Tahoe/Truckee Area Fly Fishing Report

 

Truckee/Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report April 18

 

Tahoe/Truckee Fly Fishing Report April 2018

The Tahoe/Truckee area has been saved by Mother Nature once again during the Month of March! We have Water so no longer do we have to worry about the survival of fish this Summer, now we can concentrate on catching them and helping them on their return to significance. Angling opportunities, as we call it, an opportunity to catch a fish by angling. Those opportunities have become farther and fewer in between because of numerous reasons and some being the removal of Trout that are considered invasive to our area waters. Let us hope the agencies figure some way to bring back the LCT, as of late they have not been successful via Science or conjecture. Long live the 98% fish, extinct but not…

Those fisheries that have been seeing a bit of a comeback from the drought years of the recent past are showing signs of recovery! The East Walker River has made a quicker recovery than I thought it would and has been fishing quite well on both sides of the state line. Hatches have been good and the river is cleaned out and looking very healthy. Streamer fishing has been good at the higher flows with Baetis and Squallas working for the nymph anglers and for the occasional dry fly opportunity when the flows are down. Look for Squallas and micro Caddis to be best during the month of April.

The East Carson River has seen some good fishing this Winter and should continue to fish well into the month of April with the general opener at the end of the month. Stones, Baetis and Midges have been fishing well with Egg patterns and Worm patterns working when the water color is tinted. Streamers will work especially on those runoff days as the flows reach the 600 CFS rate and above. As the water starts to warm the fish should move out of the deeper holes and into the runs as well as spreading out amongst the river.

The Truckee River slowed for a bit with the snow storms but has already returned to fishable conditions. The Glenshire, Hirschdale and Canyon sections in California have all been productive with Stones, Baetis and Midges this Winter and will continue to fish well during the month of April. The Little Truckee will get more and more consistent as we get deeper in

to Spring as it is getting a little bit of a rest with access issues due to snow. Those that can get up there should be looking for a strong Baetis hatch especially on cloudy days. Watch for spawning fish to start up any time now and please stay away from the Redds!

Pyramid Lake has had a great kickoff this season and is looking to fish as good as ever this Spring. All the usual flies have been working including the Boobies, Beetles, Tadpoles and a long list of other foam flies for stripping. Buggers, Streamers, Chironomids, Nymphs and just about anything else you tie on has been working. The fish are abundant and they like to eat!

Indian Creek Reservoir is another fun place to fish this time of year and should be done from a float tube for best access. Or fish the shallow end which can be waded along the South shore. Blood Midges are the usual hatch this time of the year but they will eat Leech Patterns, Chironomids, Prince Nymphs and occasionally a San Juan Worm under an indicator. These are Stocked fish so approach the fishery with that in mind because you are going to see a lot of fish taken along the shore and of course not returned to the water!

Get out and fish while enjoying the outdoors, Spring is upon us and Summer is just around the corner. For more information about these fisheries or any others in Tahoe area, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will do our best to get you on the right track and hopefully into a fish or two! For those that would like to get an early start we are offering our Introduction to Fly Fishing course, during the month of April, 2 for the price of one. You can find us at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd or call us at 530-541-8208.

Fly Fishing Report Tahoe Area March 2018

Fly Fishing Report with Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

March 2018

 

Fly Fishing Report March 2018.  Normally I would say it is time to get out and fish but as I watch the snow fall (finally), in an amount that might count, I reflect on all the fishing we have had this past Winter due to the small amount of weather we received previous to this particular storm. March 1st is usually the time we hit the Walker River or the Lower Truckee and sometimes the East Carson River but we already have and it was good. Stones were hatching early, fish were eating with the elevated water temperatures and the drive was simple. We need the water so I am not complaining about the break that is forced upon us and with a little snow on the ground it shouldn’t stop us from getting back to it.  Enjoy the Fly Fishing Report!

Pyramid Lake is the Crown Jewel of the month of March and is just starting to fill in with numerous fish being caught this past week and it should only get better as we get further into the month. Bobber fishing has been tops with Chironomids, Nymphs and Balance Leeches. Traditional stripping has been producing some action as well with Boobies, Buggers and Chub Patterns. Pyramid Lake would be your chance at catching a fish of a lifetime with many fish going over the 10-20 pound size. Take a Pyramid style ladder, 2 rods (one set up for stripping and one for bobber fishing), warm clothes, Good Gloves and waders that do not leak. Nothing worse than not being prepared for the conditions at Pyramid!

The East Walker River has seen a bit of a resurgence of late with some larger fish being caught with streamers and a mixture of sized fish under an indicator. The best part of March on the East Walker is the opportunity to fish with dry flies. Skwala Stones, Midges and Blue Wing Olives, especially on a cloudy day. One of my old favorites was a Turks Tarantula fished dry then stripped back as a streamer! Everything from the Miracle Mile all the way down to the Elbow has been fishing well, maybe not like it did a bunch of years ago but definitely worth the effort!

The East Carson River has been fun this Winter season and fishing way better than I can remember since they opened it below Hangman’s to year round fishing some years ago. Even with the snow on the ground the fishing has held its’ own and should continue to over the next month or so. Take a hike and get down stream for better opportunities. The Skwalas, Baetis and Midges have been around as well as Worm patterns, Egg patterns and occasionally a streamer bite.

The Truckee River has also shown that it is quite resilient and fished well in the Nevada sections this year as well as the California side. Stones, Baetis and Midges as well as Worm patterns and Streamers. The Lower River is on its’ way back and hopefully within a few years should be great again if we continue to get water. We floated a couple of sections of the river last month and had some marginal success but caught fish. The Little Truckee has been accessible all Winter until now and the hatches have been good. depending on how much snow we get will determine access going forward. Not a bad thing in my opinion as the River could use a bit of a rest.

Indian Creek Reservoir is another opportunity in the lower elevations and has been fishing well with Buggers, Blood Midges and Chironomids under an Indicator. Float tubes give you the best shot at these fish but shore fishing can be successful as well. Look for the best fishing to be in the shallow end or along the Dam face. There are numerous other opportunities in the greater Tahoe area, just ask!

Thanks for reading and I hope this gets you out on the water! Stop by the shop for more up to date reports and further details, we can set you up with whatever you might need for a wonderful day on the water!   Good luck fishing and enjoy your surroundings. 530-541-8208  www.tahoeflyfishing.com

 

Fly Fishing report Tahoe Truckee Area February 2018

Chilly but good

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt February 2018

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

From one Winter to the next… no opportunities last year to too numerous to count this year!

Winter fly fishing has been great and with the lack of snow so far,  it looks like it will stay that way unless we end up with a huge February. Storms in March rarely shut down the opportunities they just enhance the experience with better hatches and usually plenty of fish taking the dry fly! Most of our fisheries that were heavily affected by the drought have now rebounded and are on the mend. I won’t say they are back to their previous glory but they are on their way!

The East Walker River is again producing some fun action particularly in the pocket water section up in California when the flows are below 200 CFS otherwise a bit too hard to wade. Streamers and Baetis have been the answer so far but look for the midges to show a few opportunities during the month of February. The Rosachi Ranch section down in Nevada has also been fishing well again with numerous reports of multiple fish days on tiny nymphs or streamers. Check out the Alpine section above the bridge which tends to hold some nicer fish!

A river I usually don’t even think

about in the Winter, the East Carson River, has been doing well and should continue to if we do not see huge snows. Normally the river fishes ok right before run-off but the conditions this Winter have been better. Fish Stones, Baetis Nymphs and San Juan Worms. The further down stream you go below the Bridge the better the fishing will be. Once we get a big snow I would hold off until the month of March.

The Truckee River in California has been fun with numerous big fish being released in the Canyon sections. The Hirschdale and Glenshire sections have been good as well and are a little easier to access. Stones, Baetis and Midges again are some of the top flies to fish. Look for fish to be in the deeper runs with a bit of slow moving water. The Truckee in Nevada has also been fishing somewhat well and worth a fish again. The Baetis hatches should begin any day the temps get into the high forties or low fifties, especially on the cloudy days!

The Little Truckee River is another opportunity with the low snow year. The access has been easy but watch for snow to close the access. Midges, Winter Stones, Baetis and San Juan’s should be the best bugs to fish moving in to the month of March. Streamers on occasion will take a fish or two! If the flows stay consistent it should help with the fishing as well.

Pyramid Lake is another opportunity and can be hit or miss this time of the year. If the fish are not biting, try another beach or access. Move, Move and move some more until you find them! The closer we get to Spring the sooner the fishing will pick up.   Spring tends to bring the most consistent fishing when you can fish under the Indicator and or strip flies along the bottom. Make sure to have a good selection of flies, which there are many these days. Carry a net just in case the big one shows up!

This is just a small list of some of the closer opportunities we have in our area. Expand your horizons and the fishing just gets better for species other than Trout. Think Saltwater… For further questions on these fisheries or any others in our area, stop by the shop or give us a call. We are located about 3.5 miles from the Casinos into California and our phone is 530-541-8208.

 

Thanks for reading and good luck with your fishing!

Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Tahoe/California Ice Fishing Report Winter 2016

20151205_150027_resizedRed Lakes, Caples and Silver Lake Ice Fishing Report with a bit of fly fishing…

Red Lakes has multiple inches of ice covered by multiple feet of Snow! We have been fishing Red Lakes since the first part of December and it continues to produce a pretty good size Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Bring a shovel which will be needed to get through the layer of snow and then plan for about 8-12 inches of Ice to get through. (an Auger is a must and if you don’t have one, try bringing an extra six pack to bribe someone who does have one) You can also rent one from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

We have been fishing within 10 to 50 feet of the dam face and doing best in about 4-8 foot of water. The best spots tend to be right in front of the Gun Turret stand, probably because that is the most convenient! Anywhere along the Dam area should be good. Some of the baits we have been doing well with are Bay Shrimp, Worms, Corn, Meal Worms, Power Bait, Salmon Eggs as well as Jigs bounced off the bottom. I like to use smaller pieces of bait, especially smaller pieces of Worm for best results.

Caples Lake took a little longer to get to a safe thickness of Ice but as of Christmas it is good to go. Fish either the Dam area or Spillway area, both fish quite well. One of my favorite spots is to line up with the pump house on the dam which is about where the channel lines up. Once again closer to the dam tends to work well, no need to be out in the deeper part of the lake. Caples is known for bigger fish with the possibility of catching a Mackinaw that go as big as 20 pounds!   Most of the larger fish are caught fishing with a Jig rather than bait. I would suggest having a two pole stamp and fishing one bait rod and the other saved for Jigging a Kastmaster or other type of spoon.

Silver Lake is also good to go and will fish similar to Caples with the option to catch larger fish. We don’t tend to spend as much time at Silver due to the distance from Tahoe but definitely convenient for those coming up from the foothills. There are also some large Mackinaw in Silver Lake as well as some pretty nice Brown Trout.

All of these lakes are accessible from the highway and do not require long hikes with the most convenient being Red Lakes which is only a few yards from the parking area and an easy sled down the dam face! One of our favorite tricks is to keep your bait moving slowly up and down rather than letting the pole sit motionless, I think the fish like a bit of movement but not too much. We are offering guided Ice Fishing trips for those that want the help of a professional, we can supply all of the gear and a nice BBQ lunch as well.

As far as fly fishing goes, the opportunities should start to increase as we get into the month of January. We have had quite a bit of snow and single digit temperatures leaving the month of December with tough conditions but as things warm up the fly fishing will get better as well! The East Walker River as well as the Truckee River in Nevada should fish well with Midge Nymphs and really small Baetis Nymphs. We seem to have plenty of water now so we are looking forward to getting some folks out on the rivers this Winter, join us for a guided trip as we get closer to the end of January.

Pyramid Lake has been producing some good action for larger fish but not yet the numbers game that we will see in the Spring. Chironomids under an indicator are doing best with stripping a close second! The fish are now in the shallows as the storms mix it up, look for windy days or rain to turn the bite on. We carry a good assortment of Pyramid bugs including Balance Leeches and Chironomids for under the indicator.

Give us a call if you would like to get out with one of our guides or stop by the shop for further details. We are located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and about 3.5 miles from the Casinos. We can be reached by phone at 530-541-8208. Thanks for reading and the fishing never stops around here, get out and fish!

TRUCKEE TAHOE RENO FLY FISHING GUIDE REPORT FOR THE TRUCKEE RIVER AND LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER, THE EAST CARSON RIVER AND WEST CARSON RIVER, EAST WALKER RIVER AND WEST WALKER RIVER, AND MANY TAHOE AREA STILL-WATERS. UPDATED FOR FALL 2015

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Fall 2015

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 40+ CFS.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Flows are very low but cold temps have the fish eating again. Hike down far into the canyon where the fish see less pressure. Caddis Pupae, PT’s, Hares Ears, Golden Stones are working subsurface. When heads are surfacing, EC Caddis, Stimulators and small Parachute Adams are working.. look for the October Caddis soon. It’s a beautiful time of the year with fewer people on the river so take advantage and enjoy the Fall weather.

Above the Bridge, put and take section: Alpine County has still been stocking so if you’re looking for planters try the campground and up by the Highway 4 Bridge. Hike down into the more difficult accessed areas to find wild fish. Stoneflies, Copper Johns, San Juan Worms, Birds’ Nests, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, and E/C Caddis are all working. Strip a Wooly Bugger through the deeper slots to find the bigger fish… in general if you find the deeper water you will find the fish

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing 5-9 CFS:

Flows are extremely low on the west running at around 9 CFS. Now is probably the time to drive the extra 15 minutes out to Markleville and fish the East Carson… Hopefully some wet weather in the fall will get this river fishing well again before the end of October

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 40 + CFS:

This is the best freestone river we have going in our area… Mono County is still stocking the canyon campground areas and the trout habitat at Pickel Meadows. You can’t beat the scenery in the meadow there as Fall is kicking in… small Baetis, Copper Johns, PT’s, Hares Ears, and Stones are hooking fish. Find the deep water in the canyon and you will find the fish. Look for October caddis to start popping soon

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 15+ CFS. 

California section below Bridgeport Reservoir: The river is running below 20 CFS so it’s probably a good idea to fish elsewhere… the west walker has some water in it so take the short drive up 395 and fish that… Pray for Snow

Nevada section/Rosachi Ranch: this section of the river is also very low and should be avoided for now. Hopefully mother nature will bring a good winter, and this area will be fishing good by mid winter

 

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 105+ CFS

Flows are back up after the stream restoration and it looks great out there… we are very  blessed to have this little gem to fish in the middle of this drought. Below the surface, Baetis, small Caddis Nymphs, PMD’s,  Midges and Golden Stones are on the menu… on the surface,  dries like Cutter’s E/C caddis and small BWO and PMD patterns are working. As the nighttime temps drop the bite should happen a little later in the day… Try 6x tippet if it seems slow… Enjoy the fall fishing out there, we’re lucky to have it.

 

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 0-100 CFS+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  No water coming out of Tahoe so there is no water in the river. See below for where you can fish the Truckee.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    The Truckee river is starting to fish again as the nighttime temps have cooled the river temps are back into the 50’s… Flows have stabilized at around 100 CFS… still try to get out early to be nice to the fish… nothing above Boca is fishable so work your way down from the Hirschdale exit into the canyon where the flows are better… Midges, Baetis, and Caddis are out on the river and try stripping  some Wooly Buggers too… Pray for snow this winter to get some water back in the river for these stressed fish.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  not much water down here and it was a hot, stressful summer for the fish… wait till some winter storms bring some water back into the system and then we’ll have a opportunity to see how the fish dealt with the warm water temps of summer… This can be a great winter fishery so cross your fingers that the fish made it through

 

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: May 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Opening October 1st! Is this the year someone breaks the 30 pound mark? Look for the Bait Balls to start the season off right… Game Changers along the edge!

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Fishing well!  Blood Midges, Calibaetis, Damsels and Buggers.  Float tubing gives you the best access but shore fishing works.  The shallow end is favored when the fish are cruising. The weed beds are starting to go away with the colder temperatures.

Caples Lake:  The Lake is dropping quickly giving great access along the shore.  Walking the shore looking for the cruising fish is more fun!  This is the time of year to throw big and ugly Terrestrials with lots of rubber legs to entice the take! Streamers will do the trick for those that don’t have the patience for the dry fly.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Still a bit off colored but as we cool down the fishing will improve. Look for risers off of the dam area in the evenings. Midging under an indicator with Blood Midges and PT’s should do the trick!

Silver Lake fishing report:  Similar to Caples Lake Report.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report: Smaller fish but plenty of them.  Leeches, Blood Midges and Ants. The weeds are going away which opens up the access for shore fishing. Float tubing is always the best!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Has been fishing well this Fall but closes at the end of this month! Get up there for the end of the season and throw Terrestrials!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report:   Lakes are low but still have a few fish in them, look for fish cruising the shoreline and throw Terrestrials or Buggers.

Echo Lake: Lots of stockers which makes for some fun times! Fish the area close to the dam with Buggers, Damsels and Calibaetis.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

TRUCKEE TAHOE RENO FLY FISHING GUIDE REPORT FOR THE TRUCKEE RIVER AND LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER, THE EAST CARSON RIVER AND WEST CARSON RIVER, EAST WALKER RIVER AND WEST WALKER RIVER, AND MANY TAHOE AREA STILL-WATERS. UPDATED FOR August 2015

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June 2015

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 100+ CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Off colored but clearing!  Stoneflies, March Browns, PMDs, Caddis and Crawdads!  The dry fly fishing has kicked in.  Look for conditions to change do to the Washington Fire that has burned thru the area at the end of the month.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  Heavily stocked and Fishing well!  Stoneflies, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Copper Johns and Black Wooly Buggers for the subsurface. Stimulators, PMDs, Beetles, Ants and Hoppers. Look for the sections above the Resort to be closed because of the fire.

West Carson River Fishing Report – 20+ CFS and fluctuating:  River is in great shape and fishing well.  mixture of large fish and catchable.  Stonefly Nymphs, Clown Eggs, Large Copper Johns, PT’s and Buggers.  For dries try PMDs, Green Drakes, Ants and Beetles as well as a few Caddis filing in during the evenings. Find the fish is the challenge, best hint is to look around the bridges!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 120 + CFS and fluctuating: Pickle Meadows should be the best opportunity with the canyon section a bit on the high side still but dropping quickly.  Dry Dropper rigs and buggers are working well.  Caddis, PMDs, Hoppers and Beetles. Beaded Nymphs with a bit of flash could be the secret to success.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 100 CFS.  June 2015:  The flows finally came up a bit but for how long we do not know. Not as many fish but the ones we are getting are large!  Fish it now until the water temps come up then please leave it alone and hope for rain this Summer!  Streamers, Caddis and Ants as well as Caddis Pupa and San Juan Worms.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 30 CFS. June 2015:  The Flows are looking ok for now with numerous fish in the system.  The fish are there but getting as spooky as can be!  Caddis, Beetles, Ants, Drakes and Rusty Spinners will take a fish or two on the surface. Nymphing with small non-beaded Nymphs tends to be the answer these days.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 0-150+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  No water coming out of Tahoe so you have to get below some of the feeder creeks for sufficient amounts of water.  Minimum flows thru town and probably a better bet to fish lower sections while the water is still flowing. Look to see if water is coming out of Donner Lake for fishable flows.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    The flows are low for this time of the year but fishable.  Crowds have been a factor… try going down stream into the canyon to get away of the masses.  Stones, Big Mayflies, Baetis and Micro Caddis.  Look for fish coming up for Drakes, PMDs, and March Browns as well.  The fish tend to be concentrated so share the river if you find them. Pay attention to water temperatures and stop fishing at 68 degrees. Good chance the River will close to all fishing by the beginning of July unless we cool down and get a good amount of rain.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  Fish it while you can with the idea that it might be gone before you know it.  Should fish well until the temperatures start to effect it.  Crawdads, Stones, Streamers and Mayflies! Every day is different… look for flows to be non existent soon.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: May 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Done for the season!

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Fishing well!  Blood Midges, Calibaetis, Damsels and Buggers.  Float tubing gives you the best access but shore fishing works.  The shallow end is favored when the fish are cruising.

Caples Lake:  The Lake is 90% full and fishing well.  Walking the shore looking for the cruising fish is more fun!  Ant Patterns, Calibaetis, Streamers and Blood Midges will work best.

 Red Lake Fishing Report:  The lake looks pretty good… fish the upper end for best results.  Streamers, Blood Midges and San Juan Worms.  Evenings can produce dry fly opportunities.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Smaller fish but plenty of them.  Leeches, Blood Midges and Ants.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opens July 15th and could be one of the best opportunities in the area for good fishing! Terrestrials, Leeches and Buggers.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Really low but fishing well kinda like fish in a barrel…

Echo Lake: Lots of stockers which makes for some fun times! Fish the area close to the dam with Buggers Damsels and Calibaetis.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

Truckee Tahoe Reno Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for June 2015

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June 2015

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 100+ CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Off colored but clearing!  Stoneflies, March Browns, PMDs, Caddis and Crawdads!  The dry fly fishing has kicked in.  Look for conditions to change do to the Washington Fire that has burned thru the area at the end of the month.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  Heavily stocked and Fishing well!  Stoneflies, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Copper Johns and Black Wooly Buggers for the subsurface. Stimulators, PMDs, Beetles, Ants and Hoppers. Look for the sections above the Resort to be closed because of the fire.

West Carson River Fishing Report – 20+ CFS and fluctuating:  River is in great shape and fishing well.  mixture of large fish and catchable.  Stonefly Nymphs, Clown Eggs, Large Copper Johns, PT’s and Buggers.  For dries try PMDs, Green Drakes, Ants and Beetles as well as a few Caddis filing in during the evenings. Find the fish is the challenge, best hint is to look around the bridges!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 120 + CFS and fluctuating: Pickle Meadows should be the best opportunity with the canyon section a bit on the high side still but dropping quickly.  Dry Dropper rigs and buggers are working well.  Caddis, PMDs, Hoppers and Beetles. Beaded Nymphs with a bit of flash could be the secret to success.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 100 CFS.  June 2015:  The flows finally came up a bit but for how long we do not know. Not as many fish but the ones we are getting are large!  Fish it now until the water temps come up then please leave it alone and hope for rain this Summer!  Streamers, Caddis and Ants as well as Caddis Pupa and San Juan Worms.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 30 CFS. June 2015:  The Flows are looking ok for now with numerous fish in the system.  The fish are there but getting as spooky as can be!  Caddis, Beetles, Ants, Drakes and Rusty Spinners will take a fish or two on the surface. Nymphing with small non-beaded Nymphs tends to be the answer these days.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 0-150+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  No water coming out of Tahoe so you have to get below some of the feeder creeks for sufficient amounts of water.  Minimum flows thru town and probably a better bet to fish lower sections while the water is still flowing. Look to see if water is coming out of Donner Lake for fishable flows.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    The flows are low for this time of the year but fishable.  Crowds have been a factor… try going down stream into the canyon to get away of the masses.  Stones, Big Mayflies, Baetis and Micro Caddis.  Look for fish coming up for Drakes, PMDs, and March Browns as well.  The fish tend to be concentrated so share the river if you find them. Pay attention to water temperatures and stop fishing at 68 degrees. Good chance the River will close to all fishing by the beginning of July unless we cool down and get a good amount of rain.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  Fish it while you can with the idea that it might be gone before you know it.  Should fish well until the temperatures start to effect it.  Crawdads, Stones, Streamers and Mayflies! Every day is different… look for flows to be non existent soon.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: May 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Done for the season!

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Fishing well!  Blood Midges, Calibaetis, Damsels and Buggers.  Float tubing gives you the best access but shore fishing works.  The shallow end is favored when the fish are cruising.

Caples Lake:  The Lake is 90% full and fishing well.  Walking the shore looking for the cruising fish is more fun!  Ant Patterns, Calibaetis, Streamers and Blood Midges will work best.

 Red Lake Fishing Report:  The lake looks pretty good… fish the upper end for best results.  Streamers, Blood Midges and San Juan Worms.  Evenings can produce dry fly opportunities.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Smaller fish but plenty of them.  Leeches, Blood Midges and Ants.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opens July 15th and could be one of the best opportunities in the area for good fishing! Terrestrials, Leeches and Buggers.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Really low but fishing well kinda like fish in a barrel…

Echo Lake: Lots of stockers which makes for some fun times! Fish the area close to the dam with Buggers Damsels and Calibaetis.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

East Walker clinic with the Fly Fishers of Orange County

Instasize_061419002820150607_114439Today guide Peter Santley and I had the pleasure of putting on a clinic for the Fly Fishers of Orange County. Although the emphasis was on the proper techniques and etiquette of the river, and not so much about fishing, we were still able to put a couple fish in the net. Thanks again guys it was a blast.

Truckee Tahoe Reno Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for Winter 2015

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 90+ CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Open year round and traditionally not fishing very well until about March. If you have to fish it during February, try Stones, Egg Patterns and Baetis Nymphs for a chance.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  Closed until the end of April.

West Carson River Fishing Report – Closed until end of April

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 35 + CFS and fluctuating.

Closed above the 395 Bridge until end of April.

Below the bridge is fishing just ok where you can find a fish. Should improve as we get to March. Try Stones, Baetis and Egg Patterns with possible Squala Stonefly Hatch in Early March.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 20+ CFS.  January 2015

CA section:  Flows are at the minimum and the fish are lethargic but fishable. Midges, Baetis and an occasional egg pattern for best results.

Nevada section: Rosachi Ranch section fishing ok. Wait for the Squalla Hatch in March for more fun fishing! Look for cloudy days for best results.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 150+ CFS. January 2015

Flows are in good shape for this time of year and the bugs are around. Look for Midges, Baetis and Winter Stones. Beetles will take a fish now and again. Look for rising fish in the longer pools!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 20-270+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed until the end of April.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Intermittingly frozen but on the days the sun shines and the flows are not impeded by ice, the fishing can be pretty good. Midges and Baetis with a few dry fly opportunities on occasion. Sections below Boca inlet have a lot more water and the fish are in better shape. Herschdale area should be the most consistent on the nicer days. Stones, Baetis and Midges for a while!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: The flows are staying pretty good for this time of the year and the Baetis are starting to pop. The Bigger fish should start eating off of the surface over the next couple of weeks if they haven’t already. Cloudy days are the best as long as it warms up.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee this Winter/Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: January 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Fishing is worth it and better on stormy days. Should only get better as we get into Spring. Take your chances and try for the 20 pound club, 10 pounds doesn’t seem to make much of a splash any longer. Buggers in two colors or a couple of different Chironomid patterns under an indicator. Some action available fishing with larger Tui Chub Patterns as well.

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Thawed and fishing ok right now but could freeze back up any day if it gets cold again. Buggers and Blood Midges are best.

Caples Lake: Ice Fishing for now with marginal ice. Make sure to check conditions before heading out. Some days have been good with a few Mackinaw being landed. Bay Shrimp, Worms, Power Bait and Kastmasters for Jigging!

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice Fishing for Lahontan Cutts or Brook Trout. Small piece of Worm or a Small Bay Shrimp. Jigging takes a fish or two with Kastmasters.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the Dam area but check for ice safety prior to heading there. Our mild Winter is having an effect on conditions.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Frozen…

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Closed until Summer

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Ice Fishing for those with a Machine. Same baits as Red Lakes.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

 

North Lake Tahoe fly fishing guided trip report August 17th, 2014

Early morning is still the ticket here on the Truckee.  Expect best action of the day before the sun hits the water.  Look for fish in their normal lies early morning, but moving into faster heads of runs once it warms a bit.  High sticking stones or dead drifting crays under an indicator should get you a few takes.

With much colder temps last night we were glad we had wadders early this morning. Come prepared for just about anything in the weeks to come.  September is just around the corner now and summer is losing fast. With water temps cooling fishing should start to only heat up. Less pressure and low flows make for a great time to come up and explore a new piece of water with one of our guides!