Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt 02-09
One might not think there would be fishing this time of the year, but the fishing has actually been really good lately due to the Year-Round regulations that the California Fish & Game put into effect a couple of years ago. Prior to this regulation change, our only options were to drive ridiculous amounts of time to fish waters that were not that great or we would have to fish Nevada waters which have always been good during the winter months, but an expensive license. Another bonus, for the time being, is the amount of snow on the ground which has opened up other opportunities like the Little Truckee River. You still need Four Wheel Drive and some clearance but it is accessible and fishing quite well! Another good fishery has been the East Walker River, below Bridgeport Reservoir, in California. The water coming out of the dam tends to be warmer then the water down stream in the Nevada sections and the hatches have been more prolific because of it.
Baetis, Baetis and more Baetis and of course a few midges as well! This time of year this is all you need to catch fish with the exception of a few Stones and maybe a San Juan Worm. As long as the weather continues as it has for the month of January, the fishing will hold strong and should continue into the month of March as well. March does not need as good of weather for the fish to be active due to the longer days and usual warmer temperatures that the month brings. So, if it is raining or snowing here at the lake, don’t be afraid to venture to one of these fisheries you might be pleasantly surprised!
If you do not mind the drive, there are other fisheries worth checking out including Pyramid Lake, The Yuba River, The Trinity River and of course the American River can turn on this time of year as well. Pyramid will start to pick up towards the end of the month fishing with full sinking lines and various bugger patterns! The Trinity has been hit and miss with a few fish being caught lately and waiting for more weather to bring more fish but always worth a shot this time of year. The Yuba is always a safe bet during the month of February fishing with Stoneflies, Baetis and midges! For the most fun, try floating the river from the highway 20 bridge down to Sycamore Ranch. Big bugs on the surface this time of year! The American has Steelies in it but needs a little more water to improve. Look for storms to move more fish up in the Hazel Avenue area. Swinging Articulated Leeches with a Spey Rod is a blast!
Since the skiing hasn’t been so great, now is the time to try a bit of Winter fly fishing! All of these waters should only get better as the month progresses and without much snow pack, this might be the best time of the year to fish! Otherwise, hope for more snow so we can have some fishing this Summer…
Thanks for reading and if you’re looking to have some fun on one of our local waters, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will get you set up with whatever it takes to have a great day on the water! We offer full guide service for the fly angler as well as the spin angler and we specialize in the family fishing experience! We are located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd about 3.5 miles from the Casinos and next to Midas Mufflers. Our Phone number is 530-541-8208 and our web address is www.tahoeflyfishing.com. Please catch and release all of your wild trout!