It’s bin a bit hot out!


It has certainly felt more like July than June the last few days up here. With lots of cold bottom release water on the Little Truckee and frosty snow melt on the Big Truckee wet wading hasn’t quite kicked off yet unless you are part polar bear that is. The temps look to drop about ten degrees or so next week and it should be game on!
As far as our rivers go the West Carson is still high and cold but more than fishable. The East is hopefully going to start coming into shape in the next few weeks (I can’t wait!). I have watched flows on the East Walker for months now and i really don’t know when to expect it to drop but I’ll be there when it does. Up here on north shore is still the ticket it seems. Stillwaters are firing rite now and the Big and Little T have tons of bugs. Pmds, drakes, and ants will get a few heads poking. It’s gonna be quite the summer up here with all this water! Get up here and fish!
See you on the water-Jay

Don’t like the weather? Just wait an hour it will change.


It can snow any month of the year up here that’s no surprise if you have lived here a while. The past few days have bin a taste of every season. We should be wearing sandals and shorts in a few days again but today will be a thermos of hot coffe and wading jacket day on the water.

This weekend was cold and windy but that just makes for good big fish chop at sawmill and the rivers still kicked out some nice fish as well. Flows are stabilizing and bugs are getting more active. I have bin spending a lot of time fishing stillwaters this year and will probably continue to do so until we can fish all the normal summer spots and spread out more. I think the East Carson is still a month out and canyon section of the Truckee probably the same. Until then Sawmill Lake and any of the local reservoirs will most likely be were you find me. Don’t let the snow scare you we will be full summer mode by end of the week again. If you are planning a tahoe vacation and want to schedule a guide trip call now we are starting to fill up thru June and early July. See you out there-Jay

Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/5/2017


Summer is in full effect here minus the crowds. We are seeing a lot of runoff still but that is going to be the norm this year. On the south side I would still count out the East Carson, however the west is fishable wither the rite tactics. Finding slow deep buckets and fishing big flys will get a few takes, also slow stripped streamers in back eddies can be killer.
Up on the north end the Truckee is high but clear, the big T is always challenging so not much change there. We have pmds in the drift but fish still seem to be looking for big meals (sj worms, pats rubber legs, glow bugs, ect.) Flows on the Little Truckee have bin all over the place. Bugs are there tho and fish are paying attention to them. Find the rite water for the current flows and you should have a shot. Midges, pmds, bwos, small sj’s, green drakes, beetles, ants should all be in your box. Stillwater’s are kicking out fish as well, bass are in dam areas of prosser and stampede and can save frustrating day on river.
Fishing this time of year can be dynamic and ever changing but if you can get here before the crowds over the next week or so do it! The good days are lights out! We also opened sawmill lake last week and it’s really good rite now. Call the shop for more info or to book a trip. See you out there-jay

Summer begins!


Summer is here guys, we had an amazing holiday weekend up at the lake. Weather was about perfect with crisp clear nights and just warm enough midday to be rocking shorts and sandals. River flows are dropping slowly and some of our favorite stillwaters are icing out.

With the holiday of course came the crowds but the next few weeks should be prime time. Looks like big cool down tomorrow and possibly a little weather but then rite back to summertime. If you have a chance to get up here before the crowds I would take it!
With all the water this year it’s going to be great to get off the beaten path this year and go explore places less fished. We will be expanding out of our standard spots to give you the best experience possible. Call the shop for up to date reports and flows, see you on the water-Jay

Fishing update 5/22/2017 Tahoe mega spring


Its no secret that we have a big big mega snow pack this spring and that we will have plenty of water this year. With the warm temps in this weeks forecast we will see some significant flows on most of our rivers and streams.The good news however is there are still plenty of places to fish and we will not have any issues with warm water temps keeping us off the river this year. It will be a great summer out there for sure!

As far as current conditions go rite place at the rite time is everything! Still waters have certainly produced the most consistent fish, however there is no shortage of big fish being caught on the Big Truckee as well, just not big numbers of them. If you are venturing out on the Truckee please be cautious, bring a friend, and don’t trust the undercut banks. Its not the time to go for an unplanned swim! Streamers dead drifted or stripped, big pat’s rubberlegs, and san Juan worms have bin the ticket. We have no shortage of bugs out there but the fish seem to be gorging on the big bites and overlooking the small stuff. We have some soft water on the Little Truckee but there’s no where to cross and crowds seem to already be out in force,on top of that the rainbows seem to be late to spawn and you should be on the lookout for reds. If you really wanna fish it think Big Truckee flys and techniques and stay out of water as best you can to stay off the reds and keep from taking a swim. Still water fishing has bin hot inlet areas and dam breasts seem to be the ticket. The bass seem to be moving into the dam breast areas, look for calm wind days so the surface water has chance to warm. Big callebaetis coming off most days and damsels already making moves. Midge hatches in the early evening have bin thick and the fish are keying in on them. It’s also a great time to go down in the dessert and chase some goldfish! If you have never fished carp on the fly it can be a blast, the visuals of stalking these beasts is a trip. Getting them to eat can be tough tho. For more info on carp fishing call or stop by the shop.

With our mega snow pack and long blue bird days it is also a great time to come up and ski a few laps at Squaw before hitting the water. The spring skiing is the best its bin in a long time and with the epic weather, festivities, and great fishing it’s hard not to have a perma grin most the day. So come on up and get sum! See you on the water (or the hill) -Jay

Summer is coming soon!


Summer time is just around the corner here, well in relative terms at least. The past weeks weather has bin amazing and the fishing has bin pretty good too. We are seeing some skwalas on the water and the usual bwo’s and midges in the mix as well. The Truckee has also bin kicking out some nice fish on streamers as well. With the nice weather and lack of fresh snow the river has bin busy for sure. High flows have the fish stacked in soft water and it can be a little tough to move around from hole to hole. I think most anglers are just happy to get a line wet and feel some sun on their faces tho!

With the summer season around the corner here in Tahoe you start to hear people ask each other “so what are you doing for the summer?” Well my question is what are you doing for summer work? This year we will once again be partnering with some of the best Nor-Cal guides to host our annual guide school. With Jordan Romney, Chuck Reagan, and Matt Heron we cover a broad spectrum of guiding opportunities from working with a shop/outfitter to independent guiding to guiding in remote Alaska, walk and wade style to drift boat we have you covered. If a normal nine to five isn’t your thing and you are passionate about not only fishing but also sharing your passion with others then give us a call and we can go over the schedule with you.

A break in the storms means it’s time to fish!

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With high pressure hanging over us rite now it’s only logical to hang up the skis for a day or two and go chase some fish. We have bin out fishing and guiding a few days over the last two weeks. Most of the action has bin up north on the Big And Little T but I personally had a great day on the East Carson as well. As far as I’m concerned if you want the river to yourself and are up for the challenge of winter fishing now is the best time to be out there.
Fishing is best during mid day bankers hours rite now on all of our rivers so take your time getting out there. None of our waters will give up fish easy rite now (welcome to the sierras) but easy and fly fishing shouldn’t be muttered together in the same sentence anyways now should they? Think small and think slow. As far as techniques go nymphing is probably the go too with dry droppers second and slow slow deep streamers third. This is a time of year were fish will not move to take a fly so you better put it on their nose. The fish eat on their own schedule not yours so be patient and be persistent.
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The days are getting longer now and it won’t be long until we are talking about the big bugs of spring. skwallas, march browns, pmds will soon be on the menu. We are looking forward to spring on the East Walker and hopefully some early skwallas. Nothing kicks off the spring like chucking big drys! The East Walker took a big hit during the drought but I am optimistic this will be her come back year. Spring is also a great time to fish ice out on our still waters and with chances at big fish cruising the shorelines and inlets large lakes with large fish become more appealing. Macks on the fly anyone? With plenty more to look forward to I could go on and on….. Why wait for spring tho? Get out there now so that your gear and techniques are dialed. just be sure to check regulations before you go! Remember it’s your responsibility to know where and when you can fish and make sure you get your 2017 license. Call or stop by the shop with any questions. – Tight lines.

Fall fishing recap

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I think it’s safe to say that winter is here. With that being said its a good time to look back at the fall season and to look forward to winter fishing. We experienced the wettest October on record for much of the northern Sierra and man were the fish happy! October rains with a mild start to November produced some of the best fall fishing we have seen in years. Perfect flows, warm daytime temps and of course plenty of Sierra sunshine. We are still not out of this drought by any means, but if winter goes as planned we should be looking at a great summer ahead!
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As far as winter fishing goes it’s day to day. My favorite part is that you can typically fish any hole you want because chances are your going to be the only one out. I also enjoy the lite is rite mentality of less is more. You need midges,bwos, and maybe a few San juan worms or glow bugs. That’s really about it, it’s not rocket science fly selection it’s more about finding the rite water. With the extra room in my bag I now have a spot for my thermos full of coffee and whatever other luxury items I want to bring.
If you are planning a family ski trip and want some “you time” it’s a perfect time of year to book a guide trip and decompress on the river. It’s also a great way to learn the winter techniques. Hope to see you on the water and pray for snow!

We are still fishing up here!

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We are still at it up here folks, we had an early dose of winter and then mild first half of November. Flows have bin perfect with the October weather. While the fishing will stay good until the big freeze sets it I want to remind everyone that general trout season for California comes to a close tomorrow! It is your responsibility to know where you can and cannot fish so do your research!image
As far as bugs go they are about to end, small midges, glow bugs, San Juan worms, and a few stonefly patterns should be about all you need. If you are unfamiliar with winter tactics it’s a great idea to book a guide to learn the nuances of it. Hope to see you on the water!

Fly fishing update 9/10/2016

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It’s bin a great week up here on the north shore. Overnight temps are consistently get cooler and cooler. We have mild daytime highs, and the bite is all day now.
I did make it a few days on the Carsons and fishing was good, maybe not red hot, but good. We had plenty of action on the surface with rubber leg stimulators and royal wolfs. Gotta love meat and potato style dry fly fishing.
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As far as the Truckee goes its bin a smorgasbord of flys…..streamers, crays, hoppers,pts, midge patterns, extra…. It’s still early and it should only heat up as the temps drop. Call now and book that trip!