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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!

Truckee River crawfish

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 9:23 am on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nymphing or stripping a crawfish on the Truckee river has been really effective lately. Like anything else on the Truckee, the key is getting the fly down to the bottom and getting a good drift through the lane. Don’t be shy with the weight and get ready to hook some nice Truckee river browns and rainbows.

Truckee Tahoe 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 September, 2013!

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 12:19 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- 350+ in town and 450 plus below Boca. Flows are variable but good.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Flows are in prime shape and the fishing is good.  Look for Yellow Sallies to wane; Stones are still around, Caddis are sporadic, Tricos, October Caddis starting to move and Hoppers.  Look for Western Drakes in the near future.  Streamers will take a fish or two as well especially early or late in the day and the Bigger the better!   

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge:  As the upper sections, the flows are great for this time of the year and should stay that way into September.  Hoppers, Golden Stones and Crawdad imitations are best.  Fall hatches are here already with Tricos, Western Drakes and October Caddis are moving.  The dry fly fishing has been great some days and the Nymphing good.  The Glenshire area, below Prosser Creek and just above the Boca inlet has been good.  Surprisingly the fishing in the Herschdale area has been good as well even with the higher flows.  Look for fish in the heavy water that holds more Oxygen…

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  Looks like the flows should stay pretty good with the best fishing being west of Reno.  The temperatures are starting to come down which is always a good sign!  Crawdads, Stones and Attractor Nymphs will work under an indicator. The upper sections have been good with dries and dry dropper rigs. Flows are a little low for floating. It is amazing how many miles of the Truckee are fishing well these days, spread out and fish them all!

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 40+ CFS

The catch and release section Below Hangman’s Bridge:   The flows are low and the fish are looking up, the further downstream you get the better.  Still a lot of minor hatches leftover from summer but the Fall hatches are already happening.  Tricos, Hoppers and October Caddis.  The fish seem to move quite a bit and are not always in the same places as the week before, look for them in faster water where there tends to be more oxygen.  Tricos are early this year so look for them!  Mid Day fishing has been tough due to the high water temps, look for fish in the shaded areas.  Things are starting to cool down so expect to see the fishing improve during the mid day sessions.

Above Hangman’s Bridge:  Look for areas where the stocking truck can get to and there should be fish!  Hatches have been good with Hoppers, Tricos, Stones and Ants.  Fish a Stimulator with a dropper Nymph or pull a Bugger for best results.  Fishing well from Hangman’s Bridge up to the Highway 4 Bridge.  The Resort areas as well as the Campgrounds have been good.  Look for fish above the Highway Four Bridge as well and if you want more of a wild trout experience fish above WolfCreek in the Backcountry!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Flows are 15+ CFS running clear

The Pocket Water sections in the Canyon are fishing the best from about Sorenson’s down stream to the Woodfords area.  The meadow has been good but with the lower flows the fish tend to be spooky.  There is a lot of Little Cutthroat in the system with a few bigger Rainbows planted by Alpine County.  Hoppers, Small Mayfly Imitations, Ants and Caddis on the Surface.  Subsurface: Copper Johns, Flashback PT’s, Yellow Sally Nymphs and Buggers.  The Blue Lakes road area can be a lot of fun for smaller fish!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 30+ CFS 

Start up high and fish the cooler waters.  Buggers, Stones and attractor Nymphs will do best. Caddis patterns and Attractor dries will take a few fish.  Look for areas close to the road where they tend to stock for best results. Great area to catch Big fish!

The Nevada sections can be fun and stay open all year.   Try The Hoye Canyon section above Wellington or the Wilson Canyon section below SmithValley.  Streamers or Mouse Patterns are worth a try especially as the Temps come down. Another fun fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 35+ CFS and fluctuating due to this low water year.

CA section:  Look for really low flows going into Fall and a lot of fluctuation.  The ranchers will have to be watching the water flows closely because of low snow pack and minor run-off.  The fish don’t seem to be bothered by the fluctuating flows.  They just like to eat! Hoppers are working well.  Tricos are also hatching and the fish are on them in the meadow sections.  Midges, Fall Caddis should be on their diet as well.  Dries have been fun and should continue with Tricos and Stones working the best. 

Nevada section:  With the temperatures coming down lately, and especially over night, The Rosachi Ranch section has been doing well.  Tricos, Stones and Hoppers

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 70+ CFS and fluctuating.

The LT seems to be flipping at this point, fish are off one hatch and waiting for the next one to fill in.  Baetis are starting to show and the drakes are gone.  Best bets are Beetle and Ant Patterns.  Hoppers are still taking a fish or two especially with a dropper.  Fish small Baetis Nymphs and Midge Nymphs under your big dry.  There are plans to lower the flows around the beginning of September for Dam work so check them before you go.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: September, 2013

Pyramid Lake- The stories are that the fish are bigger this year but not as many as past years.  The Pilot Peak fish seem to be the answer, who knows how big the fish will be this next season!  October 1st will be the opener and I bet it will be crowded.

Indian Creek Reservoir:  As things cool down the fishing should pick back up.  There are a lot of weed beds which keep the fish cruising along the edges.  Damsel Nymphs and Blood Midges are a good bet and float tubes are almost a must.  Buggers always work well in Brown and Olive.  Fish the deeper end until the water cools!

Caples LakeComing into my favorite time of year on Caples, cruising fish along the back shoreline.  Look for fish from the boulders and present a Big Ugly Rubber Leg Something in front of them and give it a twitch as they are coming to inspect it.  Streamers are working well off of the points and will coerce a fish to come up out of the depths.  Rent a boat from Caples Lake Marina for great access to the back of the lake!

Red Lake Fishing Report- Float tube the upper end for best results.  San Juan Worms hung under an indicator with a Copper John or Blood Midge Dropper will work well.  Trolling Buggers will take a few as well.  The Lake is off colored so don’t expect a bunch of fish!

Silver Lake fishing report- Lots of fish have been stocked lately and the bite has been on.  Blood Midges, Buggers and Leech Patterns are the diet.  Look for fish rising to the Blood Midge on the back side of the lake or fish a Para Adams late in the day.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Open and fishing well with Leeches and Blood Midges.  Fish a varied strip from really slow to erratic and fast.  You need a float tube for best access due to weed beds.  Lots of fish and lots of fun for your effort.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Opened on the 15th of July!  With the warmer conditions look for fish early in the day or fish deep in the middle!  Hoppers or Streamers work best and take a float tube for access.  Closes at the end of September!

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


Muddy Waters on the East Carson

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 9:15 am on Thursday, August 8, 2013

Letting everybody know the East Carson turned to chocolate milk again. The silt on the river bottom and rocks gets turned up every time we get rain or any water is let into the river. Once it does clear/turn to green water the fishing has been pretty good though. Just be careful wading.

Flyfishing the Little Truckee

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 5:50 pm on Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Little Truckee has been fantastic lately. Big fish eating dry flies throughout the day. The fish in the Little Truckee are smart, so go small, present your flies correctly and hold on. It can be fun to fly fish the Truckee River and then move over to the Little Truckee once the water in the Truckee starts warming up as well.

Truckee River flyfishing

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — admin at 3:09 pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Truckee River in both CA and NV has been fishing well lately. Generally early mornings and evenings are your best bet to fish the  Truckee.   Nymphing under an indicator with a fair amount of weight and a stonefly with a caddis/mayfly dropper has been effective lately. Don’t forget to dead drift and strip crawdads on the Truckee, you might be in for a pleasant surprise!!

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