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A few days off

Filed under: General Topics — admin at 10:17 pm on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Had a few days of recently and spent some time exploring some areas around the Sierra. Guide Brenden Burnside managed to land a nice rainbow on a rare day off.  I spent a day stalking carp and finally  managed to land one. Also spent a nice  day on he Truckee below Hirschdale with fellow guide Peter Santley. Even with the warm daytime temps the water stayed nice and cool and the fish were hungry. Peter managed to land this healthy brown on a size 14 tan fox’s poopah. Gotta love fishing in the Eastern Sierra!

Guide Brendan Burnside with a chunky rainbow

Golden Bonefish on a fly

Peter with a nice Truckee brown

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 15th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for August 15th 2010

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 95 cfs and is fishing well in the mornings and evenings.  Midday between 1pm and 5pm has been tough so try nymphing deep during these times or throwing hopper patterns for some opprotunistic fish. Look for decent hatches of pmd’s, and caddis in the evening. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been effective. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 12-16, ec caddis 16-18, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, hoppers and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 24cfs and is fishing fair to good. The best fishing has been best in the morning and evening with some midday risers in the shady areas. Try dry dropper rigs with  size 16-18 pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 16-18 copper johns, 16-18 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and black and olive micro may’s 16-18. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report-  Currently running at around 130 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year. Best fishing has been early and later in the day. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 290 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report- Flows are up to 100cfs and the fishing has been pretty good thanks to the flow bump. Ants and beetles have worked to pick up some of the mid morning risers.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. Pmd’s have been hatching midday.For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and hoppers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report- Flows on the Truckee are 328cfs  in the town of Truckee and 490 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Try dead drifting crayfish patterns and a caddis trailor under an indicator. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, pmd’s 18-20 hoppers, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report- Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report- Fishing well and recently stocked.  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report- Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report- Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report- Mixed reports. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report- Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

Guide’s Day Off on the Lower Truckee

Filed under: River Reports — admin at 8:22 am on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Paul and Dan hit the water to find good water conditions and cooperative fish.  “Trickee” continues to be highly technical water with dead drifts absolutely essential.  Little dry fly action…dark stonefly  and yellow poxybacks nymphs (size 10 and 12) most action (load up the split-shot)…streamers on sink tip limited results.  Floaters note:  be considered of others and don’t sit on the water…noted one raft party pounding a run for almost two hours while two more groups waiting upstream.

Father and Son On the River

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 8:22 am on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mick and Dan enjoy a day of guided fly fishing on the West Carson River and young Dan catches his first fish on the fly!  Call us and put yourself in this picture…learn more in one day with a guide than you can learn in five years by yourself!!!

East Carson River guide trips

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — admin at 10:54 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Had a great day on the East Carson River today with Mark and his son Tommy from Illinois. This was both of their first times fishing with fly rods and they caught on quickly. Within the first hour Tommy hooked into a hefty rainbow that put on quite the show before finally throwing the hook after a long fight. Mark stepped into the same run a few minutes later and managed to land a nice rainbow after a pretty intense battle. The nymph bite was great until about 1:30 when things began to slow down. Our best fly was a size 16 black micro mayfly. Great job guys! I then spent the evening out on the West Carson with Alan and his 10 year old son Cal. We began the trip at around 4:30 and the fish were eating dries as soon a we started fishing. Cal picked up the roll cast easily and was making drifts like a pro in no time. I was amazed at how well he could see a size 18 EC caddis on his first day of fly fishing. It was a great evening hatch with hardly anyone on the water. Towards the end of the trip Cal landed a nice 12 inch rainbow which turned out to be the fish of the day. Thanks again Alan and Cal!

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor

Mark with a nice East Carson rainbow

East Carson with Bob and Chris. Day 2

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports — admin at 8:04 pm on Thursday, August 5, 2010

Had another great day on the East Carson River with clients Bob and Chris today. After a nice hike to the river Bob hooked up on a nice fish on his 3rd cast. It turned out to be a nice fat brown. The bar was set high pretty early on in the trip, but Bob and Chris managed to hook a few more pigs throughout the day. The river was busy, but everyone I talked to was having a great time enjoying a beautiful day on the water. We managed to pick up a few more nice fish on nymphs and dries through the middle of the day. Thanks again to Bob and Chris for 2 great days on the water.

Fish on.

Fish Landed!

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 4th, 2010

Filed under: General Topics — admin at 1:36 pm on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for August 4th 2010

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 124 cfs and is fishing well. The fishing is better early and later in the day. Midday between 12pm and 5pm has been tough so try nymphing deep during these times. Look for good hatches of pmd’s, and caddis in the evening. I have been seeing a few yellow stones and some big golden stones flying around close to dark. Ants and beetles have worked to pick up sporadic midday risers. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16 and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 42cfs and is fishing well. The best fishing has been in the morning and evening. Yellow Sallies are starting to slow down but still a few around in the evenings.Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 also San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report-  Currently running at around 181 cfs. The flows are finally down to a fishable level. Try a mix of streamers in olive, black and white. Nymphing with caddis, stoneflies has been good.Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish. In the mornings and evenings look for caddis and ‘ to hatch, beetles and ants are also a good bet this time of year. Hopper droppers will srart wrking great very soon.Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 270 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report- Flows are down to 40 cfs and the fishing is technical. Being stealthy is a must. Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. Pmd’s have been hatching midday.For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report- Flows on the Truckee are 365cfs  in the town of Truckee and 500 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. The crawfish molt wiull start soon so the fish will start keying in on them anytime now.Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report- Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report- Fishing well and recently stocked.  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report- Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report- Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report- Mixed reports. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report- Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

East Carson river guide trip

Filed under: General Topics — admin at 1:17 pm on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fished the East Carson river today with clients Chris and Bob. We decided to get a really early start and it payed off.  Chris and Bob had never fished streamers before and after a short demo they each landed fish over 20 inches on olive woolly buggers. We also got some nice fish on terrestrials and nymphs. The day turned out to be great and we never saw another person. 5 fish total to the net and 3 over 20 inches. The key is to get out there early or fish late. The fishing is slowing down from about 12 to 5:30. Guides Available.

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor

Bob with his first fish on a streamer!

Chris with a nice rainbow