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Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 9:49 pm on Monday, December 8, 2014

Trinity River steelhead report is the steelhead are responding to recent rains. Steelhead fishing is good on the Trinity River between storms for all kinds of tactics. It’s steelhead weather on the Trinity now as the fish like the rain. We are at the late stages of the fall run and the river is primed for the winter run steelhead to start moving in this month. Steelhead fishing remains good both swinging flies or fishing nymphs under indicators. Water temps still remain near 50 degrees and the fish are still chasing swung flies when flows are right. I will be on the Trinity for the next ten days guiding. I still have a few openings 12/12 and 12/13,12/18 and 12/19  for those interested in connecting with a strong fighting steelhead. With more rain in the forecast the next few weeks should see some great fishing. BOOK A TRIP! Call PETER at 530 318- 7073 or e-mail peter@tahoeflyfishing.com. I will return calls or emails in the evenings when I get off the river, Let’s go steelhead fishing ! I have plenty dates available in after Christmas, January, February and March too!

Come out and play!

Peter Santley TFFO


Truckee River Guide Update November 5, 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Mike Curtis at 9:33 pm on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I had a blast today guiding Blaise and his two sons (5 and 7 years old) today on the Truckee River, California side. Now I know there is still at lot of controversy over wether or not to fish the Truckee river both in California and Nevada. Let me just say that yes water flows are still low and it has concentrated fish but, watertemps are in the high 40’s at 2 in the afternoon. Every fish we landed today was hot… multiple runs, jumps and quick recovery times. Now that isn’t to say that one should take their time with the fish out of water, just snap a quick photo and release or if the fish isn’t photo worthy just release.

Yes fish are concentrated nymphing for them is a quick way to rack up numbers, but if you want a challenge, there are plenty of fish up on the Micro Blue Wing Olive hatch that is going on right now. With waters being lower than normal this is a great time for begginers or folks who want to work on casting, drifts with a dry fly!! And if you think you need a little extra encouragement or some help with dry fly fishing a Gudie Trip is the best way to go!! This hatch will only be around for another couple of weeks so I would book now!!

Tight lines to all of you!! and Here’s to Bucking Trout!!

Mike Curtis
TFFO Guide/Instructor


Hooked up!

Hooked up!

BWO fish

BWO fish

23" Bow on the Stone dry fly

23″ Bow on the Stone dry fly

Guide update for Truckee River October 6th 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 7:55 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall is official here on the north shore. A little ice on the line today down in the canyon. Throwing big offerings(crayfish, stones,eggs,sj’s,ect) early before the bugs start moving seems to be the ticket the last few days. Once the sun hits the water look for midges and small to medium sized mayflies. still a few hoppers left as well.
If you ever wanted to have a shot at that trophy brown the next few weeks would be a great time to give it a go! See you on the water…..image


Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 7:09 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trinity River steelhead addicts wanted to fill seats in my drift boat for fall and winter steelhead trips. Just over 300 miles northwest of our South Lake Tahoe shop is my fall and winter home away from home Trinity River. The Trinity has one of the best steelhead runs in the west. I leave tomorrow to take my drift boat to Indian Creek Lodge on the Trinity River near Douglas City where it will stay all season. I will run my first trips of the season next week and will be on the river for six days. Salmon and steelhead are in the system and we will be after them. Steelhesd fishing on the Trinity is a blast . If you would like to join the fun, BOOK A TRIP. I have some good dates available in October and November I am trying to book. Full day float trips are $400.00 a day or $750.00 for two days. I have all Sage gear for nymphing or spey casting. One thing for sure if you don’t go you can’t catch them! I will have first hand information in a couple of days, stay tuned.




(530) 318-7073   cell

e-mail        peter@tahoeflyfishing.com




East Carson Guided Trip Report for September 23rd 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 7:50 am on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IMG_1172-2Well its that time again folks, leaves are changing, nights are cooler, and the browns are getting fired up! Yes we do have smoke depending on wind direction, and yes the water is still low. If you watch the wind directions and get on it early though some of the best fishing of the year is rite now!

Low water, spooky fish and mud/silt on the bottom means bring the A-game. Try not to cross in slow moving water, think light long tippets and small fall bugs. Expect the occasional Streamer eater also tho! I have heard a lot of grumbling over the flows out there, but would argue that with adjusted tactics the fishing can be even better this year if you know where to look and how to approach it. What better time to set up a trip to learn low water tactics or just brush up on overall techniques? Go get “em!

Truckee River Update Friday September 5th

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Jay Swartley at 2:47 pm on Friday, September 5, 2014

Indian summer is here!  With cool overnight lows and warm sunny days its a great time to get up here. Getting on it early is still paying off, but with shorter days no more 445 wake up calls, hooray!  It was 35 degrees in Martis Valley this morning at 6am, and 75 by about 11am.  Come prepared dress in layers and expect everything from blazing sun to a dusting of snow over the next few weeks.

Bugwise expect to see standard tiny midges when sun first breaks onto the water, lingering pmd’s,bwo’s(cloudy days),caddis, and maybe a few stones.  lately a crayfish with a small pheasant tail off the back has bin doing just fine.  I have bin ditching the bobber and highsticking them thru the runs. Pay attention grabs on the dead drift, on the swing, and plenty on a quick strip as well.

With kids back in school the crowds are mostly gone. Lower fall flows make for easy access to lots of normally hard to reach lies.  Its an excellent time to book one of our guides and go chasing some Truckee River chrome, or check out any of our other numerous waters.  Call the shop with any questions 530-541-8208.  See you on the river, Jay



Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 12:13 pm on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Trinity River flows increased August 23rd and will stay up through mid September. The tribes on the Lower Trinity and Klamath rivers fought to get flows increased to cool water temperatures on the two rivers to save salmon and steelhead from dying. By cooling the water temps down more fish will enter the river systems, this will jump start fall salmon and steelhead runs. With good salmon reports from the guides currently fishing, The flows will be down to fishable levels later this week. We are seeing good numbers of salmon in the Trinity and with the flows the numbers will increase. I am expecting a good fall salmon and steelhead run, I am currently booking trips for  October, November, and December. I am looking for people to fish in October and November as  I think we will have a good early season. If you have not experienced the Trinity River steelhead fishing you are missing out!  Catching steelhead on fly rods is a fun time, I have single handed rods for the boat , spey and switch rods for wade fishing. Whatever your fancy, Come out and play!

Good fishing,

Peter Santley TFFO


$400.00  Full day float   1 or 2  anglers

$375.00 per day for two 0r more days,

Trips include all tackle, flies, lunch and drinks.  Shuttles and gratuity not included.




or call or text (530) 318-7073

North Lake Tahoe fly fishing guided trip report August 17th, 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 9:39 pm on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Early morning is still the ticket here on the Truckee.  Expect best action of the day before the sun hits the water.  Look for fish in their normal lies early morning, but moving into faster heads of runs once it warms a bit.  High sticking stones or dead drifting crays under an indicator should get you a few takes.

With much colder temps last night we were glad we had wadders early this morning. Come prepared for just about anything in the weeks to come.  September is just around the corner now and summer is losing fast. With water temps cooling fishing should start to only heat up. Less pressure and low flows make for a great time to come up and explore a new piece of water with one of our guides!

Truckee River-Glenshire

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — Brian Purdy at 4:30 pm on Thursday, August 14, 2014


Kevin and Max early session on the truckee

Truckee Tahoe Reno Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for August 2014

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 5:11 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2014


East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 60+ CFS and fluctuating downward.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Off colored as of late due to mud slides upstream, check for clarity before fishing.  Fish it early and use caution as the fish are spooky with the lower flows. First light gets you the most time on the water and plan to be done by 10-11 am and let the fish alone after that. We should get back to full day fishing towards the end of the month. Some evening fishing around the last hour or so. Caddis, Some Mayflies and Stones are working as well as Terrestrials! Tricos have started early! As long as you fish it early, the fishing should hold up through the end of August.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  You have to find the fish, they are not in the usual places this summer. Look for fast water and away from the Resort area. There are still some wild fish if you get away from the roadside sections otherwise look for the areas where a truck can access the river for Big and Beautiful Alpine County fish! When you find them, they are a lot of fun, use Buggers, Caddis, Stones, Hoppers and Ants. The Hopper Dropper style of fishing will be best, Large Dry… Small Nymph under it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 20 + CFS

We are already at minimum flows for this Little River but the fish are still eating. Once again, fish it early in the day and expect the fishing to taper off by 10 am. Try the Canyon sections if you are fishing during the midday as the water cascades down the canyon it picks up oxygen and is shaded by the willows and should keep the fish feeding. The evening sessions have been fun for the dry fly! Caddis, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles are best!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 45 + CFS and fluctuating with Thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms have saved us and the fishing has held up pretty well. Pickle Meadows has fish as well as the Canyon Section. Fish early and spend your afternoons in the faster water areas! Fish with Hoppers, Caddis, Ants and Beetles with small droppers under them. There are limited opportunities for fish along the highway and into the Town of Walker if you fish really early before the water temps rise.  There are a few big fish still so look for them in the holes!

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 60+ CFS. August  2014

CA section:  Flows are the key to this fishery and will be going up and down but mostly down.  The worry here is when the water temps get above 70 degrees the fish have a hard time surviving.  Fishable early like most Sierra Waters with Caddis, Stones and Hoppers for the surface with small droppers. Good fun to hit the holes quickly as you go looking for that one fish that will eat a Large Dry Stone imitation. Plop it down a couple of times and move on!

Nevada section: Look for cooler overnight temperatures for this section to fish. The water cools as it makes its’ way down the river and can offer a few hours of early morning opportunities with the same big Stonefly imitations. Please quit when the water hits 70 degrees!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 45+ CFS. August 2014

Low, Low, Low flows. The water temps are still holding for now and a better option than the Big Truckee for the afternoons. With this, it becomes really crowded so be patient and share the river.  Some PMD’s, Tiny Baetis, Yellow Sallies, Beetles and Ants. Best to stick with dries and target those fish that are actively feeding.   Dry Dropper rigs will get it done as well!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 140-215+ and variable. Look for flows the recede.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing well in the mornings but takes a dive by 10 am. Look for this section to fish tougher as the flows get lower. Find the slots a foot or two deep and the fish should be there. Caddis, Stones and Terrestrials! Dries, Dries, Dries…

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    This section is probably the best option with the canyon being tops. The flows are changing and the fish are still eating in the early am. Don’t expect much of an evening thing until the temps come down or on Thunderstorm evenings. The flows and temperatures are fluctuating due to recent rain showers and is welcomed. Crawdads, Stones,  Beetles and Caddis. Deep Nymphing techniques with a bit of dry fly in the mornings.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Not much water East of town but the fishing is ok early in the mornings through Reno and up to the Stateline. Stones, Caddis and Crawdads for the most part. Bacon and Eggs Nymph with a Caddis Dropper has been taking fish! Quit by 10:00 am for the fishes sake or when the water temps reach 68 degrees.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee next Winter/Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: August 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Closed till next season…

Indian Creek Reservoir:  We are in the weeds… fishing ok if you can find the fish cruising close to the weed beds. Early and late is the trick with many fish not eating during the midday time frame. Float tubes or a small boat gets you the opportunity to access the weed beds. Damsels, Blood Midges and Callibaetis as well as a Dark Bugger.

Caples Lake:  Fishing really well for fly rodders!  Buggers and Calibaetis seem to be working the best.  Look for dry fly opportunities in the evenings and fish the Dam areas as well as the back side of the lake. As we get later into August the fish tend to look up more for the bigger Terrestrials with Rubber Legs. Fish the Woods Creek Inlet or along the shoreline in the Emigrant Bay.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Fishing ok at the upper end of the lake.  Fish with Nymphs under an indicator or full sinking lines pulling Buggers with a Blood Midge trailer.  Red San Juan’s will work as well. Evenings along the Dam with Para Adams!

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the back side at the inlets with Blood Midges and or Steamers. Dries in the evenings!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches fished between the weed beds. Float tubes are the only way to go for access to the edges of the weed lines. Drop a Leech in the holes created amongst the weeds and Jig it!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opened on the 15th of July and is fishing really well! Terrestrials fished dry along the edges as well as Dark colored Buggers and Leeches. With the Lakes higher elevation, the fish are happier and more adept to take a fly during these hot times. Worth the ride or the hike! Lug a tube up there for even better opportunities.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Fishing well from a boat or tubes. Mornings are fishing the best with a fun end of day dry fly opportunity as well. Terrestrials, Mayflies, Buggers and Leeches!

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

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