An hour at Indian Creek Reservoir

I fished Indian Creek reservoir  for a little over an hour yesterday with my friend Seth Warner and we managed to catch and release 3 rather large rainbows from the shore. We caught the 3  fish stripping small streamers and midges. The lake looks great and has been recently stocked with some nice fish. We are offering guide trips on Indian Creek reservoir right now so book soon for what can be some great early spring fishing. We provide waders, float tubes and fins on all of our stillwater guide trips.

Seth with a chunky rainbow

Seth with another chunky bow

Fishing Report For March 24, 2011

We offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers. Lots of snow falling around the Tahoe area right now.

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 365cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – Closed till last Sat in April. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Lots of snow has fallen the Tahoe Area, with this last storm. The East Carson tends to really slow down during the winter months. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns is the best bet during this time of year. Try nymphing the slow tailouts and deeper pools with wd-40′s, zebra midges, rainbow warriors and baetis patterns. For dries try size 18-20 blue duns and size 20-22 black cripples. Nymphs- Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in Olive, White and black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black. Dries- Cutter’s E.C. caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Closed till last saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report- Closed till last Saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 504cfs. This is high water, The fish are concentrated in the deeper buckets and along the shore line. Nymphs- Small baetis and midge nymphs are still working well. Dries- try small para adams, blue duns and black cripples. Fun time to target a few risers during the warmer part of the day. 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 down to 49s. Word on the road is that it’s snowed in, so hope you have a snowmobile. Baetis and small midge patterns work well this time of year. rainbow warriors in black and red sizes 18-20, wd-40′s grey and olive 18-22, barrs emergers 18-20, Wier’s sprinkle’s 18-20. For dries try blue duns 18-20, para adams 18-22, black cripples Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Ca) fishing report- Flows on the Truckee are 140cfs near the town of Truckee and 411cfs below Boca bridge. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working well. Look for fish rising to baetis and midges throughout the warmest part of the day. Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- Blue duns 18-20, hackle stacker bwo’s 18-20, para adams 18-22 . Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Nv) fishing report- Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are from 618-765cfs depending on what stretch of the river you are on. The river is fishable but it fishes best when flows are below 500cfs. Nymphing has been the way to go all day. Fish have been coming up for BWO’s in the afternoon, but will slow with this cold snap. Look to the longer, deeper runs to be holding fish. Nymphs- Pheasant Tails 12-18’s, Tiger Worms 10, Copper, Copper Johns 12-18’s, Psycho Prince 12-16. Dries- BWO’s 12-16 (YES you read that right!) BWO emergers 12-16, Parachute Adams 12-18, there has been a lot of midges hatching as well but hardly any fish are keyed in on them. Streamers- Olive, White, and Black Buggers, Olive and Black Woolhead Sculpins on a slow swing will pick up fish aswell! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters:
Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report- Fishing is slowing down. Try buggers and aggravator princes with a slow strip. Midges and Small Baetis nymphs under the indicator has been working as well. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Pyramid Lake- Fishing has slowed this last week, with the colder weather, Water temps. are around 44 degrees. Fish are still being taken stripping streamers, as well as on the Indicator. Look for fishing to improve with warmer temperatures! March Madness at the lake has been postponed due to cold weather! Hopefully this year it will be April Madness!! Nymphs- Ice cream cone Midges in Black, Red, Purple. Holographic Attractor Patterns in Black, Red, Purple, and Green. Streamers- Black, Olive, White, and Purple Buggers.

Caples Lake fishing report- Lots of snow. Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report- Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well!. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report- Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report- Frozen

Blue Lakes fishing report- Road clased Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report- Lots of snow. 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 often so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.
Tight Lines!

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt March 2011

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt 3-11

Do we really want to go fishing right now?  Every time I think the fishing is going to be poor and maybe to cold to go, we have a guide trip that does phenomenally well!  The fish don’t seem to care how cold it is and they always need to eat, so with that said, go fishing! 

Some of the biggest fish of the year are caught during the winter months especially on the Truckee River and occasionally on the East Walker River.  This coincides with the time of year we are fishing some of the smallest flies on the East Walker River.  It is common to catch fish that are bigger than 20 inches on a fly that is smaller than a size 20 and is referred to as the 20/20 club when you accomplish this feat!   … Big Fish on Small Flies! 

 

On the Truckee River the phenomenon is on a cloudy day when the Baetis Mayflies hatch and are quite large in comparison to the Baetis that hatch on the East Walker River but we are fishing with dry flies rather than fishing with nymphs… Big Fish on Dry Flies! 

Then you have Pyramid Lake which tends to fish wonderfully this time of the year with the biggest of the flies depending on how you prefer to fish for the Giant Cutthroats. Some anglers like to fish with Streamers in size 4 or 6 and others prefer to fish with an Indicator and a couple of average sized Nymphs maybe in size 14 or 12.  No matter how you prefer to do it, the Cutthroat can be huge this time of year with numerous fish being caught recently in the 10 plus pound range and up to 18 pounds which is the biggest I have heard of this year… Big Fish On Big Flies!

 

If flies are not your cup of tea or if you just want a change of pace, Ice Fishing on Red Lake or Caples Lake is also a great way to get out for a day of fun with a rod and reel!  If you just want to sit and relax and not have to do a thing except reel fish in and eat a burger, an Ice Fishing trip would be perfect.  If you want to be a little more interactive you can jig for your fish instead of the sit and wait for the worm to be eaten method, different strokes for different folks I suppose!  The fish under the ice can be big as well and hopefully not bigger than the hole you are fishing from… Big Fish on Jigs and Worms!

 

And let’s not forget Lake Tahoe which has Big Fish as well and fishes all winter long!  You need a boat for this one and there are just a few that fish all winter long but what a great way to see Lake Tahoe and get a bit of fishing in while you are enjoying the surrounding views of one of the prettiest places in the world.  You can jig, mooch or down rig for these monsters all while enjoying the view… Big Fish on Downriggers! 

As seen in The Tahoe Entertainer…

The Tahoe Area offers a plethora of opportunities not only on the mountain but on the water as well all winter long!  These are just a few of the fisheries that we fish during the winter months and if you would like further information on these fisheries or any others in our area, Stop by the shop or give us a call and we will do our very best to answer your questions and or get you out on a guided fishing trip!  We are located about 3.5 miles

RED LAKES ICE FISHING GOOD BETWEEN STORMS

In Alpine County Reds Lake and Caples Lake continue to fish well for the few willing to clear ice of the snow and drill some holes to fish through.For those willing to put the time in the results have been good,with numerous fish caught.Both bait and jigs working,I have been doing better on jigs on my trps. We shuold have good ice fishing through March and maybe early April depending on the weather.If you have not tried ice fishing book a guided trip with one of our guides,good family outing,or just by youself or friend.Let us show you some fun.

Thanks and good fishing,
Peter Santley TFFO

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 Feb 9th, 2010

Tahoe area fishing report for Feb09th, 2011

We  offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers. We have had some great fishing this winter!

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 160cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – Closed till last Sat in April. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Nice weather in the area right now but the East Carson tends to fish tough throughout the winter months. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns is the best bet during this time of year. Try nymphing the slow tailouts and deeper pools with wd-40′s, zebra midges, rainbow warriors and baetis patterns. For dries try size 18-20 blue duns and size 20-22 black cripples.  Nymphs- Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-October caddis 8-10, yellow and orange stimulators 8-12, ec caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, trico spinners 18-20, black cripples size 20,  Wier’s hopper, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Closed till last saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report– Closed till last Saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are  112cfs. Great flows for this time of year. Our guides have had some great trips on the East Walker lately.  The fish have some room to spread out at this flow. Good reports of fish rising to baetis and midges during the warmer part of the day.  Small baetis and midge nymphs are still working well. For dries try small para adams, blue duns and black cripples. Nymphs- micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, Barr’s emergers 18-20, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges red and black 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Dries- Blue Duns 18-20, para adams 16-22, black cripples 18-22  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 at 50cfs. Fished the LT last week and the road is still packed with snow. Fishing was a little tough but managed to pick up a few nymphing with small midge and baetis patterns. Make sure you have a large 4 wheel drive vehicle and a shovel or 2 before trying to drive into the Little Truckee. Baetis and small midge patterns work well this time of year. rainbow warriors in black and red sizes 18-20, wd-40′s grey and olive 18-22, barrs emergers 18-20, Wier’s sprinkle’s 18-20. For dries try blue duns 18-20, para adams 18-22, black cripples Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 116cfs  near the town of Truckee and 277cfs below Boca bridge.  Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working. Fished the Glenshire area recently and managed to land a few nice rainbows nymphing. Look for fish rising to baetis and midges throughout the warmest part of the day. Spent some time fishing the Truckee near Reno yesterday and managed to hook a few fish on dries.Size 16 para Adams and Adams worked well.Nymphs- Pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- orange stimulators 8-10, Blue duns 18-20, hackle stacker bwo’s 18-20, para adams 18-22 . Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Recently stocked with brookies and some large cutthroats. Try stripping olive and black buggers. Good reports fishing near the dam.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Frozen. We have had some good ice fishing trips on Caples recently. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Iee fishing has been good recently. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report– Frozen

Blue Lakes fishing report–  Road closed Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Frozen. 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 often so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

EAST WALKER RIVER REPORT

I ran my first guide trip of the new year on Friday the 14th on the East Walker.We had action on both dries and nymphs in various midge patterns and some baetis nymphs.The flows were low at 33cfs with water temp in the low forties.The best action was late morning into early afternoon with some rising fish.Our catch that Glen and Cynthia put together was a mix of fat rainbows and browns.They was snow around the river and morning temps in the twenties and up to the mid forties in the afternoon very pleasant for winter fishing.With beautiful scenery to go along with good fishing on 14″ to 18″ biting trrout who could ask for more.There is fishing and the river is currently free of ice in both California and Nevada.Don’t sit around BOOK A TRIP NOW with one of our guides.

Good fishing,
Peter Santley guide TFFO

ICE FISHING THE TAHOE AREA!

It’s time to go ice fishing around the Lake Tahoe area!Red Lake and Caples Lake are fishing well,both jigs and bait are producing good catches of trout.Ice fishing can be fun for all ages.Be prepared for cold weather and wear layers and waterproof snow boots,hat and gloves.My favorite time is mid morning to early afternoon on the nicer days.If you have not been ice fishing before you should try it.Take a half day guide trip with one of our guides,we have the gear you just bundle up.Always use caution and be aware of current ice conditions and any warnings.We have gear for sale in the shop including augers,rods and needed tackle and bait.Come out and let us show you some winter fun.

Good fishing!

Peter Santley

Guide TFFO

Truckee River Fly Fishing!

Truckee River fly fishing is just about ready to pop!  The flows on the lower sections of the Truckee River are getting into shape and the water is becoming clear!  The next couple of weeks should be hit and miss and then hang on for the Baetis hatch towards the end of January…  I will be doing a bit more guiding this Winter and Spring and am looking forward to guiding the East Truckee River.  There will be three of us guiding the Nevada sections of the Truckee River this Winter and Spring!  Join either Peter Santley, Mike Curtis or myself for a fun day of guided Fly Fishing on the Truckee!

Victor Babbitt

Owner/Guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

530-545-0193 cell

530-541-8208 shop

Happy New Year! Get ready for the Truckee River!

We are all getting pretty excited about the next couple of months on the Truckee!  Should be great and when the flows get to the 400-500 CFS level the fishing should be on!  Baetis on the top and the bottom but why fish a nymph when the fish will take on the surface…  The East Walker has been good recently and should continue on any of the nice days!  Pyramid Lake has been doing well with a couple of 18 pound fish caught this past month.  American opens tomorrow!  Trinity is still worth a fish and The Yuba River is within a decent drive!  Go Fishing!

Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Guides available on most of these Waters!

My favorite?  East Truckee at the end of January!

Trinity River Steelhead

Had some time off to do some steelheading on the Trinity after a great season of guiding the Tahoe area. For those of you who have not fished the Trinity treat yourself this winter season to some of the best steelhead fishing California has to offer. The season is in full swing right now and will continue through mid March. Myself and the other guides here at Tahoe Fly Fishing spend a lot of time on this river throughout the winter so if you have any questions or need any equipment don’t hesitate to call or stop by the shop. We are open five days a week 10-5 and closed Wed and Sun. I just returned from a 3 day mission on the Trinity with a friend and managed to swing up a few fish while Seth landed a few nice fish nymphing. The Trinity is a great place to do some winter fishing for big strong fish.

Steelhead Release

Seth with a nice steelhead