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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, 2013!

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 1:36 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2013

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East Carson RiverFishing Report – Currently flowing at 260+ CFS and fluctuating with storms and early run-off.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  With the warmer temperatures of late the fishing has started to show a fish or two but not many anglers yet.  Should fish ok for awhile until flows hit the 400 CFS or so mark.  If anything, Midges, Stones and Baetis will be the diet with the occasional streamer bite on warmer days.  The afternoons as it warms are the best! 

Above Hangman’s Bridge:  Closed until the end of April.

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 WilsonCanyon section below SmithValley.  Fishing with Baetis, Midges and the occasional Stone as we get closer to spring.  Streamers or Mouse Patterns are worth a try. Another fun fishery is the Tube below TopazLake 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.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 40+ CFS.  April, 2013

CA section:  Flows are fluctuating for ranchers but there isn’t much water for this summer so flows will be closely monitored.  Midges and BWOs on the menu closer to the dam with a few stones as you get closer to Nevada.  Dry fly fishing can be done on certain days.  Lots of Midges hatching but the fish will eat a BWO as well.  Look for Micro Caddis over the next month.  Cloudy days are worth a look! Otherwise down and dirty in the buckets. 

Nevada section: The Rosachi ranch is fishing well and best during the middle part of the day. Small Baetis nymphs and midge pupae are working with the occasional dry take.  Baetis are all over the place on cloudy days and Attractor dries used as an indicator will fool them now and again. The Stones have started to fill in and most fish are looking up for them!  Orange Stimi or Squalla imitation with a Baetis dropper works well when it starts. Guides Available call 530-541-8208

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 240+ CFS. April, 2013

Still plenty of fish in the system.  Look for fish on the rise in the back waters and slicks.  Midges, Baetis, BWOs and Winter Stones.  Most hatches for the Spring should be a few weeks early this year.  Streamers will work as we get further along in the Month of April especially if the flows stay up. Ants and Beetles are around the corner with the low snow and warmer temps.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- 170+ in town and 500 plus everywhere else. Flows are variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed for the winter!

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.     With low snow, access is fine and worth a fish.  Baetis, Stones and Midges for the most part.  On occasion and depending on the cloud cover, the dry fly fishing has been good and should continue to get better until the flows blow out and probably soon.  Until then Streamer fishing will take a few fish as well. Nymphing a size 10 stone with a Midge or Baetis dropper should work the best!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: The hatches start low on the river.  Cloudy days make all the difference for the Baetis hatch.  Depending on the day, the hatch is starting around 11 am – 1 pm and holding strong into the afternoon.  The fish are looking up!  Stones have started to work above town as well and the Stone Nymphs are a good choice with a Baetis dropper or emergers behind it.  It is amazing how many miles of the Truckee are fishing well these days, spread out and fish them all!

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 1, 2013

Pyramid Lake- Open and fishing fairly well.   The stories are that the fish are bigger this year but not as many as past years.  Indicator fishing has been strong with rumor of a 20 pound fish on Chironomids.  Fish early and late or on windy days for best success. If you have been waiting to catch your 10# plus, this is the year to spend the time out there.

Indian Creek Reservoir – Fishing has been doing well with Buggers and Blood Midges mainly.  Look for the evenings when the wind dies down for some good action on the surface with Blood Midges. Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown have been working well.  Float tubing gives you the best opportunity and the shallow end seems to fish the best this time of year.  Look for Blood Midges!

Caples Lake:  Ice Out should be early this year but the ice is still fishable.  As we get closer to the middle of April conditions will probably start to change.  Always check Ice conditions before venturing out on the ice!  Worms, Salmon Eggs and Power bait for dunking and Kastmasters for Jigging!  Look for Ice Out this spring to producer some great opportunity for the fly fisherman!

Red Lake Fishing Report- Snow on top of two thick layers of Ice. It is fishing well on some days, slow on others.  Kastmasters, worms, power bait and salmon eggs are each a good bet.  Be cautious with Ice Conditions as we get closer to the Middle of April.

Silver Lake fishing report- Silver is fishing similarly to Caples.  It is fishable and drillable.  Ice out will be early!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Done for the winter.  Maybe a mid-April thaw and when it does the fishing should be great with Leeches and Blood Midges!

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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