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Fishing Report For March 24, 2011

We offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers. Lots of snow falling around the Tahoe area right now.

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 365cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – Closed till last Sat in April. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Lots of snow has fallen the Tahoe Area, with this last storm. The East Carson tends to really slow down during the winter months. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns is the best bet during this time of year. Try nymphing the slow tailouts and deeper pools with wd-40′s, zebra midges, rainbow warriors and baetis patterns. For dries try size 18-20 blue duns and size 20-22 black cripples. Nymphs- Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in Olive, White and black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black. Dries- Cutter’s E.C. caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Closed till last saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report- Closed till last Saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 504cfs. This is high water, The fish are concentrated in the deeper buckets and along the shore line. Nymphs- Small baetis and midge nymphs are still working well. Dries- try small para adams, blue duns and black cripples. Fun time to target a few risers during the warmer part of the day. 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 49s. Word on the road is that it’s snowed in, so hope you have a snowmobile. Baetis and small midge patterns work well this time of year. rainbow warriors in black and red sizes 18-20, wd-40′s grey and olive 18-22, barrs emergers 18-20, Wier’s sprinkle’s 18-20. For dries try blue duns 18-20, para adams 18-22, black cripples Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Ca) fishing report- Flows on the Truckee are 140cfs near the town of Truckee and 411cfs below Boca bridge. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working well. Look for fish rising to baetis and midges throughout the warmest part of the day. Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- Blue duns 18-20, hackle stacker bwo’s 18-20, para adams 18-22 . Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Nv) fishing report- Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are from 618-765cfs depending on what stretch of the river you are on. The river is fishable but it fishes best when flows are below 500cfs. Nymphing has been the way to go all day. Fish have been coming up for BWO’s in the afternoon, but will slow with this cold snap. Look to the longer, deeper runs to be holding fish. Nymphs- Pheasant Tails 12-18’s, Tiger Worms 10, Copper, Copper Johns 12-18’s, Psycho Prince 12-16. Dries- BWO’s 12-16 (YES you read that right!) BWO emergers 12-16, Parachute Adams 12-18, there has been a lot of midges hatching as well but hardly any fish are keyed in on them. Streamers- Olive, White, and Black Buggers, Olive and Black Woolhead Sculpins on a slow swing will pick up fish aswell! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters:
Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report- Fishing is slowing down. Try buggers and aggravator princes with a slow strip. Midges and Small Baetis nymphs under the indicator has been working as well. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Pyramid Lake- Fishing has slowed this last week, with the colder weather, Water temps. are around 44 degrees. Fish are still being taken stripping streamers, as well as on the Indicator. Look for fishing to improve with warmer temperatures! March Madness at the lake has been postponed due to cold weather! Hopefully this year it will be April Madness!! Nymphs- Ice cream cone Midges in Black, Red, Purple. Holographic Attractor Patterns in Black, Red, Purple, and Green. Streamers- Black, Olive, White, and Purple Buggers.

Caples Lake fishing report- Lots of snow. Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report- Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well!. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report- Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report- Frozen

Blue Lakes fishing report- Road clased Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report- Lots of snow. 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 often so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.
Tight Lines!

Cal Trout sponsered Fisheries coalition meeting for Tahoe & Truckee River Fisheries

Filed under: General Comments — victor at 3:51 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fisheries coalition Meeting

Kick off Meeting

for the Tahoe & Truckee River Fisheries Coalition

March 22nd,



UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

291 Country Club Drive, Suite 320

Incline Village, NV 89451


To bring diverse stakeholders together – with researchers and agency  decision makers – to strategize, prioritize and coordinate fisheries restoration activities in the Truckee River Watershed for optimal impact. 


Jenny Hatch

Northern Sierra Regional Program Manager,

California Trout(530) 541-3495 jhatch@caltrout.org


Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt March 2011

Filed under: General Topics — victor at 5:21 pm on Monday, March 7, 2011

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt 3-11

Do we really want to go fishing right now?  Every time I think the fishing is going to be poor and maybe to cold to go, we have a guide trip that does phenomenally well!  The fish don’t seem to care how cold it is and they always need to eat, so with that said, go fishing! 

Some of the biggest fish of the year are caught during the winter months especially on the Truckee River and occasionally on the East Walker River.  This coincides with the time of year we are fishing some of the smallest flies on the East Walker River.  It is common to catch fish that are bigger than 20 inches on a fly that is smaller than a size 20 and is referred to as the 20/20 club when you accomplish this feat!   … Big Fish on Small Flies! 


On the Truckee River the phenomenon is on a cloudy day when the Baetis Mayflies hatch and are quite large in comparison to the Baetis that hatch on the East Walker River but we are fishing with dry flies rather than fishing with nymphs… Big Fish on Dry Flies! 

Then you have Pyramid Lake which tends to fish wonderfully this time of the year with the biggest of the flies depending on how you prefer to fish for the Giant Cutthroats. Some anglers like to fish with Streamers in size 4 or 6 and others prefer to fish with an Indicator and a couple of average sized Nymphs maybe in size 14 or 12.  No matter how you prefer to do it, the Cutthroat can be huge this time of year with numerous fish being caught recently in the 10 plus pound range and up to 18 pounds which is the biggest I have heard of this year… Big Fish On Big Flies!


If flies are not your cup of tea or if you just want a change of pace, Ice Fishing on Red Lake or Caples Lake is also a great way to get out for a day of fun with a rod and reel!  If you just want to sit and relax and not have to do a thing except reel fish in and eat a burger, an Ice Fishing trip would be perfect.  If you want to be a little more interactive you can jig for your fish instead of the sit and wait for the worm to be eaten method, different strokes for different folks I suppose!  The fish under the ice can be big as well and hopefully not bigger than the hole you are fishing from… Big Fish on Jigs and Worms!


And let’s not forget Lake Tahoe which has Big Fish as well and fishes all winter long!  You need a boat for this one and there are just a few that fish all winter long but what a great way to see Lake Tahoe and get a bit of fishing in while you are enjoying the surrounding views of one of the prettiest places in the world.  You can jig, mooch or down rig for these monsters all while enjoying the view… Big Fish on Downriggers! 

As seen in The Tahoe Entertainer…

The Tahoe Area offers a plethora of opportunities not only on the mountain but on the water as well all winter long!  These are just a few of the fisheries that we fish during the winter months and if you would like further information on these fisheries or any others in our area, Stop by the shop or give us a call and we will do our very best to answer your questions and or get you out on a guided fishing trip!  We are located about 3.5 miles


Filed under: General Topics,Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 5:18 pm on Monday, March 7, 2011

In Alpine County Reds Lake and Caples Lake continue to fish well for the few willing to clear ice of the snow and drill some holes to fish through.For those willing to put the time in the results have been good,with numerous fish caught.Both bait and jigs working,I have been doing better on jigs on my trps. We shuold have good ice fishing through March and maybe early April depending on the weather.If you have not tried ice fishing book a guided trip with one of our guides,good family outing,or just by youself or friend.Let us show you some fun.

Thanks and good fishing,
Peter Santley TFFO


Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Peter at 5:13 pm on Monday, March 7, 2011

March and April can be some of the best fishing of the year on the East Walker River.Do to huge amounts of snow we have good flows early on the East Walker currently 170cfs,and great fishing to go with it.Yesterday I guided Thomas and Justin from Alaska,good weather and great fishing on browns and rainbows up to twenty inches in length.When approching are first fishing spot we saw a wounded perch floating down stream,soon to be attacked by two large rainbows and eaten by the second fish.We started nymphing the run with no bites.I switched Justin over to a new rig using a white Zonker as a lead fly to immitate the perch we saw get eaten.Justin made about a half dozen casts dead drifting the Zonker through the slot then wham,a pig rainbow inhaled the white Zonker.After a lengthy spirited battle I netted the twenty inch fat hen rainbow that Justin did an excellent job of fighting.Our day continued on from that point to be excellent fishing landing well over twenty fish.The water has warmed a little since last week and you can see the diifference in how much stronger the fish are fighting.This time of year the average size of the fish is larger than what we catch in late spring and early summer,do to lack of fishing pressure.March and April should be great fishing.It’s a good time of year to fit a day or two of fishing into your ski vacation.Take a friend and BOOK A GUIDE TRIP NOW with one of our guides,you will have a fun day.(530) 541-8208 FOR GUIDE SERVICE!

Good fishing,
Peter Santley TFFO