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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!

GUIDE SCHOOL 5/5 THRU 5/10 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 1:08 pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guide school 2014 is just six weeks away ! There are just three spots left. Turn your passion of fly fishing into a rewarding part or full time career. Learn from some of the best guides in the sierras in a great 6 day program on all aspects of becoming a professional fly fishing guide. For more info check our website at www.tahoeflyfishing.com and click on guide school button to view or down load itinerary. We hope to see you there!

Peter Santley   TFFO

GUIDE SCHOOL 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 1:49 pm on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Guide school 2014 is just two months away. If you would like to turn your fly fishing hobby into a career join the staff at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters May 5th thru 10th for guide school 2014. Learn the fine points of being an excellent  guide with some of the best guides in the Sierras. Rick McGuire of Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide Service has put together a great program that when completed you will have the knowledge and skills to guide from here to Alaska and beyond. For information and itinerary of Guide School 2014 go to Tahoeflyfishing.com and click on the Guide School button. Students that have completed our past guide schools are guiding all over the country and beyond. I hope to see you there on May 5th.

Peter Santley  Guide 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 March 2014!

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 10:55 am on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Actually fishing well! Without much more precipitation it should fish all the way through Spring.  Look for Basic bugs to work.  Stones, Baetis and Midges have been the best and maybe even a San Juan Worm.  Look for fish in the holes and runs on warm days.

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.

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 30 + CFS.

Ca section below highway 395 Bridge opens for year round fishing as of March 1st!  Look for fish being in the deeper pools and fish with Baetis, Stones and Midges for March.  Streamers and Egg patterns will get going towards 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. Mostly Midges and Baetis throughout the winter months.  Streamer fishing will get them moving on warm 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 22+ CFS.  March  2014

CA section:  Flows are at Winter minimums with Midges and Baetis on the menu.  Pattern sizes should be in the 18-20 range.  Also look for Squalla Stones to start below the Miracle Mile down to the Stateline.  On occasion the fish will eat off of the surface but don’t count on it for now.  Cloudy days are worth a look! Otherwise down and dirty in the buckets.  Streamers will take a fish or two when presented in a slow fashion.

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 should be coming off now and especially towards the middle to end of the month.

 Guides Available call 530-541-8208

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 120+ CFS. March 2014

Still plenty of fish in the system.  Look for fish on the rise if you can get up the road.   Midges most of the Winter with occasional Baetis and Winter Stones. Access for now is available but will change with snow if we get it!  The fish have been keying on the Winter Stone!  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 120-375 and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed for the winter!

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Hit and miss fishing all winter long.  Access will depend on if we get snow coverage.  Midges Mostly all Winter and looking for Baetis on Cloudy days.  Afternoons will be best as the temperatures rise.  Squalla Stones in the lower sections!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  The lower the better as we get deeper into Winter.  Look for good days when the air temps hit 45F or better.  Midges, Baetis and Streamers!  March should be great for those that like the dry fly!  Cloudy days are the best with most fish on the river up on the Baetis.  Sunny days are hit and miss and the fish are spookie.

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, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: March 2014

Pyramid Lake- Open and fishing ok but mostly from boats and float tubes.   Some fish have been caught fishing from shore and a few big ones as well which is great for Winter season fishing!  The fish are eating the Chubs so look for pods of bait fish and throw streamers to match!  Indicator fishing has also started with rumor of a 20 pound fish on a Chironomid.  Good stories of a 25 pound fish on the fly!  The patterns have changed and the fishing continues to impress with numerous big fish being caught so far this winter.  Don’t wait for the spring, fish now and get the big ones!

Indian Creek Reservoir – There are still plenty of fish in Indian Creek and they stocked just prior to freezing!  Access is going to be tough but there is open water as of end of February. 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 March.

Caples Lake:  Good conditions with snow and ice.   A few larger fish have been caught earlier in the year. Fish close to the Dam or Spillway with Kastmasters, Worms or Power Bait!  Could be dangerous by the end of March so be careful if we do not get more snow.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice is ready to go with numerous anglers fishing along the Dam area. A few larger Lahonton Cutts up to 4 pounds have been landed and A few Brookies.  Fish with Kastmasters, Worms and Power Bait!  Bay Shrimp, Salmon Eggs and Meal Worms have been taking a few as well.  There is a lot of water over the ice which makes for tricky conditions while using an auger, use caution!

Silver Lake fishing report- Better to wait for thaw and fish with Buggers and Streamers.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Done for the winter.

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!

 

TRINITY STEELHEAD BITE AFTER RAINS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter at 8:26 pm on Monday, February 17, 2014

Trinity steelhead bite rolls on after recent rains. Recent rain has been moving fish around and steelhead fishing has been good. The steelhead have been eating stoneflies and egg patterns in off color water. The water color is steelhead green and makes the steelhead bite better than in clear water. We have a few weeks of prime steelhead season left before the hatchery releases salmon and steelhead smolt. The next couple weeks should be great fun with steelhead and browns grabbing flies. I will be on the river this week and have some dates available, 2/23 thru 2/28 are currently available. Full day float trips are $400.00 a day or $750.00 for two days for 1 or 2 persons. Trips include all tackle rods, flies, leaders, lunch and drinks. Not included, license, steelhead cards, shuttles and gratuities. If you don’t make a booking it won’t happen. I can be reached by cell at (530)318-7073 or by e-mail at peter@tahoeflyfishing.com. March dates also available . Don’t miss out on a chance to connect with one of these strong fighting steelhead. Book a trip and let’s go steelhead fishing on the Trinity.

Thanks and good fishing,

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 February 2014!

Filed under: Uncategorized — victor at 4:10 pm on Monday, January 27, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at Frozen and low.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Open for Winter fishing which will be somewhat difficult until the March time frame.  If anything, Midges, Baetis and Stones will be the diet with the occasional streamer bite on warmer days. right now it is frozen and not really worth fishing.  We need snow or this river is going to be really tough this summer!

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.

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are variable but fishable in Nevada.

CA  sections closed! Rumor has it that the West Walker will be opening to year-round fishing starting this March below the 395 Bridge. 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. Mostly Midges and Baetis throughout the winter months.  Streamer fishing will get them moving on warm 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 22+ CFS.  February 2014

CA section:  Flows are at Winter minimums with Midges and Baetis on the menu.  Pattern sizes have gone back to 20s and 22s to keep it interesting.  On occasion the fish will eat off of the surface but don’t count on it for now.  Cloudy days are worth a look! Otherwise down and dirty in the buckets.  Streamers will take a fish or two when presented in a slow fashion.

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 smaller the fly the better for the next month or so!

 Guides Available call 530-541-8208

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 90+ CFS. February 2014

Still plenty of fish in the system.  Look for fish on the rise if you can get up the road.  Otherwise get your snow machines ready for winter access.  Midges most of the Winter with occasional Baetis and Winter Stones. Access for now is available but will change with snow if we get it!  The fish have been keying on the Winter Stone!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed for the winter!

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Hit and miss fishing all winter long.  Access will depend on snow coverage.  Midges Mostly all Winter and looking for Baetis on Cloudy days.  Afternoons will be best as the temperatures rise.  Look for lethargic fish that might eat!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  The lower the better as we get deeper into Winter.  Look for good days when the air temps hit 45F or better.  Midges, Baetis and Streamers!  February should be great for those that like the dry fly!

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, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: February 2014

Pyramid Lake- Open and fishing ok but mostly from boats and float tubes.   Some fish have been caught fishing from shore and a few big ones as well which is great for Winter season fishing!  The fish are eating the Chubs so look for pods of bait fish and throw streamers to match!  Indicator fishing has also started with rumor of a 20 pound fish on a Chironomid.  The patterns have changed and the fishing continues to impress with numerous big fish being caught so far this winter.  Don’t wait for the spring, fish now and get the big ones!

Indian Creek Reservoir – There are still plenty of fish in Indian Creek and they stocked just prior to freezing!  Access is going to be tough but there is open water as of end of January. Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown will work along the edges.  Check for Ice if we get a cold snap.

Caples Lake:  Ready to go with great Ice Conditions.   A few larger fish have been caught early this year. Fish close to the Dam or Spillway with Kastmasters, Worms or Power Bait!

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice is ready to go with numerous anglers fishing along the Dam area. A few larger Lahonton Cutts up to 4 pounds have been landed and A few Brookies.  Fish with Kastmasters, Worms and Power Bait!  Bay Shrimp, Salmon Eggs and Meal Worms have been taking a few as well.

Silver Lake fishing report- Silver is fishing similarly to Caples.  Kastmasters, worms and Power Bait.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Done for the winter.

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!

TRINITY STEELHEAD FISHING GOOD

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter at 2:40 pm on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Trinity River steelhead fishing remains good for those making the effort. With above average air and water temperatures fishing has been good on indicator rigs. Fish have been eating various stonefly and may fly patterns. Strong fresh winter run steelhead have been bending hooks and breaking lines to get there freedom as steelhead due sometimes. Cool mornings and mild days have been fishing well right until dark. We have been hooking steelhead everyday as of late with multiple chances each day to connect with one of these great fighters. In addition to steelhead we have also been catching some nice brown trout. The warmer afternoons have had some good mayfly hatches, bringing some browns to the surface. The little bit of rain we had last week brought more fresh fish in the lower river and will keep us in fish for coming weeks. I will be on the river this week and have some openings, 1/24, 1/25 , and 1/27. To book a trip call or text Peter at (530) 318-7073 or e-mail peter@tahoeflyfishing.com. I have plenty of dates available in January, February, and early March. Don’t miss out on a great adventure on the Trinity River.

Come out and play!

Peter TFFO

ICE FISHING IN GOOD WEATHER

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter at 3:44 pm on Friday, January 17, 2014

Ice fishing in good weather can be fun. No snow and good weather has people looking for other options in outdoor activities. Ice fishing trips to our local lakes can be a good option. We offer guided ice fishing trips to Alpine County lakes. We provide all tackle and needed equipment , rods, augers, lures, bait . All you need is good winter clothing and a California fishing license. This can be a good group activity for families, friends, or corporate outings. Our guide trips are $100.00 per person with a $200.00 minimum.  We offer an optional BBQ burger lunch for $15.00 per person. We have been catching trout, mostly cutthroats on both jigs and various baits. To book a trip you can call our shop at (530) 541- 8208 or e-mail to info@tahoeflyfishing.com. Our shop hours are 10am until 5pm closed Sunday and Wednesday. After hours for bookings call Peter at (530)318-7073 or Victor at (530)545-0193.

Good fishing,

Peter TFFO

TRINITY STEELHEAD GET RAIN!

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 10:37 am on Friday, January 17, 2014

Trinity River steelhead get rain. As I write this report the Trinity River is getting a little rain. We can sure use more but we will take what we get, The river is rising a bit and this will move fish around and also bring fresh steelhead into the system. Fishing has been pretty good lately and this rain should make it even better. It’s time to get out and catch some fresh winter run steelhead. With a couple months of prime season left don’t miss out. Winter run fish are strong mostly wild steelhead, some of the largest steelhead are caught at this time. I will be guiding this week and have a few openings, 14th,15th,16th and 17th. If you would like to book a trip call me or text to (530) 318-7073 or e-mail to peter@tahoeflyfishing.com. We are on the river until dark and will return calls or e-mails at that time. Full day float trips are $400.00 per day and include all tackle, flies, leaders, lunch and drinks. Shuttles and gratuities not included. AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AND FUTURE REGRET! BOOK A TRIP. I have plenty of dates in later January, February, and early March.

Come out and play,

Peter Santley  Guide TFFO

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