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 Sept 19th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for Sept 19th 2010

Fall is almost here! The next few months offer some of the best fishing in the Tahoe area.  

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 60 cfs. Above Hangmans Bridge –  The section above Hangman’s bridge has been stocked recently. Dry dropper’s have been working well. Try size 8-10 stimulator’s, Wier’s  hoppicators, and para hoppers trailed by a small 18-20 bead head nymphs.  Catch and release section below Hangmans Bridge-The dry fly fishing has been pretty good throughout the day using hoppers, ants and 16-18 Ec caddis. We have been seeing some trico’s finally. Trailing a size 18-20 trico spinner behind a larger dry fly has been effective. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 bead-head nymph dropper has been working well also. A quiet approach is a must at this flow and a good dead drift is essential. October caddis will start appearing soon. Try big orange stimulator’s and slickwater october caddis in sizes 8-10. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 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 16-24, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, trico spinners 18-20, Wier’s hopper, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 17cfs and is fishing well. Dry fly fishing is pretty good throughout the day using size 16-18 parachute adams, elk hair and ec caddis. Fishing a  hopper with a small beadhead nymph trailor 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 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 44 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year.  Plenty of fish being stocked . A great time to fish a Wiers Hop-icator with a small beadhead  nymph trailor. 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-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 159cfs and the fishing has been pretty good in both Nevada and California. Dry dropper rigs have been productive with a lot of fish eating big dries. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphing under an indicator with small nymphs is also producing fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers 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, 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 down to 49cfs. Small para adams, ec caddis and blue duns have been working to pick up some of the  risers. Dry dropper rigs work great at lower flows. 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 the most effective technique. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 82cfs  in the town of Truckee and 495cfs below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing with a dead drift crayfish trailed by a small caddis has been working well.   Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20. 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 getting better as temps cool and days get shorter. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try slow stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- The lake is still pretty full at this time making sight fishing from shore a little more difficult but possible. We have been gettting good reports stripping streamers, and hanging midges under an indicator. Sight fishing for cruising fish with terrestrials can be great on this lake. 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– Fishing well. This lake is catch and release  with artificial barbless flies and lures. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Closes september 30th

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well if you can get through the chubs. Try Rickards 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 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 often so check for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!