Fishing Report for the West and East Walker Rivers, West and East Carson Rivers, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated October 1, 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 120+ 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 Hoppers, March Browns and Caddis imitations. Stoneflies size 8-12, Stimulators in Orange and Yellow sizes 14-10, Caddis Poopah size 14-18, Flash Back PT’s sizes 14-18, Hoppers in size 8-14 and Buggers will take a few as well.
Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Time for dries! Hoppers, Stones and Tricos are here. Try the Hopper and a dropper technique. Golden Stoneflies size 8-12, Caddis Poopah size 14-18, Flash Back PT’s sizes 14-18, Tricos 18-20’s and Hoppers in sizes 8-14. Dry Flies have been producing all day; E/C Caddis sizes 14-18, Yellow Stimulators sizes 14-16 and don’t forget a trailer in a Trico or a small Mayfly imitation.
Guides Available call (530-541-8208). This is the river we will be guiding most through the month of September into October. The Tricos were here for a short bit but not as filled in now. Hopefully later like most hatches this fall.
West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 40+ cfs.
The flows are good and should stay that way through October. The fish are eating Hoppers! Nymphing will work as well 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, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black. The pocket water in the canyon is good 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 120+ 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 14-18, Pheasant Tails 14-20. Hoppers are 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.
East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 230+ cfs.
The flows have finally come down and it has made a huge difference. The wading is doable and the fish are still spread out! The River is fishing very well with mornings still fishing the best. As our days cool, fishing is getting better through out the day. Dries have taken off with the fish eating Hoppers and Bigger orange patterns. Nymphing has been the most productive using small Midge, Mayfly and Caddis patterns. Frequent fly changes help to keep these Browns and Rainbows biting! Some Bigger fish have been taken on Streamers, Dry Dropper rigs also working along the edges and in the slower water. Look for fishing to be good through October! 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, Wiers Caddis Pupa in Caramel size 14-16, 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 for those that can wade aggressively and bush-crash through the willows. Streamers and Big dries will do the trick!
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 150+ cfs.
The dam work was finished last week and the flows are back up again and the fishing has improved quickly! 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 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!
Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are below 100 cfs near the town ofTruckee and 600+ 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 Foxes Poopahs, 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, Para Hoppers and Stimulators.
Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee inNevada are 400+ cfs
Flows are perfect! Nymphing in the morning to mid-day with Dry Fly action in the evening (Verdi area down to Mayberry). Nymphs- Stoneflies 8-12, Mayfly patterns 12-16, Flashback PT’s 10-16, Caddis Poopah 12-18. Dry Flies, E/C Caddis 12-16, Parachute Adams14-18 and Blue Duns. Streamer action is picking up and is your best shot at one the Nevada Toads!, Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, 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 fall storms start rolling through, the fishing will improve. 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. Occasional hatch of Calibaetis and the fish get on them for a short period! The weeds should start to subside and float tubing tends to give the best access! Indian Creek finishes strongly for the last hour of the evening with numerous Mayflies and most of the fish on the lake up eating them and everyone seems to go home just prior to this phenomenon! Stay Late, Enjoy!
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. Rent a boat and fish the back of the lake especially in the later part of the day for dry fly action! Hoppers, Adult Stone Patterns, Big Mayfly Patterns, Ants and Beetles!
Pyramid Lake- Closed for the season, can’t wait until next year!
Guides Available call (530-541-8208). Great trip for those that have mobility issues!
Red Lake Fishing Report– Not great until it turns again. TheLake is off colored but a few fish are rising. Look for the lake to improve as fall arrives!
Guides Available call (530-541-8208).
Spooner Lake Fishing Report– Fish are still being caught on Leech Patterns, Damsels and Calibaetis. The weeds are here again which makes for a tough shore fishery but should start to subside soon with the cooler temperatures. 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!
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 www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date reports!
Thanks for reading and get out and fish!