Truckee Fly Fishing

Adam Omernick of - Fly Fishing

Truckee Fly Fishing is not my deal! I'm a girl, and I've fished only a few times in my life! I'm following a 90% vegetarian diet, (no meat), and would be 100% vegan, except for my love of eating fish and sushi, which I couldn't give up, so my only real experience with fish, is eating them! friends warned me early on to never marry a fisherman, or a golfer. This was from a co-worker who was married to an avid golfer, who went so far as to set up a mini putting golf course throughout their home, and practiced night and day. She was constantly tripping over his golf balls! 

I can however, give you the basic details on where to shop, where to go, and point you in the direction of some very talented local Truckee fly fishing guides that know the ins and outs of the sport, and can make your fishing day!!

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Where to get Fly Fishing Gear in Truckee

It looks to me, like in all of the Truckee Sporting Good stores, that the following places are the best bets for Fly Fishing gear in Truckee:

  • Mountain Hardware and Sports - check out their online Fishing Report. I like the Irish Blessing posted on their site: "May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it!"

Where to get your Truckee Fly Fishing Fix!

Truckee River in Downtown TruckeeTruckee River near Downtown Truckee

Here are a few of the local state mandated areas to fish in Truckee:

  • Truckee River - some of the best areas to fly fish is the river area from the downtown Truckee area, north to the Nevada state border. We lived in Glenshire, which was about 6 miles north from downtown Truckee, and Glenshire Drive paralleled the Truckee River, so we often saw fisherman along the way. It seemed like a popular place was in the Hirshdale area where Hwy 80 has an exit up the hill to Glenshire, or on the other side of the Hwy to Boca Dam and Stampede Dam. From what I've learned, apparently, the Truckee River is not an easy place to fish, but well worth it to learn how! The Upper section of the Truckee River is the 16 mile stretch of the River from the lake outlet at Tahoe City to Trout Creek, with access along Hwy 89. We used to bike and roller blade the bike trail from Tahoe City up to Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, so the section from Tahoe City to River Ranch Lodge is busy during the summer months with Truckee River Rafters.

  • Little Truckee River - located below Stampede Dam and Boca Dam

The Fly Fishing Seasons

  • Regular Season: - last Saturday in April to November 15th
  • Winter Season: - November 16 - last Friday in April
  • The Wild Trout Sections of the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers are open year-round.

The Local Truckee Fly Fishing Expert Guides

In researching this page, because again, I'm a girl who just eats fish, and taking up the sport is not high on my list of things to do...lets be honest, I don't see it in the future anytime soon! I'm too busy doing this website, two others, and homesteading on 3.66 acres.

If I were planning on doing some Truckee Fly Fishing, I would definitely call these guys recommended below, based on what I found online, and use them as a local guide. They had tremendous detailed information on their websites, a great blog, and Frank Pisciotta had a great article on The Little Truckee River published in the 2009 summer issue of Sierra Fisherman magazine, among other articles. They clearly know their stuff, and know the local areas, and best times to go!!

Also check out:

  • Matt "Gilligan" Koles
    Gilligan's Fly Fishing Service
    website: - His website looks fantastic, with lots of information, a linked blog, pictures of "flies", a Truckee Fishing photo gallery, and some cool fishing video's.

USGS Stream Flow Links

Here are some links for the USGS Real Time Stream Flows in California and Nevada:

As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. They provide impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use changes.

Fly Fishing in Colorado

Adam Omernick of - Fly Fishing

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Adam Omernick of
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And for anyone who likes to Fly Fish in the Colorado area, a Facebook friend of mine, Adam Omernick lives for fly fishing, and has started an awesome website all about fly fishing in Northern Colorado at He has sections on all the main Northern Colorado Rivers, info. on how to fly fish, what gear to use, and how to teach your kids about fly fishing. He has some great pictures of the Colorado Rivers, so it is definitely worth checking out his site!!

Adam's Recommended Fly Fishing Books

I asked Adam Omernick of if he could give me any Fly Fishing Book recommendations to pass along, and these were his recommendations. 

1. For someone who is just starting out, "Fly Fishing with A.K."

2. "The Orvis Fly Tying Guide"

3. For Great Fly fishing stories, Adam recommends anything by John Gierach

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