Ruby Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you choose not to sample the excellent fly fishing at the Ruby marshes, the natural beauty of the place is reason enough to make the trip. This wonderful wetlands is populated with deer, eagles, herons, swans, geese, and every kind of duck imaginable. All of this sits at the base of the snow-topped Ruby Mountains. It’s a compelling place that makes you want to return. Located about 70 miles south of Elko, Nevada, Ruby Lake is a classic marsh, fed by a single ditch. The ditch connects a series of springs that, amazingly, provide the only source of water for several thousand acres of habitat.
The Collection Ditch, as it’s called, amounts to a man-made spring creek. The federal hatchery on the refuge keeps this water well supplied with trout. Many are in the trophy class and are available year-round. The water in the marsh fluctuates from year to year depending on the level of the groundwater that feeds the springs. At 6,000 feet in elevation, the Ruby Valley keeps air and water temperatures relatively cool. This provides excellent conditions for trout as well as a growing population of largemouth bass. Type of Fish: Rainbow, brown, brook, cutthroat, and cutbow trout as well as largemouth bass."