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Fly Tying Class w/ Matt Cullen | October 18 @ 6:00 | MopCorn Beetle and the Jan’s Tui Chub

Learn to tie Jan’s Tui Chub and the Mopcorn Beetle with RFS Instructor Matt Cullen. Jan’s Tui Chub and the RFS Original Mopcorn Beetle and two super effective patterns at Pyramid Lake. 

Matt will share his approach and methods of tying fly patterns for Pyramid Lake. This will include material selection, preparation and tying through the finished fly. You will have the chance to tie along with Matt and will go away with a few flies to fish Pyramid Lake that work the entire season.

Cost is $50 and includes all materials and the use of shop vises/tools (if needed). The class fee will be discounted off the purchase of a premium tying vise from the Reno Fly Shop during the night of the class.

This class is best suited for beginner tyers just starting out or intermediate tyers looking to sharpen their skills. Limited to 6 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Call 775-323-3474 with any questions or to sign up over the phone.

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Pyramid Lake Clinic w/ Mike Anderson | Oct 08, 2022 | Registration Open Now

Join Reno Fly Shop guide Mike Anderson and 5 other guests and learn all there is about our wonderful fishery.

The clinic will cover

  • Fishing during different seasons and conditions
  • Overview of techniques and gear
  • Casting lesson and demonstration
  • Lunch provided
  • Fishing with Mike

Valid Pyramid Lake Tribal fishing licenses are required the day of the clinic.

Class is limited to 6 anglers to maximize the learning/fun environment.

When: October 8th – 8am to 2pm | after your registration Mike will contract you directly to specify which beach at Pyramid Lake to meet.

Where: Pyramid Lake, Nevada to beach to meet Mike will be given the day before the clinic by Mike. This will allow the selection of the appropriate beach based upon the current conditions.

Who: Mike Anderson, You and only 5 other anglers

How Much: $250/angler – paid at time of reservation

How to Signup: ONLINE HERE | Call the shop at (775) 323-3474 | Stop by the Shop

You can also email Mike at mike.anderson@renoflyshop.com

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Summer 2022 Class/Clinic Schedule

Click on any of the options above to find out more details and the chance to register.

We have a jammed packed summer of classes and clinics for you to get involved in. We have something for all levels of experience  and interests from novice to advanced.

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On-the-Water Report | Truckee River | early May 2022 | Fly Tying Class May 12

Flies we suggest: TJ Hooker, Fire Starter, Duracell, CDC Red Tag, Copper John, Parachute Adam #14, OCD Caddis, BH Birds Nest, BH Squirmy Worm, Belly Ache Minnow, Heisenberg (Rainbow)

Fly Tying Class with Matt Cullen | May 12 | 6:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced | Articulated Streamer

This is an in-person only class | You can register by calling the shop, stopping by or

Click here to sign up online

Learn to tie this articulated streamer with Matt Cullen | May 12

Learn to tie an articulated streamer pattern with RFS Instructor Matt Cullen. This is a hybrid pattern Matt has come up with using great qualities from very popular streamers patterns. A little bit Circus Peanut and a little bit Swim Coach.

Matt will share his approach and methods of tying this super effective streamer for the Truckee River. Class topics will include material selection, preparation and tying through the finished fly. You will have the chance to tie along with Matt the whole time and will go away with your own fly.

Cost is $50 and includes all materials and the use of shop vises/tools (if needed). The class fee will be discounted off the purchase of a premium tying vise from the Reno Fly Shop during the night of the class.

Due to the time required to tie and some advanced techniques this class is best suited for intermediate/advanced tyers that know their way around a vise. Limited to 6 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Stop by the shop or call 775-323-3474 with any questions.

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Learn to tie the Holographic Midge and the French Nymph with RFS Instructor Matt Cullen. | Holographic Midge and French Nymph |Thursday 12/16 @ 6


Fly Tying Class – Tying the Holographic Midge and the French Nymph

December 16, 2021

6:00 pm

$50/student – includes materials for several flies. Shop vises and tools are available to borrow

Matt will share his approach and methods of tying the super effective Holographic Midge (for Pyramid Lake) and the French Nymph (for the Truckee River). This will include material selection, preparation and tying through the finished fly. You will have the chance to tie along with Matt and will go away with a few flies to fish Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

Cost is $50 and includes all materials and the use of shop vises/tools (if needed). The class fee will be discounted off the purchase of a premium tying vise from the Reno Fly Shop during the night of the class.

This class is best suited for beginner tyers just starting out or intermediate tyers looking to sharpen their skills. Limited to 6 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Call 775-323-3474 with any questions.

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Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and Pyramid Lake | early October | Fly Tying Class

Days are growing shorter, and quick storm fronts with cold air alert us to the changing of the seasons. The fall equinox has come and gone since our last report and our first freeze of the year too. That can only mean one thing… The Pyramid Lake opener is upon us. We live in a fortunate area. As most fly shops and anglers pivot to storing their gear or begin traveling to international destinations, we are just gearing up to chase the largest cutthroat trout minutes from our doorstep. The beginning of Fall also marks the pre-spawn stage of our Truckee River brown trout. It won’t be long before these fish start chasing streamers like kids chasing after the ice cream truck. 


Truckee River 

Still looking at low flows in town, but further up the system has plenty of water. We’re moving fish on streamers, but the fish are not quite ready to commit to them just yet. Nymphing with light bobber rigs or ESN has been productive with smaller nymphs in a myriad of water speeds. I’ve been fishing more in the morning and noticing fish sitting in shadows or right on the edge of shadows in any water that has at least 2 feet of depth. 

Flies: Perdigon Olive and Black #16, Duracell #16, Zebra Midge Red and Black #18 and #20, ID Theft #14-16, Mini Leech Olive and Black, Truckee River Dozen


Pyramid Lake 

Pyramid Lake opens on October 1st. The lake level has dropped a couple of feet from last season. This will allow anglers to access some drop offs that have not been within casting distance in a few years, but will also make some drop offs that were a perfect depth last year too shallow, we will have to move around the lake to dial in the new depths. We will be out there a bunch so stop in or call the shop for new updates everyday. Fish will generally be in 20-30+ feet deep on the opener, though a nice cold front like the one we had earlier this week will bring them up nicely. Retrieving flies, or jigging flies from a boat/float-tube will be the most effective technique. 

Flies: Boobies (Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Diablo), Pyramid Lake Beetle, Bellyache Minnow, Jans Tui-Chub, Balanced Leech, Holographic Midge, Pyramid Lake Fly Selection


Fly Tying Class – Tying the Balanced Leech with Matt Cullen

October 21, 2021

6:00 pm

Learn to tie the Balanced Leech with RFS Instructor Matt Cullen.

Matt will share his approach and methods of tying the super effective Balanced Leech. This will include material selection, preparation and tying through the finished fly. You will have the chance to tie along with Matt and will go away with a few flies to fish Pyramid Lake or any of our local stillwaters.

Learn to tie the Balanced Leech

Cost is $50 and includes all materials and the use of shop vises/tools if needed. The class fee will be discounted off the purchase of a premium tying vise from the Reno Fly Shop during the night of the class.

This class is best suited for beginner tyers just starting out or intermediate tyers looking to sharpen their skills. Limited to 6 Students. Registration is on a first come basis.

Call 775-323-3474 with any questions.

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European Style Nymphing Clinic | June 12 | with Mike Anderson

Consistently catching fish in the Truckee River can be difficult. We often speak of the advantages of using European Style Nymphing (ESN) as an effective tactic in targeting these difficult trout. Now you have the chance to attend a clinic with Mike Anderson, our head guide, that is focussed exclusively on ESN in the Truckee River.


When: June 12th – 9am to 1pm

Where: Streamside the Truckee River, Nevada

Who: Mike Anderson, You and only 5 other anglers

How Much: $250/angler – paid at time of reservation

How to Signup: Stop by or call the shop today at 775-323-3474. You can also email Mike at mike.anderson@renoflyshop.com


The Clinic will cover

European Style Nymphing Overview, Gear and Techniques

On-the-Water demonstrations and how best to read the water

Fishing with 1-on-1 instruction

The clinic will be separated into a discussion session and an on the river session,  the class will be 4 hours and includes fishing. 

Valid Nevada fishing licenses (not provided) are required to participate in the clinic.

Class is limited to 6 anglers to maximize the learning/fun environment.

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Fly Fishing Report | Truckee River and area Stillwaters | late May 2021 | ESN Clinic June 5 Registration Open

Truckee River 

The Truckee River is flowing at 550-600 CFS through the downtown gauge. Temperatures look perfect as we start the day around 53 degrees and the river is topping out at 61 degrees. The river is full of cutthroat trout that have been stocked over the past few weeks. The wild trout will usually move into more secluded waters as the high influx of trout compete for food. Though for some of our larger fish the cutthroat are food. 

Fishing has been good at times and tough at times. The fish have a lot of room to wander with flows above 450 Cfs. Fishing a lot of water is key. We are most consistently finding fish in faster water. Insect life has really begun to pop with some late afternoon dry fly action occurring on Caddis and small mayflies. Streamers are starting to heat up specially as we get above 60 degrees as this will trigger the crayfish and bait fish to become more active. ESN has still been the preferred technique with the fish in faster water (Check out info on our upcoming ESN Clinic below). Nymphs have ranged from 16-12. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Spanish Bullet, Quill Jig, Hot Spot, CDC Red Tag, G6 Caddis, Perdigon, Carot, Hot Butt, Snowshoe Yellow Sally, Masked Marauder Stonefly, Truckee River Dozen


Local Still Waters

Our local reservoirs have been fishing well following the recent storms moving out and things beginning to warm up a bit. Look for this to continue to improve as we get back up to seasonal temps this week. The Carpenter Ant hatch was stifled with the cold shock, but hopefully will ramp back up soon. On warmer days most of the fish are in shallow water no deeper than 10′ for most of the day, with a dip into deeper water during high sun times of the day. Indicator and naked style nymphing with midges, damsel nymphs, and smaller Caddis/mayfly patterns has worked. Buggers and balanced leech should also be on the menu. 

Retrieving damselflies, woolly buggers, and other small streamers around drop offs, weed lines, and structure have also worked well. Look for some dry fly action early and late in the day and during cloudy periods. 

Stillwater  Flies We Suggest: Balanced Leech, Thin Mint Bugger, Yankee Buzzer, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Flying Ant, Red Eye Damsel, Callibaetis (Gilled) nymph


Registration is Open now and limited to 6 students – Call or stop by the shop today

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Fly tying class with Matt Cullen | learn to the tie the Jig Streamer | Thursday April 22, 2021

What: Fly Tying Class with Matt Cullen. Matt will be teaching how to tie the Jig Streamer. This is a live (in shop) event so it will be limited to a maximum 6 students.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:30

Cost: $25/student. Includes all materials and use of vise and tools (if needed). Max 6 students.

Call or stop by to reserve your spot

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October 31st | European Style Nymphing and Streamer Clinic with Mike Anderson

Consistently targeting bigger fish in the Truckee River can be difficult. Larger fish require a different mindset to catch with regularity. The goal of this clinic is to teach newer streamer techniques that combine European Style Nymphing (ESN) tactics with a traditional streamer swing approach to attract bigger fish!


When: October 31st – 9am to 1pm

Where: Streamside the Truckee River, Nevada

Who: Mike Anderson, You and only 5 other anglers

How Much: $250/angler – paid at time of reservation

How to Signup: Stop by or call the shop today at 775-323-3474. You can also email Mike at mike.anderson@renoflyshop.com


The Clinic will cover

European Style Nymphing Overview, Gear and Techniques

Streamer Overview, Flies and Techniques

On-the-Water demonstrations and how best to read the water

Fishing with 1-on-1 instruction

The clinic will be separated into a classroom session and an on the river session,  the class will be 4 hours and includes fishing. 

Valid Nevada fishing licenses are not provided and are required before the clinic.

Class is limited to 6 anglers to maximize the learning/fun environment.


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