I recently had the opportunity to fish the Upper Truckee river. I had great success despite the skinny water. Most of the fish that I landed were very small, but was lucky enough to stick two fish around 8-10 inches long. One of them being a perfect brook trout specimen. Our tributaries can be a very rewarding and occasionally will yield a lunker trout that moved up in there to spawn out of Lake Tahoe. All of the fish in our tributaries are wild and should be returned to the water unharmed. Please practice barbless catch and release fishing. If we continue taking wild trout from our waters then the future of fishing is doomed. Numerous times this season I have heard from locals, ” the fishing isn’t as good as it was when I was a kid”. Each time someone has said that to me they have each had stringers of wild fish that were slain where they shouldn’t have been. This is a perfect example of cause and effect. Sadly, this problem is nation wide, and something needs to be done! The future of trout fishing is up to us! Please catch and release, and report poachers to Cal Tip. Have fun out there. Tight Lines.
Monday I had the opportunity to spend a day on the Little Truckee river with Albert of Las Vegas and Incline Village on his first fishing trip at 63 years of age. We enjoyed a beautiful day of instruction on the basics of fly fishing from casting, rigging , and fighting fish. Albert was a great student who showed more interest in learning proper techniques than actually catching fish. After a couple of hours the green drakes and pmd`s started hatching. This gave us several chances to hook fish on dries. Several rises and grabs later, Albert is on to an acrobatic 18″ rainbow. Patience and instruction paid off with the landing of Alberts first fish. Way to go Albert! Good company, fishing and the beautiful scenery of the Little Truckee river made for a great day for both Albert and myself. As for the fishing on the Little Truckee, nymphing in the early morning is effective and then switch to pmd dries in late morning when hatch starts .
Pleasant Valley never ceases to amaze me. It’s grandeur is one of the foremost in the Sierras. I recently had the great opportunity to fish it for two days with Tim Terry and Rich Asher. We had a great time. The two of them have been pals for 30 years, so you can imagine the heckling and fun that was had. They had me cracked up most of the day. We were fishing to a large group of fish and having a rough time getting them to eat. You could see the fish go to the nymph, practically touch it with his nose and then turn away. Sometimes, even the indicator would twitch, yet the fish’s mouth had never opened. I went to 6x from 5x and finally got them to start eating. This is a tough trade off, though, as 6x with big fish is tough. You either get them to eat and break a lot of them off or watch them refuse the fly time after time. I’ll choose the former any day. So, if you know your fly is getting refusals, change the fly size, color or both and go down a size in tippet and hang on! Great job, Tim and Rich, landing those big fish on light tippet!�
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
It happens all of the time, yet it is still surprising when the same fly has been working for what seems like forever. I had a guide trip on the West Carson the other day and started with the fly that had been working for weeks. To my dismay, it wasn’t working. It had been working regardless of time of day, hatch or no hatch, it just worked. After mulling things over and staring at my box for a couple of minutes, a trusty regular caught my eye, The Pink Hacklestacker. I tied it on for one of the clients and it was game on again. We fished that pattern for the rest of the day, wrapping up around 4pm with fish still taking it! There were no bugs about and there are still great Caddis hatches in the evenings, but the fish wanted the mayfly. So, don’t allow yourself to get bogged down with specific patterns, open up that box and try some different flies when things aren’t going the way they should be. Have fun out there.
The flows may be getting low 30 cfs, but the fish are still very active. The key here is to find the faster moving pocket water. The fishing has been excellent from Sorenson’s resort all the way down past Woodfords. This is a place where you can fish dries all day! Adding a small beadhead dropper nymph below an attractor dry will get you plenty of action in the midday heat if the surface action slows a bit. Ask about our two hour evening dry fly trips its a lot of fun.
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
I spent the morning with two great guys on the East Carson, Jayden and his grandfather Jay. It was Jayden’s first fly fishing trip and being only 7 years old, the youngest client I’ve ever had. He picked up casting incredibly fast and is one skilled fisherman when it comes to fighting fish. He was able to land three and had a few more on. We had the most success drifting and swinging nymphs through the riffles. There seem to be a lot of fish in the faster moving water due to the high temperatures and these areas are usually left alone by the spin fishermen. Swinging flies is a great way to catch fish on a fly rod and it is easy to do. Try this technique using small pheasant tails, copper johns, and hares ears in sizes 16 and 18. Jayden was also extremely patient for a guy his age and is a good example of how to catch more fish. Be persistent and don’t give up. Thanks again Jay and Jayden for an awesome morning.
Aaron: thanks so much for a great time on Tuesday. We had a lot of fun. Very informative about the many facets of fly-fishing. You definitely know your stuff and are a great ambassador for the sport and the shop!! I would definitely be interested in doing that again and will be in touch. I attached a copy of the photo you took for us.
Please know if there is anything we can do for you, just ask.
Dan and Ilene Finkelstein
Good Job Aaron! Victor
Victor, my wife, daughter and I had a most pleasant day fishing and I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the knowledge and professionalism of Corey and Brendan. We all agreed that we’d like to do this again. You’ve got a good team. Thanks, DAN
Another great comment about our guide service! Families are always welcome. Well done Corey and Brendan! Victor
Thanks for hooking us with Peter for our 4 day trip, a week ago. We and he all had a great time. We learned a lot and saw lots of big fish. Although I was not good enough to catch nor bring many in. However we all had a great time hanging out with Peter. We all enjoyed lots of good times and meals together.
Please thank everyone at the shop and especially Peter for helping out us city-folks.
Fun trip for Peter! Well done. Victor
It’s that time of the year, the East Carson River is turning prime! Flows are in the 300’s and the wading is getting easier day by day. Stonefly husks are everywhere, Caddis are starting to pop as well as PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and a few large Mayfly Drakes as well. The evening hatch has been great! Streamers are still fooling a few fish during the day but Stonefly Nymphs, Caddis Nymphs and Little Yellow Sally Nymphs have been the most successful. The West Carson River is prime and has been for a few weeks now. Corey has had a few guide trips on the West Carson Riverthat have caught fish all day long on dries, not big fish but a lot of action! Fish with Yellow Sallies, Humpies, Small Stimulators and Beetles! The Stillwater fishing has slowed a bit but can still be good early in the day and evenings. Look for Calibaetis, Damsels and a few Blood Midges late in the day. Red Lake, Caples and Indian Creek are worth a fish! Call the fly shop for further details and have a great day of fishing!
Tahoe Fly fishing Outfitters
Once again I had the opportunity to guide on the preserve a couple of days ago. This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have fished and I have been to a few. Best part is the location, right in our backyard in Markleeville. As I have mentioned in posts earlier, I believe every fly fisher should treat themselves to private water at least once a year. The preserve has big and beautiful fish that require a bit of technical skill to hook, fight, and land. Attached are two examples. We guide the area quite a bit and would be excited about teaching those skills to anyone interested. I had a great time with Bob, Jesse, and Toby from Harrahs on this occasion and look forward to spending the day with the next group out there. If you are interested and you should be, contact the shop for availability and rates. As always, pack out and pick up trash.
I had the privilege to guide and fish for three days on the Sceirine ranch, which is a 2.5 mile private section of the East Walker River. My client and I, Joe Hagler from southern California had a wonderful day with many fish hooked and landed on nymphs and streamers. The trout were all big and strong running 17″ to 21″. The scenery was beautiful and the pressure was zero, well worth the $80 full day rod fee and $50 for a half day. Contact Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for information on guided trip to “The Ranch” or any other of our private waters including, Pleasant Valley and Sawmill Lake. I would like to give special thanks to Scott Freeman at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, home of the Sceirine Ranch.