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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 29th, 2012!

Filed under: Uncategorized — victor at 4:06 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 33+ CFS.  Sept. 29, 2012

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

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge  Is finally fishing again.  The landslide really made things difficult for awhile.   The water is low, but you definitely know where the fish are.  Small mayfly nymphs and October Caddis imitations are working.  Covering water with a stimulator or October Caddis will bring the occasional fish to the surface.  Try to stay out of the water as the mud on the edges clouds up the water whenever stepped in.  In the areas where there is faster moving water the silt is minimal and wading does not affect the clarity.  

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently at 12+ 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!   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 28+ 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 near typical stocking areas.  There is hopper fishing to be had on windy days.  The dry fly fishing has slowed but there are some October Caddis and grasshoppers around. 

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.  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 90+ CFS. Sept. 29, 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 and you do not have to be there at the crack of dawn, now.  On the hotter days, fishing will be better early as the water in Bridgeport reservoir warms quickly because there isn’t very much of it.  Small Baetis nymphs and midge pupae are working.  Large attractor dries are still turning heads as well.

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. 29, 2012

Tough fishing because of the algae bloom and having to clean your nymphs nearly every cast.  We are waiting for the Baetis hatch to kick in so that we can get back on the surface again.  Look for big fish behind the Kokanee in the next few weeks.  

Guides Available call (530-541-8208)  

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee are above 143+ CFS near the town of Truckee and 477+ CFS below Boca Bridge.  Sept. 29, 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 much higher than the upper river and making for decent fishing on the cooler days.  Early morning fishery, pmd and stone hatches.  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. 29, 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 has become better with the cooler overnight temps.  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 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-   Fishing has been slow.  There are some fish around the dam.  Sinking lines and small woolly buggers are the way to go.

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