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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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Truckee River Fly FIshing Report

Truckee River Fly FIshing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 2.6.2020

Record weekend temps and now single digits. 

We set some records over the weekend for daytime temps. Today, it’s in the single digits with an East wind, brrrr.

We had a great streamer clinic, still some spots for this Saturday’s clinic.

The fishing has been good out on the East side on the lower Truckee River in Nevada. I haven’t really been messing with the river around here. Getting a decent streamer bite, and the dry fly fishing has been good too. The 2 funnest ways to fish in my opinion. Streamer first, dry fly second. Some days are better than others on the bug front. If you have some overcast and not too much wind it will go off. If you have sunny, no wind, it will kinda go off. Super fun if you time it right. It seems like every day the timing of the bugs have been different.

Of course if you want to catch big fish, you streamer fish. The biggest fish don’t eat bugs, they eat fish.

If you just want to catch fish then you should be nymphing. Baetis nymphs will be the go to from here on out through spring.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 1.27.20

Like really good. We had a few great streamer days, but the dry fly fishing has been where it’s at- on the lower Truckee River in Nevada.

Yep, I said dry fly fishing. Don’t say that a whole hell of a lot on the Truckee River, but there have been some days where it’s simply been epic. Of course some days are better than others. Wind can be a problem. If you can get a good windless afternoon you will see pods of fish rising in every run. Blue wing olives. Sure, most fish average on the smaller size, but we have stuck a few over 20,” on a dry, that’s really good. It’s great to have boat and access the good zones, but you can hit a lot wade fishing too.

So things look to get warm this week. It’s been mild up here. Reno is going to get over 60 this week, was 55 here in the Hirsch the other day. Winter is not over though. Still a long ways to go if you live about 5000 feet.

The Streamer Clinic on Feb. 8th still has some spots. The 1st is sold out. Go niners.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 1.22.20

Good winter fishing on the Truckee River.

With the exception of a few days last week when it got real cold, fishing has been pretty good.

The great news is, we have some pretty good dry fly fishing happening on the lower river in Nevada. Right about mid-day you’ll see blue wings, and pods of fish rising in certain runs. Super good on those warmer overcast days, which we’ve had a lot of this winter. Other good news too, the streamer fishing has been pretty good. Seems like we’re getting a shot of a lifetime fish every time I side the raft in. The best news, Niners are back in the Super Bowl.

So it’s fun to bring a steamer rod and a dry fly rod and do a little bit of both. Of course the nymphing is good as well.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 

The clinic on the 1st is full. 

49ers are back in the NFC title game, and we’re sticking some big browns on the lower Truckee River. Can’t complain.

A few warm days last week, but still pretty cold round these parts. Some smaller storms this week, and a good one late mid-week. Looks to be nice this holiday weekend.

Flows have dropped a bit. 220 and change here, 330 or so out East. I imagine they’ll stay like this until we get some warmer bigger storms. Not much change since the last report. Trouts are mainly in the frog water. We have pushed, and hooked some huge browns streamer fishing out East on the lower Truckee River in Nevada. I have also had some good dry fly sessions on the warmer days. Surprisingly, some have been big on the dry fly. We used to have some great dry fly fishing down there before the drought, and it looks like its now come back.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report
Matt "Gilligan" Koles reports on 1.6.2020

Good last week on the Truckee River.

 

Warm temps got the fishing going. We had some days in Reno near 60. Gonna get colder this week, not too bad though for January. Smaller slider type storms will brush us. As long as you don’t have that East wind, won’t be too bad temp wise. Hopefully, we get get some big storms by the end of the month. Fingers crossed.

So, not much change in the fishing, or flows. Like I say, last week was great, even got some fish on top. When you can get those warmer days this time of year, the fishing can be good all up and down the river. Saw some good pods of fish eating on top every afternoon last week. Baetis of course. We missed a few thumpers on the streamers. Just all around good. Remember trouts are in the frog water, you can bypass a lot of water this time of year.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Giligan Koles Reports on 12.10.2019

More rain and snow for the Truckee River.

Not much here in the Hirsch, but some good snow up top. Mainly rain here. Little bump in the flows, big bump down on the lower river. River will level out this week, and it should be a good week for fishing.

Good week last week. In Nevada, the streamer fishing was good. Good in December? Yes, it was relatively warm. Browns are all post spawn and looking for protein. There was a solid inversion layer in the Truckee Meadows, making low light. Kinda like cloud cover. Just a great streamer set up. We pushed some big trouts around. Did we do that in Sept, Oct, November? Not really. Winter and spring is when you tangle with the biggest trout in the river on the lower Truckee River. They will eat nymphs occasionally, but if you want big fish, well, you know.

Good up around here too. Relatively speaking. Remember, it’s winter, when you get a fish to eat, probably a good one. Just gotta to get them to eat.

 

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Gilligan Koles Reports on 11.24.2019

Looks like we’re gonna have a winter after all.

Big changes in the weather. We went from t’shirts to jackets in one day, and looking like it’s staying that way through December. Good. Decent snow this week. Too early to tell after next week, but if you’re looking at the weather models, or model riding, looking real good for Tahoe all of December.

So, what’s that mean for fishing? Good actually. Gets rid of the stagnant low clear water conditions we have right now on the Ca side. Flushes the pipes so to speak, especially if we get rain and snow mix. Kinda like steelheading. Rain comes and brings the fish in. Kinda like that on the Truckee too. Of course these fish are always in the river.

In Nevada on the Truckee River it will be good as well. Has been good, will be good. It is always better down lower on the river in winter. It’s warmer. Streamer time for me in winter.

This is when the bigger fish get caught. Mainly through the winter and spring. Especially coming off the backs of storms, when the water is clearing and dropping. Most especially coming off the backs of those big AR’s when we get them.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt Gilligan Koles Reports on 11.19.19

Finally a change in the weather.

Not a big change, but at least it feels like fall now, or early winter?  Seems like it’s always feast or famine in Ca. You just never know what kind of winter we’ll have. We get pounded with snow, or we don’t.

Truckee River is cold and low in Ca. Don’t mean you can’t catch fish. If you know the type of water and rigs to fish in cold water, you’ll get a few good ones. Winter fishing.

In Nevada on the Truckee River the water is higher and warmer. I took a temp of 59 last week, crazy, for mid-November. The nymphing has been really good, streamer fishing not so good. I think that above sentence will flip flop now.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 10.22.2019

Rolling through October on the Truckee River.

Not much weather wise going on up here yet. Some days lots of wind, cold at night, nice in the afternoons.

Lower fall flows on the CA side and through Reno. Good out East. 375 here in the Hirsch, lower in Reno, and higher out on the lower river. Good fishing pretty much all over. Would be nice to have some rain and foul weather, but looks like that ain’t happening for awhile.

Your fall bugs are baetis, and lots of baetis. You may see some mahogany duns, and some big fall orange caddis. Sunny days are not good for dry fly fishing, cloudy days be what you’re looking for. Trouts like cloud cover. Both on the dry fly front, and the streamer front. Of course, nymph with the above mentioned patterns.

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