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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 August 17 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 17 2022

Continued solid fishing on the Truckee River. Nice and cool in the mornings, and warm, too hot, in the afternoons. Typical August weather.Mornings to mid-mornings are best, unless you have a good cloudy t-storm day. We've had a few of those lately. The best fishing has been about, 9-11 for me. Seems like that's always about the best window, regardless any month in the summer. You get out at the crack of dawn sometimes, and it's slow, until them fish feel like feeding. Of course, the big hunters, predatory fish, have probably already fed. They move into the water we're nymphing too though. I guess they like a mid-morning snack sometimes. Still crayfish on the brain for Truckee River trouts. Every single fish I've gotten over 20" inches lately, all ate the cray. You can actually fish them year round on this river. They molt several times a year, and become very alluring to our trout. I sill have some spots for this Sundays, Tight Line Nymph Clinic.  https://youtube.com/shorts/q2dCS6XKPZw?feature=share

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Truckee River Fly Fishing-8-12-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing-8-12-22

  Continued nice weather, and good solid fishing on the Truckee River. Lows, are getting in the 40's, and high's in the 80's. Not bad. Cold and windy in canyon country early. Good thing is, no smoke, or fires this Summer. Lot's of nice cold water coming out of Boca now. I'd suggest throwing back on the waders. Fish are fat and healthy, and munching on those crayfish. So far August has been a good month. It will continue getting better with colder overnight lows, but, it's pretty good right now. I have a new clinic date on the 21st. Give me a call if you'd like to attend.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-8-8-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-8-8-22

What a difference between this summer and last on the Truckee River. Low 80's, and no smoke. Big puffy Simpson clouds every afternoon, and even some rain. Rained all morning last Saturday. Kinda feels like the Truckee I remember. The forecast looks like more of the same. Awesome August weather. Few more weeks, and we'll start dipping in the 30's and night. Crazy, how fast Fall will creep in. I would say the fishing is good. Flows are good too. Boca is still completely full to the top. It's never been this full. They drained the the lake the last few years for construction to raise the dam. They filled it to the brim this Summer, so it should bode well for us this Fall. Boca Reservoir is where we get most of our water on the middle and lower river from. It sure will be fun to do them Streamer floats come October here in the backyard. They'll eat the big dries too in the Fall. I've missed out on that the last couple years due to low flows. Out East on the lower Truckee River, that stuff needs some time to cool off. Come about mid-September, it'll start fishing. Flows are a bit low through there now due to water getting pulled out of the river for the city of Reno. Flows will come back up in September. The ESN clinic on the 20th is full. I'm having another Clinic now on the 21st.      

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-8-4-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-8-4-22

Much cooler weather this week on the Truckee River. Still hot in the afternoons, high 80's, better than the 90's. We got a lot of nice cold water coming out of Boca now with the increased flows. Tailwater cold water. You could almost classify the Truckee River here in Hirschdale as a tailwater. Most of our water here comes from Boca reservoir. Water temps are not anywhere in issue here in the mornings. Maybe in the afternoons. The river above Boca, especially along Glenshire Dr, Reno, and East of Reno, is where you should pay attention to water temps. What's too hot to fish? Probably above 69 degrees. I've heard guys saying 65. C'mon? The Missouri, below Holter dam runs about 65-68 most of the Summer. There's hundreds of anglers there daily, if not thousands. Let's not get carried away on this Hoot Owl thing. You should be using the proper size tippet, and the proper tool/rod, and landing trout in a timely manner, regardless of what the water temp is. All year. Landing fish in a timely matter is THE most important thing if you want them to survive another day. I watched a youngster land a fish in Reno last week. Took him about 10 minutes. What? I can land any fish that swims in this river in less than 3. Well under a minute for most. I'm pretty PC on this blog, wait 'till I turn 50, then you'll really get my thoughts. August is going to be better than July on the Truckee River. Nights will get into the 30's, come end of the month, then it's darn near Fall. Remember, I have a Euro Nymph Clinic on August 20th. Call if you'd like to attend.        

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Tight Line-Euro Nymph Clinic-8-21-22

Tight Line-Euro Nymph Clinic-8-21-22

Tight Line Nymph Clinic on the Truckee River, Saturday August 20th is now Sold out. Another new Clinic date in now on the 21st.  My old write up on this is gone. Lost about 6 years of blog posts when my site went to a new server. Tight Line Nymphing is my bread and butter. 80% of the time, I'm doing it on the Truckee River. Unless, we're streamer fishing in the raft, that's probably how I'm guiding, without the bobber. It's a more intuitive way to nymph. Of course, I like to fish big dries, and all that other fun shit. If you want to see fish on the Truckee River, learn to nymph, and Euro is the best rig. The best Truckee River anglers all fished it, or have fished some sort of it. Randy Johnson, Andy Burk, Doug O. I've learned from all those guys. If you want to school some fish, well, get schooled. ESN has caught on. Lots of folks doing it here now on the Truckee River. It ain't chuck and duck like Sockeye fishing in AK. It's moving your flies. Sorry, the 2 old timers that told me that lately. Anyone can catch fish in Alaska. I got all the flies, and all the goodies for the clinic. We'll build our leaders, and tie the knots. I'll teach you the needle nail knot. You can show up with nothing, and use my rods for the clinic, or use yours. Bring your Euro rod if you have one. Bring your reel for sure though. Not even worth bringing a 9 foot 5wt. That's like nymphing with a 2X4. I get asked this a lot, so here's my answer: Over beers the other afternoon, got into a good conversation on rods, for the Truckee River. A 4110, is the best tool for the Truckee River. Notice, I say tool. 10 foot 4wt. I you want to land these big animals, you need the proper tool. An 11 foot 2 wt, or 3 wt, is a toy. Sorry, it is. I don't even fish a Euro rod. Just a regular old, 4100. A 3 wt, Euro rod is ok, as long as it's not over 10,6." We're gonna meet at 8:00 off the Hirschdale exit. We'll go for 4 hours or so. Cost is $250. Give me a call if you'd like to attend.    ...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-31-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-31-22

Still hot, but not as bad as last week on the Truckee River. We're getting some afternoon thunderstorms, cloudy and a little muggy for Tahoe. Fishing is good if you know where to look, and what water to target. What water to target is the key. It ain't easy out there if you're fumbling around. Some sections are better than others now. These Truckee trouts will put the clamp down on ya. It ain't like floating a chubby down the bank in Montana. Way different here. You first gotta learn how to nymph the fast water, then you can try to hook some fish. Gotta learn to wade in it too. We have some good releases coming out of Boca now. Nice tailwater cold water. Water temps are actually cold in the a.m. below Boca. Overnight lows this week will be back in the 40's. Good news. Hot in Reno, but flows have increased West of town, and the fishing is good. Best to be done by noon around there. I think we're going to have a good August based on the flows coming out of Boca.      

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-25-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-25-22

It got hot. The heat has finally arrived on the Truckee River. 90 this week in Truckee, 100 in Reno. Dog days. Get out early if you want to catch fish. Afternoons will be lousy fishing. We might get a push of afternoon t-storms this week. That'll help cool things off. We just don't want the dry lightning. It'll start today in Mono County, and work it's way up the Eastern Sierra tomorrow. Get out early and get done by about noon. Water temps are not an issue on the Ca side, below Boca. Of course, water temps are pretty warm down through Reno, and especially out East. Trouts will not bite when the water gets hot, so your best bet is to do something else. We'll have a month of hot weather. Come late August, it's hot during the day, but cools dramatically at night. We'll get our first dusting of snow in September. Fish are on them crayfish. You might have a good day, and a piss poor day the next. I think it being that they are just loaded up on the real thing, and don't need our fake shit. Fish that pocket water.    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-17-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-17-22

Good flows and solid fishing on the Truckee River. No smoke yet this Summer. That's been the big thing for us. Last Summer was bad. Fingers crossed, we'll keep dodging the bullet. Not that hot either. Low 80's in Truckee ain't bad. Flows have been good on the Truckee River. About 300 cubes coming out of the dam at Lake Tahoe. Around 450 cubes here in the Hirsch. Nice good wading flows so you can get in that pocket water where trouts live in Summer. Lots of big stones and crayfish in the river. Pretty typical Summer food fare for our fish. We ain't gotta ton of fish on the Truckee, but we got some dam big fish. They get big because they have a lot of food. it just depends on how hard you wanna get 'em. If you can wade and get in the fast water, you'll end up doing well. I feel not a lot of anglers, or guides for that matter, really understand that. Most folks are walking past the water that's good. It takes a long time to figure it out. I'm still finding little fast water nooks on the river that I've walked by in years past.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-14-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-14-22

Rolling through July on the Truckee River. Good solid fishing. Flows have been steady at around 450 cfs here in the Hirsch, higher near stateline, and a bit lower though Reno. We've had a few hot days, but still not as bad as last summer with the smoke and heat. Water temps have really not been an issue anywhere on the Ca side yet this summer. Warm down in Reno of course, so you just gotta get out there early. We mainly nymphing right now. Gotta get in that fast water and try to poke them out. Crayfish, and golden stones for my anchor flies, and something smaller up top. Anything that looks like a caddis pupa, or some kinda mayfly nymph will work. They'll eat a hundred different flies if you put in front of their face.  

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Truckee River Fishing Report-7-7-22

Truckee River Fishing Report-7-7-22

Good solid fishing on the Truckee River Can't believe, I'd say the weather's actually been cool. High's barely getting into the 70's, and it's almost mid-July.     Gonna get hot next week, but back to around average temps after mid-week. Cool and foggy here in Hirschdale in the mornings. Weathers been a big factor in the fishing this summer. Cooler weather keeps the water temps down a bit and the fishing is typically better with cooler water temps. When the water gets above 70, trouts become inactive and harder to catch. We had high water temps last summer, not so much at all this summer. Honestly, I kinda like the hot days, because I know the fishing is going to be good in the mornings -in the fast pocket water. Ain't no water fast enough. Of course this is crayfish time. Trouts love them mud bugs. Big and small, old and young. This s a good quick read on high water temps. What I've been advocating all these years might not actually be good science.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-1-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-7-1-22

4th of July week on the Truckee River. Don't go to Safeway in Truckee, unless you want to have a total meltdown. On the river, you should be able to find some spots to yourself, but remember this is a busy time of the year. Be kind, and use proper etiquette. Flows are still good, at least on the Ca side. In Nevada, West of Reno, the river has dropped to around 325 cfs. The good news is that Boca, is full to the top. When we'll get that water, who knows. At least it's there. About 425 cfs, here in Hirschdale. 500 at Farad. It really hasn't been too hot, so water temps are still on the cool side. Think crayfish, and more crayfish. I heard trout like them this time of year on the Truckee River.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-27-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-27-22

Good solid fishing on the Truckee River. Mornings to about lunch, is your best time to go out and stick them on the nymph rigs. Evenings, before dark, best time to get them on some dry flys. Not really all that hot out. Mid to low 80's in Truckee, 90's in Reno, at the hottest part of the day. This time last year, I was pretty much done down on the Nevada side, as it was just so hot. Much better this year. Feels a lot nicer out this summer, afternoon t-storms everyday, and no fires raging in yet. Fingers crossed.

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