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Truckee Tahoe Reno 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 Still-waters. Updated for late July 2014

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 1:35 pm on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 68 CFS and fluctuating downward.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Getting lower as we speak… fish it early and use caution as the fish are spooky with the lower flows. We have been seeing some off coloring during the Thunder Showers so check for weather conditions prior to making plans. First light gets you the most time on the water and plan to be done by 10-11 am and let the fish alone after that. Some evening fishing around the last hour or so. Caddis, Some Mayflies and Stones are working as well as Terrestrials! As long as you fish it early, the fishing should hold up through the end of July and into August.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  You have to find the fish, they are not in the usual places this summer. Look for fast water and away from the Resort area. There are still some wild fish if you get away from the roadside sections otherwise look for the areas where a truck can access the river for Big and Beautiful Alpine County fish! When you find them, they are a lot of fun, use Buggers, Caddis, Stones, Hoppers and Ants. The Hopper Dropper style of fishing will be best, Large Dry… Small Nymph under it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 20 + CFS

We are already at minimum flows for this Little River but the fish are still eating. Once again, fish it early in the day and expect the fishing to taper off by 10 am. Try the Canyon sections if you are fishing during the midday as the water cascades down the canyon it picks up oxygen and is shaded by the willows and should keep the fish feeding. The evening sessions have been fun for the dry fly! Caddis, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles are best!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 100 + CFS and fluctuating with Thunderstorms.

The higher the better as the water is cooler the higher you go. Pickle Meadows has fish as well as the Canyon Section. Fish early and spend your afternoons checking out the local areas like Bodie or Walker Burger! Fish with Hoppers, Caddis, Ants and Beetles with small droppers under them. There are limited opportunities for fish along the highway and into the Town of Walker if you fish really early before the water temps rise.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 60+ CFS.  July  2014

CA section:  Flows are the key to this fishery and will be going up and down but mostly down.  The worry here is when the water temps get above 70 degrees the fish have a hard time surviving.  Fishable early like most Sierra Waters with Caddis, Stones and Hoppers for the surface with small droppers. Good fun to hit the holes quickly as you go looking for that one fish that will eat a Large Dry Stone imitation. Plop it down a couple of times and move on!

Nevada section: Look for cooler overnight temperatures for this section to fish. The water cools as it makes its’ way down the river and can offer a few hours of early morning opportunities with the same big Stonefly imitations. Please quit when the water hits 70 degrees!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 47+ CFS. July 2014

Low, Low, Low flows. The water temps are still holding for now and a better option than the Big Truckee for the afternoons. With this, it becomes really crowded so be patient and share the river. PMD’s, Sparse Drakes, Yellow Sallies, Beetles and Ants. Best to stick with dries and target those fish that are actively feeding.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 200-499+ and variable. Look for flows the recede.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing well in the mornings but takes a dive by 10 am. Look for this section to fish tougher as the flows get lower. Find the slots a foot or two deep and the fish should be there. Caddis, Stones and Terrestrials! Dries, Dries, Dries…

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    This section is probably the best option with the canyon being tops. The flows are changing and the fish are still eating in the early am. Don’t expect much of an evening thing until the temps come down or on Thunderstorm evenings. The flows and temperatures are fluctuating due to recent rain showers and is welcomed. Crawdads, Stones, PMD’s, PED’s and Caddis. Deep Nymphing techniques with a bit of dry fly in the mornings.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Not much water East of town but the fishing is ok early in the mornings through Reno and up to the Stateline. Stones, Caddis and Crawdads for the most part. Bacon and Eggs Nymph with a Caddis Dropper has been taking fish! Quit by 10:00 am for the fishes sake.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee next Winter/Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: July 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Closed till next season…

Indian Creek Reservoir:  We are in the weeds… fishing ok if you can find the fish cruising close to the weed beds. Early and late is the trick with many fish not eating during the midday timeframe. Float tubes or a small boat gets you the opportunity to access the weed beds. Damsels, Blood Midges and Callibaetis as well as a Dark Bugger.

Caples Lake:  Fishing really well for fly rodders!  Buggers and Calibaetis seem to be working the best.  Look for dry fly opportunities in the evenings and fish the Dam areas as well as the back side of the lake. As we get into August the fish tend to look up more for the bigger Terrestrials with Rubber Legs. Fish the Woods Creek Inlet or along the shoreline in the Emigrant Bay.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Fishing ok at the upper end of the lake.  Fish with Nymphs under an indicator or full sinking lines pulling Buggers with a Blood Midge trailer.  Red San Juan’s will work as well. Evenings along the Dam with Para Adams!

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the back side at the inlets with Blood Midges and or Steamers. Dries in the evenings!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches fished between the weed beds. Float tubes are the only way to go for access to the edges of the weed lines. Drop a Leech in the holes created amongst the weeds and Jig it!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opened on the 15th of July and is fishing really well! Terrestrials fished dry along the edges as well as Dark colored Buggers and Leeches. With the Lakes higher elevation, the fish are happier and more adept to take a fly during these hot times. Worth the ride or the hike! Lug a tube up there for even better opportunities.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Fishing well from a boat or tubes. Mornings are fishing the best with a fun end of day dry fly opportunity as well. Terrestrials, Mayflies, Buggers and Leeches!

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

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