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Guided Fly Fishing the Truckee River, Little Truckee River, Pyramid Lake Nevada, Truckee-Tahoe-Reno

A guided trip for beginners and experienced anglers includes instruction that builds a basic foundation necessary not only to catch fish but to understand the patterns in which fish feed and what they feed on particularly in the Truckee River throughout the changing seasons. A day with Gilligan’s Guide Service also includes honing the proper casting technique and fly presentation in order for an angler to have success on some of the most beautiful and difficult waters around Truckee, Tahoe, and Reno.

If you are new to fly fishing and do not have equipment, Gill will provide gear including waders, boots, and rods at no additional cost. Gilligan’s Guide service runs trips year round along the Truckee River, including float trips along the Nevada side, Little Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake Nevada.

TRUCKEE RIVER FLY FISHING – LATEST BLOG POSTS

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 28 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 28 2022

Balmy weather on the Truckee River. Things are a changing though. Storms are in the forecast for this week. We need 'em. If you've seen Boca, and Stampede, or the upper river, you'd understood why. I'm hoping we get a good AR type storm. Where is snows on top and rains down here. The higher the river gets, the better. If you like to streamer fish, that's what you're looking for. Low and clear and cold, just kinda sucks. Pegging an egg with a zebra midge, just makes me not want to fish. Throwing steamers in big winter water is better than any powder day I've ever had. I'd rather shake hands with a brown trout, then a whitefish. Flows are still pretty descent. I'm not sure how long that can hang on, so hopefully the storm door Saturday stays open and we can rack up some rain and snow.    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 21 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 21 2022

Coming out of the cold snap on the Truckee River. Teens still in the mornings, but a nice warmup in the afternoons, and more warmth on the way. Hopefully, next week we can welcome some storms back in. Been cold and dry. This week looks to warm, and by Thanksgiving, highs will be in the 50's in Truckee. Probably be a good week to fish. Hit them trouts on the head. water temps are cold, both in Ca, and on the Nevada side of the river. Good news is the big fish gotta eat everyday, they need the calories. Bad news is, the little ones don't. Expect your winter trout that you do catch to be bigger than in Summer. Expect to catch whitefish. They like worms and eggs, and small shit, like zebra midges, and any kind of small black mayfly. Fish the frog water until it warms, and then try some riffles, to see if fish have moved in to feed. Pull some streamers, and see if you can get a big fish out of their winter funk. It works. Flows are still pretty descent, but I'm waiting for those big chocolate milk winter days.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 14 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 14 2022

Winter conditions on the Truckee River. Cold, cold, cold. It's Wintertime in Truckee. Ain't much warmer in Reno either. Teens at night, and just getting into the 40's during the day. The cold has arrived a little earlier this year. Wintertime tactics for sure. Water temps have crashed. Look for trouts to be holding in the frog water. They may move into some riffle type water mid-day to feed. Mainly, they put themselves, this time of year, in very slow walking pace water. Hit 'em on the head, and you my end up with some fish. If you're planning to fish on the CA side, know that it is extremely cold in the morning, and you will want to wait to the sun gets up. The Nevada side of the Truckee River, is a bit different, at least East of Reno. It's much warmer down there, and generally a better choice when it's cold like this. I like to streamer fish most all of Winter. I like brown trout, and they like to eat a good meal, especially now, post spawn. I'll nymph some rainbows up, but pulling streamers through the frog water is where it's at. Obviously, it's nice to have a raft for that, but you can wade fish the steamers too. If you're nymphing, hard to beat the egg, and the worm. Egg/worm, and a small baetis nymph. You can tight line, or suspend them under the bobber. We have pretty good Winter fishing on the ole Truckee River. I pretty much get all of the biggest fish, now and the next 3- 4 months. https://youtube.com/shorts/QIspyzMMRro?feature=share

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 6 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report November 6 2022

Winter has set in, with more rain and snow on the way for the Truckee River. A very good start to Winter for November. Good rain and snow last week, and more on the way this week. Looks like we went right into Winter. In Ca, on the Truckee River, water temps have crashed with this cold weather. Look to hit them fish on the head. Fish the frog water. Look for trouts to move into riffles, or heads of runs when the water warms mid-day, and the bugs start coming off. Look for slow walking pace water about 3-5 feet deep. Nymph with the small stuff. In Nevada fishing has been good with this colder/ stormier weather. The steamer fishing was good last week, and should probably stay that way. Flows are pretty good down in the desert, and water temps are not as cold as the California side of the river. Good stuff to go hit down there all Winter long. It's a totally different river down there compared to the Ca side. Usually no snow, and warmer temps, and some big ass fish. https://youtube.com/shorts/8m6_d1s-0ug?feature=share    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 31 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 31 2022

Buckle up, weathers changing. Gonna get us a good dose of Winter this week on the Truckee River. In fact, the next several weeks, periods of cold and snow are in the forecast. If you streamer fish, good news. If you dry fly fish, good news too. As we head deeper into November, it should be real good, lower on the Truckee River in Nevada, and progressively slower on the Ca side of the river. Mostly, I try to spend my time out East floating and fishing streamers. it's warmer down there, there's big fish, and it's just kinda cool in the desert. It'll fish the Winter around here too. Just gotta hit them on the head. Should be a fun next month. https://youtube.com/shorts/52IispghgK4?feature=share    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 23 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 23 2022

From Summer to more like Winter weather on the Truckee River. This should kick the fly fishing into high gear on the Truckee River. What I've been waiting for, a change in the weather. Cold, and some snow, and rain, most importantly, low pressure and clouds. A change from the persistent sunny blah days. Now we can get into some streamer fishing, and look for some dry fly fishing. it should be a very good next month on the CA side. The lower Truckee River in Nevada should start getting good too. She fishes good all Winter. I've been down in there, but it's been a bit early. Now should be good. Flows are up a bit down there through the Nature Conservancy, as Reno is taking less demand for water. Lots of miles of river to fish in the desert. 'Round here in the Hirsch, and down in the canyons, you have about a month of good Fall fishing. Where you don't have to worry about snow, and be below zero temps. We fish all Winter here, but you have to change your tactics. Right now you'll have perfect fall puffy jacket weather, good flows, and happy trout trying to get fat for Winter.           Fall, ain't gonna be much left in the tank though. Get up and get your Fall fishing in. Soon it will be Winter.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 15 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 15 2022

Continued warm Fall weather on the Truckee River. Unseasonable warm weather. Hopefully, we can get some cooler rainy weather. The fly fishing ain't bad on the Truckee River, but it should be better. It's just that ridge of high pressure parked off the coast. Warm sunny days. That being said, flows are still pretty good. Im surprised we have this much water in the river, it being a drought year and all. No water up above the inlet, but good water below. From Boca, through Reno, and East of Reno, is where you want to fish. The Little Truckee River has water in it too. Usually it's a trickle by now. Problem is, you won't be alone. You might have to give the ole, "you know me, then why in the hell are you fishing so close to me." Good luck. Nymph, nymph, and nymph, until we get something that changes the weather. https://youtube.com/shorts/HsxUGiBwSSo?feature=share    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 11 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 11 2022

Good solid fly fishing on the Truckee River. Little cooler weather which is nice, and feeling like Fall again. Still looking for rain. Hanging in there on the flows department. Just under 400 cubes here in Hirschdale, and lower through Reno. Out East, it's just barely floatable. The lower Truckee River in Nevada starts fishing pretty good around now. Be nice to get some cooler rainy weather, and that would help get things going down there. Help things everywhere in CA, actually. So look for some Fall blue wing hatches if we can get some cloudy weather. Streamer fish, kinda need some clouds for that too though. Nymph if it's sunny.  I have a Streamer/ Euro Clinic on the 22nd. Few spots left.  https://youtube.com/shorts/tJFsSODSLmk?feature=share

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Euro Nymph Streamer Clinic October 22 2022

Euro Nymph Streamer Clinic October 22 2022

This is a combo Euro Nymph, and Streamer Clinic on the Truckee River. This class will go for 6 hours. The cost is $300. We'll go through the first part of the clinic learning the Euro rigs, or Tight Line rigs. The second part. we'll do streamers- with our tight line leader we've already set up. A hybrid system, a hybrid clinic. This is a wire up on the Euro Nymphing Clinic.  I had a nice long post on the Streamer Clinic, but it's gone. We're gonna take our same euro/ tight line leader, same rod, and streamer fish with it. Big, and small streamers. Going into Winter you want to know how to streamer fish. With the right leader system, you can do it all with one rod. I will have everything for the clinic. Leader materials, flies, etc. I'll tie some streamers at the clinic this time. We'll meet at 9:00 off the Hirschdale exit, rain, or shine. Call if you'd like to attend. 775.351.6665.   https://youtu.be/GKko22A_duE

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 2 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report October 2 2022

Fall fly fishing on the Truckee River. Good fishing and great weather. Maybe a little too great with the weather, lol. High's in the low 70's, perfect blue bird days. Us fly anglers, always like some clouds and rain. I'll take this weather any day though, soon it will be cold. Flows have just dropped some out of Boca Reservoir. 388 cfs here in Hirschdale this morning. Down from 450 cfs, last week. This is more normal October flows. it was 75 cfs, this time last year. Higher as you go down through Farad, and lower in Reno. It's always a bit weird with with the river/flows, with Reno taking out water in the canals. We're sill doing pretty good in the flows department.  Be nymphing with blue wing olives, smaller golden stones, and crayfish still. if it does get cloudy, look for a mix of blue wings, and mohaganny duns. Get your streamer rod fired up and ready, it's just about time. This is it folks. October is here and this is the time to get your Fall fishing in. It don't last long. https://youtube.com/shorts/r-SQeVuYbLg?feature=share        

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 27 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 27 2022

Great weather, good fly fishing on the Truckee River. Flows are still very good, and the fishing and weather are very good. Late September is always a pretty good time. Last few years, we've had very low flows on the Truckee River. This year is different. Rolling into October now. October is a great month, especially will be this year, as it's suppose to cool back into the 60's next week. We'll have some good Fall fishing. Get on it, soon it will be cold. The opener at Pyramid Lake in Nevada is this weekend. Should be good if that's your cup of tea. Get out in about 30 feet of water, with a tube, or boat, and jig your streamers straight up. Hold on tight. As we get into October, we'll get some streamer fishing going for pre-spawn browns, maybe some good dry fly fishing, (if it's cloudy,) and of course, you can always get 'em nymphing. The whole river is fishing well, that is from Boca on down. Out East on the lower Truckee River in Nevada, that's fishing good right now too. Lots of river too cover and fish, for the fly angler. https://youtube.com/shorts/QE4At0M5uVY?feature=share      

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 24 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 24 2022

Great fly fishing on the Truckee River. Kinda don't get much better. Perfect Fall weather, good fishing. Cold in the mornings, nice in the afternoons. This is the time when a fly angler can fish just about any rig you want.  Streamers, yes, dry dropper, yes, tight line, yes. Straight dry fly fishing? Well, you never know. Trouts are spread out, and just about in every water type. They'll usually sit in the softer water in the mornings, and move into the faster water in the afternoons. Out East on the lower Truckee River in Nevada, fishing is good too. Don't look for any good streamer fishing out there yet. Be nymphing, and you'll catch fish. Flows are good down there now. Some big fish in that zone. The water has cooled off, and them trout are happy. One more week of September, and it's October, and even better fishing.

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