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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 May, 2013!

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 3:34 pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 600+ CFS and fluctuating with storms and early run-off.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Has been seeing a bit of pressure with good flows and just waiting for it to blow out with run-off.  700 CFS might be the blow out this year but waiting to see. Not many fish being caught yet but should improve after the run-off starts to subside.  Should be a great early season on the C & R section!  Stones, Glow Bugs and Buggers will do best for the time being. 

Above Hangman’s Bridge:  Opened for fishing on the 27th of April and heavily stocked with a bunch of bruisers.  Great way to get warmed up for the season and these fish love the Bugger and will eat Glow Bugs and Attractor Nymphs as well.  Should fish well in the EbbettsPassBridge area and around the Campgrounds.  Look for fish near any bridge and or any hole close to the road.  As long as the water color isn’t mud, it should fish pretty well!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Opened on the 27th of April! Flows are 200+ CFS

 Should fish well for the stockers fishing for them near any of the bridges from Woodfords up to the Blue lakes road area.  Stones, Egg Patterns and Buggers as well as larger Copper Johns.  Like the East Carson River, it should be a good early season due to low snow pack.

West Walker River Fishing Report- Opens April 27th!  450+ CFS 

Kind of blown out for the opener but shouldn’t take long to get into shape.  Fish the upper sections first and fish with the usual early season bugs.  Buggers, Glow Bugs, Stones and attractor Nymphs will do best.

The Nevada sections can be fun and stay open all year.  The flows are lower due to water being taken for irrigation which leaves the SmithValley sections in great shape during run-off times.  Try The Hoye Canyon section above Wellington or the WilsonCanyon section below SmithValley.  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 and fluctuating due to this low water year.

CA section:  Look for lower flows this Spring 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.  Fishing should stay good through the month of May and the fish don’t seem to be bothered by the fluctuating flows.  They just like to eat!  Baetis, Midges, Micro Caddis and Stones are still working.  Dries have been fun and should continue with Baetis and Stones working the best.

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. Some of the best Squalla fishing I have seen in 10 years! Let’s hope for more of the same next year.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 235+ CFS.

Fishing has been good for bigger fish but you need you’re A Game to get them.  Please stay away from the spawning fish that are really starting to show.  Baetis/BWO, March Browns, Beetles/Ants and Midges will still take a few fish.  Watch for crowds!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- 200+ in town and 500 plus everywhere else. Flows are variable but good.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Opened April 27th!  Should fish well through town unless we get a big Run-off and at this point that hasn’t happened.  Look for Ants, Stones and March Browns with the occasional Baetis still around.  The campground areas tend to produce some nice fish with Nymphs.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge:  Fishing has been good over the past month and should hold unless we get the huge run-off.  Baetis, Stones and Midges with the March Brown starting to show.  The dry fly fishing has been decent some days and the Nymphing good.  The Glenshire area, Below Prosser Creek and down in the canyon have been some of the better options.  Watch for the spike in flows which should happen soon.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: The flows are still doable for now from Stateline to the East Truckee.  Streamer fishing should improve as the water temperatures rise.  Crawdads, Stones and Attractor Nymphs will work under an indicator.  Flows are still god for floating if you get the chance. It is amazing how many miles of the Truckee are fishing well these days, spread out and fish them all!

Tahoe Area Stillwaters: May, 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.  As we get into the month of May the fish are starting to bunch up for the spawn and the number of fish caught is increasing. 

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: The thaw is on!  Looks like it should be ice free by early May with opportunities around the edges.  Streamers work best around Ice Out along the edges.  On occasion Ants or beetles will take a fish on the surface. 

Red Lake Fishing Report- Iced out the middle of April!  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.

Silver Lake fishing report- Thawed and ready to fish!  Blood Midges, Buggers and Leech Patterns are the diet.  Look for fish rising to the Blood Midge on the back side of the lake.

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 but shore fishing can be productive around the dam area.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Closed for the season

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Road is closed until Middle May?  Maybe open By Memorial weekend.

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

 

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