Lake Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/9/2018


We are having a blast right now, fishing is really picked up the last week or so. Starting down south the East Walker is back down to about 400cfs and very fishable. Streamers, nymphing under indicator, and some dry fly action in the evening I’m sure will all produce at these flows. Word is there are some big big browns being caught lately. I drove over the West Walker a few days ago and although it’s still a bit high and a little off color nymphing the slow froggy water with big attractor nymphs Would be my go to.
Up on the Carsons the East is absolutely fishable just maybe not crossable at these flows similar to the West Walker nymphing and streamers in the slow froggy stuff is the go to until she drops a bit more. The West Carson is absolutely the place to be on the South Shore rite now with all tactics taking fish. A few years of good flows and we are seeing more quality fish again besides just the fresh stockers. Unfortunately the regulations are still set up as a catch and keep fishery and the quality will go down hill through out the summer but bows a great time to go poke around one of our prettiest rivers.

Up in my backyard The Big and Little Truckee are as good as it gets overall it’s still fishing and everyday is a bit different but overall we have all the normal players for this time of year. Evening dry fly action on PMD’s and caddis, our mid day flying ants and of course the dirty old incator. Our private Sawmill Lake is also very good right now. A bonus this year is also the South Fork of the Yuba which literally flows through my backyard. Good flows and early stocking thanks to the community of Kingvale has really got it going. Kingvale is absolutely private property and off limits but there is plenty of public access down the old 40 after Kingvale exit. Another one of our prettiest rivers in the area worth fishing.
There are also countless smaller streams and stillwater options to explore. If you are interested in getting off the beaten trail a bit call the shop and book a trip! Myself and a few other guides have a lot of places we would love to share with you that are not along an interstate highway! -see you on the water, Jay

Let’s do this!


Nothing but good news here folks! We are ready to do this for sure. Great fishing is already happening all up and down the Sierra. We have had some outstanding days on everything from the East Walker to Little Truckee and everywhere in between. We have still got a snowpack up high which will keep river flows great until August if not through the hole dang summer. A bit of unsettled weather and cloud cover this past week has kept the run off to a minimum lately. Looking at the ten day forecast it seems summer is about to be full swing next week. Watch stream flows on the East Carson as she is very temperamental when it comes to runoff and small rises can blow it out. Also continued dam work on Stampede could still lead to inconsistent releases on the Little Truckee.

Personally the thing I am most excited for is the return of great fishing on the East Fork of the Walker River. This tailwater fishery can be world class! And I mean world class, big bruiser browns eating large dry flys. It may still be a few good water years before it is fully back in shape but everything I have heard suggests it is trending the right direction. Our guide Jason Shaw has devoted a ton of time down there this year already and I can’t wait to get out there with him soon. The Walker flows through both California and Nevada, public and private waters and we can guide it all! If you have never fished it or it has been a while give us a call and lets do this! Hope to see you on the water, Jay

Fall fishing is truly here now!


Fall fishing is in full swing up here. The crowds have vanished (midweek at least), the water flows are extremely user friendly and our trout are stacking them calories for winter. With talk of real snow by next weekend most people will be calling it for the season and shifting gears into winter mode. We however are not most people! Good fishing is going to continue until water temps really drop and anchor ice forms.

This past week felt a bit more like summer and we had bugs, bugs, and more bugs. With multiple cold fronts approaching it’s more likely to feel like true fall or early winter over the next few weeks here. Good news is those picky trouts won’t have so many options on the menu. One of my favorite things about fishing the off season is that you can normally get by with one fly box as opposed to the backpack full of fly boxes. Grab a hand full of midges and baetis patterns and stick a crayfish or sculpin imitation on your hat and your set! It’s also a great time of year to sleep in a bit. Your not racing anyone to the river in the morning and what little midge activity there is early morning will only intensify a little later on. So pack the puffy down jacket and thermos full of coffee and get your but out on the water! These are the best fall flows we have seen in a few years. Unsure where to fish or what techniques to use? Call the shop and set up a guide trip, hope to see you on the water-Jay

Game on! River update July 23, 2017


We have had a lot of run off this year but it is truly game on rite now. Very fishable flows from the East Walker to the Big Truckee rite now guys! I am hoping to get on the East Carson here the next few days and if I can get the chance will be down the the East Walker ASAP! Caddis, caddis, caddis along with PMDS, Tricos, and of course midges. Look for fish to be spread out during the day, hit anything “fishy” looking. Water temps are warm enough that fish will chase a streamer, even give your nymph rigs a few tugs at the end of the drift you will be surprised!

The only issue rite now is smoke from wildfires burning in California and Nevada rite now. It’s a wind direction thing. Our typical summertime wind direction is SW and anything in the high sierra has the potential to pump smoke and ash our way. Everyday is different and using area web cams can be a huge advantage. Fires themselves as of rite now are not a direct threat but prolonged exposure to heavy smoke would not be pleasant. Keep an eye on wind forecasts but get your butt on the water because it is Game On!

Mid Summer Fishing Update


It’s here those long summer days we dream of all winter. Summer bugs ants, beetles, caddis, pmds, etc. It has been hot up here for a while but with the high cold flows the fish were still behaving like it was early June. Sometime over the last ten days tho(depending on which body of water) the switch was flipped.
Look for fish to be a bit more spread out instead of just fishing the deep buckets with heavy nymph rigs try dry droppers in the soft edges. A stimulator with a soft hackle is always a good starting point. Don’t be afraid to “skitter” those drys either. Temps are about perfect and trout love to chase a big big in distress.

Fishing mid day will start to slow a bit depending on where you are. Think about getting out early or staying late. We always say a head lamp should be involved, either that early or that late! We have been incredibly busy guiding lately but with our large roster of guides we can normally get you out there. Give the shop a call or stop by if you are in the area. See you out there-J

It’s bin a bit hot out!


It has certainly felt more like July than June the last few days up here. With lots of cold bottom release water on the Little Truckee and frosty snow melt on the Big Truckee wet wading hasn’t quite kicked off yet unless you are part polar bear that is. The temps look to drop about ten degrees or so next week and it should be game on!
As far as our rivers go the West Carson is still high and cold but more than fishable. The East is hopefully going to start coming into shape in the next few weeks (I can’t wait!). I have watched flows on the East Walker for months now and i really don’t know when to expect it to drop but I’ll be there when it does. Up here on north shore is still the ticket it seems. Stillwaters are firing rite now and the Big and Little T have tons of bugs. Pmds, drakes, and ants will get a few heads poking. It’s gonna be quite the summer up here with all this water! Get up here and fish!
See you on the water-Jay

Don’t like the weather? Just wait an hour it will change.


It can snow any month of the year up here that’s no surprise if you have lived here a while. The past few days have bin a taste of every season. We should be wearing sandals and shorts in a few days again but today will be a thermos of hot coffe and wading jacket day on the water.

This weekend was cold and windy but that just makes for good big fish chop at sawmill and the rivers still kicked out some nice fish as well. Flows are stabilizing and bugs are getting more active. I have bin spending a lot of time fishing stillwaters this year and will probably continue to do so until we can fish all the normal summer spots and spread out more. I think the East Carson is still a month out and canyon section of the Truckee probably the same. Until then Sawmill Lake and any of the local reservoirs will most likely be were you find me. Don’t let the snow scare you we will be full summer mode by end of the week again. If you are planning a tahoe vacation and want to schedule a guide trip call now we are starting to fill up thru June and early July. See you out there-Jay

Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/5/2017


Summer is in full effect here minus the crowds. We are seeing a lot of runoff still but that is going to be the norm this year. On the south side I would still count out the East Carson, however the west is fishable wither the rite tactics. Finding slow deep buckets and fishing big flys will get a few takes, also slow stripped streamers in back eddies can be killer.
Up on the north end the Truckee is high but clear, the big T is always challenging so not much change there. We have pmds in the drift but fish still seem to be looking for big meals (sj worms, pats rubber legs, glow bugs, ect.) Flows on the Little Truckee have bin all over the place. Bugs are there tho and fish are paying attention to them. Find the rite water for the current flows and you should have a shot. Midges, pmds, bwos, small sj’s, green drakes, beetles, ants should all be in your box. Stillwater’s are kicking out fish as well, bass are in dam areas of prosser and stampede and can save frustrating day on river.
Fishing this time of year can be dynamic and ever changing but if you can get here before the crowds over the next week or so do it! The good days are lights out! We also opened sawmill lake last week and it’s really good rite now. Call the shop for more info or to book a trip. See you out there-jay

Summer begins!


Summer is here guys, we had an amazing holiday weekend up at the lake. Weather was about perfect with crisp clear nights and just warm enough midday to be rocking shorts and sandals. River flows are dropping slowly and some of our favorite stillwaters are icing out.

With the holiday of course came the crowds but the next few weeks should be prime time. Looks like big cool down tomorrow and possibly a little weather but then rite back to summertime. If you have a chance to get up here before the crowds I would take it!
With all the water this year it’s going to be great to get off the beaten path this year and go explore places less fished. We will be expanding out of our standard spots to give you the best experience possible. Call the shop for up to date reports and flows, see you on the water-Jay

Fishing update 5/22/2017 Tahoe mega spring


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