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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!

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 August 2014

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 5:11 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 60+ CFS and fluctuating downward.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Off colored as of late due to mud slides upstream, check for clarity before fishing.  Fish it early and use caution as the fish are spooky with the lower flows. First light gets you the most time on the water and plan to be done by 10-11 am and let the fish alone after that. We should get back to full day fishing towards the end of the month. Some evening fishing around the last hour or so. Caddis, Some Mayflies and Stones are working as well as Terrestrials! Tricos have started early! As long as you fish it early, the fishing should hold up through the end of August.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  You have to find the fish, they are not in the usual places this summer. Look for fast water and away from the Resort area. There are still some wild fish if you get away from the roadside sections otherwise look for the areas where a truck can access the river for Big and Beautiful Alpine County fish! When you find them, they are a lot of fun, use Buggers, Caddis, Stones, Hoppers and Ants. The Hopper Dropper style of fishing will be best, Large Dry… Small Nymph under it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 20 + CFS

We are already at minimum flows for this Little River but the fish are still eating. Once again, fish it early in the day and expect the fishing to taper off by 10 am. Try the Canyon sections if you are fishing during the midday as the water cascades down the canyon it picks up oxygen and is shaded by the willows and should keep the fish feeding. The evening sessions have been fun for the dry fly! Caddis, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles are best!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 45 + CFS and fluctuating with Thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms have saved us and the fishing has held up pretty well. Pickle Meadows has fish as well as the Canyon Section. Fish early and spend your afternoons in the faster water areas! Fish with Hoppers, Caddis, Ants and Beetles with small droppers under them. There are limited opportunities for fish along the highway and into the Town of Walker if you fish really early before the water temps rise.  There are a few big fish still so look for them in the holes!

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 60+ CFS. August  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.  Fishable early like most Sierra Waters with Caddis, Stones and Hoppers for the surface with small droppers. Good fun to hit the holes quickly as you go looking for that one fish that will eat a Large Dry Stone imitation. Plop it down a couple of times and move on!

Nevada section: Look for cooler overnight temperatures for this section to fish. The water cools as it makes its’ way down the river and can offer a few hours of early morning opportunities with the same big Stonefly imitations. Please quit when the water hits 70 degrees!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 45+ CFS. August 2014

Low, Low, Low flows. The water temps are still holding for now and a better option than the Big Truckee for the afternoons. With this, it becomes really crowded so be patient and share the river.  Some PMD’s, Tiny Baetis, Yellow Sallies, Beetles and Ants. Best to stick with dries and target those fish that are actively feeding.   Dry Dropper rigs will get it done as well!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 140-215+ and variable. Look for flows the recede.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing well in the mornings but takes a dive by 10 am. Look for this section to fish tougher as the flows get lower. Find the slots a foot or two deep and the fish should be there. Caddis, Stones and Terrestrials! Dries, Dries, Dries…

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    This section is probably the best option with the canyon being tops. The flows are changing and the fish are still eating in the early am. Don’t expect much of an evening thing until the temps come down or on Thunderstorm evenings. The flows and temperatures are fluctuating due to recent rain showers and is welcomed. Crawdads, Stones,  Beetles and Caddis. Deep Nymphing techniques with a bit of dry fly in the mornings.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Not much water East of town but the fishing is ok early in the mornings through Reno and up to the Stateline. Stones, Caddis and Crawdads for the most part. Bacon and Eggs Nymph with a Caddis Dropper has been taking fish! Quit by 10:00 am for the fishes sake or when the water temps reach 68 degrees.

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

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: August 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Closed till next season…

Indian Creek Reservoir:  We are in the weeds… fishing ok if you can find the fish cruising close to the weed beds. Early and late is the trick with many fish not eating during the midday time frame. Float tubes or a small boat gets you the opportunity to access the weed beds. Damsels, Blood Midges and Callibaetis as well as a Dark Bugger.

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. As we get later into August the fish tend to look up more for the bigger Terrestrials with Rubber Legs. Fish the Woods Creek Inlet or along the shoreline in the Emigrant Bay.

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. Evenings along the Dam with Para Adams!

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

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches fished between the weed beds. Float tubes are the only way to go for access to the edges of the weed lines. Drop a Leech in the holes created amongst the weeds and Jig it!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opened on the 15th of July and is fishing really well! Terrestrials fished dry along the edges as well as Dark colored Buggers and Leeches. With the Lakes higher elevation, the fish are happier and more adept to take a fly during these hot times. Worth the ride or the hike! Lug a tube up there for even better opportunities.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Fishing well from a boat or tubes. Mornings are fishing the best with a fun end of day dry fly opportunity as well. Terrestrials, Mayflies, Buggers and Leeches!

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

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 late July 2014

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 1:35 pm on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 68 CFS and fluctuating downward.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Getting lower as we speak… fish it early and use caution as the fish are spooky with the lower flows. We have been seeing some off coloring during the Thunder Showers so check for weather conditions prior to making plans. First light gets you the most time on the water and plan to be done by 10-11 am and let the fish alone after that. Some evening fishing around the last hour or so. Caddis, Some Mayflies and Stones are working as well as Terrestrials! As long as you fish it early, the fishing should hold up through the end of July and into August.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  You have to find the fish, they are not in the usual places this summer. Look for fast water and away from the Resort area. There are still some wild fish if you get away from the roadside sections otherwise look for the areas where a truck can access the river for Big and Beautiful Alpine County fish! When you find them, they are a lot of fun, use Buggers, Caddis, Stones, Hoppers and Ants. The Hopper Dropper style of fishing will be best, Large Dry… Small Nymph under it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 20 + CFS

We are already at minimum flows for this Little River but the fish are still eating. Once again, fish it early in the day and expect the fishing to taper off by 10 am. Try the Canyon sections if you are fishing during the midday as the water cascades down the canyon it picks up oxygen and is shaded by the willows and should keep the fish feeding. The evening sessions have been fun for the dry fly! Caddis, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles are best!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 100 + CFS and fluctuating with Thunderstorms.

The higher the better as the water is cooler the higher you go. Pickle Meadows has fish as well as the Canyon Section. Fish early and spend your afternoons checking out the local areas like Bodie or Walker Burger! Fish with Hoppers, Caddis, Ants and Beetles with small droppers under them. There are limited opportunities for fish along the highway and into the Town of Walker if you fish really early before the water temps rise.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 60+ CFS.  July  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.  Fishable early like most Sierra Waters with Caddis, Stones and Hoppers for the surface with small droppers. Good fun to hit the holes quickly as you go looking for that one fish that will eat a Large Dry Stone imitation. Plop it down a couple of times and move on!

Nevada section: Look for cooler overnight temperatures for this section to fish. The water cools as it makes its’ way down the river and can offer a few hours of early morning opportunities with the same big Stonefly imitations. Please quit when the water hits 70 degrees!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 47+ CFS. July 2014

Low, Low, Low flows. The water temps are still holding for now and a better option than the Big Truckee for the afternoons. With this, it becomes really crowded so be patient and share the river. PMD’s, Sparse Drakes, Yellow Sallies, Beetles and Ants. Best to stick with dries and target those fish that are actively feeding.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 200-499+ and variable. Look for flows the recede.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing well in the mornings but takes a dive by 10 am. Look for this section to fish tougher as the flows get lower. Find the slots a foot or two deep and the fish should be there. Caddis, Stones and Terrestrials! Dries, Dries, Dries…

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    This section is probably the best option with the canyon being tops. The flows are changing and the fish are still eating in the early am. Don’t expect much of an evening thing until the temps come down or on Thunderstorm evenings. The flows and temperatures are fluctuating due to recent rain showers and is welcomed. Crawdads, Stones, PMD’s, PED’s and Caddis. Deep Nymphing techniques with a bit of dry fly in the mornings.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Not much water East of town but the fishing is ok early in the mornings through Reno and up to the Stateline. Stones, Caddis and Crawdads for the most part. Bacon and Eggs Nymph with a Caddis Dropper has been taking fish! Quit by 10:00 am for the fishes sake.

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

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: July 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Closed till next season…

Indian Creek Reservoir:  We are in the weeds… fishing ok if you can find the fish cruising close to the weed beds. Early and late is the trick with many fish not eating during the midday timeframe. Float tubes or a small boat gets you the opportunity to access the weed beds. Damsels, Blood Midges and Callibaetis as well as a Dark Bugger.

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. As we get into August the fish tend to look up more for the bigger Terrestrials with Rubber Legs. Fish the Woods Creek Inlet or along the shoreline in the Emigrant Bay.

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. Evenings along the Dam with Para Adams!

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

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches fished between the weed beds. Float tubes are the only way to go for access to the edges of the weed lines. Drop a Leech in the holes created amongst the weeds and Jig it!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opened on the 15th of July and is fishing really well! Terrestrials fished dry along the edges as well as Dark colored Buggers and Leeches. With the Lakes higher elevation, the fish are happier and more adept to take a fly during these hot times. Worth the ride or the hike! Lug a tube up there for even better opportunities.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Fishing well from a boat or tubes. Mornings are fishing the best with a fun end of day dry fly opportunity as well. Terrestrials, Mayflies, Buggers and Leeches!

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

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!

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!

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!

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