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