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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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Spring has finally sprung on the Truckee River. Cold and wind for all of April, and now, well, prefect weather. Finally. We did good in April, and made up a lot for our dismal, Jan-March, lack of snow. Most of the lakes and res., are pretty full. Good, good fishing for the Truckee River Fly Fishing Report. Hard to beat weather in the 70's, and a nice big flowing Truckee River. She's dirtied up a bit with the warm weather, but clarity is still pretty good. Remember to find the soft inside water. Trouts will be in water about 2-5 feet deep, at a slow walking pace. Find that, you'll have success. Flies shouldn't matter all that much as long as you find the right water. Streamer fishing can be very good in the spring too. Still a lot of march browns and bwo. The caddis, and stonefly hatches should still be about 3 weeks away.
More wind for the Truckee River Fly Fishing Report. Winds been pretty gnarly lately. Since the end of March, it really hasn't stopped. Of course, we needed that rain and snow and cooler temps, but man, enough already. Looking good of the weekend though. Just have to make it too Weds. Flows got big. 1000 k, here in the Hirsch, 1,300 near Farad, and a bit lower in Nevada. Clarity is good here, a bit dirty down lower. It changes daily on what the high temps are. This weekend is should get warm, and we will dirty up again. It can be dirty in the mornings, and clear up in the afternoons. We're sitting at about 102% of average snowpack, but only about 50% water content. We'll see how that pans out come late Summer, but we should have much more water than last year. So you have to give them trouts something they can see when the water gets big and dirty. Streamers and bigger nymphs are key. You actually have to be more stealthy now, then when the waters lower. Fish are right on the banks. If you wade in, you've likely just walked on top of Walter that was sitting there. When the waters lower, we fish in the middle, when it's high, we fish on the sides.
Windy, but nice weather this week for the Truckee River Fly Fishing Report. Always windy in the spring, but man, the weather has been about perfect. Nice big flows and some fat fish. People always ask me, when's my favorite time, well, Spring is hard to beat. Of course, you can get skunked anytime of year on this river, but when the trees are all budding out, and everything's turning green, and the weathers in the 60's, life's about perfect. So, we've getting some big fat trouts, not a lot. When flows are up, you're prospecting a bit. At normal flows, I know just about every slot in this river, and where them fish are at. When the flows are up, you just have to fish all the likely softer spots. They ain't out in the middle. Slow walking pace water is what you're looking for. Right along the banks. Lots of different flies will work. All the basic shit this time of year. The euro flies, copper johns, worms, etc. Everyone fishes the jig/ euro flies these days. When them bugs are pop'n though, hard to beat something with a soft hackle collar on it. March Browns are out about mid-day, and most fish are keying on the nymphs. Down in the desert, on the Nevada side of the Truckee River, it's already caddis time. Flows are big and a bit dirty down there, but there's fish to be caught.
Pretty good Spring fishing on the Truckee River. At least it feels like Spring, not Winter now. Wind is always the issue this time of year. It has been windy. Flows are pretty typical Spring flows. Not blown out, just kinda big, or somewhat normal, for a normal Spring like this. Some years the Truckee River is pumping, some years not. Seems like we're right in the middle with flows this year. Good clarity all up and down the river. Even out East, on the lower river. Speaking of the flows, the entire river from around Squaw Valley, down all the way to Derby in Nevada, has good flows. You can't always say that. That's a lot of river miles, and a lot of trout cruising around. So nymph 'em, streamer fish, etc. Cover some water until you get some fish. I feel we cover a lot of water this time of year as fish aren't in every pocket and cranny like in Summer. You have to find a good soft bucket. Then move on and find another. You'll end up walking a long ways. Sometimes it's nice to be in the raft.
Very much needed rain and snow for the Truckee River. Heavy rain and snow this week and last. That really puts some money in the bank for us come summer. Flows have come up. Around 850 here in the Hirsh. Higher as you go downriver towards Reno. Clarity is good. Thursday will probably put some color to the river, as it's suppose to rain pretty hard. Should stay good to go though. Springs always a weird time. It's hard finding the smaller fish, so the fish you get, are usually on the bigger side. Good news now, the rainbows are back on the feed after post spawn. Remember, break the river down into a smaller river. Trouts can't fight the fast current. They will be close in, in any softer type water. Go bigger with your nymphs, go bigger with your streamers. If you wade in deep, well, you probably spooked any fish that was there. I started a new Instagram account, Truckee River Fly Fishing-Gilligan's Guide Service, since my last one got hacked. Kinda not excited about social media anymore. Also, I do have a few spots for Saturdays Tight Line Clinic.
If you follow me on Instagram, I got hacked. No joke. Someone from Nigeria is now Gilligan's Guide Service. Scary shit. Please unfollow me, and report it. If I could only get help from Instagram getting my account back. A billion dollar company, with a billion users, and no customer service. Meanwhile, this person is trying to scam old lady's, and sell crypto currency, and there's nothing I can do. Make sure you change your password and turn on 2 party authentication. Learn from my mistake. Lot's of people like me are getting hacked. I've been stressed over it. Fuck Instagram. Back to the Truckee River Fly Fishing Report: The weather turned cold on the Truckee River. Looks to stay on the cool and wet side for maybe another few weeks. That's good for our water and our trouts. Winter cold yesterday. Like not wanting to go outside the house. The good news, like I say, is that when the weather's shitty, generally the fishing is good. Especially the dry, and streamer fishing. it's still not Michigan cold, that was next level when I was just out there fishing. Fish the the slow pockets anywhere you can find. Flows are up, it's Spring. Clarity is good though. This is when you get the big dogs. They're more concentrated now. In Summer, good luck, those fish can be anywhere.
Hey y'all my Instagram got hacked. Such a bummer. Just know if you get a message from someone it ain't me. If you know anyone at Instagram that can help, please reach out! Cheers.
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Tight Line Nymph Clinic on the Truckee River, Saturday April, 23rd. Seems like everyone has caught on to the effectiveness of Euro Nymphing/ tight line nymphing. Whatever you'd like to call it. If you haven't, or would like to see how I fish the Truckee River, then this is a great clinic. This one will be a bit different. We will do the normal nymphing, with nymphs of course, but we will do some smaller jig streamers as well. Instead of a long winded write up, give a call, and I'll explain about the clinic. 775.351.6665. We will meet at 9:00, off the Hirschdale exit #194, under the I-80 bridge. Cost will be $275.
This is a good week for the Truckee River Fly Fishing Report. Generally speaking, when the flows are up on the Truckee River, things fire off pretty good. Flows are about mid-700's here in the Hirsch. Nice good Spring flows. Higher as you go down the river into Nevada. Good clarity. This is a good time to pull streamers, nymph the edges, and on cloudy days, look for heads popping up. We should see some March Browns here shortly as the weather warms. Nymph with some bigger shit. You don't need a zebra midge this time of year. Give a Spring brown trout a good meal, and they'll likely eat it. Upsize your tippet as well. Spring is when the big trouts get caught. Sure we catch them year long, but it's a lot easier this time of year to find them. Remember that. I'm putting on a, tight line nymph clinic April 23rd. I will post more tomorrow. This one will be different than years past.
Good Spring fly fishing on the Truckee River. Spring's always pretty good. Not a lot of numbers, but good fish when you hook 'em. We are experiencing some run-off. Flows have come up to almost 700 cubes here in the Hirsch. Pretty good vis though. This is the time to get the big dogs, trust me. Fish the edges first. Best thing to do is -go in with the streamer first. Nymph later. Trouts can't hold up in the fast current. Look for soft pockets, edges, little pillows along banks. Wanna get a big brown trout? Well, Spring is the time. It's much harder to find those big fish other times of the year. Fish with whatever style you want. Lots of people think I'm just a Euro Nympher guy, well, that's not true. Sure, I prefer not to have an indicator on, but you should fish with whatever style you like and have fun. They all will catch fish, especially this time of year.
We're enjoying some Spring weather on the Truckee River. Can't complain when the suns out and it's t-shirt weather. It was a cold Winter. Feels good to put the shorts on, crack a beer, and watch the kids play in the yard in the afternoon. Fishing is firing off pretty good. I've been spending all my time up around here on the California side of the Truckee River. It is good, good, good. I'm sure it's great down on the NV side too, but hard to beat Spring in the Hirsch. Probably no other place I'd rather be. I should be out working everyday, but folks always want to come in July when it's 100 degrees out. C'mon guys, get on the good foot and get fishing this Spring. Every style of fishing is good. Streamers, and nymphs, and dry fly fishing on certain days. Skwalla's, and blue wing olives. The midges should start tapering off here soon. Fish inside to outside. The big fish are in tight this time of year, especially when the flows come up. A dry dropper rig is sometimes your best weapon to stay away from the fish and cast tight up along banks. I love fishing that way. Flows have come up. 500 and change here, and higher down the river in the canyons. Pretty good visibility too, nice little color to 'er. Truckee folks were wishing for a March Miracle. We didn't get it. Winter is still not over in the mountains. We'll see. The snowpack at al the North Lake Tahoe ski areas are at average for the date. Pretty unbelievable being it's hardly snowed since December. December was huge for us. We are going into this summer with more snowpack than last year. The main good news, Boca, a major reservoir for inflow, is full to the top. It was not, last this time last year. Ain't saying it's going to be a great water year, of course not, but shouldn't be as bad as last fall. Again, time will tell.