50 mph on Sunday certainly played a role in the fire spreading very fast. Currently the fire has consumed 760 acres and is 46% contained. Hopefully the cooler weather and mix of rain and snow today will help give the fire fighters a helping hand in fully containing it.

Now onto the topic of fishing, but as you read you’ll see that the word “wind” ¬†will continue to be a four letter word throughout the weekend.

The group as a whole didn’t have any solid fishing plans for this weekend but Matt did have a charter booked out of Lake Tahoe to go out for some Mackinaw Trout. This was a trip he had been looking forward to for awhile and the group was looking forward to hearing how he did. We have 2 boats between the 5 of us, so a lake trout trip is never far away and knowing what they are biting on and at what depth is half of the battle.

But as luck would have it at 3 o’clock in the morning while waiting to depart Reno with his co-workers Matt got a call from the Captain saying that there had been a lake wind advisory placed on Lake Tahoe and that the trip would have to be re-scheduled for another day. So it seems a lake trout report will have to wait. Wind 2 Reno 0.

While Matt was surely catching up on some much needed sleep, Kelly and I decided to make an impromptu trip to the Truckee River. The wind wasn’t much of a factor first thing in the morning, but that changed as the afternoon approached.


The fish were a little tight lipped but we managed to get a few hooked up for the couple hours we were out. By the time I was packing up my gear the wind was howling and I had already had my fill of wind knots and almost hooking myself in the ear several times.

Luckily I made it home without any extra piercings and only had to worry about tying on a new leader. In general the wind had won the battle this weekend, but we’ll no doubt be back at it again this week.

Thank you all for the support you’ve given When The Line Goes Tight and thank you again to Natalie and Jed for allowing me to use your photos of the Hunter Falls Fire.




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