Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated Sept 4th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for Sept 4th 2010

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 60 cfs. Above Hangmans Bridge – The section above Hangmans bridge will be well stocked for the holiday weekend. This section is a great place for beginner anglers to get into fish. Try Hopper dropper set ups with a size 16-18 bead head nymph and small streamers. Catch and release section below Hangmans Bridge-The dry fly fishing has been pretty good throughout the day using hoppers, ants and 16-18 Ec caddis. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been working well. A quiet approach is a must at this flow and a good dead drift is essential. Nymphs-  Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 12-16, ec caddis 16-18, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, Wier’s hopper and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 16cfs and is fishing well. Dry fly fishing is pretty good throughout the day usind size 16-18 parachute adams, elk hair and ec caddis. Fishing a  hopper with a small beadhead nymph trailor can also work well at this flow.  Nymphs- size 16-18 pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 16-18 copper johns, 16-18 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and black and olive micro may’s 16-18. Dries- try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Small streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 63 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year.  Plenty of fish being stocked for the weekend. A great time to fish a Wiers Hop-icator with a small beadhead trailor nymph. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Wier’s Hopper 10-12, Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 197 and the fishing has been pretty good in both Nevada and California. Hopper dropper rigs have been productive. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, buckskin caddis 16-18, caddistailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- Wiers Hopper 10-12, Para Hopper 8-12, EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 219cfs and changing often. Small para adams, ec caddis and blue duns have been working to pick up a few risers.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been the most effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and hoppers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 157cfs  in the town of Truckee and 500 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee, but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Try dead drifting crayfish patterns and a caddis trailor under an indicator. Make sure to get your flies down deep. Hoppers have also been picking up some fish throughout the day. Try Wier’s hoppicator with a double dropper. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, pmd’s 18-20 hoppers, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is getting better as temps cool and days get shorter. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try slow stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Hanging a midges under an indicator has also been producing fish.  Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well and recently stocked.  Try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Good reports. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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 weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

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Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 15th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for August 15th 2010

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 95 cfs and is fishing well in the mornings and evenings.  Midday between 1pm and 5pm has been tough so try nymphing deep during these times or throwing hopper patterns for some opprotunistic fish. Look for decent hatches of pmd’s, and caddis in the evening. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been effective. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 12-16, ec caddis 16-18, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, hoppers and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 24cfs and is fishing fair to good. The best fishing has been best in the morning and evening with some midday risers in the shady areas. Try dry dropper rigs with  size 16-18 pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 16-18 copper johns, 16-18 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and black and olive micro may’s 16-18. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 130 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year. Best fishing has been early and later in the day. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 290 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are up to 100cfs and the fishing has been pretty good thanks to the flow bump. Ants and beetles have worked to pick up some of the mid morning risers.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. Pmd’s have been hatching midday.For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and hoppers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 328cfs  in the town of Truckee and 490 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Try dead drifting crayfish patterns and a caddis trailor under an indicator. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, pmd’s 18-20 hoppers, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well and recently stocked.  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Mixed reports. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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 weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

East Carson River guide trips

Had a great day on the East Carson River today with Mark and his son Tommy from Illinois. This was both of their first times fishing with fly rods and they caught on quickly. Within the first hour Tommy hooked into a hefty rainbow that put on quite the show before finally throwing the hook after a long fight. Mark stepped into the same run a few minutes later and managed to land a nice rainbow after a pretty intense battle. The nymph bite was great until about 1:30 when things began to slow down. Our best fly was a size 16 black micro mayfly. Great job guys! I then spent the evening out on the West Carson with Alan and his 10 year old son Cal. We began the trip at around 4:30 and the fish were eating dries as soon a we started fishing. Cal picked up the roll cast easily and was making drifts like a pro in no time. I was amazed at how well he could see a size 18 EC caddis on his first day of fly fishing. It was a great evening hatch with hardly anyone on the water. Towards the end of the trip Cal landed a nice 12 inch rainbow which turned out to be the fish of the day. Thanks again Alan and Cal!

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor

Mark with a nice East Carson rainbow

East Carson with Bob and Chris. Day 2

Had another great day on the East Carson River with clients Bob and Chris today. After a nice hike to the river Bob hooked up on a nice fish on his 3rd cast. It turned out to be a nice fat brown. The bar was set high pretty early on in the trip, but Bob and Chris managed to hook a few more pigs throughout the day. The river was busy, but everyone I talked to was having a great time enjoying a beautiful day on the water. We managed to pick up a few more nice fish on nymphs and dries through the middle of the day. Thanks again to Bob and Chris for 2 great days on the water.

Fish on.

Fish Landed!

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker rivers, the East and West Carson Rivers, the Lower and Little Truckee Rivers and the Tahoe area stillwaters. Updated 7/23/2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 23rd

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 240 cfs and is fishing well. The fishing is better early and later in the day. Midday nymphing has been the most effective technique. Look for good hatches of pmd’s, yellow sallies and caddis in the evening. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 68-18, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16 and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 75cfs and is fishing great. The best fishing has been in the morning and evening. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 also San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 400 cfs. The flows are finally down to a fishable level. Try a mix of streamers in olive, black and white. Nymphing with caddis, stoneflies has been good.Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish. In the mornings and evenings look for caddis and pmds to hatch, beetles and ants are also a good bet this time of year. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are down to 179 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 99cfs and it is fishing well.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 282cfs  in the town of Truckee and 485 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibetis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– 

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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 weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report updated July 16th

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 16th

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at about 460 cfs. The river spiked a little today with the rain so it will likely be off color for a few days. The fishing on the EC should improve over the next week. The river is fishable but wading is still challenging in many areas so be careful. At this flow try nymphing with a lot of weight using stones, caddis and San Juan worms. Fishing streamers on a heavy sink tip or full sink line can be very effective at high water. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 12-16, copper johns 12-16, pheasent tails 12-14, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers- buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 91cfs and is fishing well. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 and San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 600 cfs. It is coming into shape but still fishing pretty tough. Try sreamers on a full sink or sink tip line or nymphing with caddis and stoneflie nymphs. Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish and make lots of drifts in the same area to pick up fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are at 349 and Fishing has been good. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has dwindled a bit with the higher flows. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopaholive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 227cfs and it is fishing well. The extra water has spread the fish out and they are happy. Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing reort– Flows on the Truckee are 252cfs  in the town of Truckee and 549 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well above Prosser Creek. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers and blood midges should produce fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Will give you a report as soon as we know!

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective trailed behind a small streamer. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing reort– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Sawmill Pond- For kids 14 and under only. Adults can help kids to fish but cannot fish on their own. This is one of only a few ponds in the state of California dedicated to young anglers. It will be stocked throughout the summer. Various nymphs under a bobber and streamers work great here fished with a casting bobber for catch and release fishing. For bait try power bait and worms.

We offer guiding on most of these waters. 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 weekly so check back for the most up to date info on fishing the Tahoe Region.

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Clearwater Lodge Guide School 2010

I recently returned to Tahoe after a fantastic week of learning and fishing at the Clearwater Lodge’s 2010 Guide School. The week was great and everybody learned a ton. It was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend anyone interested in guiding to take their course. We all got to spend time on Hat Creek, the Pit River, Burney Creek and even got to row drift boats on the Lower Sac. The entire staff is great and the accommodations were top notch. Every day started with a great breakfast then off to the river to learn and teach with some of the best guides in California. Then everyday at 6pm you get to sit down with everyone to an amazing dinner and tell stories about the day. All the other students were great and I met a lot of new friends to fish with. I would like to thank the instructors Andrew Harris, Tom April, Frank Pisciotta and Brad Mcfall again for teaching us all the important aspects of guiding.

Mike O’Dell Guide, Instructor at TFFO

Beutiful Burney Falls. Ryan and Cog are fishing in there somewhere.

I almost made this drift before Andrew stepped in and stuck this fat Brown in about 2 tries. What an awesome fish!

Brad Mcfall teaching us some cool techniques on Hat Creek.

The whole 2010 Guide School Crew

A close up of Andrew's fat Pit River Brown

Winter fly fishing as seen in the Entertainer Magazine!

Fly fishing with Victor Babbitt 1-1-10

 

Can’t really say the fly fishing is going to be great at this time of the year, but it can be if the weather cooperates and you don’t mind fishing in the cold!  Or Go Ice Fishing!  There are quite a few choices for fly fishing when it comes down to it.  The East Walker River is probably number one and the rest kind of depend on your willingness to drive and or suffer the conditions.  Pyramid Lake can be good, The Little Truckee River can be good, The Yuba River can be good as well as the American River if you want to chase Steelhead or you can make the pilgrimage to the Trinity River with all the others that can’t help themselves!  Steelheading is an addiction that can only be cured by a good day on the water and not all Steelheading days are good days or should I say days that you catch fish!  When it is good it is really good and you get that feeling of accomplishment and when it is not, well let’s just say it can be frustrating at best…  If none of these do it for you, like I said earlier, Go Ice Fishing!

 

If you end up on the East Walker River you will need some tiny stuff like Midges in size 20 & 22 as well as Baetis Nymphs in 18 & 20 and possibly the use of flies we can barely see let alone tie on…  Those flies that take a young eye to thread or tie a knot to!  I just can’t see them anymore and when I can get one tied on by some fluke and if it is on the surface I don’t even bother trying to keep track of the drift and I set the hook when I see a rise within a mile of the fly.  It works but not the best way to do it.  Or, fish a San Juan Worm which always seems to take a fish or two whatever time of the year it might be!  And when all else fails, Stay home or Go Ice Fishing…

 

The American River opens up for Steelhead fishing on New Years Day and the flows are in good shape this year!  This could be the year of the Steelhead on the American and it is an easy drive over Highway 50 and closer than the drive to the East Walker!  Glow Bugs, Beads, Caddis Nymphs and Stonefly Nymphs for Nymph rigs and Leech patterns for the guys that like to swing the old fashion way…  My favorite spots are the areas just below the hatchery off of Hazel Avenue or along the American River Parkway above Sunrise Blvd.  Look for the fish to be holding in the seams, tail outs and in the side channels! Don’t forget your Steelhead Card that is a requirement when fishing waters with Steelhead…

 

You probably thought I was kidding about the Ice Fishing!  Actually it has been quite good this year with all the fish they put in to Caples Lake this past season.  Find a hole or drill your own with the best spots being along the first dam and at the Spillway area just before Kirkwood.  Jigging, soaking worms and power bait will all produce fish!  If they don’t seem to be biting, switch holes until you find one that is working.  Red Lake is also a good choice and usually the catch there is Brooke Trout!  My favorite method is Jigging with a ¼ oz. Kastmaster or with a Crappie Jig tipped with a piece of corn, the kids love it anyway!  If you have never tried Ice Fishing before and would like to give it a shot, we are offering guided Ice Fishing trips to Caples Lake this winter and it makes for a great family outing!

 

For more information on these fisheries or any others in our area, give us a call at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and we will be glad to point you in the right direction or take you out on a guided adventure.  We can supply everything you might need for a day on the water or Ice for that matter!  We can be reached at 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. next to Midas Mufflers and about 3.5 Miles from the Casinos!  Good luck fishing and Happy New Year!

 

 

Catching is only a part of it.

Most of the time when we go fly fishing it becomes only about the catching. The reality is that this is not going to be the case every time. To better take advantage of our time on the water, the following list of related activities should be helpful in making your experience as meaningful and fun as possible.

1. Do a stream seine and turn over rocks to find out more about the aquatic insect life in the water. Get some type of aquatic insect book and learn more about trout food sources.
2. Practice new casts and presentations so that when you need them, you have them in you arsenal. For you golfers, this is just like going to the practice range.
3. Learn to read the water better and find those in between areas where there are fish and most fisherman ignore.
4. Clean up all trash as you do your streamside walks so that we leave it better than we found it.
5. If you see fish, watch them intently and learn more about their behaviors.
6. Take a nap!
7. Practice new knots.
8. Just look and listen.   This sport rarely takes us to ugly places. (The Truckee in Reno the one exception.  Sorry Mike)

This list could on and on but I think it gives you an idea about using your time wisely and the water and enjoying your time out there. No doubt catching fish is fun and exciting but when things slow down on us we definitely can take advantage of that time.

Rick McGuire guide/instructor TFFO

As seen in the Entertainer Magazine for July!

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt

July 09

 

For a year that we all thought was going to be a drought year, the water conditions are fantastic and I think they will stay that way all summer!  Thank goodness for all the rain in June!  There are numerous highlights at this time of the year and I can’t list them all just know that the fishing in all directions is going to be great!

 

The river we guide the most is just getting into shape and already we have seen numerous fish caught over 20 inches… The East Carson River should fish better this year than last and probably better than most years in the past 10!  The Caddis hatch is going to be thick and the Yellow Sallies are already in force.  Look for some good big fly fishing as well including Stones, Drakes and Crawdads.  As we get to the end of the month, I would expect the fishing to be best early and late and the Caddis will rule.  For those that like to fish above the bridge, there are going to be numerous huge fish stocked this year and will be a great place to cut your teeth on landing big fish!  Don’t forget, all of the fishing below Hangman’s Bridge is barbless, artificial and Zero Limit!  The West Carson River has good flows as well and lots of fish, a great place to keep a fish if that is what you like to do. 

 

Just to list a few other rivers, in our area, worth a fish give these a try for a bit of variety!  The Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers north of Tahoe, The East and West Walker Rivers Southeast of Tahoe and the Tributaries to Lake Tahoe which open on the first of July.  Standard bugs, on the rivers, for this time of year are going to be Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Caddis and Terrestrials!  A few of my favorite patterns this time of the year are the EC Caddis, Yellow Stimulator, Parachute Adams,  Ants and Beetles for dries and Copper Johns, Sparkle Pupas, 20 Incher’s, Flashback PT’s and Wier’s Caddis Pupa!

 

Most of our lakes are in great shape as well and a few of the standouts will be Indian Creek Reservoir, Caples Lake, Red Lake and Spooner Lake.  Brookes and LCT in Red, Rainbows in Caples, Browns and Rainbows in Indian Creek and a mix of Lahontan Cutthroat and Rainbows in Spooner!  These all can be fished from shore but the best fishing will be from a float tube.  Make sure you have a full sinking fly line and the option to fish a floating line as well!  Some of my favorite Lake patterns are as follows:  Damsel Nymphs, Dragonfly Nymphs, Water Boatmen, Hares Ear Nymphs, PT’s and Midge Pupas for the sub-surface and Para Adams, Ants , Beetles and Chernobyl Ants for the Surface patterns!  Look for cruising fish!

 

I hope this helps get you into a few fish or at least gets you out fishing!  If you have questions on any of these waters or any others in our area, give us a call or stop by the shop and we will do our best to set you up with whatever it takes to get you into the fish!  I have a bunch of good guides this year and they all love to teach the sport of fly fishing.  We take beginners as well as advanced anglers and if you are looking for that perfect day on the water, give us a call and we will be glad to get you started.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd next to Midas Mufflers about a mile form the Y intersection.  530-541-8208  www.tahoeflyfishing.com  Thanks for reading and get out and fish!