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.