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Fanny Bridge Fish Relocation

Filed under: General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Chris Nicola at 7:11 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2015



I had the opportunity to help relocate fish from the Fanny bridge section of the Truckee River yesterday. Out of 37 fish 28 were successfully relocated into Lake Tahoe.  I think anyone that has stopped and looked at these fish has dremt about fishing for them. I am definitely one of those people, but yesterday didn’t feel like a dream coming true.  It was a more somber feeling given the circumstance. It was very inspiring though, to see the angling community along with Trout Unlimited and California Fish and Wildlife coming together and taking action before it was too late. Thanks again to Dan LeCount for taking a quick picture as we were putting this brown trout in the cradle and for sharing a day on the Truckee I’m sure I will remember forever.

Mid-Winter Baetis & Truckee River Browns!

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — victor at 8:31 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Truckee River was a blast this past week! Big Browns on drys, just what I have been waiting for!




Truckee River Guide Update November 5, 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Mike Curtis at 9:33 pm on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I had a blast today guiding Blaise and his two sons (5 and 7 years old) today on the Truckee River, California side. Now I know there is still at lot of controversy over wether or not to fish the Truckee river both in California and Nevada. Let me just say that yes water flows are still low and it has concentrated fish but, watertemps are in the high 40’s at 2 in the afternoon. Every fish we landed today was hot… multiple runs, jumps and quick recovery times. Now that isn’t to say that one should take their time with the fish out of water, just snap a quick photo and release or if the fish isn’t photo worthy just release.

Yes fish are concentrated nymphing for them is a quick way to rack up numbers, but if you want a challenge, there are plenty of fish up on the Micro Blue Wing Olive hatch that is going on right now. With waters being lower than normal this is a great time for begginers or folks who want to work on casting, drifts with a dry fly!! And if you think you need a little extra encouragement or some help with dry fly fishing a Gudie Trip is the best way to go!! This hatch will only be around for another couple of weeks so I would book now!!

Tight lines to all of you!! and Here’s to Bucking Trout!!

Mike Curtis
TFFO Guide/Instructor


Hooked up!

Hooked up!

BWO fish

BWO fish

23" Bow on the Stone dry fly

23″ Bow on the Stone dry fly

Truckee River Update Friday September 5th

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Jay Swartley at 2:47 pm on Friday, September 5, 2014

Indian summer is here!  With cool overnight lows and warm sunny days its a great time to get up here. Getting on it early is still paying off, but with shorter days no more 445 wake up calls, hooray!  It was 35 degrees in Martis Valley this morning at 6am, and 75 by about 11am.  Come prepared dress in layers and expect everything from blazing sun to a dusting of snow over the next few weeks.

Bugwise expect to see standard tiny midges when sun first breaks onto the water, lingering pmd’s,bwo’s(cloudy days),caddis, and maybe a few stones.  lately a crayfish with a small pheasant tail off the back has bin doing just fine.  I have bin ditching the bobber and highsticking them thru the runs. Pay attention grabs on the dead drift, on the swing, and plenty on a quick strip as well.

With kids back in school the crowds are mostly gone. Lower fall flows make for easy access to lots of normally hard to reach lies.  Its an excellent time to book one of our guides and go chasing some Truckee River chrome, or check out any of our other numerous waters.  Call the shop with any questions 530-541-8208.  See you on the river, Jay


Truckee River-Glenshire

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — Brian Purdy at 4:30 pm on Thursday, August 14, 2014


Kevin and Max early session on the truckee

Fly Fishing The West Carson River

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — Corey at 5:10 pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The West Carson River has been fishing really well. The runoff is incredibly mild and wet wading in the slow, shallow sections is even possible and not numbing. CA DFG has put in some 12 to 14 inch Lahontan Cutthroat that are really pretty and fun to catch. There are also some larger Rainbows in there as well. I have seen a couple of adult Stoneflies and some Caddis already so dry fly fishing should be just around the corner. The fish have been eating large Prince Nymphs, Large Copper Johns and a variety of small mayfly, caddis and midge imitations. Get out and enjoy this early fishing. It is not very often that you will get to fish in Hope Valley in shorts on a May evening!

Floating the East Truckee River

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Mike Curtis at 8:08 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Photo of the Float by Marcus Bradley

On Tuesday, I floated the East Truckee River, with recent TFFO Guide School Graduates, Marcus Bradley and Seth Hofland. While water was high flowing at 654 cfs and slightly stained. We still hooked 9 fish and were able to land 4 of them, all about 12-16″ on the indicator, we did hook two larger fish but like typically Truckee River Steel, they took large runs and came unbutton with head shakes. We had one follow on a streamer but no takes. While Run-off has started, flows are still at a good level to fish and catch fish!! Float Guide Trips are available…. and if you have never floated I highly recommend it!


Filed under: General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Peter at 12:49 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Trinity River steelhead fishing has been great this season.Tahoe Fly Fishing and guide Peter Santley are now offering guided steelhead drift trips on the Trinity River.I was able to get a permit to guide the Trinity River and have a Winter Run Special $695.00 for two days of guided drift boat fishing for steelhead.Trips include tackle and lunch for one or two anglers.With the Trinity finally seeing some rain this week it should make what has been a good season even better.We should have good fishing on the Trinity River through February maybe early March.Winter run tends to have more wild fish and usually some of the largest steelhead of the season are caught,and the occasional sea run brown trout.If you would like to hook one of these fresh water freight trains give me a call  at (530) 318-7073 or our shop for booking at (530) 541-8208 or for information,lodging etc.I have the Indian Creek Lodge working with me to provide nice accomodations on the river in Douglas City,clean rooms,friendly staff and great location.I would like to thank fellow TFFO guide Corey Funk for the use of his drift boat to make this possible.

Come and feel the steel,

Peter Santley guide TFFO



Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Peter at 12:01 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012

December and January fishing has been good and has been a good option as we wait for snow.It is winter fishing with low flows and selective fish.The warm part of the day has been best with midge dries and nymphs working well.We have had good results on recent guide trips.This fishery should continue to fish well between storm systems in February and March.This is a good way to take a brake from skiing or riding and get into some nice rainbows and browns.We have guidesa available seven days a week weather permitting.Speaking of weather the East Walker is a good place to fish when there is snow in Tahoe as the area gets a fraction of what we get at the lake.Let one of our guides show you a good day at the East Walker and you will be surprised at how much fun our winter fishing can be.Give us a call at (530) 541-8208 to book a trip!
Let’s go fishing,
Guide TFFO

Fishing Truckee River, Nevada

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports,Worldwide Travel Reports — Mike Curtis at 9:48 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

So Today I floated the Truckee River on the Nevada side, yup that’s right we do have Float trips alvailable, with a couple of friends of mine and fishing was pretty good! we mostly nymphed all day, but there are fishing rising to midges in the morning and to Micro BWO’s in the mid after-noon. Yes Fish rising this time of year!! So if you are a Dry Fly Finatic you don’t have to be depressed about waiting till next spring to throw Dry’s!!! I also have to give Kuddos to my buddy Cleve who landed this nice 26″ Fat Bow. There are still some Toads to be found!!

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