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Gilligan's Guide Service - Truckee River Fishing Report 6-3-18

Gilligan's guide service

Gilligan's Guide Service


Matt Koles
(775) 351-6665

Kinda on fire.

I only say that a few times a year. Yes, the Truckee River is fishing very well right now. Flows have dropped to just about average and the water is warming. Bugs and fish galore. I did have one bad day last week. We fished streamers all day, some days they just don’t chase. If you nymph, or throw the dry dropper, you’ll catch fish.

Ants, no drakes yet, march browns, and beatis and sallies. I’m guessing the green drakes will show up this week along with some caddis maybe by next weekend. Probably see some goldens popping around too. Stick around until it gets dark and you could have one of those once in a lifetime evenings. The drakes get the big fish up on top. Nymph with all of the above mentioned bugs.

Weather is just about perfect, mid-70’s here in the Hirsch. Cool to cold mornings still. Getting hot down on the Reno side. Still nice in the mornings though. Watch out for the beer bobbing raft hatch down there. Flows were high down there early last summer and now they’re perfect. They’ve been itching to get out and liter up the river.

With the normal flows, trouts will move away from the bank water and start getting into mid-river slots and pocket water. Those big juicy slots behind the VW size boulder will all have fish in them.

If you’d like to rent the Hirschdale hideaway, and get a guide trip, I’ll take $30 bucks off any guide trip. I have a few days this month open on the guide calendar, but not many. July is still light.

I have spots open for the tight line nymph clinic on the 23rd. Come and change the way you look at nymphing.

Tight Line Nymph Clinic, Saturday, June 23rd.

Call it what you like, tight line nymphing, euro nymphing, czech nymphing. Nymphing without the aid of suspension devices, (bobbers) keeping direct contact with your flies. It was developed and popularized regionally by the late Ted Fay on the Upper Sac here in Ca almost 70 years ago. Things are very different today than what Ted Fay did back then. Today’s version, and what I teach, is a culmination of all the techniques mentioned above.

Tight line nymphing is a very productive and active way to fish, especially on the Truckee River with all the pocket water we have. Keeping your line tight, connecting you with your leader and flies- direct contact. Sliding your flies through the drift. Setting on slight hesitation of your leader, or feeling the grab entirely.

In this clinic, we will learn how to build a leader, what type of water to target, how to fish that water, equipment selection, and flies to use.

Leaders: We’ll set up straight level leaders, and tapered leaders, using mono and fluorocarbon. We will use sighters, tippet rings, etc. I will go through a few different tight line rigs and most importantly you will learn how to set up your own rigs; how to tie the correct knots, and how to use the proper connections. You will set up and tie your own rig.

Flies: I will show you the flies I like to use and why, and of course how to fish them. Weight will be built into the flies themselves. Bring your own nymphs too, and I will show you how to make them work.

Reading water: This is a very important part of the clinic and I will teach you how to read the water that summertime fish hold in. Pocket water. I will show you now to fish this pocket water. 

Equipment: Any 9 foot , 3-6 wt rod will do, but if you want to step it up in the tight line game, a 10 footer in a 4-5wt will be much better for what we are doing. A fast action 9 foot 5wt rod, (the most popular selling rod in the country) is not the best. You will limit your reach and you will not have sensitivity in the tip. There are many euro type rods to choose from these days. I willl have some long rods to use if you would like to see what I fish before you guy buy a new rod. I will explain the rod I like to use and why. Any floating fly line will work. I will show you how to balance a longer rod with the correct reel too.

Remember this is a class, not a guide trip, so sticking fish is not the objective, but we will fish and you may hook some. The cost for the clinic is $200 bucks. I will ask that you pay in advance to reserve your spot. You can pay by credit card via a phone call, or email. This will be on the California side (please remember to bring your license), and we will meet at 8:00 off the Hirschdale exit #194 down at the stop sign at the end of the off-ramp. We will all drive to our spot from there. The class will be 4 hours. This is a great clinic and you will learn a ton of information and it will change the way you fish the Truckee River.

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