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 Oct 18th, 2010

Tahoe area fishing report for Oct 18, 2010

Fall is here! The next few months offer some of the best fishing in the Tahoe area. We  offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers.

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 99cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – The river is in great shape and full of fish. Dry droppers, streamers and nymphing have all been working. Copper Johns, pt’s, micro mayflies, baetis nymphs and zebra midges working well. For dries try orange stimi’s, paralyzer october caddis, black cripples, hackle stacker bwo’s and small parachute adams. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Is fishing great. October caddis dries with small 18-20 olive and black micro may and zebra midge droppers are working well. Good baetis hatches on the cloudy days. Lots of fish eating dries! The past few weeks were some of the best of the season on the East Carson and should continue through November.  Nymphs- Wier’s Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, October caddis nymphs 10-12, Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries- October caddis 8-10, yellow and orange stimulators 8-12, ec caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, trico spinners 18-20, black cripples size 20,  Wier’s hopper, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 22cfs and is fishing great. Lots of fish being stocked around the bridges.  Dry fly fishing is pretty good throughout the day using size 16-18 parachute adams, elk hair and ec caddis. Fishing a  hopper or October caddis with a small beadhead nymph trailer can also work well.  A quiet approach is a must at this low flow. Nymphs-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. Dries-try October caddis 8-10, ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Small streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently flowing at around 106 cfs.  Hoppers, October caddis, ants and beetles have been picking up fish. Dry dropper rigs can work great this time of year.  Plenty of fish being stocked . A great time to fish a Wier’s Hop-icator with a small beadhead  nymph trailor. Nymphs- October caddis 8-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries-Wier’s Hopper 10-12, 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 88cfs and the fishing has been pretty good in both Nevada and California. Starting to see more baetis hatching as the weather cools.  Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphing under an indicator with small nymphs is always a good bet. Nymphs- Wier’s Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wier’s sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, buckskin caddis 16-18, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20 Dries-Wiers Hopper 10-12, Para Hoppers, orange and yellow stimulators 8-10, EC caddis 16-18, parachute adams 18-20, elk hair caddis 16-18, blue duns 18-20 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 down to 40cfs. Cloudy and rainy days can set off some great baetis hatches on the Little Truckee.  Small para adams, ec caddis and blue duns sizes 18-22 have been working to pick up some of the  risers. Try hanging nymphs under a dry at this flow. 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, rs2’s 18-20 and San Juan worms has been the most effective technique. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 78cfs  near the town of Truckee and 444cfs below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Upper river will fish fine through the rain.  Fishing an October caddis dry with an olive or black micro may dropper has been effective.  Try stripping large streamers for some of the big browns. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working well. Nymphs- October caddis 8-10, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- orange stimulators 8-10, 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 getting better as temps cool and days get shorter. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibaetis should produce fish. Try slow stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- The lake level is dropping making the sight fishing from shore a lot of fun. We have been getting good reports stripping streamers, small nymphs, and hanging midges under an indicator. Sight fishing for cruising fish with terrestrials can be great this time of year Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well.  Try olive and black buggers.  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– Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well if you can get through the chubs. Try Rickard’s seal buggers and small woolly buggers.  Stripping aggravator princes and hares ears size 14 -16 just under the surface has been effective. Terrestrials will work to pick up some of the risers.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Good reports. Try buggers  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. Fall is a great time of year to fish Silver Lake. 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 often so check for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!