Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Truckee, California

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Brian Slusser

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon530-386-0525 Email icon4seaslusser@gmail.com Link iconflyfishingtruckee-tahoe.com

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The Story

I welcome the opportunity to peel back the layers of the art of fly fishing to help others find the passion that originally got me into the sport and continues to excite me to this day. From simple to sophisticated techniques, I can show you the way. Single hand rods, two handed rods, and Tenkara. I do it all.

Together we can make your trip memorable. Once you are here, I can provide everything but the fishing license. No need to go searching for the right weight rod or that specific fly pattern. I have quality gear and flies suited for the techniques needed in our area to make your experience unforgettable. Most of the venues are less than 30 minutes for our meeting point. This means more time on the water less time beind the windshield.

What is Provided:

I can provide all gear and terminal tackle. Guest will have to purchase a fishing license. Lunch is provided on the full-day trips.

Gear Recommendations:

A wide variety of rods work depending on technique. The 9' 5 wt. is a good all-around rod here. A 4 wt. rod for dries, and 6 wt. for streamers are good choices. It is windy most afternoons, so lighter rods tend to get pushed around a bit more and have a hard time with some of the bigger attractors that I like to use. 4 wt. and 5 wt. 10.5 to 11 ft. switch rods are good for those that like to trout spey.

What to Bring:

Bring sunscreen and sunglasses. The sun is pretty intense up here.


I operate from April through September in the Truckee Area for trout and smallmouth. October is steelhead time and I spend the month chasing steelhead on the Klamath river in Northern California. About 5.5 hours from Truckee. July and August are prime months of dry-fly action in the Truckee area. Depending on conditions, there are some hatches in June and September as well.


Rainbow and brown trout are the quarry in the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers. The smaller streams contain brook trout and lots of them. The reservoirs have rainbows, Browns and smallmouth bass that are eager to take a fly.


Truckee is located at 5,900 feet in elevation. The fishing venues are as close as 10 minutes from our meeting point in town. Some are just over an hour away. The rivers are small to medium in size and it is all walk-and-wade trips here on the rivers and streams. There is a variety of terrain difficulty from easy to difficult terrain. Most is easy-to moderate wading. The stillwaters here are from 12 to 1200 acres is size and are best accessed from a boat, but not necessary. I do offer boat trips to the reservoirs.

Typical Weather:

Spring is usually a mixed bag of nice to rainy 50-70 degreesF. Water temps are cool at 40-55 degrees. Summer is great, usually sunny for months, 60-85 degrees. Water temps are 55-65 degrees. Fall is usually nice with cooler nights and warm days. 55-70 degrees. Water temps are 65 and starting to cool back down. Winter is snow or sun, 20-45 degrees and water temps are 38-42 degrees.

Rates start from: $350
You can find all pricing information at: https://www.flyfishingtruckee-tahoe.com/day-trips


I practice catch-and-release. I would suggest a boat trip on one of the stillwaters if mobility is an issue. Allow 1 hour to get to Truckee from South Lake Tahoe. 40 minutes from Reno Tahoe International Airport. Truckee has an Airport with rental cars. Lots of private jets and planes come in and out. Lodging options are many and varied. Plan ahead for best options in Truckee and Tahoe.

Additional Activities:

Check out Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. There is also a good museum about the Donner Party on Donner Lake in Truckee. Ride the tram at Squaw or Heavenly. Super good views and wild flowers.

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