Fly Fishing 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 November 1st, 2011

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, West and East Carson Rivers, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated November 1st, 2011

We offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker Rivers.  Caples, Red Lake, Spooner Lake, Indian Creek Reservoir and Boca Reservoir as well.

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 90+ cfs.

Above Hangman’s Bridge there are literally tons of fish that have been stocked in this section and for the angler that just wants to get some fish, this is your section!  Dry fly fishing has been great with October Caddis, March Browns, Midges and Baetis imitations.   Golden Stones are crawling around and hatching periodically.  Stoneflies size 8-12, Stimulators in Orange and Yellow sizes 14-10, Caddis Poopah size 14-18, Flash Back PT’s sizes 16-20 and Buggers will take a few as well.

The Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Time for dries! Fall Caddis, Stones and Tricos are here and we are seeing quite a few of the Isonychias hatching in the afternoons as well.  Try the Hopper and a dropper technique.  Golden Stoneflies size 8-12, Caddis Poopah size 14-18, Flash Back PT’s sizes 16-22, Tricos 18-22’s, Fall Caddis patterns and Midges.  Dry Flies have been producing all day; E/C Caddis sizes 14-18, Orange andYellow Stimulators sizes 10-16, Western March Browns to imitate the larger Mayflies and don’t forget a trailer in a Trico or a small Mayfly imitation.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  As long as the weather holds, the fishing should continue to be good.  Get out on those cloudy days and look for better hatches mid-day!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 40+ cfs.

The flows are good and should stay that way through the closing date (November 15th). Hoppers have finally waned with the cooler temperatures.  Nymphing will work best with Small Stoneflies, Caddis, and Mayfly patterns.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 14-18, Stonefly’s size 10-14, Mayfly’s black and olive 14-18, Pheasant Tails 14-20. Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black.  The pocket water in the canyon is good for dry flies and the upper sections have been good as well.  The meadow needs a stealthy approach but is holding some nice fish!  Swing a Prince Nymph under any of the bridges and hang on; the stocking trucks have left a bunch of toys under the tree!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great spot for beginners!

West Walker River Fishing Report– Currently flows are at 70+ cfs.

Nymphing has been the way to go with Small Stoneflies, Caddis, and Mayfly patterns.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 14-18, Stonefly’s size 10-14, Mayfly’s black and olive 16-20, Pheasant Tails 16-20. The October Caddis is going off, look for Caddis in the mornings and evenings.  Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black.

Fish the Pickle Meadows section or in the Canyon for the best fishing!


East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 45+ cfs.

The flows have dropped for the winter and hopefully stay around the 50 CFS range.  As our days cool, fishing is getting better through out the day.  Our winter bugs are starting to work in the Mile (small, smaller and tiny).  Nymphing has been the most productive using small Midge, Mayfly and Caddis patterns.  Frequent fly changes help to keep these fish biting!  The Browns are on the spawn and should be left alone!  Some Bigger Rainbows have been taken on Streamers, Dry Dropper rigs also working along the edges and in the slower water.  Baetis and Midge Emergers are working on the surface.  Look for fishing to be good through November!  A few fly suggestions;  WD 40’s & 50”s olive, gray and chocolate in sizes 20 & 22, Wiers Sprinkle chocolate and vanilla sizes 18-20,  Foxes Pupa Tan sizes16-18, Rainbow Warriors sizes 16-20, Hares Ears in 16-20’s and Barrs Emergers is 18-20’s.

Nevadais fishing well with similar bugs and the opportunity to get away from a crowd of anglers in the mile.  With the lower flows, access is much improved!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Our guided trips on the Walker have been top notch with a mixture of Dries, Streamers and Nymphs.  Well worth a trip if you have been waiting!  Private Waters on the Sceirine Ranch are going off!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report– Flows are 30+ cfs.

The flows have dropped to winter levels!  The fish are eating Dries and Nymphs with the occasional streamer take in the deeper slots.  Late morning into the afternoon the Baetis have been hatching (especially on cloudy days!) and making the fish active.  Look for fish rising in the bubble lines!  Nymphing has been best in the deepest and fastest water.  A few fly suggestions:  Barrs Emerger 18-20’s, FB PT’s 18-20’s, Olive Micro Mays 16-18’s, Wiers Sprinkles 18-20’s, ParachuteAdams16-22’s, Blue Duns 18-20’s, EC Caddis 18-20’s and Rusty Spinners 18-20’s.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Most trips are mixed with fishing on the Truckee part of the day!  Please leave the spawning fish alone, give them a chance to do their thing!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are below 60 cfs near the town ofTruckee and 400+ cfs belowBocaBridge.

TheTruckeehas been fishing very well throughout the entire day.  Flows are getting low in the upper sections and improve below Prosser Creek inflow.  Nymphing with Caddis, small Mayflies and Midges has been good.  Occasional fish on the Crawdad in the deeper buckets.  Some of the fish are rising to Midges, Caddis and Baetis in the late mornings and evenings.  Some bigger fish have been taken on Streamers early or late in the day!  Fish Golden Stones, Wiers Caddis Pupas, Barrs Emergers, FB PT’s, Wiers Sprinkles and the Dead Drift Crawfish under the surface and for dries try the EC Caddis, Parachute Adams, Western March Browns and Stimulators.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee inNevada are 400+ cfs

Flows are great for this time of the year!  Look for the cloudy days for filled in Baetis hatches especially belowReno.  Nymphing will be best but the dries have produced a few fish as well.  Nymphs: Stoneflies 8-12, Mayfly patterns 14-20, Flashback PT’s 14-20, Caddis Poopah 16-18. Dry Flies, E/C Caddis 12-16, Parachute Adams14-18 and Blue Duns 18-20. Streamer action is picking up and is your best shot at one the Nevada Toads!,  Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpin, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black, and of course the Crawdad!!! Great flows for floating!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!

Tahoe area Still waters:

Indian Creek Reservoir – As the winter storms started rolling through, the fishing has improved. Water Levels are way up, they have stocked big bows and they are on the prowl! Try brown buggers, Damsels and Aggravator Princes with a slow strip. Blood Midges and Calibaetis nymphs under the indicator have been working as well.  Midging with Chironomids under a bobber, deep, has been rumored to be working well.  Should fish well until it freezes!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake- Fishing really well in the afternoons when the wind is down.  The shore line is tough to fish until the lake gets its’ draw down.  Fall fishing should continue to be great with Terrestrials working the best.  Take a boat and fish the back of the lake especially in the later part of the day for dry fly action!  The South Shore of Caples is fishing the best.  Hoppers, Adult Stone Patterns, Big Mayfly Patterns, Ants and Beetles!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great trip for those that have mobility issues!  We can guide this with a boat!

 Pyramid Lake- Looking for bait balls seems to be the ticket with reports of fish feeding around the edges!  Find the bait balls and the fishing should be good but if you don’t, don’t expect much yet.  Fishing should get better as the temperatures cool!

Red Lake Fishing Report– Not great until it turns again.  The Lake is off colored but a few fish are rising.  The lake should turn anytime now and when it does let’s hope it doesn’t freeze right away! 

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  When the lake freezes, the Ice Fishing should be good this year!

Spooner Lake Fishing Report– Fish are still being caught on Leech Patterns, Damsels and Calibaetis.  Look for the midge fishing to improve with the colder temps.  The weeds have subsided and the lake is fishing well.  Tiger Trout up to 17 inches and bigger are the attraction to this still water as well as Rainbows and Cutthroat!   Big Browns, on a rare occasion, have been caught.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Great float tube guided trip.  Good numbers of fish!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report– No Reports lately…

Blue Lakes Fishing Report– Fishing well for those that fish from tubes or a boat.  Leech patterns, Buggers and Prince Nymphs with a full sinking line!  Get there before it freezes!

Silver Lake fishing report– Same bugs as Caples…  Fish the area on the south end of the lake where the creek comes in.  Ants and Beetles are still working!

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 reports!


Thanks for reading and get out and fish!

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