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Truckee River Fishing Report July 27, 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 3:38 pm on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fly fishing on the Truckee river has been better than expected lately.  Get out there early or the last couple hours of the day, the water is warm. Faster water is going to hold the fish, they need the oxygen. Please try to get the fish to the net as quick as possible and make sure they are fully revived before releasing. Been seeing a lot of crawdads on the river bed along with the usual bugs. Smaller dark maylies, green caddis, midges and stoneflies are pretty much the go to this time of the year. Call the shop for a guide if you want to get to know some of the spots or techniques we use when fishing the Truckee.

Free Fishing Day July 5

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 8:32 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This Saturday, July 5 is Free Fishing Day in California. No licenses required. So get out there early and beat the heat/crowds and enjoy the incredible rivers and scenery we have. Hope to see you out there.

Go Fish

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 6:22 am on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Truckee bound

Low Water

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 8:33 am on Monday, June 23, 2014

I’m sure most of you know but California is experiencing a drought right now. Reservoirs are low and the snowpack is pretty much gone. So do everybody a favor(including the fish) and try to reduce your water usage. Shorter showers, less water on the grass and not leaving the faucet running are just a few simple things we can do to keep the water in the rivers flowing clear and cold this summer.
Thanks,
Jeremy
TFFO

Fresh back from Craig, Montana!

Filed under: General Comments,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 9:11 pm on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Brother Jeff with a nice Bow!

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The Missouri River was incredible, dry fly fishing at its’ best. Always nice to fish with my Brother and one of my Nieces as well. When a fish is caught on a dry fly on the swing, after a nice long drift, we call it “Getting Rachel’d”. She just couldn’t get over the fact she hooked a fish when she wasn’t trying to! Got to fish with one of my alumni guides Aaron Fox for a few days and actually nymphed for a bit but I was always looking for the dry opportunity and luckily we found it most afternoons. All in all, it was nice to get out on a new piece of water and fish some flies that had been sitting in the box for way too long!   Victor Babbitt Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for June 2014

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 7:32 pm on Friday, June 6, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 300 + CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Flows are low for this time of the year and don’t expect a ton of water for much longer.  There are plenty of fish and the bite has been ok on Streamers and some of the bigger Nymphs.  Look for the fishing to really improve over the next couple of weeks moving in to the month of June.  Stones, Buggers, Mayfly attractor Nymphs and Caddis filling in as we progress into summer.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  It has been getting a lot of fish put in lately and should fish really well until they are all taken out… as the water comes down the fishing will get easier.  Stones, Buggers, Mayflies and Caddis until we get closer to July.

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 65 + CFS

The flows are low for this time of the year and should not get much higher.  Look for fish in herds since most are stocked and usually in only a couple of places.  Find the fish and find the anglers.  Attractor Patterns will be best.  Try Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Egg patterns, Stone Fly Nymphs and anything with Sparkle.  The hatches have been great with 5 or 6 different bugs coming off at a time.  Mayflies in all shapes and sizes, look for Green Drakes for the middle of June.

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 300 + CFS and fluctuating with run-off.

Look for fish in the deeper pools and fish with Stones, Buggers and Caddis..  Streamers and Egg patterns should work well for a bit longer or until the flows come down.  There are a lot of fish up in Pickle Meadows and should fish well all month.   The Nevada sections should hang in there for a little longer but as it warms the fishing will get tough.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 50+ CFS.  June  2014

CA section:  Flows are the key to this fishery and will be going up and down but mostly down.  The worry here is when the water temps get above 70 degrees the fish have a hard time surviving.  Don’t expect a great fishery after about the first or second week or so of the month of June.  Until then try Caddis, Stones and a few Mayfly varieties.

Nevada section: Same here, save it for next fall when the temperatures come down.  Once again it should fish ok until about the middle of June then suggested to leave it alone and hope the fish figure out a way to survive.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 250+ CFS and fluctuating. June 2014

Tough fishing with crowds and beat up fish!  Baetis should fish ok for a bit longer as well as Rusty Spinners, PMD’s and some Caddis as we get deeper into June.  Green Drakes should appear soon and beetles as well as Ants are always a good choice.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 200-700+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing pretty well with the flows being about perfect.  Look for fish eating Carpenter Ants, Caddis and a variety of Mayflies.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Once again a bit on the crowded side… look for areas away from anglers in the canyon section.  Stones still working as well as Caddis, Mayflies and the occasional Ant.  Look for the Green Drake for middle of the month!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Still floatable and fishing well.  The lower you go the more the thought is to throw Streamers.  Get it while you can before the water temps get up there.  Mayflies, Caddis and some Stones.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee this Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: June 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Winding down as we get into June, time to start looking forward to next season!

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Fishing well with Damsels, Blood Midges and Calibaetis.  As the weeds start to develop, fish the edges of the beds for best results.  Float tubing is the best method with shore angling all right for now.

Caples Lake:  Fishing really well for fly rodders!  Buggers and Calibaetis seem to be working the best.  Look for dry fly opportunities in the evenings and fish the Dam areas as well as the back side of the lake.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Fishing ok at the upper end of the lake.  Fish with Nymphs under an indicator or full sinking lines pulling Buggers with a Blood Midge trailer.  Red San Juan’s will work as well.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the back side at the inlets with Blood Midges and or Steamers.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Seems to have slowed a bit but should fish well into the month of June.  Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches and a Blood Midge for fun!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opens July 15th!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Should be open by the first part of June and they put a fare amount of fish in them last year.  Best fished from a boat or float tube.  Streamers, Water Boatmen, Leech patterns and Calibaetis.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for May 2014

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 5:18 pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 300 + CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Fishing ok to start the season with anticipation of higher flows through the middle of May.  Stones, Baetis and Caddis have been the best and maybe even a San Juan Worm.  Look for fish in the holes and runs on warm days.  The further downstream you can get the better!  This is Streamer time along the edges and through the deep holes.

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 100 + CFS

The flows are great and probably will stay that way without a blow up of run-off.  Look for fish in herds since most are stocked and usually in only a couple of places.  Find the fish and find the anglers.  Attractor Patterns will be best.  Try Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Egg patterns, Stone Fly Nymphs and anything with Sparkle.

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are190 + CFS and fluctuating with run-off.

Ca section below highway 395 Bridge now open to year round fishing!  Look for fish in the deeper pools and fish with Baetis, Stones and Caddis..  Streamers and Egg patterns should work well also the closer we get to the middle of May.  There are a lot of fish up in Pickle Meadows and should fish well all month.  The Nevada sections can be fun and stay open all year.  Try The Hoye Canyon section above Wellington or the Wilson Canyon section below Smith Valley.   The flows will vary with storms and usually fishes well on cloudy days.  Both of these sections can get fished out but look for fish that will move into the area or after NDOW stocks!

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 20+ CFS.  May  2014

CA section:  Flows are at Winter/Spring minimums but will be fluctuating as the ranchers call for water.  Don’t expect much for flows since the reservoir is going to be low this Summer.  Fish with Baetis, Stones and Caddis.  Pattern sizes should be in the 18-20 range for Baetis, size 10-12 for the Stones and 16-18 for the Caddis.  Look for Dry Squalla action in the afternoons.  Cloudy days are worth a look! Otherwise down and dirty in the buckets.  Streamers will take a fish or two especially towards the end of the day.

Nevada section: The Rosachi Ranch has smaller crowds and can be awesome this time of the year.  Best fishing is during the middle part of the day.  Small Baetis nymphs and Midge Pupae are working with the occasional dry take.  Attractor dries used as an indicator will fool them now and again.  The stones are there and the fish are eating them, fish dry and watch the action!  The fish are constantly moving up and down the river and sometimes traveling many miles to find conditions they are comfortable in.  If you aren’t’ finding fish, try another area.

 Guides Available call 530-541-8208

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 370+ CFS and fluctuating. May 2014

The fish are getting beat up with all the Winter pressure.  Look for fish on the rise taking Baetis as well as a Midge or two.   Nymphing with a Baetis emerger during the middle of the day.   With the low snow this year the fish have been getting a lot of pressure so expect tough fish!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 120-400+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  With the flows a little higher than normal, fish have moved up to this section and they are few and far between but when you find one they are big.  Look for fish eating Ants and or Beetles with possible Calibaetis later in May.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Bit on the Crowded side but worth a fish.  Conditions will vary over the month of May with pending run-off or not.  Baetis, Squalla and March Browns.  Look for Caddis as well with the early Spring. Afternoons will be best as the temperatures rise.  Squalla Stones especially in the lower sections!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report  Still floating ok with Streamers fishing well.  The dry fly fishing seems to have waned.   Above town has Squallas and Baetis and look for March Browns.  Bigger Nymphs this time of year will work best.  Below town best left to the Streamer fishing crew!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee this Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: May 2014

Pyramid Lake- Prime time on the lake!  Throw shooting heads early and nymphing the rest of the time.  The fish are keying up for spawn and showing in abundance along the shore lines.  Chironomids under an indicator or Copper Johns work well.  Try two colors of buggers in a light and a dark pattern.  Big Fish are showing and the numbers are increasing by the day.  Look for weather to bring on the bite!

Indian Creek Reservoir – Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown will work along the edges.  Blood Midges are all the rage as we get to the end of April and May will bring on the Damsels and Calibaetis.  Indicator nymphing works well but look for fish taking Blood Midges off of the surface.  Damsels Nymphs will take a few fish this time of year as well!  Float tubing will increase your chances.

Caples Lake:  Still frozen at the end of April but look for thaw to be early this year.  Ice Fishing is done, it is not safe to be on the ice.  Fish the edges as they start to thaw with Streamers as well as the inlet areas.  Macks like to cruise the edges looking for minnows!

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice is done and the upper section of the lake should be ok for indicator nymphing.  Try a San Juan Worm and a Copper John for the Brook Trout!   The last couple of seasons have not been too good with the lake being off colored most of the summer.  Who knows what will happen this year…

Silver Lake fishing report-  Fishing with streamers along the edges.  This is the time to be on Silver looking for big Macks and Browns.  Possible Blood Midges as well with dry fly opportunities.  Big Olive Streamers work well.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Ready to go and fishing well. Always fishes great early in the season and look for Blood Midges and Leaches to work the best.  Lots of fish and best fished from a float tube with some shore success as well.  Dam area tends to fish well.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Closed for the season

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Could be open by Memorial Day?

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

Season Opener

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 5:22 pm on Sunday, April 27, 2014

So after a Winter where it didn’t snow, we get to late April and Opening Day and it snows all weekend. Hey, we need the water so bring it on. There are fish in both Carsons and it looked like the weather didn’t deter too many people from getting out there this weekend. This week is supposed to be pretty warm so get out there and catch(and release) some fish!!

GUIDE SCHOOL 2014 IN TWO WEEKS

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 12:34 pm on Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guide school 2014 is just two weeks away! Take your passion for fly fishing to a new level and join us for guide school starting May 5th.We still have room for men or women who would like to learn the skills needed to become a successful professional fly fishing guide. Learn from some of the best guides in the Sierras. For more information check are website tahoeflyfishing.com to view or download itinerary. Rick McGuire from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters has put together an excellent six day program. We hope to see you May 5th.

Peter Santley TFFO

Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Stillwaters. Updated for April 2014

Filed under: General Comments,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 12:39 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 125 + CFS and fluctuating

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Hit and Miss! Not a lot of water in them there hills so look for a light runoff and continued access with decent conditions.  Look for Basic bugs to work.  Stones, Baetis and Caddis have been the best and maybe even a San Juan Worm.  Look for fish in the holes and runs on warm days.  The further downstream you can get the better!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Closed until Spring…  You will see people fishing on occasion, be nice and let them know it is closed until the last Saturday in April.  Should be a great opener on the 26th this year with the low flows that are anticipated!  Stones, Caddis and Egg Patterns!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 60 + CFS and fluctuating.

Ca section below highway 395 Bridge now open to year round fishing!  Look for fish in the deeper pools and fish with Baetis, Stones and Caddis for April.  Streamers and Egg patterns should work well also the closer we get to the end of April.  The Nevada sections can be fun and stay open all year.  Try The Hoye Canyon section above Wellington or the Wilson Canyon section below Smith Valley.   The flows will vary with storms and usually fishes well on cloudy days.  Both of these sections can get fished out but look for fish that will move into the area or after NDOW stocks!

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 40+ CFS.  April  2014

CA section:  Flows are at Winter/Spring minimums but will be fluctuating as the ranchers call for water.  Don’t expect much for flows since the reservoir is going to be low this spring.  Fish with Baetis, Stones and Caddis.  Pattern sizes should be in the 18-20 range for Baetis, size 10-12 for the Stones and 16-18 for the Caddis.  Look for Dry Squalla action in the afternoons.  Cloudy days are worth a look! Otherwise down and dirty in the buckets.  Streamers will take a fish or two especially towards the end of the day.

Nevada section: The Rosachi Ranch has smaller crowds and can be awesome this time of the year.  Best fishing is during the middle part of the day.  Small Baetis nymphs and midge pupae are working with the occasional dry take.  Attractor dries used as an indicator will fool them now and again.  The stones are there and the fish are eating them, fish dry and watch the action!

 Guides Available call 530-541-8208

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 270+ CFS. April 2014

The fish are getting beat up with all the Winter pressure.  Look for fish on the rise taking Baetis as well as a Midge or two.   Nymphing with a Baetis emerger during the middle of the day.   With the low snow this year the fish have been getting a lot of pressure so expect tough fish!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 120-400+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed for the winter!  Opens April 26th!

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Hit and miss fishing all winter long.  Access is great without the snow.  Baetis, Squalla and March Browns.  Look for Caddis as well with the early Spring. Afternoons will be best as the temperatures rise.  Squalla Stones especially in the lower sections!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  Look for cloudy days for best dry options.  Should fish ok during April with bigger bugs than Winter.  Streamer fishing should kick in as well!  Above town has Squallas and Baetis and look for March Browns soon.  Below town best left to the Streamer fishing crew!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee this Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: April 2014

Pyramid Lake- Prime time on the lake!  Throw shooting heads early and nymphing the rest of the time.  The fish are keying up for spawn and showing in abundance along the shore lines.  Chironomids under an indicator or Copper Johns work well.  Try two colors of buggers in a light and a dark pattern.  Big Fish are showing and the numbers are increasing by the day.  Look for weather to bring on the bite!

Indian Creek Reservoir – Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown will work along the edges.  Blood Midges are all the rage as we get into the month of April.  Indicator nymphing works well but look for fish taking Blood Midges off of the surface.  Damsels Nymphs will take a few fish this time of year as well!  Float tubing will increase your chances.

Caples Lake:  Still frozen at the beginning of April but look for thaw to be early this year.  Ice Fishing is done in my opinion, it is not safe to be on the ice.  Fish the edges as they start to thaw with Streamers as well as the inlet areas.  Macks like to cruise the edges looking for minnows!

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice is done and the upper section of the lake should be ok for indicator nymphing.  Try a San Juan Worm and a Copper John for the Brook Trout!   The last couple of seasons have not been too god with the lake be off colored most of the summer.  Who knows what will happen this year…

Silver Lake fishing report-  Fishing with streamers along the edges.  This is the time to be on Silver looking for big Macks and Browns.  Possible Blood Midges as well with dry fly opportunities.  Big Olive Streamers work well.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Days away from thawing, check for conditions. Always fishes great early in the season and look for Blood Midges and Leaches to work the best.  Lots of fish and best fished from a float tube with some shore success as well.  Dam area tends to fish well.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Closed for the season

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Closed for the season

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

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