Tahoe Fly Fishing winter fishing report:
By Rob Baldwin of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
The Fly Fishing Report for the Tahoe Region this winter has been quite different from last year at this point. The rivers aren’t sacked in with snow. Frigid temperatures aren’t turning the fish into ice blocks, and snow hasn’t affected parking access to the rivers. Trying to get a trout to eat feathers on a hook has been a nice alternative to the crowded limited runs at the local ski resorts. We hope that we get some snow pack soon to keep the water temps down and rivers full this summer.
Simply put, some days have been more productive than others. As expected, this winter, the spring type days have the fish and bugs more willing to cooperate. Check water temps and fish the warmest part of the day.
The Truckee river has had some unsteady flows with the rain/snow and releasing of reservoirs, but has fished well on most days. Watch the flows on the East Carson as well but it has been more consistent than others, and the fishing has been better than I remember in previous years. Do be careful when wading around the frozen edges on the Carson. The East Walker has been fishing better than previous years with flows a little higher there is more holding water for the fish, and we’ve seen a resurgence of a 10-12″ class of rainbows and browns. Overall we have seen BWO’s, midges, and some streamer patterns bring productivity.
Typical of winter time, the fish have moved into slower water with the cold water bringing them plenty of oxygen. I’ve found that tightline nymphing with a stealthy approach has helped register subtle takes but the indicator rig is always a go to when the fish are in the deeper pools more than a rod length away. Don’t forget to pinch the barbs and keep em wet for the future of our fisheries.
Contact us at (530)541-8208 to book a guide and learn more about winter time techniques for trout in the Sierras of California and Nevada.