Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 15th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for August 15th 2010

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 95 cfs and is fishing well in the mornings and evenings.  Midday between 1pm and 5pm has been tough so try nymphing deep during these times or throwing hopper patterns for some opprotunistic fish. Look for decent hatches of pmd’s, and caddis in the evening. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been effective. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 12-16, ec caddis 16-18, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, hoppers and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 24cfs and is fishing fair to good. The best fishing has been best in the morning and evening with some midday risers in the shady areas. Try dry dropper rigs with  size 16-18 pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 16-18 copper johns, 16-18 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and black and olive micro may’s 16-18. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 130 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year. Best fishing has been early and later in the day. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 290 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are up to 100cfs and the fishing has been pretty good thanks to the flow bump. Ants and beetles have worked to pick up some of the mid morning risers.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. Pmd’s have been hatching midday.For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and hoppers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 328cfs  in the town of Truckee and 490 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Try dead drifting crayfish patterns and a caddis trailor under an indicator. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, pmd’s 18-20 hoppers, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well and recently stocked.  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Mixed reports. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

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Fishing Report for the East and West Walker rivers, the East and West Carson Rivers, the Lower and Little Truckee Rivers and the Tahoe area stillwaters. Updated 7/23/2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 23rd

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 240 cfs and is fishing well. The fishing is better early and later in the day. Midday nymphing has been the most effective technique. Look for good hatches of pmd’s, yellow sallies and caddis in the evening. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 68-18, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16 and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 75cfs and is fishing great. The best fishing has been in the morning and evening. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 also San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 400 cfs. The flows are finally down to a fishable level. Try a mix of streamers in olive, black and white. Nymphing with caddis, stoneflies has been good.Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish. In the mornings and evenings look for caddis and pmds to hatch, beetles and ants are also a good bet this time of year. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are down to 179 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 99cfs and it is fishing well.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 282cfs  in the town of Truckee and 485 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibetis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– 

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

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Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report updated July 16th

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 16th

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at about 460 cfs. The river spiked a little today with the rain so it will likely be off color for a few days. The fishing on the EC should improve over the next week. The river is fishable but wading is still challenging in many areas so be careful. At this flow try nymphing with a lot of weight using stones, caddis and San Juan worms. Fishing streamers on a heavy sink tip or full sink line can be very effective at high water. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 12-16, copper johns 12-16, pheasent tails 12-14, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers- buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 91cfs and is fishing well. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 and San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 600 cfs. It is coming into shape but still fishing pretty tough. Try sreamers on a full sink or sink tip line or nymphing with caddis and stoneflie nymphs. Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish and make lots of drifts in the same area to pick up fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are at 349 and Fishing has been good. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has dwindled a bit with the higher flows. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopaholive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 227cfs and it is fishing well. The extra water has spread the fish out and they are happy. Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing reort– Flows on the Truckee are 252cfs  in the town of Truckee and 549 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well above Prosser Creek. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers and blood midges should produce fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Will give you a report as soon as we know!

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective trailed behind a small streamer. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing reort– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Sawmill Pond- For kids 14 and under only. Adults can help kids to fish but cannot fish on their own. This is one of only a few ponds in the state of California dedicated to young anglers. It will be stocked throughout the summer. Various nymphs under a bobber and streamers work great here fished with a casting bobber for catch and release fishing. For bait try power bait and worms.

We offer guiding on most of these waters. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report weekly so check back for the most up to date info on fishing the Tahoe Region.

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Clearwater Lodge Guide School 2010

I recently returned to Tahoe after a fantastic week of learning and fishing at the Clearwater Lodge’s 2010 Guide School. The week was great and everybody learned a ton. It was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend anyone interested in guiding to take their course. We all got to spend time on Hat Creek, the Pit River, Burney Creek and even got to row drift boats on the Lower Sac. The entire staff is great and the accommodations were top notch. Every day started with a great breakfast then off to the river to learn and teach with some of the best guides in California. Then everyday at 6pm you get to sit down with everyone to an amazing dinner and tell stories about the day. All the other students were great and I met a lot of new friends to fish with. I would like to thank the instructors Andrew Harris, Tom April, Frank Pisciotta and Brad Mcfall again for teaching us all the important aspects of guiding.

Mike O’Dell Guide, Instructor at TFFO

Beutiful Burney Falls. Ryan and Cog are fishing in there somewhere.

I almost made this drift before Andrew stepped in and stuck this fat Brown in about 2 tries. What an awesome fish!

Brad Mcfall teaching us some cool techniques on Hat Creek.

The whole 2010 Guide School Crew

A close up of Andrew's fat Pit River Brown

Spring in the Sierras!

Spring is upon us in the Sierras and has brought us another two feet of much needed snow!  We now have enough snow to make for a great runoff as long as the temps stay cold at night and the day time temps don’t sky rocket.  This is fantastic news!  Our two past winters were less than average making for low water levels everywhere.  So a big thanks goes out to mother nature!

We have been lucky so far this year and have been able to fish all winter.   The East Walker has been fishing great as well as the Little Truckee and the Truckee River.  All have had impressive hatches even in the cold.  The fish have been active and have even been eating dries.   Midges and Baetis have been hatching consistently, especially in the nasty weather.  Bundle up and see for yourself.

For right now, the best place to fish would be the the East Walker River.  We have been having some fantastic days throughout the whole river system and some pretty amazing wildlife viewing.  We have seen Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, numerous deer and not to mention all the trout.  The fish are spread out again and in every seam and bucket.  Just the way the EW should be.  Higher flows have been the key for success lately….if they could only regulate the flows.  Indicator nymphing has been the most productive with small Baetis and midge patterns.  We have also had good luck with streamer fishing.  Fishing streamers is an exciting way to catch bigger, more agressive fish.  The takes are explosive and usually visible when the lighting is right.  If your streamer skills are not up to par then have one of our guides give you a private lesson.  We offer fully guided trips desiged around whatever it is you would like to work on as a fly fisherman.    Call us for up to date fishing reports and don’t forget opening day is coming up.  Reserve a guide now for the opener!

Come on by and check out our shop.  We offer some great deals on art work, and last years gear.  We also have “Fish Eye 4 ” Through anglers eyes available now.  Another great fly fishing movie  from Burl Productions.   Or you can check it out on www.burlproductions.com.    We will be offering over night trips on some of our waters this year, so check in for details.  We also offer intro classes, corporate trips, and fly tying classes.  Come by and check us out in our shop or on our Facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1376561181

Derek Rust/new guide

Monster crappie in the Tahoe Keys!

Recently due to the shorter days I have been exploring some fishing options closer to South Lake Tahoe. One place I have been spending a lot of time fishing is in the Tahoe keys. I fished the keys for the first time in May and was surprised to find that it is full of above average sized crappie, as well as some nice largemouth bass. Just a few nights ago my friend Ron landed this nice crappie on a black wooly bugger. This fish was around 14 inches and I have seen a few that are even larger. The last hour before dark and a few hours after dark have been the best time to catch crappie in the keys. A 3wt rod rigged with a small wooly bugger in black and brown works great for catching these scrappy fish. The areas near the inlets to Lake Tahoe in both the marina and residential sides of the Keys have consistently produced nice crappie as well as some largemouth bass and bluegills. For targeting the larger bass I use a 5wt rod and cast poppers and foam frogs along the edges of the docks and the walls of the inlet. Try chugging the popper for a few feet and then letting it sit. Often bass will aggressively take the popper while it is still. Topwater fishing for bass is a lot of fun and the takes can be as exciting as any trout fishing I have done. I have seen bass up to around 5 pounds and have heard of even larger ones in the Tahoe Keys. A float tube or kayak are both great for exploring this area. The only access to the residential side of the keys is by paddling from the marina side into Lake Tahoe and entering through the inlet or by having a friend that will let you use their backyard. On the marina side you can access by the boat launch. Be respectful of the boats coming by and use a headlamp at night so boat traffic can see you. Fishing the keys is a great way to relax and enjoy catching some fish close to home.

Mike O’Dell

Retail sales/aspiring guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Hot Creek Ranch, dry fly fishing at its’ best!

The tradition continues!  Hot Creek Ranch, outside the town of Mammoth Lakes-California, has once again hosted my kids and myself for a wonderful three days of fishing dry flies and only dry flies!  The fish were big this year and they were eating like there was no tomorrow!  The kids helped and also caught a few themselves as well as a lot of hours on the big swing in front of the cabins.  The hatches started with a Caddis migration from 8am – 11am with a few Baetis showing towards the 11am hour followed by a snooze and lunch and starting again around 2pm with the Caddis emergence.  The Caddis hatch was amazing and actually fished better in the afternoon than the morning and ended around 6pm!  The nights fished great for those that stayed out till dark with a barrage of fish eating on the surface right before dark!  With the kids I chose to hang out and eat and be merry verses fish till I dropped…  What a break/vacation!  If you ever get the chance the fish Hot Creek and you like dry fly fishing, it does not get any better!!!

 

Victor Babbitt

owner/guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters