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Fly Fishing Report for The East Carson River and West Carson River, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 10th, 2011

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 10:39 am on Friday, August 12, 2011


Fishing Report for the West and East Walker Rivers, West and East Carson Rivers, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 10, 2011

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 300+ cfs.

We have been waiting patiently for the East to get into shape and it was worth the wait!!!

Above Hangman’s Bridge –  The flows are really coming down and the clarity is improving with about 4 + feet of visibility.  With water conditions improving, the indicator fishing has really improved! Stoneflies size 8-12, Caddis Poopah size 14-18, Flash Back PT’s sizes 14-18, have all been producing very well.

Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Indicator fishing is the way to go for most of the day. Stoneflies size 8-12, Caddis Poopah size 14-18, Flash Back PT’s sizes 14-18, Dry Flies have been producing some success in the evening, E/C Caddis sizes 14-18, Yellow Stimulators sizes 14-16. The fish are not yet really looking for the hoppers yet! YET!!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  This is the river we will be guiding most through the month of August.  The first couple of trips have been incredible and should fish great all the way through Fall!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 90+ cfs.

The West Carson has been stocked. The flows are in good shape and we have started guiding on it over the past few days.  Dry fly fishing in the evenings but mostly Nymphing in the mornings and through out the day.  Nymphing has been the way to go with Small Stoneflies, Caddis, and Mayfly patterns.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 14-18, Stonefly’s size 10-14, Mayfly’s black and olive 14-18, Pheasant Tails 14-20. Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black.  The pocket water in the canyon is getting better and the upper sections have been good as well.  The meadow has been hammered and needs a bit of a rest…

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great spot for beginners!

West Walker River Fishing Report– Currently flows are at 352+ cfs.

Nymphing has been the way to go with Small Stoneflies, Caddis, and Mayfly patterns.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 14-18, Stonefly’s size 10-14, Mayfly’s black and olive 14-18, Pheasant Tails 14-20. Dry Flies in the evening should be going off, look for Caddis and Little Yellow Sallies to be coming off. Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black. 



East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 321+ cfs.

The River is in great shape and fishing well!  The flows are perfect for summer fishing and the temperatures are staying fishable until the early afternoon.  As usual, try to quit fishing when the temps hit the upper 60’s.  A Thermometer is a must if you want to protect the fish!  They will still eat above 70 degrees of water temperature but the stress level will kill them.  Small flies are still working the best in the upper sections but as you make your way into Nevada the bugs are getting bigger.  Streamer fishing is tops if you want the chance to get a Bigger fish.  Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and Midges as well as San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs, Larger Hares Ears for the basics.  Big, Dry and Orange will work on the surface with a dropper!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Our guided trips on the Walker have been top notch with a mixture of Dries, Streamers and Nymphs.  Well worth a trip if you have been waiting!  Private Waters on the Sceirine Ranch are going off!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report– Flows are 166+ cfs.

Flows are great for summer fishing!  Look for small Stoneflies, Drakes, PMDs and Small Midge Patterns working well this time of year.   Nymphs- Rainbow Warriors in Black and Red sizes 18-20, WD-40′s grey and olive 18-22, Barr’s Emergers 18-20, Wier’s Sprinkle’s 18-20 and don’t forget the San Juan Worm in Tan or Red. Dries- Try Para Adams 18-22, Black Cripples, Beetles, Ants and PMD’s in the Orangey color pallet.  Spinners in the evenings!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Most trips are mixed with fishing on the Truckee part of the day! 

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are below 287 cfs near the town of Truckee, 600+ cfs below Boca Bridge.

Prime conditions for the Truckee right now!  Fish are eating dries as well as Nymphs.  A morning fishery for the most part with the mid-days slowing until evening.  Caddis, Caddis and more Caddis with Little Yellow Sallies around.  PMD’s, BWO’s, and  Golden Stones as well.  San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs and Streamers for the Basics.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 490+ cfs

Flows have finally hit the right level and the Fishing is on! Nymphing in the morning to mid day with Dry Fly action in the evening (Verdi area). Nymphs- Stoneflies 8-12, Mayfly patterns 12-16, Flashback PT’s 10-16(deadly on this side of the river!) Caddis Poopah 12-18. Dry Flies, E/C Caddis 12-16, Parachute Adams 14-18, and Little Yellow Sallies 10-16. Streamer action is picking up and is your best shot at one the Nevada Toads!,  Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black, and of course the Crawdad!!! Some of the guides love this flow level!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!

Tahoe area Still waters:
Indian Creek Reservoir – Fishing is good early morning before water temps. get to high! Water Levels are way up, they have stocked big bows and they are on the prowl! Try brown buggers, Damsels and Aggravator Princes with a slow strip. Blood Midges and Calibaetis nymphs under the indicator have been working as well.  Occasional hatch of Calibaetis and the fish get on them for a short period! The weeds are back and float tubing tends to give the best access!  Finishes strongly for the last hour of the evening with numerous Mayflies and most of the fish on the lake up eating them and everyone seems to go home just prior to this phenomenon!  Stay Late, Enjoy!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).   

 Pyramid Lake- Closed for the season, can’t wait until next year!

Caples Lake Fishing Report– The Lake is fishing good around Woods Creek as well as the Dam area and the Spillway.  Fish will shut down around 10 am so get out there early!  Buggers, Streamers, Damsel Nymphs, Calibaetis Nymphs and Hares Ear Nymphs.  Look for fish cruising the shoreline and on the surface eating midges till 10am. A few Callibaetis have been coming off as well. Midge patterns and Parachute Adams 18-22, have been the way to go for Dry fly fishing. Boat rentals at Caples Lake Resort make for a great adventure and better access to the back bays. (209) 258-8888

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great trip for those that have mobility issues!

Red Lake Fishing Report– It is fishing well! San Juan Worms and a Hares Ear Nymph under an indicator work great in the upper part of the lake.  Otherwise Streamers, Buggers, Leeches, Damsels and Aggravators on a sinking line and it fishes best from a float tube.  Shore fishing is OK…  Evenings can produce some fun action on the surface after the wind dies out!  Off colored but don’t let that stop you!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Spooner Lake Fishing Report– Fishing is slowing with warmer water temps. fish are still  being caught on Leech Patterns, Damsels and Calibaetis.  The weeds are here again which makes for a tough shore fishery.  Tiger Trout up to 17 inches and bigger are the attraction to this still water as well as Rainbows and Cutthroat!  This will start to slow as the temperatures rise!  Big Browns, on a rare occasion, have been caught.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great float tube guided trip.  Good numbers of fish!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report– Just opened and have not received any reports as of yet.  Should fish great and worth the hike!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report– Road opened recently!

No reports as of yet but the fishing should be good due to little pressure so far this season.  The stocking trucks should have been there to help out the numbers!

Silver Lake fishing report– Same bugs as Caples and Red Lake…  Fish the area on the south end of the lake where the creek comes in.  Ants are still around!

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 info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.


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