East Carson Guided Trip Report for September 23rd 2014

IMG_1172-2Well its that time again folks, leaves are changing, nights are cooler, and the browns are getting fired up! Yes we do have smoke depending on wind direction, and yes the water is still low. If you watch the wind directions and get on it early though some of the best fishing of the year is rite now!

Low water, spooky fish and mud/silt on the bottom means bring the A-game. Try not to cross in slow moving water, think light long tippets and small fall bugs. Expect the occasional Streamer eater also tho! I have heard a lot of grumbling over the flows out there, but would argue that with adjusted tactics the fishing can be even better this year if you know where to look and how to approach it. What better time to set up a trip to learn low water tactics or just brush up on overall techniques? Go get “em!

Truckee River Update Friday September 5th

Indian summer is here!  With cool overnight lows and warm sunny days its a great time to get up here. Getting on it early is still paying off, but with shorter days no more 445 wake up calls, hooray!  It was 35 degrees in Martis Valley this morning at 6am, and 75 by about 11am.  Come prepared dress in layers and expect everything from blazing sun to a dusting of snow over the next few weeks.

Bugwise expect to see standard tiny midges when sun first breaks onto the water, lingering pmd’s,bwo’s(cloudy days),caddis, and maybe a few stones.  lately a crayfish with a small pheasant tail off the back has bin doing just fine.  I have bin ditching the bobber and highsticking them thru the runs. Pay attention grabs on the dead drift, on the swing, and plenty on a quick strip as well.

With kids back in school the crowds are mostly gone. Lower fall flows make for easy access to lots of normally hard to reach lies.  Its an excellent time to book one of our guides and go chasing some Truckee River chrome, or check out any of our other numerous waters.  Call the shop with any questions 530-541-8208.  See you on the river, Jay


Walker Rivers Fishing Report July 17, 2014

The East Walker is hanging in there with flows in the low 90’s.  Don’t be afraid to move around and get out of the Mile.  Fish will be spooky so try to blend in and stay quiet around the river.  Light, short leader and tippets are the way to go and don’t forget to check and clean your flies every other cast or so.  Small midges, dry dropper set ups and caddis are your best bets.  Please be aware of the river temps. try to get the fish to the net as quick as possible and make sure the fish are fully revived before releasing.

The West Walker is low and crystal clear.  Seems to be getting a fair amount of pressure, try to get there early.  Stealth is key, good presentations are going to make the difference.  Go small and light and cover water.  Midges, caddis, mayflies should all do the job.

Truckee River Fishing Report July 27, 2014

Fly fishing on the Truckee river has been better than expected lately.  Get out there early or the last couple hours of the day, the water is warm. Faster water is going to hold the fish, they need the oxygen. Please try to get the fish to the net as quick as possible and make sure they are fully revived before releasing. Been seeing a lot of crawdads on the river bed along with the usual bugs. Smaller dark maylies, green caddis, midges and stoneflies are pretty much the go to this time of the year. Call the shop for a guide if you want to get to know some of the spots or techniques we use when fishing the Truckee.

Free Fishing Day July 5

This Saturday, July 5 is Free Fishing Day in California. No licenses required. So get out there early and beat the heat/crowds and enjoy the incredible rivers and scenery we have. Hope to see you out there.

Low Water

I’m sure most of you know but California is experiencing a drought right now. Reservoirs are low and the snowpack is pretty much gone. So do everybody a favor(including the fish) and try to reduce your water usage. Shorter showers, less water on the grass and not leaving the faucet running are just a few simple things we can do to keep the water in the rivers flowing clear and cold this summer.

Season Opener

So after a Winter where it didn’t snow, we get to late April and Opening Day and it snows all weekend. Hey, we need the water so bring it on. There are fish in both Carsons and it looked like the weather didn’t deter too many people from getting out there this weekend. This week is supposed to be pretty warm so get out there and catch(and release) some fish!!


Guide school 2014 is just two weeks away! Take your passion for fly fishing to a new level and join us for guide school starting May 5th.We still have room for men or women who would like to learn the skills needed to become a successful professional fly fishing guide. Learn from some of the best guides in the Sierras. For more information check are website tahoeflyfishing.com to view or download itinerary. Rick McGuire from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters has put together an excellent six day program. We hope to see you May 5th.

Peter Santley TFFO