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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 Fishing Report-6-24-22

Truckee River Fishing Report-6-24-22

Still not too hot weather wise on the Truckee River. Nice and cool at night, and not too hot in the afternoons. High 70's, and low 80's ain't bad. Last year we were in the 90's right now. Trouts are in the faster water all up and down the river. Pick a piece of pocket water that everyone has just walked past and fish it. Fish enough weight to get your fly to the bottom, simple. Flows are right around 500 cubes here in Hirschdale. 350, down West of Reno. Just about perfect wading flows. Just about right to wade in the fast water. The Reno stuff is fishing very, very well. If you want pine trees and scenery with good fishing, we fish the California side. if you want better fishing, and ok scenery, we fish the Reno side.    

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-20-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-20-22

Good fishing and cool weather on the Trucker River. The weathers been the big thing. Cool weekends, and mild during the week. Really hasn't felt much like summer yet, though I know the heats coming. Flow have come down to average/normal. Much easier wading all up and down the river. This week, looks to get back into maybe the low 80's. Fish the pocket water. You pretty much have to stick to that patten until the fall. When it starts getting hot, the fishing is actually really good every morning. If you have the right formula, and know how to fish the pocket water, you can have success every day. Like I say, I'd rather have a beginner that's in shape and can wade, then someone that has fly fished their whole lives and can't get around good. In the summer, if you can't wade the river, you will not have success on the Truckee. Green Drakes came off big on Saturday. Epic. Look for them every evening, or on cloudy days for the next few weeks. They and along with Flavs come off pretty good on the LT until about mid-July'ish.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-12-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-12-22

Pretty great on the Truckee River. Fishing has been on fire for the last few weeks. I don't say that often. It got a bit hot, but cool and windy and raining today. Should be back in the 70's next week, perfect. Not too hot yet. Flows are just right, and them caddis started pop'n. Evenings will be very good for dry fly fishing on out. Good nymphing in the mornings. Trouts are spread out. Nymph in the pocket water and you should get some fish. Caddis, mayflies, yellow stones, crayfish, golden stones. Nymph with any of those. Green drakes outta be out this week. Nymph with them too. If it stays cool, we should have continued good fishing all month on the Truckee River.

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Fly Fishing Guide Trips Introduction Fly fishing is an increasingly popular sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you're thinking about giving it a try, then you'll need to find a reputable fly fishing guide to take you on your first trip. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best fly fishing guides in the business. What is fly fishing? Fly fishing is a type of fishing that uses a rod, line, and bait to catch fish. The bait is typically a fly, which is a small, winged insect that imitates the natural prey of the fish. Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water, and it is a popular sport for both recreational and commercial purposes. The benefits of fly fishing When it comes to fly fishing, there are a number of benefits that make this type of fishing worth considering. For one, fly fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Additionally, fly fishing can be a very peaceful and relaxing experience. And finally, fly fishing can be a great way to catch some amazing fish. The equipment you need for fly fishing When it comes to fly fishing, there is a lot of specialized equipment that you will need in order to be successful. In this blog section, we will go over some of the essential equipment that you will need for fly fishing trips. First and foremost, you will need a good fly rod and reel. There are many different types of fly rods and reels on the market, so it is important to do your research and find one that suits your needs. You will also need a good selection of flies, as well as a vest or pack to store all of your gear. In addition to the basic equipment, there are also a few other items that can be very helpful on fly fishing trips. A pair of waders will keep you dry and comfortable while you are in the water, and a net can be very useful for landing fish. A camera can also be a great way to document your trip and share your memories with friends and family. Where to go fly fishing There are many great...

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-5-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-6-5-22

Great fishing on the Truckee River. I don't say it much, usually we have to put in work on this river, but it's been really good lately, and easier fishing than normal. Like I say, we always get a 2-3 week stretch when the Truckee really shines. Flows have come down, about 650 cfs, here in Hirschdale, about the same West of Reno. Unless I specifically state the, Nevada side of the Truckee River, the fishing report is usually always based from Hirschdale to the state line in California. We had pale morning duns make an appearance this weekend, along with bwos, and march browns. You should nymph with the above. Green drakes will arrive shorty, caddis too, and golden stones. Pretty much everything will explode this week when the water warms with the hot weather. On the Nevada side, flows are now more wading friendly. It's hard to fish that stuff when flows are up. Should be good to go now. You won't see me down by the ball park with the bums, and needles, and shopping carts in the river, but their is a lot other great water near Reno, that's much nicer. Big trouts on the Nevada side.

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Truckee River Fishing Report-6-1-22

Truckee River Fishing Report-6-1-22

Well, it's officially June, and the start of Summer fishing on the Truckee River. Didn't feel so summer this last weekend, but warm today, and warm until the weekend when will be back again in the 50's. Mainly, it's been a cool Spring for us. For the Truckee River Fly Fishing Report, this is it. This is that magical 3 week time frame. Things are firing off real good. Bugs and trouts are out and happy. Not too hot, not too cold. You get this special time right now, and again in the Fall for a bit. Seize it while we got it. Soon it will be ruthlessly hot, then we'll have smoke, and you'll have to get out at the buttcrack of dawn before water temps get hot. Everything is green and it's just amazing out right now. Wait until the caddis pop out and she'll really get going. Life and fishing, pretty easy right now.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-5-27-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-5-27-22

Summer weather on the Truckee River. We look to have some cooling for the weekend, and back to the 70's next week. Perfect weather. We're having a good week. The warm weather kicked the river into acton and put water temps in the 50's. 50's is perfect. That kicks trout into high gear. 52-62, is what you're looking for. We should stay in that temp frame for most of June. Mornings will have cool water temps, and they heat up in the afternoon. The best time frame on the Truckee River is usually about, 8-12 am. Anytime can be good, but mid-morning is always best. Give it a few more weeks and we'll see caddis. That's always good for the evening dry fly fishing. You'll see caddis and a lot of Summer bugs out near Reno already. That waters pretty big in there right now, and tough to wade all that urban stuff. Flows are good and high. Fish in close. Trouts are not in the middle. You should be fishing where you're wading.  

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-5-23-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-5-23-22

Sunny solid weather, and healthy flows here on the Truckee River. Good Spring weather, cold mornings, and warm afternoons. Good big flows, all up and down the river. Just a great time to be out. Flows are right below 900 cubes here in the Hirsch, and higher as you go down the river. 900 is high, but good. We have water coming out of Lake Tahoe too, so the whole upper section of river has great flows as well. I get asked a lot if there's fish up there. Yes, trouts live up there. it's a beautiful section of river to go wet a line. So nymph up on them. Streamer fish, though, these sunny days ain't the best for that, or throw the dry dropper rig. You'd be surprised who might pop up and eat your chubby. My main rigs now, are the tight line rig, and the dry dropper.

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Truckee River Fishing Report-5-15-22

Truckee River Fishing Report-5-15-22

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.

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Truckee River Fishing Report-4-7-22

Truckee River Fishing Report-4-7-22

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.    

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Truckee River Fishing Report-5-2-22

Truckee River Fishing Report-5-2-22

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.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-4-27-22

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report-4-27-22

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.  

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