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Fishing Report for The West Walker River and East Walker River, West Carson River and East Carson River, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated July 16th, 2011

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 11:40 am on Saturday, July 16, 2011

 

Fishing Report for the West and East Walker Rivers, West and East Carson Rivers, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated July 16th, 2011

We offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker Rivers.  Caples, Red Lake, Spooner Lake, Indian Creek Reservoir and Boca Reservoir as well.

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 1200+ cfs.

Above Hangman’s Bridge – The flows are really coming down and the clarity is improving with about 2 feet of visibility.  Streamer Fishing and Big Nymphs for a while longer with access still being difficult.  Fish eddies and the edges for good results but look forward to some great fishing within a week or so!  Rafting is great!

Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Definitely fishable but don’t try to cross it!  Access is limited to one side or the other but worth trying.  Full sinking lines with big streamers in the deep holes will take a few fish!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 200+ cfs.

The West Carson has been stocked. The flows are in good shape and we have started guiding on it over the past few days.  Some dry fly fishing in the evenings but mostly Nymphing in the mornings and through out the day.  Nymphing was the way to go with Stonefly’s and large attractor patterns. Yellow Sallies , PMD’s and Gray Drakes.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 12-16, size 8-10 Stonefly’s, 10-16 Mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, Pheasant Tails 12-16. Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black.  The higher you go up the better the conditions!       

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We have been waiting patiently and the fish are starting to cooperate!                                               

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are at 1200+ cfs.

Flows are still high but coming down.  Should be great fishing within a week or so with good hatches.  Look for flows to be less than 800 cfs for better opportunities.  Streamers and Big Nymphs if you have to.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 600+ cfs.

The fish are concentrated in the deeper buckets and along the shoreline/banks. There are very few places at these flows that can be fished.  Fish are still being caught, and the larger Rainbows and Browns are going to be a little more willing to eat a fly with the higher flows. Caddis have been showing with a few being taken on the surface when the flows were a bit lower. For dries try small Para Adams, Blue Duns, EC Caddis and Black Cripples. (When the flows come down) The Streamer bite has been doable but go big and try for the trophy. Nymphs- Zebra Midges black and red size 20-22, Wier’s Sprinkles Vanilla and Chocolate 18-20, Tailwater Tiny’s in olive and black size18-22, Rainbow Warrior black and red size 20-22, Fox’s Poopah 16-18, Hares Ear size 16-20, Pheasant Tails 18-20, Micro Mayflys’s 18-20, San Juan Worms, Golden Stones, Barr’s Emergers 18-20.  Dries- Blue Duns 16-20, Para Adams 16-20, Black Cripples 20-22, Stimulators 10-12.  Streamers- Olive and Tan Cone-Head Sculpins, Olive and White buggers, Natural and Pearl Zonkers.  Look for Big Stones to hatch soon if not already.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We would like to see the flows below 500 cfs for better guiding but these flows still fish fine!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 600+ cfs.

Flows have come down some but still on the high side.  The fish are still on the small bugs but should switch to the bigger bugs soon!  Look for small Stoneflies, Baetis, PMDs and Small Midge Patterns working well this time of year.  Streamer fishing is worth a shot at these flows! Nymphs- Rainbow Warriors in Black and Red sizes 18-20, WD-40′s grey and olive 18-22, Barr’s Emergers 18-20, Wier’s Sprinkle’s 18-20 and don’t forget the San Juan Worm in Tan or Red. Dries- Try Blue Duns 18-20, Para Adams 18-22, Black Cripples, Beetles and Ants. Streamers- Olive and Tan Cone-Head Sculpins, Olive and White Buggers, Natural and Pearl Zonkers. 

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Most trips are mixed with fishing on the Truckee part of the day!  Drift boat fishing at the inlet on Boca has been great with numbers of fish!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee are 300+ cfs near the town of Truckee, 1200+ cfs below Boca Bridge.

Fish above the Boca area and stick to the edges for best results.  The fish are eating but not as well as when the flows were a bit higher.  Look for the fish to switch to Caddis soon.  Streamers, Big nymphs, Green Drake Nymphs, Copper johns and Yellow Sallies.  San Juan Worms and Prince Nymphs are the old standby.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 1500+ cfs

Pretty much blown out…  Maybe a couple more weeks to great fishing in Nevada.  Look for flows to get in the 500 cfs range for top conditions.

 

Tahoe area Still waters:
Indian Creek Reservoir - Fishing is on! Water Levels are way up, they have stocked big bows and they are on the prowl! Try brown buggers, Damsels and Aggravator Princes with a slow strip. Blood Midges and Calibaetis nymphs under the indicator have been working as well.  Occasional hatch of Calibaetis and the fish get on them for a short period!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).   We are guiding from boats with good  success.

Pyramid Lake- Closed for the season, can’t wait until next year!

Caples Lake Fishing Report-  The Lake is thawed and fishing well around Woods Creek as well as the Dam area and the Spillway.  Buggers, Streamers, Damsel Nymphs, Calibaetis Nymphs and Hares Ear Nymphs.  Look for fish cruising the shoreline.  Boat rentals at Caples Lake Resort make for a great adventure and better access to the back bays. (209) 258-8888

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake Fishing Report- It is thawed and fishing well! San Juan Worms and a Hares Ear Nymph under an indicator works great in the upper part of the lake.  Otherwise Streamers, Buggers, Leeches, Damsels and Aggravators on a sinking line and it fishes best form a float tube.  Shore fishing is OK…

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Fishing well from float tubes or from shore with numerous fish being caught on Leech Patterns, Damsels and Calibaetis.  Tiger Trout up to 17 inches and bigger are the attraction to this still water as well as Rainbows and Cutthroat!  This will start to slow as the temperatures rise!  Big Browns, on a rare occasion, have been caught.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great walk wade or float tube guided trip.  Good numbers of fish!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Just opened and have not received any reports as of yet.  Should fish great and worth the hike!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report- Road closed.

Silver Lake fishing report- Same bugs as Caples and Red Lake…  Fish the area on the south end of the lake where the creek comes in.  Ants are also around!

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.

Enjoy!

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