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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 June 18 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report June 18 2024

We're that in couple week stage when the Truckee River is very good. When you get those just right water temps, trouts get pretty active. Lots of bugs, lots of trout eating bugs. I'm mostly nymphing, but theres's been some times when the dry fly fishing has went off. Green drakes and pmds. The Drakes have come off pretty hard the last few days and even a beginner angler can catch them when it's like that. Of course nymph with drakes, pmds, caddis. Have some dries ready if you see 'em. It's gonna heat back up again, so it'll mostly be a nymphing game in the pocket water again. With the heat comes the good evening caddis hatches though. That'll last almost all summer. With the heat the trout start feeding big time on crayfish. Have those too. Flows are still up They got some gates open on Lake Tahoe, and I imagine that'll last all Summer. A little birdie told me that there's fish up all along the 89 stretch. Fish all over with all the water.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report June 11 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report June 11 2024

Flows are steadily coming down on the Truckee River and the fishing is very good. Bugs of every kind are out. Pmds, stones, green drakes, caddis, a whole smorgasbord on the menu. Nymphing with the any of the mentioned bugs should get you some fish. Yes, I said nymphing. I doubt you'll see any fish rising during the bright sun of the day. Evenings are another deal now, you'll see caddis, pale evening duns, and if you get lucky a green drake hatch. Mainly it's nymphing here on out. Tight line nymphing is the bread and butter here on the Truckee River. Euro as they now like to call it. That's how I guide and teach. Taking off the bobber will open up a whole new World for you. These trout are in the slots and faster water, and that is the key to catching these fish.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 30 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 30 2024

Flows are still up on the Truckee River. Not too big, but for a lot of folks, hard to manage. Look for soft water trout can get out of current. Anywhere along the edges. Soft flat bank water. They are not in the middle of the river. Weathers perfect, and there's fish to be caught. Bugs are coming out too. You can nymph with just about anything right now, and they'll eat it. Drakes, stones, caddis, etc. The warmer the weather gets, the more bugs we'll see. Thing is you'll see them, but you won't see the fish, They'll all be sub-surface. That's the Truckee.      

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 21 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 21 2024

Great Spring weather and good fishing on the Truckee River. Perfect frigging weather. Springs the best. Usually it don't stop snowing until June, but this years been pretty nice. Flows are slowly coming down. Around 1000 cfs here in Hirschdale, and 1,300 cfs down lower. Not that big really. Clarity is coming back in shape too. Was never really bad the last few weeks, but much clearer now. My best advise is to lay off the worms and put the nymphs back on. Crazy to think Summer is almost here. I'll try to get some clinics lined up soon.  Still look for soft water. That's the key. They are not in that main current. They are spread out, but not in current. 

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 5 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 5 2024

Glitch in the system with the snow and the weather this past weekend. 68 by next weekend in Truckee, bring it. Pretty solid Spring fly fishing on the Truckee River. Big fish time. Not lots of fish time. Flows came up a bit with the rain and snow. About 1,200 cfs here in Hirschdale and higher as you go down towards Reno. We still have some snow that needs to melt, so we'll see what happens when we start hitting the 70's. So much of our water in the Truckee River is controlled by reservoir releases that it's hard to tell what flows will be like this month. My advise, just go fishing If the water comes up and it gets off color, worms and streamers. If it's high but good visibility, standard nymphs. Remember, fish close. Trout are not out in current right now.    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 29 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 29 2024

Pretty darn good Spring fly fishing on the Truckee River. If you're after numbers, wait until Summer, actually go fish the Lower Sac, but if you like big fish, this is the time. Nice Spring weather too. Sunshine and big puffy Simpson clouds. We got right around 1000 cfs here in Hirschdale. Actually it's around 1000k all up and down the river. So yeah, somewhat bigger flows. Clarity is actually very good for the higher flows. Think nymphs when the waters is high and clarity is good. Sometimes they'll grab the streamer, but the eggs and the worms should be switched out. Stones, crayfish, march browns is what you should be fishing. If it gets dirty again, put the worm or the streamer back on.      

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 24 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 24 2024

Big Spring Fishing on the Truckee RIver. The fish are big, and the flows are big. Yep, good old fashioned Spring fishing. Lot's of water coming down the pipe. So, fish the edges, or any flat bank water you see. Fish are not in current. You literally may walk right on top of them right now. They can be smuggled right up to the bank. Don't use your 5x, and zebra midge rig. Use heavy tippet. Sometimes I fish one fly to make it easy. I fish 2x in these flows, 0x for streamers. The whole river is pretty big, but it's not as high as last year, or '18. It's totally fishable. Color is not too bad either. Honestly, this is my favorite time to fish the river. You just have to adjust and learn to fish higher flows. Or you can go up to the Little Truckee where there's 30 cars in one lot.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 17 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 17 2024

Spring has sprung, for the time being. You get to the point, that if you see another snowflake you're gonna loose it. T-shirty weather now. Flows are going to get big now. Right neat 1K, here in Hirschdale and growing. Of course bigger as you go downriver. High water fishing. Probably now until mid-June. Now, if you know, you know. Some of the best fishing we have is right now. Find a bucket the fish can get out current and have at it. Big brown and rainbow time. It's not Fall folks, it's Spring on the Truckee River for them big trouts. So if you have a trip booked you're stoked. If you have a https://truckeespeedrods.com, you're even more stoked.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 6 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report April 6 2024

Spring, but mostly Winter still on the Truckee River. The weathers looking good for next week though. I know clouds and rain and snow are great for fishing, but at this point, I need some sunshine. We are going into the big fish time on the Truckee RIver. Spring is great for that. Flows are going to ramp up which they are starting to do. Releases from Lake Tahoe have started. Around 200 cfs, coming out of the lake. That ,and run-off should eventually get the river pumping. Right now, it's a pretty average 600 cfs in Hirschdale, but expect that to get much higher with warmer weather. If you know, you know, and that big high water is good for fishing. My favorite time. So go buy a bigger net, get the streamers tied up, the worms ready, and all that big ugly shit you've had in your box, but been afraid to try.    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report March 26 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report March 26 2024

Spring is here, kinda. Still snowing though. That's Spring in the mountains. Few nice days, then some snow, then mainly wind. I can say however, the fishing is good, and my favorite time to fish is Spring on the Truckee River. Welp, we have a lot of snow up top now and eventually that snow is going to melt. We're kinda pre-runoff right now. The river will get big at some point. Usually that's when it stops freezing so hard at night. Couple weeks, we'll see those flows come up. Now if you're in the know, big flows are some of the best times to fish the Truckee River. If anyone has trips booked with me this Spring, you're stoked. I'll show you the ways young Jedi's. Right now the streamer bite is good East of Reno on the lower Truckee River in Nevada. Flows are up down there so think big. Nymph big, if you're nymphing. Egg bite is on through Reno. Mainly skwalas, and dark mayflies up here in Hirschdale. I haven't seen any rainbow redds up here in Ca yet. Always be cool this time of year wading through tail outs and such.    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report March 11 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report March 11 2024

Things are firing up for a good Spring on the Truckee River. We got lots of snow, sure you've heard, and now it's all gotta melt. High's could get into the 60's this weekend in Truckee. Yahoooo! Look for the river to come up. My favorite time to fish is Spring on the Truckee RIver. The bigger the water, the better. People always ask, what's your favorite time to fish the river Gill? Right now until about mid-June. I like brown trout. Now, don't look for the river to get that big or anything yet. That'll probably happen more in April. Right now, look for good nymphing all up and down the river. Skwalla's are out, blue wings, and lots of midges. Spring is also my favorite time to streamer fish, and it will be the best dry fly fishing we'll have too. If the water don't get that high. Just a fun time to fish. I'll have some clinics coming up in April. Don't forget to check these out too. Best rods on the planet, not kidding.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report February 13 2024

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report February 13 2024

Interesting weather and fishing on the Truckee RIver. Pretty good storm cycle last week, and looks like it should continue starting this weekend for about another week. We're stacking the snow up on top, so that's really good news. Relatively warm for mid-February here in Hirschdale. We got less than a foot of snow on the ground and access is pretty easy all over. Flows are nice in California, and great out East on the lower Truckee River. Not too high, not too low. The dry fly fishing out East has been relatively good. It's mainly about timing. The streamer fishing and nymphing has been descent as well. Flows will probably pop up a bit next week, but they'll settle down fast. Who knows what the end of the month and March will bring weather wise. My opinion is it will be warm and wet. We'll see.      

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