Photos of the Day: An Intern Takes to the Field II

Orvis summer intern Grant White shows off one on his two rainbows on the day.
Photo by Jan Nemec

[Editor’s Note: Before he headed back to college, our great summer intern, Grant White, made a trip to California, where he got some fishing in. Here’s his second post on that experience.]

My last blog post detailed my experience fishing the California section of the Truckee River during late August. Later in my vacation, I had the privilege of trying my hand on the Nevada side of the river with Orvis-endorsed guide Jan Nemec.

I met Jan in the early evening, which left us about three hours of daylight. For those who don’t know, Jan literally wrote the book on Nevada fly-fishing. His knowledge of the local water is unmatched, and after a working a stint in retail, he has a genuine enthusiasm to be back on the water helping his clients.

Learning to drift the tandem rig and Thingamabobber.
Photo by Jan Nemec

As was the case during my first Truckee trip, my background in stillwater bass fishing left me woefully inexperienced in the techniques and practices needed to consistently catch swift-water trout. Therefore, I was a little concerned when Jan handed me a two-fly set up complete with a Thingamabobber indicator. But Jan’s outstanding instruction and guidance quickly quelled my apprehension, and I soon was roll casting and even false casting the large rig with (relative) accuracy.

Fishing with Jan was incredible. His helpful instructions contributed to a fun and flowing conversation that made fishing a breeze. In addition, his trigger-happy hookset style makes for continuous excitement on the water.

I fished the tandem rig until dark and had a blast, even though I ended up landing just two small but beautiful rainbows. Considering the late August temperatures and the small window of time we had, I was more than pleased with the fishing.

They weren’t trophies, but the Truckee rainbows were beautiful.
Photo by Jan Nemec

As darkness closed in on the river, we switched up our tactics to go after big browns prowling the river’s edge. Tying on a big mouse imitation, Jan instructed me to cast toward shore and swing downstream. “It’ll sound like a beaver tail slapping the water,” he said…Oh. It didn’t take long for me to understand the appeal of brown trout fly-fishing.

While I didn’t hook into any of the big browns, every cast was exciting just because of the prospect. Overall, the evening of fishing was good but it was the company and advice Jan provided that made the trip a true joy.

Check out Jan Nemec’s website, Mimic Fly Fishing.

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