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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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.      
  • 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. 
  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report May 14 2024
    Thinking Spring has sprung. Just about perfect weather on the Truckee River. Pretty descent high Spring flows. Around 1,400 cfs here in Hirschdale and higher as you go down river. Not bad clarity. 1,400, ain’t too big. For the average weekend warrior angler maybe. Look for places trout can get out of current. That will be close to the bank. Slow walking pace water. When the waters dirty, hard to beat a worm, egg, crayfish, rubber legs. If the water is on the clearer side, then fish your normal nymph patterns. This will be a great month of fishing on the Truckee River. The water will be high, but we’ll get some big dogs.
  • 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.