Its no secret that we have a big big mega snow pack this spring and that we will have plenty of water this year. With the warm temps in this weeks forecast we will see some significant flows on most of our rivers and streams.The good news however is there are still plenty of places to fish and we will not have any issues with warm water temps keeping us off the river this year. It will be a great summer out there for sure!
As far as current conditions go rite place at the rite time is everything! Still waters have certainly produced the most consistent fish, however there is no shortage of big fish being caught on the Big Truckee as well, just not big numbers of them. If you are venturing out on the Truckee please be cautious, bring a friend, and don’t trust the undercut banks. Its not the time to go for an unplanned swim! Streamers dead drifted or stripped, big pat’s rubberlegs, and san Juan worms have bin the ticket. We have no shortage of bugs out there but the fish seem to be gorging on the big bites and overlooking the small stuff. We have some soft water on the Little Truckee but there’s no where to cross and crowds seem to already be out in force,on top of that the rainbows seem to be late to spawn and you should be on the lookout for reds. If you really wanna fish it think Big Truckee flys and techniques and stay out of water as best you can to stay off the reds and keep from taking a swim. Still water fishing has bin hot inlet areas and dam breasts seem to be the ticket. The bass seem to be moving into the dam breast areas, look for calm wind days so the surface water has chance to warm. Big callebaetis coming off most days and damsels already making moves. Midge hatches in the early evening have bin thick and the fish are keying in on them. It’s also a great time to go down in the dessert and chase some goldfish! If you have never fished carp on the fly it can be a blast, the visuals of stalking these beasts is a trip. Getting them to eat can be tough tho. For more info on carp fishing call or stop by the shop.
With our mega snow pack and long blue bird days it is also a great time to come up and ski a few laps at Squaw before hitting the water. The spring skiing is the best its bin in a long time and with the epic weather, festivities, and great fishing it’s hard not to have a perma grin most the day. So come on up and get sum! See you on the water (or the hill) -Jay
Last chance to sign up for guide 2017 guide school. Winter jobs are winding down, ski resorts are closing up, and summer time is almost here! Do you have a passion for fishing, outdoors, and sharing all of it with people? If you do have you ever thought about becoming a fly fishing guide? Our annual guide school is a great way to get a feel for what it really takes to be a successful fly fishing guide. Ill give you a hint being a great angler is NOT the only trait that makes you a good guide. People skills, teaching skills, organization, punctuality, and of course knowing your waters are a few of the traits of a great guide. Our instructors come from different back rounds so we can give you a better understanding of the different opportunities for guides. From walk wade to drift boats, from local waters to Alaska, and independent to working in a partnership of an outfitter.
One of the greatest parts of being a guide to me is that first fish stoke. Whether its a 10 year old with his first fish ever or its the retired guy who has fished all over but never “on the fly”. To me it just doesn’t get any better. Another perk is of course the fact that we spend all summer rite where we want to be, on the water. With no normal 9-5 schedule and no monotony of showing up at the same office to punch the clock day after day you really can just live in the moment. Not a day goes by that i don’t take a few moments to look around and take it in. If this sounds like you than feel free to call the shop or contact any of us directly for more info. We do have a few spots still open but we will be finalizing our lesson plans next week based on the amount of students.
Summer time is just around the corner here, well in relative terms at least. The past weeks weather has bin amazing and the fishing has bin pretty good too. We are seeing some skwalas on the water and the usual bwo’s and midges in the mix as well. The Truckee has also bin kicking out some nice fish on streamers as well. With the nice weather and lack of fresh snow the river has bin busy for sure. High flows have the fish stacked in soft water and it can be a little tough to move around from hole to hole. I think most anglers are just happy to get a line wet and feel some sun on their faces tho!
With the summer season around the corner here in Tahoe you start to hear people ask each other “so what are you doing for the summer?” Well my question is what are you doing for summer work? This year we will once again be partnering with some of the best Nor-Cal guides to host our annual guide school. With Jordan Romney, Chuck Reagan, and Matt Heron we cover a broad spectrum of guiding opportunities from working with a shop/outfitter to independent guiding to guiding in remote Alaska, walk and wade style to drift boat we have you covered. If a normal nine to five isn’t your thing and you are passionate about not only fishing but also sharing your passion with others then give us a call and we can go over the schedule with you.
With high pressure hanging over us rite now it’s only logical to hang up the skis for a day or two and go chase some fish. We have bin out fishing and guiding a few days over the last two weeks. Most of the action has bin up north on the Big And Little T but I personally had a great day on the East Carson as well. As far as I’m concerned if you want the river to yourself and are up for the challenge of winter fishing now is the best time to be out there.
Fishing is best during mid day bankers hours rite now on all of our rivers so take your time getting out there. None of our waters will give up fish easy rite now (welcome to the sierras) but easy and fly fishing shouldn’t be muttered together in the same sentence anyways now should they? Think small and think slow. As far as techniques go nymphing is probably the go too with dry droppers second and slow slow deep streamers third. This is a time of year were fish will not move to take a fly so you better put it on their nose. The fish eat on their own schedule not yours so be patient and be persistent.
The days are getting longer now and it won’t be long until we are talking about the big bugs of spring. skwallas, march browns, pmds will soon be on the menu. We are looking forward to spring on the East Walker and hopefully some early skwallas. Nothing kicks off the spring like chucking big drys! The East Walker took a big hit during the drought but I am optimistic this will be her come back year. Spring is also a great time to fish ice out on our still waters and with chances at big fish cruising the shorelines and inlets large lakes with large fish become more appealing. Macks on the fly anyone? With plenty more to look forward to I could go on and on….. Why wait for spring tho? Get out there now so that your gear and techniques are dialed. just be sure to check regulations before you go! Remember it’s your responsibility to know where and when you can fish and make sure you get your 2017 license. Call or stop by the shop with any questions. – Tight lines.
I think it’s safe to say that winter is here. With that being said its a good time to look back at the fall season and to look forward to winter fishing. We experienced the wettest October on record for much of the northern Sierra and man were the fish happy! October rains with a mild start to November produced some of the best fall fishing we have seen in years. Perfect flows, warm daytime temps and of course plenty of Sierra sunshine. We are still not out of this drought by any means, but if winter goes as planned we should be looking at a great summer ahead!
As far as winter fishing goes it’s day to day. My favorite part is that you can typically fish any hole you want because chances are your going to be the only one out. I also enjoy the lite is rite mentality of less is more. You need midges,bwos, and maybe a few San juan worms or glow bugs. That’s really about it, it’s not rocket science fly selection it’s more about finding the rite water. With the extra room in my bag I now have a spot for my thermos full of coffee and whatever other luxury items I want to bring.
If you are planning a family ski trip and want some “you time” it’s a perfect time of year to book a guide trip and decompress on the river. It’s also a great way to learn the winter techniques. Hope to see you on the water and pray for snow!
We are still at it up here folks, we had an early dose of winter and then mild first half of November. Flows have bin perfect with the October weather. While the fishing will stay good until the big freeze sets it I want to remind everyone that general trout season for California comes to a close tomorrow! It is your responsibility to know where you can and cannot fish so do your research!
As far as bugs go they are about to end, small midges, glow bugs, San Juan worms, and a few stonefly patterns should be about all you need. If you are unfamiliar with winter tactics it’s a great idea to book a guide to learn the nuances of it. Hope to see you on the water!
It’s bin a great week up here on the north shore. Overnight temps are consistently get cooler and cooler. We have mild daytime highs, and the bite is all day now.
I did make it a few days on the Carsons and fishing was good, maybe not red hot, but good. We had plenty of action on the surface with rubber leg stimulators and royal wolfs. Gotta love meat and potato style dry fly fishing.
As far as the Truckee goes its bin a smorgasbord of flys…..streamers, crays, hoppers,pts, midge patterns, extra…. It’s still early and it should only heat up as the temps drop. Call now and book that trip!
It’s about that time folks, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. We should be looking at about 6-8 weeks of great fishing. The early early bite is about done and we are happy to sleep in a bit. With cooler temps the rest of the week water temps should not be an issue going forward. The touch of fall in the air also has our big Browns starting to move a bit more. Don’t expect quantity but if you put your time in you should find some quality out there.
We have had some great days hiking the canyon on the Truckee lately, but also some slow days as well after all she is the Truckee. The next few weeks is a great time to throw the crayfish in the fast stuff, or even just take the streamer rod and commit to that one or two big whacks. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques it’s an excellent time to come fish with a guide and get dialed in (I bet you are not fishing enough weight!).
We have also had some great days on the Carson the last few weeks as well and it should only get better. We tend to have our best dry fly action this time of year. Water is low tho and stealth is key! I will be down there a few days this next week and will try to update good or bad…..wait actually a any day on the water is a good day! I’ll try to update on the catching then. See you on the water-Jay.
Fall is rite around the corner here folks. Cooler longer nights, less crowds on the river, and some big bugs will make for some happy fish! And if you get up here should make for happy anglers as well. Now is a great time to set aside a few days for mid September thru end of October.
With this talk of changing seasons let’s also not forget that rite now we have wet wading, evening caddis, hoppers,tricos, ect….. Yeh it’s summer there’s a lot of pressure and fish aren’t exactly feeding with reckless abandon but trust me in January we will all be dreaming of these days. Getting out early or exploring up high with 3 wts is still the ticket in my book. We have a lot of overlooked fisheries in our area. Sometimes just pulling out the map and picking a blue spot can be a great adventure. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Not catch anything? It’s not like that doesn’t happen time to time anyways! Quick playing on the internet and get out there and fish already…… See you on the water- Jay
The dog days of summer are here and it’s time to start fishing accordingly. Early mornings seem to be the ticket. If you are fishing later in the day please bring a thermometer. Flows on the Little Truckee have also bin pinched with a long hot summer and lots of pressure it may be a good time to think outside the box and go explore some.
Sight fishing up at Sawmill has bin red hot lately if stalking big bows with dry flys sounds like fun to you give us a shout. We have morning and afternoon session guided on unguided. Other high alpine lakes in the area should be fishing similar as well. So grab the pack rod and get out there and get some, we will all be daydreaming of these summer days in January!