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Fly Fishing and Ice fishing 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 February 1st, 2012

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 2:22 pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2012


fly fishing report for the Tahoe Area

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, West and East Carson Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated February 1st, 2012

We are now offering Guided Ice Fishing Trips in the Carson pass area!

We offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker Rivers.  Caples, Red Lake, Spooner Lake, Indian Creek Reservoir and Boca Reservoir as well.

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 80+ cfs.  Feb 1, 2012

Now closed above Hangman’s Bridge until April 2012!

The Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Open all year!  It will take a special effort to get fish in this section over the next few months.  As the temperatures come up in March, the fishing can get good again between stormy days and run-off days.  The fish are there but really lethargic and you will have to put the fly on their nose for them to eat.  Midges and Baetis if you have to!  The Nevada sections tend to fish the best during the winter months and on occasion NDOW stocks fish in the lower river and below the Broken Dam.  If they do, it can be fun to stick a few fish and keep the cobwebs off your cast!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We do not do a bunch of guided trips on this river during the winter months but on occasion it can be worth it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 20+ cfs.

Done for the season!  Looking forward to next year!

West Walker River Fishing Report– Currently flows are at 50+ cfs.  Feb 1, 2012

California Is 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.  Look for warmer, cloudy days for a good Baetis hatch!  Another fun winter fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW.  Always check for frozen conditions!

There is a pay to play section at the Walker River Resort that can be a lot of fun during the winter!

East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 25+ cfs.  Feb 1, 2012

CA section:  The Miracle Mile is fishing well and as long as the temps are up and the snow is away, the fishing will continue to stay good!  The Midges have ruled the roost as of late with Griffiths Gnats, Para Adams and Micro Midges working well on the surface but changing day to day and the Biot Emerger, Pehle’s pupa, UV Midge and the tiny Zebra Midge doing well below.  When the fish are up (which is a lot lately) leave the nymph rigs in the box, the dry fly fishing has been way too much fun!

A lot of these fish are feeding on midges just below the surface and following through looking like they are eating off of the surface so pay attention to the rise form and look for a bubble when they eat an adult. Small Baetis patterns are working but we’re not seeing a lot of Baetis on the water as of yet.  The fish have been rising as early as 8 am so get there early and give’em a go. Nevadahas been a bit tougher due to ice but with the warmer temperatures of late, it should turn on again soon especially as the days lengthen. Nevadais a good way to beat the crowds and always worth checking out.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We have been guiding and fishing the EW quite a bit and at the end of the month having multiple fish days!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report– Flows are 40+ cfs.  Feb 1, 2012

As long as you can get up the road, the fishing should be worth the effort.  Look for risers in the middle of the day but don’t count on a ton of them.  The fish are still up and they still have to eat!  Baetis and Midges in small sizes under the surface as well as on top!   The LT is still fishing well as long as the temperatures hold and the snow stays away. The crowds have subsided with the snow on the road!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208)  Guides available on a limited basis and better with a one on one ratio!


Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are above 190 cfs near the town of Truckee and 350+ cfs belowBocaBridge.  Feb 1, 2012

Closed above the 267 Bridge.  The year round section below 267 is still fishing but tough.  The water is cold and the fish are lethargic but still have to eat.  Put it on their head and they will probably open their mouths but it will take an excellent angler to get a few fish!  Try Baetis or Midges and possibly an Egg pattern or San Juan Worm.  It is going to get tougher as we start getting more storms in the near future!  The lower you go towards Nevada the better the opportunity will be.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee inNevada are 350-450+ cfs

Flows are great for this time of the year and actually a little on the high side!  Look for the cloudy days for filled in Baetis hatches especially below Reno.  Nymphing will be best but the dries have produced a few fish as well.  Nymphs: Stoneflies 8-12, Mayfly patterns 16-20, Flashback PT’s 16-20. Dry Flies: Parachute Adams 14-18 and Blue Duns 18-20. Streamer action is picking up and is your best shot at one the Nevada Toads!, Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpin, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black, and of course the Crawdad!!!

Great flows for floating!

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 Still waters:  Feb 1, 2012

Pyramid Lake- Things are starting to change lately and the fishing should start to get back to normal for this time of year as we get storms coming in.  Without the wind, fish early and late in the day but when it starts to blow get out there and fish all day!  Buggers, Buggers and more Buggers for the time being…

Indian Creek Reservoir – Looks like the fishing will be done for a bit or until it thaws anyway!   When it does there will be plenty of fish and they should be on the Blood Midges…  With the last storm the lake froze again and it could be a bit before it opens up.

Caples Lake – Ice Fishing now available!  Caples is fishing quite well and the ice is safe.  With the recent snow you can get on the ice with out the worry of slipping.  The Spillway areas as well as the Main Dam area are both doing well.  Try to fish the areas that are about 10-15 feet deep and try all levels from the bottom to just below the ice.  Power Bait,Worms, Salmon Eggs and Bay Shrimp will work or try jigging a Kastmaster.  If you are not getting fish, move to a new area or look for others catching fish and get to the same area.   On occasion you can find holes that are already drilled and all they need is to be broken open with a tire iron and then use a strainer to clean out the ice if you do not own an auger.

Red Lake Fishing Report– Similar to fishing Caples Lake with the best fishing near the dam area.  Watch for rocks in the ice when drilling holes, a lot of rocks were thrown out onto the ice before we received snow.  One rock can destroy your auger.

Silver Lake fishing report– Silver lake has been drained pretty low and the fish are bucketed up…  Make sure you are in at least 10-15 feet of water before you start to fish.  Fishing has been pretty good!  Tackle and baits the same as Caples.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Guided Ice Fishing trips through March!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report– Ice Fish the Dam area but be careful and stay away from the areas where the springs are (mainly the middle of the lake) which will be thinner ice.  Same as Caples as far as tackle and bait!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208). 

Marlette Lake Fishing Report– Closed until next year!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report– Done for the year.  Let’s hope we can get up there earlier next year!

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report often so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date reports!

Get out and fish!


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