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!
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
It’s about that time folks, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. We should be looking at about 6-8 weeks of great fishing. The early early bite is about done and we are happy to sleep in a bit. With cooler temps the rest of the week water temps should not be an issue going forward. The touch of fall in the air also has our big Browns starting to move a bit more. Don’t expect quantity but if you put your time in you should find some quality out there.
We have had some great days hiking the canyon on the Truckee lately, but also some slow days as well after all she is the Truckee. The next few weeks is a great time to throw the crayfish in the fast stuff, or even just take the streamer rod and commit to that one or two big whacks. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques it’s an excellent time to come fish with a guide and get dialed in (I bet you are not fishing enough weight!).
We have also had some great days on the Carson the last few weeks as well and it should only get better. We tend to have our best dry fly action this time of year. Water is low tho and stealth is key! I will be down there a few days this next week and will try to update good or bad…..wait actually a any day on the water is a good day! I’ll try to update on the catching then. See you on the water-Jay.
Fall is rite around the corner here folks. Cooler longer nights, less crowds on the river, and some big bugs will make for some happy fish! And if you get up here should make for happy anglers as well. Now is a great time to set aside a few days for mid September thru end of October.
With this talk of changing seasons let’s also not forget that rite now we have wet wading, evening caddis, hoppers,tricos, ect….. Yeh it’s summer there’s a lot of pressure and fish aren’t exactly feeding with reckless abandon but trust me in January we will all be dreaming of these days. Getting out early or exploring up high with 3 wts is still the ticket in my book. We have a lot of overlooked fisheries in our area. Sometimes just pulling out the map and picking a blue spot can be a great adventure. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Not catch anything? It’s not like that doesn’t happen time to time anyways! Quick playing on the internet and get out there and fish already…… See you on the water- Jay
The dog days of summer are here and it’s time to start fishing accordingly. Early mornings seem to be the ticket. If you are fishing later in the day please bring a thermometer. Flows on the Little Truckee have also bin pinched with a long hot summer and lots of pressure it may be a good time to think outside the box and go explore some.
Sight fishing up at Sawmill has bin red hot lately if stalking big bows with dry flys sounds like fun to you give us a shout. We have morning and afternoon session guided on unguided. Other high alpine lakes in the area should be fishing similar as well. So grab the pack rod and get out there and get some, we will all be daydreaming of these summer days in January!
Sorry for the lapse in posts guys! I have bin in the middle of moving and busy season. I am figuring out how to post by phone in free time. As far as fishing goes it full on summer, wet wading, evening hatches, and of course crowds!
With the crowds I mentioned now is a great time to check out private water and no better place than our own sawmill lake. We have had lots of fun sight fishing with ant and beetle patterns. It’s also a great mid morning game if you aren’t into 445 am wake ups!
With warm weather we our ditching waders for guard socks and board shorts. This is what we dream about in January! Also with the warmth and long days we are getting great evening hatches. Caddis caddis caddis, and some great pmd action as well. It’s a good idea to go late and stay late! We offer 2 hour evening rise trips this time of year and it’s a great opportunity to fine tune your skills and have someone else deal with threading that 5x thru that size #18 hook for you. Give the shop a call for more info and get out there!
Well as we predicted the temps rose and so did the flows. Not to worry tho the Stillwater action is red hot. Callibaetis, ants, midges, and baitfish patterns are all fooling fish rite now. I have heard good reports from South Lake area lakes and can tell you first hand that Jackson Meadows and Milton are good to go. To fish all day a float tube or boat is good idea, but midday ant bite is just fine from shore. Just play those wind lines, no wind means no ants in the water.
If you have never fished our private water (sawmill lake) now is a great time. We restocked last week and water temps are perfect. We can take you on a guide trip or you can fish on your own. We limit mixed groups to a max of 4 rods at a time to ensure a quality experience. Sawmill is truly Tahoes premier Stillwater and now is the time to get a taste of the best! As always give the shop a call with any questions. See ya on the water-Jay
The heat is on! We are looking at alot of warm air this week. With lots of snow still up high that will lead to big runoff. That being said check the flows before you make your plans. Better yet plan on fishing tailwaters or stillwaters. We have a lot of overlooked stillwater fishing in the Tahoe area. Give the shop a call for details, or book a guide trip to fine tune those stillwater techniques.
Its prime time now in the Tahoe area to get on the water! Flows recently dropped on the West Carson and she is in prime shape rite now. Caples Lake iced out last week fishing around the dam area or creek inlets is good and going to get better. The East Carson is rite at that 750 cfs this morning as well and that means game on! As far as North Lake goes the Little Truckee got another bump in flows and I would expect it to take a few to clear up, but I’m sure the fish are loving it! The Big is looking Like she should this time of year, BIG! If you know how to fish the high flows it can be excellent hog hunting, but it can also hand you your butt as well. If you are unfamiliar with the river at these flows give her the respect she deserves, fish with a partner and stay out of the heavy stuff. Boca, Prosser, Stampede are all worth a go as well and soon Jackson Meadows and Milton will be accessible.
With our rivers back in prime shape the fish are spreading out nicely, the fish love it and we love it as well. You don’t need to fish only the three deepest buckets on the river anymore. Swing those soft hackles thru the riffles, explore the pocket water, and chuck those streamers under the cut banks. Its easy to get stuck in the rut of only dredging the bottom with heavy nymph rigs, but its not always the most effective way (even on the Truckee). Try leaving the bobber in the bag you may be surprised.
Call or visit the shop for a more detailed report and for the latest on bugs. Also we are hoping to plant Sawmill ASAP like as soon as we think we can get the truck up there without getting stuck. I hope to get down into the Walker drainage this week I will try to blog as soon as I do. Hope to see you all on the water. -Jay