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Fly Fishing 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 April 14th, 2012

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 1:45 pm on Saturday, April 14, 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 April 14th, 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 200+ CFS.  April 14th, 2012

Now closed above Hangman’s Bridge until April 28th 2012!

The Catch and Release section below (down stream) of Hangman’s Bridge: Open all year! 

 As the temperatures come up further in April, the fishing can get good again between stormy days and run-off days.  The fish are there but really lethargic and you will have to put the fly on their nose for them to eat.  Midges and Baetis as well as glow bugs and Stonefly Nymphs!  The Nevada sections tend to fish the best during the winter months and on occasion NDOW stocks fish in the lower river and below the Broken Dam.  If they do, it can be fun to stick a few fish and keep the cobwebs off your cast!  As the waters rise this spring, the streamer fishing should be good.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  

 West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently at 50+ CFS and rising.

Opening on the 28th of April and it might be good early if we do not get a bunch of snow between now and then!  Stonefly Nymphs, Buggers and Glow Bugs will be the best bet!  Look for the stocked fish under or around the bridges for the best activity and stockers love the Bugger!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are at 95+ CFS. 

Might be a little on the high side for the opener on the 28th of April but the fish usually eat well until it completely blows out with Run-Off.  Try Buggers, Eggs and brightly colored Streamers!

The Nevada sections can be fun and stay open all year.  Try the Hoye Canyon section above Wellingtonor the Wilson Canyon section below SmithValley.  Look for warmer, cloudy days for a good Baetis hatch!  Another fun winter fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW.  These sections will fish ok until the Run-Off kicks in!

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 80+ CFS. April 14th, 2012

CA section:  The Miracle Mile is still fishing well with Midges and Baetis below and above the surface.  Some of the more fun days have been fishing dries!  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 April and into May which bodes well forNevada fishing.  The Skwala Stones have been fishing well with these flows and streamer fishing has been incredible.  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.   Wait for the afternoons to fish the Stone Dries for best results.  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 150+ CFS.  April 14th, 2012

We are coming into the best part of the season for the LT.  The Baetis are going as well as the Midges.  The Winter Stones are waning and keep a look out for the March Browns to fill in any day now if not already working.   Baetis Nymphs and Emergers work great this time of the year.  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.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208)  

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee are above 160 CFS near the town of Truckee and 450+ CFS below Boca Bridge.  April 14th, 2012

Closed above the 267 Bridge.  Opening day is the 28th of April!  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.   Starting to fish well over the past few weeks with Stones and Baetis and should continue to fish until Run-Off kicks in.  Streamers have taken a few fish as well but dries will be the most fun.  Baetis hatches on the cloudy days have been crazy especially when it snows!  Skwala Nymphs are all over and the fish are on them.  

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report- Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 450-550+ CFS.

The fishing has been stellar for most of the Winter and should continue to fish as long as the flows don’t go crazy.  Stones and Baetis have been the best with some Caddis starting to show.  Streamer fishing will get better with the water temperatures rising.  Skwala Nymphs, Baetis Nymphs and don’t forget your dry flies.  Mercer’s Missing link has been a favorite as well as the Stone Dead Stone.  Big Black or White Streamers are always worth trying for the big eat!

Great flows 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 Still waters:  April 14th, 2012

Pyramid Lake- TheLake is up 5 feet and in most normal areas it’s hard to reach the Shelf, Water temps are in the low to mid 40 degrees. Some fish are starting to cruise 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 starting to work 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.  The Calibaetis will start to show soon as well as Damsels.   Should be fun for awhile until the fish get taken out.

Caples LakeStill has ice on it but not really that great for Ice Fishing.  Starting to open up in a few small areas but not quite fishable yet for Ice-Out.  Probably going to thaw by Mid-May.  Look for the inlet area to fish earlier than it has aswell as a few spots around the dams.  Streamers, Streamers and more Streamers when it gets fishable. 

Red Lake Fishing Report- Still has ice on it but not really that great for Ice Fishing.  Should open up sometime in May for Ice-Out. 

Silver Lake fishing report- Check the Ice for safety! Ice-Out should be in early May if not sooner! 

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- Still frozen but we should be able to get out there by the end of May this year!

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!

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