Owyhee River adventure

I have been out of town and basically “off the grid” for the last two weeks.  Last week was football camp at the University of Idaho which is probably pretty uninteresting to anyone reading this blog post but it is the week before that which should get your attention.  That week I made my way up to the Owyhee River in Southeastern Oregon on a solo trip for 5 days.  It had been on my list for the last couple of years and I had read a bit about it.  So I hooked up the trailer and headed out for a trip that I thought was going to be about 7 hours tops to get there and due to some poor research it wound up being more like 9.  Not an easy place to get too, but once there I figured out the lay of the land and found a simple campsite at the dam for $5 a night.  This included a flat grassy area to put the trailer, big cottonwoods for shade, an outhouse, and a spigot for water.  All this 50 yards from the water. Nirvana!  There were more fisherman than I thought since Boise is about an hour and half away.  I was able to find good water to myself for the entire time I was there as I worked a 2 to 3 mile stretch from the dam to below the campground. There is so much more river to explore. Fishing was spectacular!  Lots of fish 18 inches and bigger.  I caught them slack line and straight line nymphing without any weight.  Leave the indicators at home.  On the surface, since there was a decent PMD hatch every afternoon, and finally on streamers.  I have included a few photos but taking pictures of the fish you caught by yourself with your smart phone is never easy and I am sure quite comical to watch.  I was amazed by the both the quality and quantity of the fish. Mostly browns with a few rainbows mixed in.  This is definitely not an easy place to get too and my advice is to top off your gas tank at every gas station since this is a pretty remote area.  I almost paid a price for not adhering to that rule.  There are no hotels or restaurants in the area so if you are not going to camp you would be traveling about 3 hours every day to and from the river.   It was great being off the grid for three days.  It is about 40 miles round trip to get any cell service.  I was also warned about the amount of rattle snakes in the area but I never saw any.  It was an awesome trip that I will definitely do again and if you like adventure with your fishing so should you.

Just a reminder, I will be running the first of my summer full day Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this Saturday 6/25.  Contact me or the shop if you are interested or have any questions.  Let me get you started or help you with any issues you might be having.  Local waters are fishing very well and that will continue throughout the summer.

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Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com

 

 

The canyon is alive and well. Truckee River Fly Fishing.

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This morning the air is crisp.  The canyon still has some shade in it.  But up along the steep canyon banks of the Truckee River the sun is a blazing and the hoppers are still jumping about.  This week feels like summer is trying to peek her head out for one last hoo raw.  The water has a nice bite to it, we are still wearing our shorts because we are not ready to put those crusty waders back on. ( I found out how leaky they are this past week at pyramid, yuck).  The fish are eating well and appear to have made it through the summer in great shape.  Well, at least the ones down here below the mouth of Boca through out the deep canyon.  We are best to avoid the drought ridden upper sections.  It is quite sad in the town of Tahoe City these days along the Truckee River.  And even worse one might say down in the desert of Nevada where those beastly fish once roamed.  Hopefully mother nature is kind to us and our fishy friends this winter.  But for now a small section of the river is still in great shape and fish able in a good way.  You just have to know where to look.

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Fly Fishing tail waters in the Sierras

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This week we went off and explored some temperamental tail waters.  Not all tail waters are so inconsistent.  But in a huge drought year everything can be all over the place as far as flows.  We have the Little Truckee river for instance being a tail water that is a bit more consistent, than say the East Walker the past few years.  All these streams or rivers rely on flows being released from lakes via dams.  Being that we have been in a bit of a drought the last few years we have had very little water to let loose on these streams.   Some of these water sheds are managed a bit differently than others, in return they fish differently as well.

Yesterday we were able to go and check out some tail waters that were way too low this season for fishing at all.  With that being said a few of them have been rippin the past few weeks.  Water is being sold down stream and the fish are loving it!  The cool thing about some of these sections is the numerous types of trout that hold in them.  If persistent one could snag a hat trick on a single river.  That’s right…rainbow, brown and even a brook trout.  With that being said, these tail waters turn off at the drop of a hat.  So do some research before making that drive.  Or better yet, pop on in the shop  to bs or spend a portion of your day with one of our guides.

Fly Fishing the Sierras- Get out and explore! Guides day off.

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The morning starts off as do most days off, the alarming blaring some odd 80s song.  I quickly turn off the alarm and get up.  After rambling about, feeding the dog and throwing the gear into the car I get my bearings about and shoot Chris a msg.  “I’ll be by in a few”.  I grab the pup and jam over to his house and we quickly shuffle the gear into his truck along with the dogs.  Today isn’t just about us….like most days on the river.  We are bringing our buddies along for this adventure.  In the truck they go and we are off!

After a bit of a quick jaunt down the highway we break off the road and down onto a dirt road we head.  We are going where those with cars cannot go, that stock truck wont cut it either.  A bumpy journey it is.  We bs and reminisce about life.  How grand it is.  After we drive this shatty dirt road for what feels like an eternity the river suddenly appears into view.  There she is.  Finally!  We get out of the truck and let the mutts out to let out all that piss and vinegar that they have so politely kept bottled up.  Now its our turn.

We grab our sticks and head down to the first of many runs and holes.  Of course we start hucking the big dry.  Todays bug of choice is the “Chubby Chernobyl”, its that time of year.  Hoppers skittering about every where!  I love it!  And so do our slippery friends that lay tucked in these quick seems.  They are eager to smash the big dry, chase it down stream and just plain inhale  the thing.   This river has a many nice runs and deep holes.  We chuck streamers in the deep holes hoping for that big grab.  The fish you call home about.  We didn’t find her today but we did find quite a few of her friends.  Feisty they were.  And so excited about the new change of weather.  It’s finally cooled off a bit.  And boy can you feel it on that first step into the river.  How long til I can put off breaking out the waders?

All in all it was a great day!  The dogs had a blast. And by the end of the day, I think they were more tired than we.  We got to explore some new water and huck big dries at fish that rarely see a person, let alone a fly.  So if you too would like to enjoy one of those off the beaten path gems feel free to give us call or drop on in the shop.

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Fly Fishing the Sierras- East and West Carson Rivers

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The good news is here up high in the mountains.  Summer is on her way out and fall is quickly on her way in.  If watching those beautiful aspens shed their fiery leaves while kicking drifts down soft seams is your thing, well now is the time!  We had our first frost of the morning yesterday with temps kicking back up into the mid to high 70s in the afternoon….perfect weather!  The water temps have also dropped drastically in our area with these cool nights and mild day time temperatures.  The fish are eager and willing as long as your able to come spend the time in to trick these feisty trout.  We have the October caddis hatch popping off any time now.  And soon after that comes the snow….well so we hope.  Fingers crossed.  So if you would like to get out one last time before that white stuff hits the ground feel free to drop on in the shop or shoot us a ring.  We at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters would love to show you guys and gals around in our backyard.

West Walker River Guided Fly Fishing

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West Walker River, Mono County still stocking the big hogs… come fight some 5 pound plus hogs with us… enjoy Fall in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. The West Walker is the best freestone river we have going around right now… get out there before the snow (hopefully) starts falling…

Wet wading is coming to an end. Tahoe/Truckee river/Sierras

Fall is nipping our heels…our shall I say brushing our legs.  With the morning temperatures quickly plummeting how much longer can we enjoy the leisure of fishing in our shorts?  A week?  Two weeks?  Nobody knows except good ol mother nature.  Today it was quite nippy in the Tahoe region.  The river was quite brisk this afternoon as we crossed throughout the day.  Id say we are safe as far as dangerous water temps for our fishy friends.  It’s go time!  And if you want to get out a few more times before we need to pull our waders out of the closet, now is it!  Come join us for a day on the water while summer tries to cling on and fall begins to barge in.

Kids love to fish!

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No question folks, kids love to fish! Truth is a lot of the time they do better than mom and dad. There is no better time than the warm days of summer to get the younglings out on the water. And no better way than booking a guided trip up at sawmill lake. Call the shop to book or to get more info!

Truckee River Guide Update November 5, 2015

I had a blast today guiding Blaise and his two sons (5 and 7 years old) today on the Truckee River, California side. Now I know there is still at lot of controversy over wether or not to fish the Truckee river both in California and Nevada. Let me just say that yes water flows are still low and it has concentrated fish but, watertemps are in the high 40’s at 2 in the afternoon. Every fish we landed today was hot… multiple runs, jumps and quick recovery times. Now that isn’t to say that one should take their time with the fish out of water, just snap a quick photo and release or if the fish isn’t photo worthy just release.

Yes fish are concentrated nymphing for them is a quick way to rack up numbers, but if you want a challenge, there are plenty of fish up on the Micro Blue Wing Olive hatch that is going on right now. With waters being lower than normal this is a great time for begginers or folks who want to work on casting, drifts with a dry fly!! And if you think you need a little extra encouragement or some help with dry fly fishing a Gudie Trip is the best way to go!! This hatch will only be around for another couple of weeks so I would book now!!

Tight lines to all of you!! and Here’s to Bucking Trout!!

Mike Curtis
TFFO Guide/Instructor

 

Hooked up!

Hooked up!

BWO fish

BWO fish

23" Bow on the Stone dry fly

23″ Bow on the Stone dry fly