Big Bugs Baby!

This is a great time of year on almost any river in the Western States.  It is Hopper time!  I had a great time with Dave Bennet this morning on the East Carson.  We fished with dries for the whole morning, raising fish continuously.  The bigger fish are hunkered down and have to be nymphed to until the evenings, but if you like surface action, the dry fly is the way to go.  Hoppers, larger mayfly patterns and small caddis were on the menu.  We caught fish on all three and had a great time.  The water is nearly clear, so you can see them come from the depths to inspect your fly.  Hopefully they eat it and you don’t get the humbling refusal.  With the hoppers, Twitch, Twitch.  The fish love it when you get jiggy with your hopper!  Have Fun!


Corey Funk guide/instructor

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Trail Humility

Ironically, in my last post, I talked about sharing.  I had a classic example of this occur on an evening trip the other day.  We headed down into a four-wheel drive section of the East Carson River the other day and ran into guys on quads.  We talked to them for a few seconds, trying to ascertain whether they were going up or down, so as not to trample over the same water.  They passed us as we parked a half mile above the river and we chatted again.  One of the guys mentioned that I had given them a ride on the American River many years before.  We parted ways and as they motored on, we lusted after their seemingly easy trip out of the canyon that we would have to hike.  We had a great fish and hiked our butts out to the truck.  The drive out went smoothly until I went a foot too far to the left over the last obstacle and dropped the truck firmly down onto its skid plates.  Thankfully, the guys on the quads hadn’t come out yet.  We tried our darndest to get the beast off of the rocks, but couldn’t.  Just as we were getting ready to get the jack out,  oh yea and it is now ten o’clock at night, the quads came rolling up, not even out of breath.  We were so close, only an inch of rock and 6,000 pounds of truck separated us from our waiting beds!  One of the quads actually had a winch on it and when it first started pulling, the quad inched toward the truck.  Not good!  The quad then actually pulled the truck off of the rocks!  Now that is trail humility for you.  A ride on the American River years before had come full circle.

Corey Funk, guide/instructor TFFO

Guide Trip on The East Walker with Victor 8-5-08!

Victor, thanks for the great fishing trip earlier this week. Attached are a few pictures as you requested including the one where you pushed me in the river. Hope to fish with you again on my next visit to Lake Tahoe. Best of luck with your fly shop and guide service.


Bob Williams

Oklahoma City

Thanks for fishing with us Bob!  Sorry for pushing you in!


West Walker

The River originates above Leavitt Meadows, on the west side of Sonora Pass on hwy 108 below Pickel Meadows. The river flows east to hwy 395 and then north to Topaz Lake and Yerrington, where it flows north-east merging with the East Walker river and on to Walker Lake. This river seems to get overlooked a bit but always seems to fish exceptionally well, especially in the dog days of summer when our usual haunts tend be a little tough in the mid-day heat. There is a variety of water and techniques to try to fish through out the entire system. Antelope Valley in Mono county, just below the town of Walker is 35 miles south of Gardnerville and a pretty quick jaunt from South Lake. Nymphing here with bead head nymphs has been producing great numbers of wild and stocked trout and fishing with dries and dry/dropper combos will also do well. Its amazing sometimes how effective indicator nymhing can be.  If you are not proficient at high stick nymphing, getting a dead drift, mending, bumping line and having a lightning fast hook set, let one of our guides teach you the finer points of these techniques and you can become a more effective fly fisher.


Aaron Fox/guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

East Carson tips

With the East Carson river continuing to be off color and a bit silty here are a few tips for catching more fish in these types of conditions.  Nymphing with larger dark colored flies such as AP blacks, black copper johns, dark lords, and various dark colored stone flies seem to produce more action.  Also try natural san juan worms and even some egg patterns.  This situation is a lot like what we face in the early part of the season.  Be prepared to work a piece of water with a lot of drifts since the visibility for the fish is low.  If you see fish rising sporadically, try an ant, grasshopper, or stimulator that they can see much better if they are looking up.  A client of mine caught an 18 inch rainbow on an ant yesterday right before dark. Not a lot of other bugs on the water since the spike in flow two weeks ago but hopefully this will change as the water clears.  Also, be careful as you wade in the water since there is a lot of silt that will get kicked up and it is also very slippery.


Rick McGuire/Guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Alberts First Fish

     Monday I had the opportunity to spend a day on the Little Truckee river with Albert of Las Vegas and Incline Village on his first fishing trip at 63 years of age. We enjoyed a beautiful day of  instruction on the basics of fly fishing from casting, rigging , and fighting fish. Albert was a great student who showed more interest in learning proper techniques than actually catching fish. After a couple of hours the green drakes and pmd`s started hatching.  This gave us several chances to hook fish on dries.  Several rises and grabs later, Albert is on to an acrobatic 18″ rainbow.  Patience and instruction paid off with the landing of Alberts first fish.  Way to go Albert!  Good company, fishing and the beautiful scenery of the Little Truckee river made for a great day for both Albert and myself.  As for the fishing on the Little Truckee, nymphing in the early morning is effective and then switch to pmd dries in late morning when hatch starts . 

One Of The Most Beautiful Places In The World

Pleasant Valley never ceases to amaze me.  It’s grandeur is one of the foremost in the Sierras.  I recently had the great opportunity to fish it for two days with Tim Terry and Rich Asher.  We had a great time.  The two of them have been pals for 30 years, so you can imagine the heckling and fun that was had.  They had me cracked up most of the day.  We were fishing to a large group of fish and having a rough time getting them to eat.  You could see the fish go to the nymph, practically touch it with his nose and then turn away.  Sometimes, even the indicator would twitch, yet the fish’s mouth had never opened.  I went to 6x from 5x and finally got them to start eating.  This is a tough trade off, though, as 6x with big fish is tough.  You either get them to eat and break a lot of them off or watch them  refuse the fly time after time.  I’ll choose the former any day.  So, if you know your fly is getting refusals, change the fly size, color or both and go down a size in tippet and hang on!  Great job, Tim and Rich, landing those big fish on light tippet!�

 Corey Funk/Guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters


Young fisherman on the East Carson

I spent the morning with two great guys on the East Carson, Jayden and his grandfather Jay.  It was Jayden’s first fly fishing trip and being only 7 years old, the youngest client I’ve ever had.  He picked up casting incredibly fast and is one skilled fisherman when it comes to fighting fish.  He was able to land three and had a few more on.  We had the most success drifting and swinging nymphs through the riffles.  There seem to be a lot of fish in the faster moving water due to the high temperatures and these areas are usually left alone by the spin fishermen.  Swinging flies is a great way to catch fish on a fly rod and it is easy to do.  Try this technique using small pheasant tails, copper johns, and hares ears in sizes 16 and 18.   Jayden was also extremely patient for a guy his age and is a good example of how to catch more fish.  Be persistent and don’t give up.  Thanks again Jay and Jayden for an awesome morning. 

Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Preserve

Once again I had the opportunity to guide on the preserve a couple of days ago.  This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have fished and I have been to a few.  Best part is the location, right in our backyard in Markleeville.  As I have mentioned in posts earlier, I believe every fly fisher should treat themselves to private water at least once a year.  The preserve has big and beautiful fish that require a bit of technical skill to hook, fight, and land.  Attached are two examples.  We guide the area quite a bit and would be excited about teaching those skills to anyone interested.  I had a great time with Bob, Jesse, and Toby from Harrahs on this occasion and look forward to spending the day with the next group out there.  If you are interested and you should be, contact the shop for availability and rates.  As always, pack out and pick up trash.

West Carson report 6-06-08

I had the privilege of spending the day fishing with two awesome young men from Layton, Utah.  Jonathan and Zack picked things up pretty quickly and although the wind never let up on us, we were able to catch and land a few fish.  Great job guys!  The water is clear but still cold in the morning.  It did heat up  to 52 by the early afternoon.  Prince nymphs, egg patterns, and natural color san jaun worms were once again the ticket.  Supposedly the West Carson was on the stocking list for this week but it did not look like they had stocked anything prior to us leaving .  Maybe it came later in the afternoon.  If so, should make for a great weekend of fishing.  Sadly, I saw and picked up a bagful of garbage down in the Pickett’s Jct. area.  Please help keep the area clean by packing out and picking up.