Recent Entertainer Article by Victor Babbitt

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Kids, Kids, Kids!  It’s that time of year when we all get together and help the kids on the newly named “Dale Sare Memorial Sawmill Pond Kids Fishing Derby” put on by the Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, “Mac The Naw” (Doug Busey), Raleys Grocery Store and a host of other volunteers.  Saturday, June 13th from 8am until 1pm.  All kids 14 and under are welcome to fish!  Bring the family and help your kids learn the wonderful outdoor activity of fishing.  There will be fishing rods to use as well as prizes, food and of course lots of help from all the great volunteers!  There will be Big FISH this year so bring your cameras and make sure your fishing tackle is ready for the challenge…  Of course we have to pay for all these fish for the kids so please donate, if you can, to the Sawmill Pond Fish Stocking Fund.  Drop off your donations at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and if you have questions about the Kids fishing day or other ways to donate to the fund, please contact Victor at the fly shop 530-541-8208.  We are really looking forward to having a great day with the Kids!!!


As the month of June progresses, the run-off on our streams should start to wane and the fishing should start to get really good on waters like the East Carson River and the West Carson River.  Some of the rivers are already starting to fish well at the end of May including the Truckee River flowing out of Tahoe and the upper sections of the American River.  It looks like the East Carson should be float/fishable by the first week of this month and hopefully the flows will hold on through the 3rd week of the month.  My favorite flows for fish/floating are from 1000 CFS down to 400 CFS.  There is nothing like floating a river, camping and fishing and don’t forget the natural hot springs as well.  If you are going to attempt to fish the East Carson during the higher flows, I would suggest fishing with streamers and or large Stonefly Nymphs until the flows get down below 400 CFS.  The West Carson River is getting better day by day and running clear and some anglers are catching fish but it should be good for all anglers by the beginning of the month!  Fish with Stoneflies, Buggers and Mayfly imitations, the fish seam to be spread out this year so try some of the out of the way spots for better success!


The best fishing this Spring has been on the East Walker River in California!  Look for Caddis, Midges and the occasional Mayfly hatch.  Streamers are always a good bet especially at the end of the day!  Another fishery that has made a nice comeback is Kirman (Carmen) Lake off of hwy 108 (Sonora Pass).  This lake has Brook Trout as well as Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and both can be very large!  Buggers, Leeches, Blood Midges and Water Boatmen all seam to work well!  An easy walk in or you can use a mountain bike which doesn’t help much on the ride in but the ride out is a blast. 


If you are heading for the Truckee River, fish the sections above the Boca Outlet area.  The flows are looking pretty good and the fish are starting to eat with some consistency and will only get better as the month progresses.  Golden Stones, March Browns, Green Drakes, Caddis and Crawdad Patterns should all be good choices.  The Little Truckee River has a few good fish in it, but the fish are well educated and if you are looking for the ultimate challenge give it a try!  They will eat off the top at the right time and if you are in the right place it can be a blast!


These are just a few of the great fisheries that we have to offer in our area and if you would like more information on these or any other fisheries in our area, give us a call or stop by the shop.  We will be able to set you up with whatever it takes to get you into fish and a few tips on where to go as well.  We do have guides available for lessons or guided adventures on local streams or lakes, take a guide out today and increase your fishing pleasure!  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is located at 2705 Lake Tahoe blvd. next to Midas Mufflers about 1.5 miles from the Y intersection.  530-541-8208!  Thanks for Reading