Late Fall Fishing Report

Hey Guys,

Derek here with a late fall fishing report.  The East Carson has been fishing really well.  Cold water but great flows for this time of year.  Try Fox’s pupahs, sloan baetis, sculpin patterns sub-surface, and we actually have had a few fish still rising to stimulators, adam’s and pale evening dun dries. 

The Little Truckee has also been fishing really well.  The flows have been increased, and the water temps are fairly consistent.  Try san juan worms, small baetis nymphs size 18-24 sub-surface, and try RS2’s, bat wing emergers and just about any other BWO imitation.  Be careful crossing the river, and also pay attention where you are fishing.  The browns are out and are in full spawn mode.  Please respect spawning fish and leave them alone.  Please stay off the reds!!!!

The East Walker has been hit or miss due to wacky water flows.  It has been extremely tough to nymph fish because of heavy vegetation and lack of water flow.  Despite everything, it hasn’t been that bad.  Try big streamers directly on the bottom with a slow retrieve.  We were also successful fishing various nymph rigs in sizes 14-22 without any weight.  Try zebra midges, brassies, flashback pt’s, and bwo imitations.  The East Walker is one of the premiere fisheries in the Eastern Sierra.  It is a tailwater of the Bridgeport reservoir and offers truly trophy trout water.  The only thing that holds this river back from being a blue ribbon trout water in my opinion is lack of consistent water flows.  If the flows were maintained at a more consistent rate then we could have phenomenal fishery.  I have seen it at its best and at its worst.  Let’s not be victims of cfs chart spikes any more.  Any ideas on how to get things changed?  Let us know.

Tahoe Keys fishing has been slow.  A few bass have been showing up over the past few weeks and have also been some of the biggest of the year.  Try casting buggers at deep structure (drop offs, rocks, boat docks etc.) Let them sink then retrieve slowly with long pauses. 

If you have any still water/ river reports then please let us know.  Call or email the shop please!

Fall is a great time to fish in our area.  The water temps have finally dropped, and there aren’t many fisherman left on the river.  Come on by the shop and book a guide trip.  They make fantastic holiday gifts!  We offer fly fishing trips all fall and winter long.  We also have some fantastic sales going on right now on last years gear.  Come check it out.  The holidays are right around the corner.

Tight lines,

Derek TFFO

Fall Fishing

Fall is here.  The days are getting shorter and colder, the water temps are back to normal, and the fishing is fantastic.  This time of year is by far the best time to fish in our area.  We have been seeing consistent mayfly hatches along with our usual caddis hatch including some October Caddis starting to show up.  The action has been great all day on the surface as well as below.  We have had success with stimulators and hopper patterns, tricos, pmd and evening duns, flashback pt’s, and caddis poopah patterns.  Look for fish in the faster riffles, and on the seams in the head and tail outs of the runs.  Big fish have been starting to show up again.  This is a great sign because they all seemed to have been missing for most of the summer.  We have had big fish actively chasing streamers.  Try swinging them across the current with an upstream

 

Derek Rust  TFFO

General fishing report for the Tahoe Region

It is halfway through October and the fishing in the Tahoe are could not be better. If the weather holds out the fishing could remain great all the way through November. We have guides available at the shop year round and with the California catch and release sections of the Truckee, East Carson, and East Walker rivers open year round, the next few months are a great time to experience some late fall, early winter guided fly fishing. Recently the fishing on the East Carson has been amazing. Bigger fish are showing up below and above Hangmans bridge and they can be taken using a variety of methods. Hopper/dropper rigs are still working great, as well as streamers, dries, and nymphs. Now is a great time to throw large stimulators and october caddis patterns. Blue wing olives and tricos have been hatching mid day and the fish are eager to take these patterns as well. Nymphing with brassies, copper johns, and pheasant tails is also working great. While fishing the deeper pools try stripping large streamers for some of the bigger fish.  Good luck!

Mike O’dell TFFO

East Walker report

I fished the Rosachi Ranch section with fellow guide Brendan Burnside yesterday and saw some pretty interesting things.  First of all, we witnessed at least 4 large brown trout in spawning mode on a huge redd.  It was surprising to see this activity on the section of the river we were fishing.  We were able to enjoy watching these huge fish work in their environment.  Remember, don’t try and catch these spawning fish and be careful of the redds when crossing the river.  Secondly, there was an incredible baetis hatch that started around noon and the fish were actively feeding on the adults for the rest of the afternoon.  We could never remember seeing more surface activity on this river.  We were able to catch quite a few fish on dry flies and some of these fish were big.  A size 18 to 20 BWO will do the trick.  I also like a  Cutter’s BiVisible Dun in the same sizes.  The nymph fishing was a bit frustrating due to the vegetation in the water but a dry/dropper set up fished in the shallower slower moving water should work well and require a lot less cleaning of your fly.  Go with a larger size 12 dry fly and a size 18 or 20 bead head baetis pattern as you dropper. Fish this set up as the water warms and the fish start getting active.  The streamer fishing was also very slow as we tried a variety of streamer patterns without much success. One of the great things about fall fishing is you do not have to get there at the crack of dawn.  Water temps were extremely cold in the morning up until noon.  Flows are low and will continue to be that way or become even lower but right now the fishing is really good.  Good luck out there.

Rick McGuire guide/instructor TFFO

Book Now For Fall Fishing

Time is here for prime fall fishing! Fall is some of the best fishing of the season. North shore rivers such as the Truckee and Little Truckee both fish great this time of year. Air and water temperatures have started to drop and the fish are responding accordingly. Good dry fly and nymph fishing can be had most of the day. To the south, the East Carson and East Walker rivers are both fishing excellent right now. Get a buddy and book a fall trip with one of our knowledgable guides. Great weather,less people, more fish. Lets go fishing! 

Peter Santley guide TFFO

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

Hopper Time!

Recently, I had the opportunity to fish the East Carson with Rick McGuire.  We had a highly productive day catching fish on dries and nymphs.  We were catching some fish nymphing dead drift crawdads, micro mays, and small pmd’s.  But the real success came on the surface with various hopper patterns.  We found consistent numbers of fish in the shallow riffles, and in the faster shallow runs in depths of 1-3 feet.  Both areas produced numerous rainbows with the occasional brown here or there.  We noticed big hatches of trico’s that filled the air.  But, despite the trico swarms, the fish were not really keying in on them yet.  

The weather is getting cooler, and fall is in the air.  This means better fishing!  With temps in the 30’s over night, it shouldn’t be too long before the fish start their feeding frenzy.  Look for the action to be consistent all day long either above or below the surface.  Fishing in the fall is my favorite time of year.  You don’t have to be on the river at first light, water temps are perfect, and there aren’t too many other anglers around.  If you are having trouble hooking fish then think about booking a trip with one of our guides.  Now is the best time of year.  There is no better way to learn than with a private fishing trip witha professional fisherman. Have fun out there and please catch and release.

 

Derek Rust

Retail Sales/new guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

This stock market isn’t crumbling!

After a long summer of disappointing stocking on the East Carson, it seems there are finally some fish in the upper East Carson.  There have been fish in a few spots this year, but it doesn’t seem like there were nearly as many plantings this summer.  I fished the upper, put and take, catch and kill, shake take and bake section of the  East Carson yesterday with Don and Greg, from Martinez.  It was one of those unexpected cold Sierra mornings and the cloud cover didn’t burn off.  So, aside from having a hard time tying on flies with shaking hands, the cold weather of course was beneficial  to the morning’s angling.  The water temps were nice and cool and the cloud cover made for less wary fish.    I turned rocks to see just how long the giant stonefly nymphs were going to be around and found 4 huge nymphs under one rock.  Of course, at these flows there aren’t a lot of deep slots to throw the heavy stones, but when you do, they are still being grabbed.  We located a group of three piggies in one such slot and Greg and Don managed to hook all three, landing one around 20″ and weighing about 4 pounds, A FATTY!  Two of them ate the stone and one the San Juan.  It is my personal experience that this is the latest I have ever seen the huge stoneflies around..  It has been great, as it has made the big bug fishing fun in the eves.  We have been turning bigger fish in the last half hour of light with big stone patterns.  When fishing in the stock market, change flies, as even they wisen up after the 10th pass of that same fly!  Have fun and take a bag for garbage with you.

 

Corey Funk  Guide/Instructor TFFO

Lower Truckee River – Squaw Valley to Truckee

Due to a major remodeling project I have spent little time on the water this season.  However, every day I drive highway 89 and observe increasing fly fishing activity on this stretch of the river.  Since I have fished this section very little after the devastating flood of 1997, I thought it might be time to do a fish survey.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the resident population is on the increase, especially the browns.  Expect fish to be mostly in the 6 to 12 inch range, with a few larger browns here and there.  No sign of cutthroats…maybe all the efforts to reestablish these fish will prove to be a waste of time and money.

Flows have been unusually high all summer, currently at 426 cfs.  Water temperature is 52 degrees mid-morning, warming to 58 in the late afternoon.

Due to high flows, the fish are not holding in fast moving water.  Fish the edges, seams and slow runs.  Don’t waste your time in the riffles unless you can find deep pockets.  Fish only water that is 3 feet or deeper, fish are not holding in shallows.  Look for undercut banks and overhanging stream-side vegetation, any place with a shadow.  Pay attention to signs of human activity and pass on any areas of obvious heavy use.  Which brings up a point. I have observed large numbers of fisherman (and women) casting their brains out in the section between Tahoe City and River Ranch.  During the rafting season this section is for the most part devoid of fish, don’t waste your time!

The section between Squaw Valley turn-off and north to Cabin Creek Road is your best bet, but even there expect only 4 to 5 locations to be worthwhile…each location will hold 2 to 5 fish…so keep moving if you don’t get a grab after three good drifts.

The usual nymph patterns work well with plenty of split shot to get a slow, deep drift.  I observed very little surface feeding, even in the presence of a decent hatch.  Drifting a stimulator pattern along edges and vegetation can produce results.  Dark leach patterns on a sink-tip line will trigger the highest probability of success.

Like all of the Truckee, this section can be challenging so be persistent and cover a lot of water.  Don’t spend too much time in one location, if the fish are there they’ll strike.  There are not a lot of fish per mile in this river…your challenge is to find them!

Dan Cockrum,  Instructor/Guide TFFO

 

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