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!

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 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 60+ CFS and fluctuating downward.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Off colored as of late due to mud slides upstream, check for clarity before fishing.  Fish it early and use caution as the fish are spooky with the lower flows. First light gets you the most time on the water and plan to be done by 10-11 am and let the fish alone after that. We should get back to full day fishing towards the end of the month. Some evening fishing around the last hour or so. Caddis, Some Mayflies and Stones are working as well as Terrestrials! Tricos have started early! As long as you fish it early, the fishing should hold up through the end of August.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  You have to find the fish, they are not in the usual places this summer. Look for fast water and away from the Resort area. There are still some wild fish if you get away from the roadside sections otherwise look for the areas where a truck can access the river for Big and Beautiful Alpine County fish! When you find them, they are a lot of fun, use Buggers, Caddis, Stones, Hoppers and Ants. The Hopper Dropper style of fishing will be best, Large Dry… Small Nymph under it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 20 + CFS

We are already at minimum flows for this Little River but the fish are still eating. Once again, fish it early in the day and expect the fishing to taper off by 10 am. Try the Canyon sections if you are fishing during the midday as the water cascades down the canyon it picks up oxygen and is shaded by the willows and should keep the fish feeding. The evening sessions have been fun for the dry fly! Caddis, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles are best!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 45 + CFS and fluctuating with Thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms have saved us and the fishing has held up pretty well. Pickle Meadows has fish as well as the Canyon Section. Fish early and spend your afternoons in the faster water areas! Fish with Hoppers, Caddis, Ants and Beetles with small droppers under them. There are limited opportunities for fish along the highway and into the Town of Walker if you fish really early before the water temps rise.  There are a few big fish still so look for them in the holes!

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 60+ CFS. August  2014

CA section:  Flows are the key to this fishery and will be going up and down but mostly down.  The worry here is when the water temps get above 70 degrees the fish have a hard time surviving.  Fishable early like most Sierra Waters with Caddis, Stones and Hoppers for the surface with small droppers. Good fun to hit the holes quickly as you go looking for that one fish that will eat a Large Dry Stone imitation. Plop it down a couple of times and move on!

Nevada section: Look for cooler overnight temperatures for this section to fish. The water cools as it makes its’ way down the river and can offer a few hours of early morning opportunities with the same big Stonefly imitations. Please quit when the water hits 70 degrees!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 45+ CFS. August 2014

Low, Low, Low flows. The water temps are still holding for now and a better option than the Big Truckee for the afternoons. With this, it becomes really crowded so be patient and share the river.  Some PMD’s, Tiny Baetis, Yellow Sallies, Beetles and Ants. Best to stick with dries and target those fish that are actively feeding.   Dry Dropper rigs will get it done as well!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 140-215+ and variable. Look for flows the recede.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing well in the mornings but takes a dive by 10 am. Look for this section to fish tougher as the flows get lower. Find the slots a foot or two deep and the fish should be there. Caddis, Stones and Terrestrials! Dries, Dries, Dries…

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    This section is probably the best option with the canyon being tops. The flows are changing and the fish are still eating in the early am. Don’t expect much of an evening thing until the temps come down or on Thunderstorm evenings. The flows and temperatures are fluctuating due to recent rain showers and is welcomed. Crawdads, Stones,  Beetles and Caddis. Deep Nymphing techniques with a bit of dry fly in the mornings.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Not much water East of town but the fishing is ok early in the mornings through Reno and up to the Stateline. Stones, Caddis and Crawdads for the most part. Bacon and Eggs Nymph with a Caddis Dropper has been taking fish! Quit by 10:00 am for the fishes sake or when the water temps reach 68 degrees.

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

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: August 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Closed till next season…

Indian Creek Reservoir:  We are in the weeds… fishing ok if you can find the fish cruising close to the weed beds. Early and late is the trick with many fish not eating during the midday time frame. Float tubes or a small boat gets you the opportunity to access the weed beds. Damsels, Blood Midges and Callibaetis as well as a Dark Bugger.

Caples Lake:  Fishing really well for fly rodders!  Buggers and Calibaetis seem to be working the best.  Look for dry fly opportunities in the evenings and fish the Dam areas as well as the back side of the lake. As we get later into August the fish tend to look up more for the bigger Terrestrials with Rubber Legs. Fish the Woods Creek Inlet or along the shoreline in the Emigrant Bay.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Fishing ok at the upper end of the lake.  Fish with Nymphs under an indicator or full sinking lines pulling Buggers with a Blood Midge trailer.  Red San Juan’s will work as well. Evenings along the Dam with Para Adams!

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the back side at the inlets with Blood Midges and or Steamers. Dries in the evenings!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches fished between the weed beds. Float tubes are the only way to go for access to the edges of the weed lines. Drop a Leech in the holes created amongst the weeds and Jig it!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opened on the 15th of July and is fishing really well! Terrestrials fished dry along the edges as well as Dark colored Buggers and Leeches. With the Lakes higher elevation, the fish are happier and more adept to take a fly during these hot times. Worth the ride or the hike! Lug a tube up there for even better opportunities.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Fishing well from a boat or tubes. Mornings are fishing the best with a fun end of day dry fly opportunity as well. Terrestrials, Mayflies, Buggers and Leeches!

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 late July 2014

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East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 68 CFS and fluctuating downward.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Getting lower as we speak… fish it early and use caution as the fish are spooky with the lower flows. We have been seeing some off coloring during the Thunder Showers so check for weather conditions prior to making plans. First light gets you the most time on the water and plan to be done by 10-11 am and let the fish alone after that. Some evening fishing around the last hour or so. Caddis, Some Mayflies and Stones are working as well as Terrestrials! As long as you fish it early, the fishing should hold up through the end of July and into August.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  You have to find the fish, they are not in the usual places this summer. Look for fast water and away from the Resort area. There are still some wild fish if you get away from the roadside sections otherwise look for the areas where a truck can access the river for Big and Beautiful Alpine County fish! When you find them, they are a lot of fun, use Buggers, Caddis, Stones, Hoppers and Ants. The Hopper Dropper style of fishing will be best, Large Dry… Small Nymph under it!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 20 + CFS

We are already at minimum flows for this Little River but the fish are still eating. Once again, fish it early in the day and expect the fishing to taper off by 10 am. Try the Canyon sections if you are fishing during the midday as the water cascades down the canyon it picks up oxygen and is shaded by the willows and should keep the fish feeding. The evening sessions have been fun for the dry fly! Caddis, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles are best!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 100 + CFS and fluctuating with Thunderstorms.

The higher the better as the water is cooler the higher you go. Pickle Meadows has fish as well as the Canyon Section. Fish early and spend your afternoons checking out the local areas like Bodie or Walker Burger! Fish with Hoppers, Caddis, Ants and Beetles with small droppers under them. There are limited opportunities for fish along the highway and into the Town of Walker if you fish really early before the water temps rise.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 60+ CFS.  July  2014

CA section:  Flows are the key to this fishery and will be going up and down but mostly down.  The worry here is when the water temps get above 70 degrees the fish have a hard time surviving.  Fishable early like most Sierra Waters with Caddis, Stones and Hoppers for the surface with small droppers. Good fun to hit the holes quickly as you go looking for that one fish that will eat a Large Dry Stone imitation. Plop it down a couple of times and move on!

Nevada section: Look for cooler overnight temperatures for this section to fish. The water cools as it makes its’ way down the river and can offer a few hours of early morning opportunities with the same big Stonefly imitations. Please quit when the water hits 70 degrees!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 47+ CFS. July 2014

Low, Low, Low flows. The water temps are still holding for now and a better option than the Big Truckee for the afternoons. With this, it becomes really crowded so be patient and share the river. PMD’s, Sparse Drakes, Yellow Sallies, Beetles and Ants. Best to stick with dries and target those fish that are actively feeding.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 200-499+ and variable. Look for flows the recede.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Fishing well in the mornings but takes a dive by 10 am. Look for this section to fish tougher as the flows get lower. Find the slots a foot or two deep and the fish should be there. Caddis, Stones and Terrestrials! Dries, Dries, Dries…

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    This section is probably the best option with the canyon being tops. The flows are changing and the fish are still eating in the early am. Don’t expect much of an evening thing until the temps come down or on Thunderstorm evenings. The flows and temperatures are fluctuating due to recent rain showers and is welcomed. Crawdads, Stones, PMD’s, PED’s and Caddis. Deep Nymphing techniques with a bit of dry fly in the mornings.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: Not much water East of town but the fishing is ok early in the mornings through Reno and up to the Stateline. Stones, Caddis and Crawdads for the most part. Bacon and Eggs Nymph with a Caddis Dropper has been taking fish! Quit by 10:00 am for the fishes sake.

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

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: July 2014

Pyramid Lake:  Closed till next season…

Indian Creek Reservoir:  We are in the weeds… fishing ok if you can find the fish cruising close to the weed beds. Early and late is the trick with many fish not eating during the midday timeframe. Float tubes or a small boat gets you the opportunity to access the weed beds. Damsels, Blood Midges and Callibaetis as well as a Dark Bugger.

Caples Lake:  Fishing really well for fly rodders!  Buggers and Calibaetis seem to be working the best.  Look for dry fly opportunities in the evenings and fish the Dam areas as well as the back side of the lake. As we get into August the fish tend to look up more for the bigger Terrestrials with Rubber Legs. Fish the Woods Creek Inlet or along the shoreline in the Emigrant Bay.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Fishing ok at the upper end of the lake.  Fish with Nymphs under an indicator or full sinking lines pulling Buggers with a Blood Midge trailer.  Red San Juan’s will work as well. Evenings along the Dam with Para Adams!

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the back side at the inlets with Blood Midges and or Steamers. Dries in the evenings!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Leeches, Leeches and more Leeches fished between the weed beds. Float tubes are the only way to go for access to the edges of the weed lines. Drop a Leech in the holes created amongst the weeds and Jig it!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Opened on the 15th of July and is fishing really well! Terrestrials fished dry along the edges as well as Dark colored Buggers and Leeches. With the Lakes higher elevation, the fish are happier and more adept to take a fly during these hot times. Worth the ride or the hike! Lug a tube up there for even better opportunities.

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Fishing well from a boat or tubes. Mornings are fishing the best with a fun end of day dry fly opportunity as well. Terrestrials, Mayflies, Buggers and Leeches!

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

Fresh back from Craig, Montana!

Brother Jeff with a nice Bow!

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The Missouri River was incredible, dry fly fishing at its’ best. Always nice to fish with my Brother and one of my Nieces as well. When a fish is caught on a dry fly on the swing, after a nice long drift, we call it “Getting Rachel’d”. She just couldn’t get over the fact she hooked a fish when she wasn’t trying to! Got to fish with one of my alumni guides Aaron Fox for a few days and actually nymphed for a bit but I was always looking for the dry opportunity and luckily we found it most afternoons. All in all, it was nice to get out on a new piece of water and fish some flies that had been sitting in the box for way too long!   Victor Babbitt Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters