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Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 5.27.20

Heating up on the Truckee River.

It will get hot this week. When it’s 90 in the Hirsch, it’s hot. Upper 90’s in Reno. There’s about 10 miles between us and the desert, it gets hot. Water’s still cold. Fishing all day is good. About low 50’s, water temps, during the day. That’s perfect water temps. Trouts are waking up and moving around.

Flows are still up. I’m guessing they’ll drop in a few weeks. It’ll make the wading a lot easier.

So, nymph up on them. That’s your best bet, at least here on the lower river. Lots of bugs out, but those big fish don’t budge. They stay on the bottom and look for the easiest available food source. Good news; the smaller fish are very active as well with the warming water temps. This is a good time for higher numbers of fish, if you get in the right sections of river. They’re sill tight though. When the flows drop, they will move out into the mid-river slots. All of that water is still too fast.

Yes, the Truckee River is open. No, you will not get pulled over by the police if you’re out of town.

I’ve been very busy. All of my full days are filled up in June. I do have half days open, especially the last few weeks of June. Once summer rolls in, the best fishing is, morning-mid-morning, and again very late in the evening.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 2.20.20

Good solid fishing on the Truckee River.

Feels almost like spring in Tahoe/ Reno. Super balmy for mid-Feb.

When I say good fishing, I’m talking the Nevada side of the Truckee River, not in Ca. That’s where I’ve been spending my time. The water is low and clear and cold still in Ca.

So no more dry fly fishing down on the lower river. Lots of bugs, but not that many fish looking up. Not sure what happened. Still hoping for it to pick back up again. I did put on some nymphs and we did catch fish though. We caught fish in every water type. Not just the winter type frog water. Climate change.

Of course if you want to go hunting for big fish, you got to streamer fish, and stay committed. Luckily, we got a few on Saturday, thanks to some cloud cover and a falling barometer. That was after 2 days of nothing. It just takes the right pressure/ weather, to get trouts to turn on and chase. Sometimes you can nail those days down, but you just don’t know when, or what day that will happen. You just got to throw those things around until it does. I wish I had an app for that.

So enjoy the spring weather in February. 4 years ago we had the driest Feb. to that point on record, and a pretty good wet March. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 2.10.2020

Mild weather on the Truckee River.

Looks like this month may stay dry and mild. Hopefully, we can get some storms in March. Reno hit 70 last week. Most ski resorts are at about 80 percent of average on the upper mountains. We will need a good end of this month, or March to get back somewhat closer to average. There is water stored in the lakes and reservoirs, but it would be nice to top them off.

Why do I talk so much about the weather? Well, this time of year the fishing is greatly influenced by how warm, or cold it is. Last week I saw skwallas out on the lower river. That’s pretty early. I didn’t see them until April last year, but it did snow almost every day last February.

So the good news is you will see fish looking up. Flows are down and there are bugs out. Much different than our last 3 springs. Not only was last winter/ spring cold, flows were way up from release out of Lake Tahoe. They were the in ’17, and 18′ too. That won’t be the case this year. We will have dependable good spring fishing.

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Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi reports on 5.1.19

Gorgeous spring weather and blue skies have dominated the skies in the Northern Sierra for the last few weeks, and the flows keep pumping at a high level on the Truckee River. At the Granite campground station on Hwy 89 the flows are at 1,530 cubes, add in Donner Creek at 443 cfs and you will find the flows through the town of Truckee at 1,973. Along the Glenshire...

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Little Truckee Fly Fishing Report

Jon Baiocchi Reports on 10.10.17


The Little Truckee River is fishing well despite the large numbers of anglers. Last week I counted 33 vehicles from the top lot to the outlet. Lots of pressure, but unique in the realm, you can find your own space - Do not despair. TBS; Tiny Black Shit with a worm for indicator rigs is the top producer. Think small ball whether nymphing, or making dry fly...

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