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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 September 10th, 2012!

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Fishing Report for the Truckee River and Little Truckee River, East Walker River and West Walker River, West Carson and East Carson Rivers, and many Tahoe area Stillwaters. Updated, September 10th, 2012!  

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 37+ CFS.  Sept. 10, 2012

Above Hangman’s Bridge   This section is fishing great.  Small nymphs to imitate tricos and baetis with the occasional attractor nymph are the best bets.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge  is still off color and loaded with silt after a landslide earlier in the summer.  If you fish try not to walk in where you want to fish as the silt clouds up your hole and even the holes below you if there is any back eddy to it at all.  There is a great trico hatch but the fish are waiting for the water and their gills to clear before focusing on it.  Throw big stuff that is going to show in the poor vis.  Also, streamers are working a little, too.  

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently at 13+ CFS and stable.

The West Carson River is tough but fishable.  Stealth is the key with fish hiding during the midday hours.   The river has been stocked, fish are being caught Nymphing: S J worms, Stoneflies and Copper Johns and on Streamers: White, Black Buggers, White Muddy Buddies.  Fish the sections around the bridges which are where the fish will be congregating after being dumped from a truck!  The West Carson Fish will look up at hoppers, small drakes and pmd patterns on the surface so try some dries, too.  PMD hatches have been in the early morning and late evening.  Fish the pocket water to get away from other anglers.  It fishes great with just another 10 cfs in it, watch for those days on the usgs web site.

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are at 29+ CFS. 

The California sections along hwy 395 are fishing well as are the sections above the highway.  Lots of fish have been planted which makes for a good time for those that like an easier fishery!  The flows are pretty stable and the fishing good on days that it isn’t scorching.  There is hopper fishing to be had on windy days.  The dry fly fishing is great in the evenings with ample mayfly hatches (bring your magnifiers!).  If the wind is blowing, look for fish rising in more protected areas or where wind will blow the bugs against a bank.  

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.    Fish them early before the temps come up.  Another fun fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW. They have dropped the flows in this section and the water has cleared.  There are some hatches in the evenings through the whole lower river right now. 

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 126+ CFS. Sept. 10, 2012

CA section:  The “mile” has cooled down a little so the fishing has improved.  The menu has gone back to 20s and 22s to keep it interesting.  Hoppers will catch fish as well.  There is a caddis hatch in the eves and even if you do not see rises, the fish will still eat them.   Nevada section: The Rosachi ranch is fishing well early in the day.  And, we mean early, especially on the hot days.  Try throwing hoppers, streamers and small nymphs.   

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We have been guiding and fishing the EW quite a bit lately and producing numerous fish days!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 45+ CFS.  Sept. 10, 2012

Nothing has really changed here.  It varies by day.  Crowded as usual as the flows on the BT are intimidating.  Fishing with dries to very selective trout is what is up.  They are eating PMDs, beetles, ants, etc.  Bring your A game and have fun being challenged.  Nymphing is extremely mossy!  Watch for crowds!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208)  

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee are above 162+ CFS near the town of Truckee and 477+ CFS below Boca Bridge.  Sept. 10, 2012

Open above the 267 Bridge.  There is less water now and mayfly hatches in the evenings should bring fish to the surface in the slower sections.  The water temps are holding when the nights are cool. Hoppers are moving!

Year round section below 267.    The flows have come down and fishing has been great.  Hopper dropper rigs are working and the fishing is starting to extend beyond the normal early shut off.  Some days are on fire and some are tough.  The water temps are holding on days under 80 degrees. Fish with small mayfly nymphs, pheasant tails, caddis pupae and smaller streamers. The pocket water is fishable, but interesting wading still.   

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 180-350+ CFS.  Early morning fishery, pmd and stone hatches, and we mean early!  Afternoons and evenings have been producing fish with Crawdad patterns and small nymphs. 

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 Summer, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters:  Sept. 10, 2012

Pyramid Lake-  Closed June 30th.

Indian Creek Reservoir – There are still plenty of fish in Indian Creek and they have stocked again! Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown have been working well.  Damsels, Blood Midges and Calibaetis as well.  Fish in the channels among the weed beds.

Caples Lake – Fishing is tough from a floatation device early in the morning and late evening.  There is a great midge hatch in the mornings and some nice fish eating them on some days, just not everyday.  Sinking lines are working the best in and around rocky areas.  Look for the inlet area to fish well as well as a few spots around the dams.  Streamers, Streamers and more Streamers.   A small nymph or lake nymph trailer will increase your odds.  Rent a boat at Caples Lake Resort for a fun experience and fish the Emigrant Bay area.  Fish will also eat the Big Terrestrial especially with rubber legs! Fish the middle of the day for good sight fishing just don’t expect numerous fish but when you do see one it is usually big!

Red Lake Fishing Report- Red is fishing okay with periods of bite during the day and better without a gale force wind.  An intermediate line with a Woolly Bugger and small nymph trailer is your best bet.  You can also do slow wind drifts with an indicator on Red and be productive.  There is a bloom right now and we are waiting for the lake to turn and it will improve!

Silver Lake fishing report- Silver is fishing similarly to Caples.  Fish from a boat or floatation device and cast toward shore with slow retrieves of streamers and small nymphs. 

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- There are numerous fish in the lake!  Walk the shore and look for moving damsel nymphs and put your fly in there.  Leeches, Buggers, Blood Midges and Worms will work the best!  Float tubing is the way to go.  I think Spooner Lake has some of the best Stillwater fishing in the Central Sierra and the opportunity to catch a Tiger Trout!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208). 

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Fishing  well with Callibaetis, Terrestrials, Leeches and Damsels!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   It is fishing well by the dam and in the calmer coves if windy!

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