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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.

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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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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 21 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 21 2022

What a great September for fly fishing on the Truckee River. Little glitch in the system on the first week of the month, with the heat and the fire. Now it feels more like late October, not September. We had a good soaker, heavy rain here in Truckee. It hardly every rains like this in September here. What a blessing. It couldn't have come at a better time. The Mosquito Fire was pushing hard, and everything else was bone dry. Man, what a relief. Needless to say the Truckee River, is fishing very, very well. Flows are still up out of Boca, about perfect, and the whole river from Boca/Hirschdale, on down is fishing. Even out East on the lower Truckee River, in the Nature Conservancy. The water has come up down there to fishable flows, and cooled considerably. A bit muddy now, but that will clear shortly. I'll get on it this week. Flows are very low above Boca/ Glenshire dr, etc. Keep that in consideration if you make the drive up here. It'll get warm again, but Truckee probably won't see another 80 degrees day until late spring next year. Enjoy the Indian summer coming next week. Fall don't last long. https://youtu.be/FLfuhGQyPG0

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 17 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 17 2022

Mixed weather on the Truckee River. Nice in the mornings, and heavy smoke in the afternoons. The fly fishing on the Truckee River, is off the hook though, no pun intended. Been a minute since we've had a cooler September. Pretty perfect Fall weather. Look for rain Sunday night here, and high elevation snow. We always get a duster in September. Hopefully, that'll put a damper on the Mosquito Fire. Probably have some heads looking up on Monday-Tues. Look for a mix of Mohaganny Duns, and Blue Wing Olives. Flows are still great, Summertime flows for mid-September. You'll want to fish from Boca, down through Nevada now. If you don't have a NV fishing license, well. If you live in NV, then you don't want all the Californians' fishing your river. I lived in Lovelock when I was a kid, so I have clout. The best fishing now, will be the lower sections of river. if you don't know these lower stretches, hire a Truckee River fly fishing guide that has spent time through here and there, mainly myself, kidding. But there's only a few of us that know this and that lower stuff. So about 450 cfs here in Hirschdale. 300 and change through Reno, and 300 or so out East, on the lower river. That lower Truckee River, The Nature Conservancy, in Nevada, should be good by next week. Some big dogs down in there. She'll stay good right through the shortest, coldest days of Winter. Cold here in the Hirsch early. Below freezing and fog. Windy and cold as shit early in the canyons. Have a coffee and get out when that fog, or wind are gone. Found out about the lower river Truckee River, East of Sparks, in the mid-nineties, when I worked at Tourist Liquor in Truckee. The liquor store is gone now, replaced by a toy shop of all things. The same guy always came in and bought porn, and whiskey. He worked for the railroad. Saw me reading Fly Fisherman Magazine one day, and told me all about the lower river and the big browns. No one fished it back then, I mean no one. Wish I knew who he was now. I...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 13 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 13 2022

The good news first, cool Fall weather on the Truckee River. Record high's last week, and now very cool Fall like weather. Barely getting into the 70's, with lows in the 30's at night. Bad news. The Mosquito Fire south of Truckee is pumping smoke into Truckee, and Lake Tahoe/ Reno. Mornings the air quality ain't bad, but in the afternoons, its pretty miserable and unhealthy. School was cancelled today in Truckee. This Mosquito Fire ain't good. 50,000 acres now and counting. Hopefully it don't take a run up the North Fork of the American River into Donner Summit. It's still a long ways away, but remember the Caldor fire last year. Smoke and cool weather is great for fishing though. The fishing is super good right now. We have great flows still coming out of Boca, and this is really the start to our Fall fishing. The Streamer fishing will pick up, you may get some dry fly fishing, and of course nymphing will always be good. Look for Baetis hatches on cloudy days, and fish the streamers for those pre-spawn brown trout. If the flows stay like they are, man, gonna be a great Fall. The Truckee River from Boca down into Reno is where flows are best and you will find the best fishing. Out East on the lower Truckee River, The Nature Conservancy should start fishing good with this cool weather. That opens up miles and miles of more river to fish. So, I'd plan my fishing in the mornings until early afternoon when the winds shift and the smoke rolls in. https://youtube.com/shorts/m5jWZiJ-5R0?feature=share  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 5 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report September 5 2022

Major heat wave all over California. Especially hot for us here on the Truckee River. Topping out at around 96, here in Hirschdale. Better than the 115 degrees in Sacto though. Hot in Reno, and down on the river there. It's always warm early September, but this is a different level. Gonna get back in the 70's next weekend, with lows in the 30's. Of course that means around mid-morning, most of the trouts will push into the faster current. Get your flies down and in the zone. Crayfish and smaller mayflies have been working for me. I'm sure you could get a few off the hopper dropper rigs too. Until it cools next weekend, I probably wouldn't fish much past about noon. Ain't worth the time unless you want to cook out there. Flows are still up below Boca. 450 cfs, here in the Hirsch and holding steady. I imagine they'll come down some this week. That's good tailwater cold water out of Boca. So hang in there, we're about done with this heat. Fall will be right around the corner. This is a recent Podcast I did with the SSFT.  https://youtube.com/shorts/deCtlMqgOag?feature=share  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 29 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 29 2022

Pretty much the same ole thing on the Truckee River. Good solid fishing in the mornings, slow in the afternoons. Typical late Summer weather and fishing. The water has cooled significantly over the last week. I take a dip every afternoon in the river, and it's numbing now. That's at least here in Hirschdale, where there's a good flow of cold water coming out of Boca. Up above that, the Truckee is pretty skinny. The Reno stuff ain't bad, and it's been fishing very well for about the last month, but come around lunch time, it's gets hot. Out East through the Nature Conservancy, you still gotta wait on that. Too hot still. Give it a few more weeks. Tons of hoppers around if you're sick of nymphing. Kinda a banger hopper year. Dry dropper it up, and see what happens. Of course if you want to really stick 'em, bust out the ole tight line rig and fish that pocket water. We ain't that far off from great Fall fishing. https://youtu.be/iqAiy-Qr28I

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 25 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 25 2022

Almost Fall fishing on the Truckee River. Sure, we have aways to go, but Summer ain't got much left. Cool, too cold nights, and hot windy afternoons. Mornings are great out there. Bring a puffy if you fish anywhere below Hirschdale down the 80. Cold in the mornings. Indian Summer weather. It'll be cold early, and hot late, for the next few months. Flows are still great below Boca. Skinny above that. There's only so much they can let out of Lake Tahoe. Boca will be the primary source going into Fall. I'm surprised how long the gates were open on Tahoe this year. It's gonna take a big Winter to fill that thing up. Good news, and take this with a grain of salt, but this Winter might shape up like '10/11. That was an epic snow year for the Sierra. Donner Party kinda shit. In '10, it started snowing in October. They were still plowing in June, because it was still snowing. Trouts still thinking crayfish, and more crayfish. Look around the banks, and you'll see all the babies they had. Payday for trouts. Ain't a lot of bugs left come late Summer. Downsize those nymphs. #16, should be your friend here on out until Winter. https://youtube.com/shorts/94h6VxDwEN4?feature=share    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 20 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 20 2022

August continues to impress on the Truckee River. Historically, August has been a good month for me. Photo above is from an August past.Not so much the last few years. This year, it's been different though. Not that hot, and overnight lows have been relatively cool, too cold. These trouts are still munching on crayfish. Nymph up in the fast current, pocket water, and you should have success. ESN, or tight line nymphing, is the best rig.  Flows are still good, with a lot of cold water coming out of Boca. If you're a smart angler, you may want to fish below Boca, on downriver. From now until about November or so, fishing is best here on the Ca side, and West of Reno. This place will literally light up once it cools down more. Exciting times ahead. Fall is great. The Nature Conservancy stuff on the lower river, will be fishing dependent on how cool the weather gets. Usually late September. December-March is when we get the big dogs streamer fishing down there. If we could just now find Keily, and bring her home. https://youtube.com/shorts/v89QRjOTIEk?feature=share    

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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 Report August 12 2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report August 12 2022

  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-8-8-2022

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-8-8-2022

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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