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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 21, 2012

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 10:15 am on Monday, May 21, 2012

                                                                                                                                                 Fishing Report for the Truckee River and Little Truckee River, East and West Walker Rivers, West and East Carson Rivers, and many Tahoe area Stillwaters. Updated May 21, 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 500+ CFS.  May 21, 2012

Both sections of the East Carson are now Open 

Above Hangman’s Bridge the Run-off has started but fish can still be caught.  Running heavy nymph rigs can produce fish, with San Juan Worms, Glow Bugs, Copper Johns and Stonefly Nymphs! Also running a streamer during these high water times can produce fish as well.  The stocked sections around the bridges and the Carson River Resort have been fishing well for Rainbows and a great way to wet a line and get warmed up for the season.   

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge is a tougher fish at this time but has become more fishable as the flows are dropping below 500 cfs during the day.  Not as many stocked fish in this section which is what is making the upper section fishable.  It is crossable in certain areas, carry a wading staff and wade with respect.  It seems as if we have reached the peak of full run-off and it should be more and more fishable each day.  Check the flows, check the flows and check the flows!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  

 West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently at 155+ CFS and stable.

The West Carson River Is now open and water is clearing and very fishable. 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 is where the fish will be congregating after being dumped from a truck! 

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are at 450+ CFS. 

The California sections along hwy 395 have fished well for the opener as well as the sections above the highway.  Lots of fish have been planted which makes for a good time for those that like an easier fishery!  Flows are getting lower and the fishing is improving daily.  Try Buggers, Eggs and brightly colored Streamers!

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 Caddis hatch!  Another fun fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW.  There is a lot of water in this section right now and clarity is off, wait for them to drop the flows out of Topaz.  

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 100+ CFS. May 21, 2012

CA section:  The Miracle Mile is still fishing well with Midges and Baetis below and above the surface. Caddis Nymphs are starting to move around and the fish are starting to look for them.  Some of the more fun days have been fishing dries!  The Caddis adults should start popping any day.  Each day, anglers are seeing more and more around.   Occasionally the fish will take a Stone Nymph up high but mostly once you get below the bridge in the pocket water sections.  Big Stone Dries have been working as well but once again down lower in the pocket water sections.  Where it was fishing in the first ¼ mile most of the winter the fish have now spread out and the whole river is holding fish.  Get away form the crowds and fish the roadside spots all through California.  Streamer fishing is also picking up with the water temperatures increasing.  Dead drift or with action and white tends to be a good color.

Nevada section: The Rosachi Ranch section has been very fishable for a few weeks now and should continue to fish well into the spring.  It looks like the flows will stay down for most of May which bodes well for Nevada fishing.  The Skwala Stones have slowed way down.  Nymphs and streamers are your best bets on the Rasachi right now. The Baetis hatches have been filled in on the cloudy days especially and the fish have been eating them well throughout the middle of the day.  And always finish your day with a bit of Streamer fishing!

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 350+ CFS.  May 21, 2012

We are coming into the best part of the season for the LT.  The Midges and Caddis are going as well.  Caddis have been coming off mid-day, keep a look out for the March Browns to fill in any day now if not already working.   Midge, Baetis, and Caddis Nymphs and Emergers are working great.  Sight casting for eating fish can be a lot of fun!  Please try and stay away from the spawning fish and out of their Redds and watch for crowds.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208)  

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee are above 256 CFS near the town of Truckee and 640+ CFS below Boca Bridge.  May 21, 2012

Open above the 267 Bridge.  Should fish well with low flows coming out of Tahoe but watch out for the Run-Off which will blow everything below Squaw Creek.  June is a better month for this section of river.

Year round section below 267.    Fishing has been Ok over the past few weeks with Stones, Baetis and Midges should continue to fish with a heavy nymph rig until Run-Off kicks in full gear which may have already happened?  Streamers have taken a few fish.  Skwala and Golden Nymphs are all over and the fish are on them.  

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 600-700+ CFS.

The fishing has slowed but fish can still be caught using high water tactics as long as the flows don’t go crazy.  Stones, Baetis, Caddis have been getting fish. Look for the fish to mover closer to the banks with the higher flows.  Streamer fishing has been getting fish but you’re looking for a few grabs and those grab could be big!!  Golden Stone Nymphs, Baetis Nymphs.  Big Black or White Streamers are always worth trying for the big eat!

Flows are still good 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 Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters:  May 21, 2012

Pyramid Lake- The Lake is up 5 feet and in most normal areas it’s hard to reach the Shelf, Water temps are in the low to mid 50 degrees. Some fish are cruising the shoreline in pre-spawn. Look to cloudy and windy days for the better fishing and look for the deeper water to find fish. Stripping buggers in black, white and olive, Also beetles have been getting fish on the beaches. Indicator fishing flies in the size 8 to 14 range running between 8 to 10 ft. down.  Fish early or fish late or look for the wind to come up for best fishing!

Indian Creek Reservoir – The fishing has really taken off lately with numerous big fish caught and released.  Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown have been working well.  The Blood Midges are working as well and look for fish taking them off of the surface!  Full sinking lines from a float tube have produced the best results.  Fish a bugger followed by a Blood Midge Nymph.  There are some rising fish on calm evenings.  The wind report out of Minden will give you an idea of the winds at ICR.  The Calibaetis will start to show soon as well as Damsels.   Should be fun for awhile until the fish get taken out. 

Caples Lake –  Has iced out and fishing from a floatation device is catching some fish.  Sinking lines are working the best in and around rocky areas.  Look for the inlet area to fish earlier than it has as well as a few spots around the dams.  Streamers, Streamers and more Streamers when it gets fishable. 

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. 

Silver Lake fishing report- Silver is clear of ice and 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- The Lake is thawed and there are numerous fish in the lake!  Water is cold but the fishing should get better as the temps come up.  Leeches, Buggers, Blood Midges and Worms will work the best!  Float tubing is the way to go.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208). 

Marlette Lake Fishing Report- Closed until this summer!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report- Check with forest service for access.  It should fish well as soon as it opens up!

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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