Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt
For a year that we all thought was going to be a drought year, the water conditions are fantastic and I think they will stay that way all summer! Thank goodness for all the rain in June! There are numerous highlights at this time of the year and I can’t list them all just know that the fishing in all directions is going to be great!
The river we guide the most is just getting into shape and already we have seen numerous fish caught over 20 inches… The East Carson River should fish better this year than last and probably better than most years in the past 10! The Caddis hatch is going to be thick and the Yellow Sallies are already in force. Look for some good big fly fishing as well including Stones, Drakes and Crawdads. As we get to the end of the month, I would expect the fishing to be best early and late and the Caddis will rule. For those that like to fish above the bridge, there are going to be numerous huge fish stocked this year and will be a great place to cut your teeth on landing big fish! Don’t forget, all of the fishing below Hangman’s Bridge is barbless, artificial and Zero Limit! The West Carson River has good flows as well and lots of fish, a great place to keep a fish if that is what you like to do.
Just to list a few other rivers, in our area, worth a fish give these a try for a bit of variety! The Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers north of Tahoe, The East and West Walker Rivers Southeast of Tahoe and the Tributaries to Lake Tahoe which open on the first of July. Standard bugs, on the rivers, for this time of year are going to be Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Caddis and Terrestrials! A few of my favorite patterns this time of the year are the EC Caddis, Yellow Stimulator, Parachute Adams, Ants and Beetles for dries and Copper Johns, Sparkle Pupas, 20 Incher’s, Flashback PT’s and Wier’s Caddis Pupa!
Most of our lakes are in great shape as well and a few of the standouts will be Indian Creek Reservoir, Caples Lake, Red Lake and Spooner Lake. Brookes and LCT in Red, Rainbows in Caples, Browns and Rainbows in Indian Creek and a mix of Lahontan Cutthroat and Rainbows in Spooner! These all can be fished from shore but the best fishing will be from a float tube. Make sure you have a full sinking fly line and the option to fish a floating line as well! Some of my favorite Lake patterns are as follows: Damsel Nymphs, Dragonfly Nymphs, Water Boatmen, Hares Ear Nymphs, PT’s and Midge Pupas for the sub-surface and Para Adams, Ants , Beetles and Chernobyl Ants for the Surface patterns! Look for cruising fish!
I hope this helps get you into a few fish or at least gets you out fishing! If you have questions on any of these waters or any others in our area, give us a call or stop by the shop and we will do our best to set you up with whatever it takes to get you into the fish! I have a bunch of good guides this year and they all love to teach the sport of fly fishing. We take beginners as well as advanced anglers and if you are looking for that perfect day on the water, give us a call and we will be glad to get you started. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd next to Midas Mufflers about a mile form the Y intersection. 530-541-8208 www.tahoeflyfishing.com Thanks for reading and get out and fish!