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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


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

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 January 2014!

Filed under: General Topics,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 1:44 pm on Monday, December 30, 2013



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.

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! 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.  Another fun fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW. 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!  Mostly frozen right now but will change with a bit of a warming trend.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 33+ CFS.  January 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 is fishing but has ice on the edges.  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 41+ CFS. January 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!

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 ice flows are early in the day.  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!

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: January 2014

Pyramid Lake- Open and fishing fairly well 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 the problem and probable Ice. Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown will work along the edges if and when the thaw starts. Check for Ice as we get deeper into the New Year.

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!

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!



Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 11:12 am on Monday, December 23, 2013

Ice fishing season is here and fishing is good.We have guided ice fishing trips available to local lakes.Trips are $100.00 per person with a 2 person min.,kids under 10 half price with 2 adults.Trips include needed tackle,bait,lures etc.BBQ lunch is available for $15.00 per person.A typical day meets at our shop at 9 am. follow your guide to Red Lake or Caples Lake fish from 10 am until 2 pm and return to town.All you need is good winter clothing,boots,gloves,hats,sunglasses and a valid California fishing license,kids under 16 years old do not need a license.We have good fishing and conditions right now.The best ice fishing is usually in December and January,and run trips through March if conditions are good.To book a trip call our shop at (530) 541-8208 or e-mail info@tahoeflyfishing.com .This is a fun activity for families,groups or individuals.
Come out and fish!,
Peter Santley guide TFFO

Truckee and East Walker conditions

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 12:05 pm on Friday, November 29, 2013

Fished the Truckee and East Walker this week. Both are fishing well at the right time of the day. No need to be out there super early or late, mid day is the time to be on the river. There’s been a pretty good midge hatch with a few fish eating on top so get out there and get a few before the storm hits next week. The bigger browns and rainbows are definitely eating, they know Winter is coming.

Jeremy Wright


Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 3:11 pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trinity River steelhead fishing season is here.I have been floating the Trinity quite a bit this October and November.We have been hooking fish every day so far.The water is low and clear,making the fishing tough.My clients have been working hard for their fish.We have had a mix of steelhead,salmon,and brown trout in our catches.Fishing should get better when we get some decent rain.A little rain this week can’t hurt.I will be guiding over the weekend and have plenty of dates available.Book a trip and enjoy beautifull scenery and great steelhead fishing.Rates are $400.00 for full day float,2 or more days $375.00 per day.Trips include all rods ,flies ,leaders,lunch and beverages.Shuttles and gratuities not included.To book a trip or for more information call me at (530)318-7073 or text,e-mail peter@tahoeflyfishing.com.
Let’s go catch steelhead!
Peter Santley guide TFFO

East and West Carson river update

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 8:02 am on Friday, October 4, 2013

Both the East and West Carson rivers are fishing really well lately. Low water, but hey that’s pretty much everywhere right now. I’ve been sticking to dry flies and my 2 or 3 weight on the West and nymphing, stripping streamers or using a dry dropper set up on the East with a 4 or 5 wt. There are a fair amount of big fish in the East Carson and you might be pleasantly surprised with a solid 16-18″ rainbow in the West. With the Aspens changing its worth the drive even if you don’t catch anything!!

Big fish in the Rivers

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 1:07 pm on Monday, September 30, 2013

In the last 4 days I have netted a lot of 24’+ fish for clients. The colder temps have got the big ones getting ready for Winter. Streamers and nymphs are the go to methods, but a big hopper/stonefly can fool the big boys as well. No need to be out there super early, mid day is still good. Swing by the shop with any questions and get out fishing!!

Truckee River waking up

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 9:07 am on Monday, September 23, 2013

Feels like Fall out there and the fish seem to be getting ready for it. Great couple days on the Truckee recently, CA and NV side. Nymphing, swinging streamers and an occasional dry are the way to go. Give us a call and we’ll get you on some nice fish.

East and West Carson fishing great

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 9:51 am on Monday, September 9, 2013

Both the East and West Carson are fishing great right now. Lots of fish in both rivers and finally some fish of real size are being caught( and hopefully released!). Plenty of action on top with stonefly patterns working as well as the usual suspects for this time of the year. Nymphing is the way to go mid day, the fish are still eating with the cooler temps. Swing by, get some flies and go fish!

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