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The skiing may be sub par, but the fishing is GREAT!

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 8:44 am on Monday, February 2, 2015

Its that time folks, the days are getting longer, bugs are starting to pop down low and we are all getting excited! Normally we are taking long drives to pyramid, yuba, or the american this time of year to get a line wet. This year however I’m taking lunch breaks and fishing the truckee on the california side. While waiting for powder i am more than happy to get some sun and stick a few fish. Better yet looking for heads to come up on overcast days.

There is simply too much for one blog post going on rite now, everything from micro midges up high to giant streamer eating fish at Pyramid! Call the shop if you are coming up to ski and make a mega day out of it! Groomers in the am and fish in the afternoon? Yep thats why we live in California! Book a guide to show you the nuances of winter fishing, or stock up on streamers and go put your time in at the ‘Mid. you won’t catch em on your couch! and snow or no snow the next few months are gonna be great!

Truckee Tahoe Reno 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 Winter 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 9:35 am on Tuesday, January 27, 2015


East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 90+ CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Open year round and traditionally not fishing very well until about March. If you have to fish it during February, try Stones, Egg Patterns and Baetis Nymphs for a chance.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  Closed until the end of April.

West Carson River Fishing Report – Closed until end of April

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 35 + CFS and fluctuating.

Closed above the 395 Bridge until end of April.

Below the bridge is fishing just ok where you can find a fish. Should improve as we get to March. Try Stones, Baetis and Egg Patterns with possible Squala Stonefly Hatch in Early March.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 20+ CFS.  January 2015

CA section:  Flows are at the minimum and the fish are lethargic but fishable. Midges, Baetis and an occasional egg pattern for best results.

Nevada section: Rosachi Ranch section fishing ok. Wait for the Squalla Hatch in March for more fun fishing! Look for cloudy days for best results.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 150+ CFS. January 2015

Flows are in good shape for this time of year and the bugs are around. Look for Midges, Baetis and Winter Stones. Beetles will take a fish now and again. Look for rising fish in the longer pools!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 20-270+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed until the end of April.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Intermittingly frozen but on the days the sun shines and the flows are not impeded by ice, the fishing can be pretty good. Midges and Baetis with a few dry fly opportunities on occasion. Sections below Boca inlet have a lot more water and the fish are in better shape. Herschdale area should be the most consistent on the nicer days. Stones, Baetis and Midges for a while!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: The flows are staying pretty good for this time of the year and the Baetis are starting to pop. The Bigger fish should start eating off of the surface over the next couple of weeks if they haven’t already. Cloudy days are the best as long as it warms up.

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 Winter/Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: January 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Fishing is worth it and better on stormy days. Should only get better as we get into Spring. Take your chances and try for the 20 pound club, 10 pounds doesn’t seem to make much of a splash any longer. Buggers in two colors or a couple of different Chironomid patterns under an indicator. Some action available fishing with larger Tui Chub Patterns as well.

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Thawed and fishing ok right now but could freeze back up any day if it gets cold again. Buggers and Blood Midges are best.

Caples Lake: Ice Fishing for now with marginal ice. Make sure to check conditions before heading out. Some days have been good with a few Mackinaw being landed. Bay Shrimp, Worms, Power Bait and Kastmasters for Jigging!

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice Fishing for Lahontan Cutts or Brook Trout. Small piece of Worm or a Small Bay Shrimp. Jigging takes a fish or two with Kastmasters.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the Dam area but check for ice safety prior to heading there. Our mild Winter is having an effect on conditions.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Frozen…

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Closed until Summer

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Ice Fishing for those with a Machine. Same baits as Red Lakes.

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



Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 9:49 pm on Monday, December 8, 2014

Trinity River steelhead report is the steelhead are responding to recent rains. Steelhead fishing is good on the Trinity River between storms for all kinds of tactics. It’s steelhead weather on the Trinity now as the fish like the rain. We are at the late stages of the fall run and the river is primed for the winter run steelhead to start moving in this month. Steelhead fishing remains good both swinging flies or fishing nymphs under indicators. Water temps still remain near 50 degrees and the fish are still chasing swung flies when flows are right. I will be on the Trinity for the next ten days guiding. I still have a few openings 12/12 and 12/13,12/18 and 12/19  for those interested in connecting with a strong fighting steelhead. With more rain in the forecast the next few weeks should see some great fishing. BOOK A TRIP! Call PETER at 530 318- 7073 or e-mail peter@tahoeflyfishing.com. I will return calls or emails in the evenings when I get off the river, Let’s go steelhead fishing ! I have plenty dates available in after Christmas, January, February and March too!

Come out and play!

Peter Santley TFFO


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

Guide update for Truckee River October 6th 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 7:55 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall is official here on the north shore. A little ice on the line today down in the canyon. Throwing big offerings(crayfish, stones,eggs,sj’s,ect) early before the bugs start moving seems to be the ticket the last few days. Once the sun hits the water look for midges and small to medium sized mayflies. still a few hoppers left as well.
If you ever wanted to have a shot at that trophy brown the next few weeks would be a great time to give it a go! See you on the water…..image


Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 7:09 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trinity River steelhead addicts wanted to fill seats in my drift boat for fall and winter steelhead trips. Just over 300 miles northwest of our South Lake Tahoe shop is my fall and winter home away from home Trinity River. The Trinity has one of the best steelhead runs in the west. I leave tomorrow to take my drift boat to Indian Creek Lodge on the Trinity River near Douglas City where it will stay all season. I will run my first trips of the season next week and will be on the river for six days. Salmon and steelhead are in the system and we will be after them. Steelhesd fishing on the Trinity is a blast . If you would like to join the fun, BOOK A TRIP. I have some good dates available in October and November I am trying to book. Full day float trips are $400.00 a day or $750.00 for two days. I have all Sage gear for nymphing or spey casting. One thing for sure if you don’t go you can’t catch them! I will have first hand information in a couple of days, stay tuned.




(530) 318-7073   cell

e-mail        peter@tahoeflyfishing.com




East Carson Guided Trip Report for September 23rd 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 7:50 am on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IMG_1172-2Well its that time again folks, leaves are changing, nights are cooler, and the browns are getting fired up! Yes we do have smoke depending on wind direction, and yes the water is still low. If you watch the wind directions and get on it early though some of the best fishing of the year is rite now!

Low water, spooky fish and mud/silt on the bottom means bring the A-game. Try not to cross in slow moving water, think light long tippets and small fall bugs. Expect the occasional Streamer eater also tho! I have heard a lot of grumbling over the flows out there, but would argue that with adjusted tactics the fishing can be even better this year if you know where to look and how to approach it. What better time to set up a trip to learn low water tactics or just brush up on overall techniques? Go get “em!

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



Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 12:13 pm on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Trinity River flows increased August 23rd and will stay up through mid September. The tribes on the Lower Trinity and Klamath rivers fought to get flows increased to cool water temperatures on the two rivers to save salmon and steelhead from dying. By cooling the water temps down more fish will enter the river systems, this will jump start fall salmon and steelhead runs. With good salmon reports from the guides currently fishing, The flows will be down to fishable levels later this week. We are seeing good numbers of salmon in the Trinity and with the flows the numbers will increase. I am expecting a good fall salmon and steelhead run, I am currently booking trips for  October, November, and December. I am looking for people to fish in October and November as  I think we will have a good early season. If you have not experienced the Trinity River steelhead fishing you are missing out!  Catching steelhead on fly rods is a fun time, I have single handed rods for the boat , spey and switch rods for wade fishing. Whatever your fancy, Come out and play!

Good fishing,

Peter Santley TFFO


$400.00  Full day float   1 or 2  anglers

$375.00 per day for two 0r more days,

Trips include all tackle, flies, lunch and drinks.  Shuttles and gratuity not included.




or call or text (530) 318-7073

North Lake Tahoe fly fishing guided trip report August 17th, 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 9:39 pm on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Early morning is still the ticket here on the Truckee.  Expect best action of the day before the sun hits the water.  Look for fish in their normal lies early morning, but moving into faster heads of runs once it warms a bit.  High sticking stones or dead drifting crays under an indicator should get you a few takes.

With much colder temps last night we were glad we had wadders early this morning. Come prepared for just about anything in the weeks to come.  September is just around the corner now and summer is losing fast. With water temps cooling fishing should start to only heat up. Less pressure and low flows make for a great time to come up and explore a new piece of water with one of our guides!

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