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Truckee River Fishing Report-10-30-17

Gilligan's Guide Service

Courtesy of Gilligan's Guide Service

Matt Koles
(775) 351-6665


Dominating high pressure ridge, but things are going to change.

Really nothing here to report since last report. Flows and weather have remained much the same this month on the Truckee River. Cold nights, warm days.

Things should change by this weekend. Looks like we won’t see daytime temps this warm until next spring. So buckle up for winter and good November fishing. October was kind of a dud on many fronts. Trouts just don’t like sunny hot Octobers. They like it rainy and cloudy. November will fish like a normal October. This October was very warm for our neck of the woods. Expect good streamer fishing and probably some descent dry fly fishing this November. Have the small blue wings tied up and have the sculpins ready to go.

I’ve been and about guiding on both sides of the river. No one side is really fishing better than the other. Fishing has been hit and miss. Some days you hit it and some you don’t.

If you want to learn more about streamer fishing on the Truckee River, join me for the Streamer Clinic coming up.

Streamer Clinic, Saturday November 18th.

Wanna learn to catch fish on streamers in the Truckee River?

If yes, this class is for you. Oftentimes we catch more fish on streamers than we do on nymphs, especially in the cold water months of late fall/winter.

I have developed a simple streamer system that works for me. Simple is the key word. I’m not saying it’s the best, or end all, but it works here for what I’m doing on my river. In the land of sink tips and flies as big as a cat, simple is often best. Honestly, I feel I’ve been doing it wrong for years, but now it’s streamlined, and I’m more effective.

This is a class with single hand rods, not switch rods.

These are the things we will cover and talk about in the clinic:

Leader construction, flies, water types, casts and retrieves.

You will understand why color and movement are important components in your streamers. Why it is important that you understand the forage that big fish are eating on your local river. Forage can be sculpins, crayfish, rough fish- like shiners, and any back water type fish, and also juvenile trout.

You will learn my leader construction, How to construct it, how to tie the correct knots, and most importantly how to cast it. You will learn different retrieves to mimic different food items. You will learn how to strip set.

You will learn the water to target.

You will need to be at least in intermediate angler. Casting my rig is not that easy, at least at first, but you will get it down.

The good news about this class is that almost any rod will do. Any rod, medium to fast action rod will do. 5-7 wt will work. I use a Sage X, 10 foot 5 wt. It’s fast and long. The length helps when you’re wade fishing to keep out of the bushes on your back cast, and also you can reach out and tight line nymph your streamer too. Jigging it through the pocket water slots. Deadly in summer. You will learn this move too. Like I say though, just about any single hand rod will do, just stay away from the ultra noodle dry fly rod.

Any floating line will work. I do not use sink tips. My flies are designed to sink and jig on a floating line. If you have commercially tied streamers that you get at a fly shop, we can make those work too.

You will learn a tremendous amount on streamer fishing, and likely afterwards it may be the first thing you fish before you throw out the bobber rig.

Cost is $200. I will limit this class to 4- 5 anglers. The streamer class fills quick, please call with your credit card. I’ll get a deposit if you want to attend.

As always we will meet off the Hirschdale exit at 9:00. We will go for about 4 hours or so. Remember this is a class, not a guide trip and sticking fish is not the concern, but you will learn how to stick those fish.

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