Lake Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/9/2018


We are having a blast right now, fishing is really picked up the last week or so. Starting down south the East Walker is back down to about 400cfs and very fishable. Streamers, nymphing under indicator, and some dry fly action in the evening I’m sure will all produce at these flows. Word is there are some big big browns being caught lately. I drove over the West Walker a few days ago and although it’s still a bit high and a little off color nymphing the slow froggy water with big attractor nymphs Would be my go to.
Up on the Carsons the East is absolutely fishable just maybe not crossable at these flows similar to the West Walker nymphing and streamers in the slow froggy stuff is the go to until she drops a bit more. The West Carson is absolutely the place to be on the South Shore rite now with all tactics taking fish. A few years of good flows and we are seeing more quality fish again besides just the fresh stockers. Unfortunately the regulations are still set up as a catch and keep fishery and the quality will go down hill through out the summer but bows a great time to go poke around one of our prettiest rivers.

Up in my backyard The Big and Little Truckee are as good as it gets overall it’s still fishing and everyday is a bit different but overall we have all the normal players for this time of year. Evening dry fly action on PMD’s and caddis, our mid day flying ants and of course the dirty old incator. Our private Sawmill Lake is also very good right now. A bonus this year is also the South Fork of the Yuba which literally flows through my backyard. Good flows and early stocking thanks to the community of Kingvale has really got it going. Kingvale is absolutely private property and off limits but there is plenty of public access down the old 40 after Kingvale exit. Another one of our prettiest rivers in the area worth fishing.
There are also countless smaller streams and stillwater options to explore. If you are interested in getting off the beaten trail a bit call the shop and book a trip! Myself and a few other guides have a lot of places we would love to share with you that are not along an interstate highway! -see you on the water, Jay

Mid Summer Fishing Update


It’s here those long summer days we dream of all winter. Summer bugs ants, beetles, caddis, pmds, etc. It has been hot up here for a while but with the high cold flows the fish were still behaving like it was early June. Sometime over the last ten days tho(depending on which body of water) the switch was flipped.
Look for fish to be a bit more spread out instead of just fishing the deep buckets with heavy nymph rigs try dry droppers in the soft edges. A stimulator with a soft hackle is always a good starting point. Don’t be afraid to “skitter” those drys either. Temps are about perfect and trout love to chase a big big in distress.

Fishing mid day will start to slow a bit depending on where you are. Think about getting out early or staying late. We always say a head lamp should be involved, either that early or that late! We have been incredibly busy guiding lately but with our large roster of guides we can normally get you out there. Give the shop a call or stop by if you are in the area. See you out there-J

It’s bin a bit hot out!


It has certainly felt more like July than June the last few days up here. With lots of cold bottom release water on the Little Truckee and frosty snow melt on the Big Truckee wet wading hasn’t quite kicked off yet unless you are part polar bear that is. The temps look to drop about ten degrees or so next week and it should be game on!
As far as our rivers go the West Carson is still high and cold but more than fishable. The East is hopefully going to start coming into shape in the next few weeks (I can’t wait!). I have watched flows on the East Walker for months now and i really don’t know when to expect it to drop but I’ll be there when it does. Up here on north shore is still the ticket it seems. Stillwaters are firing rite now and the Big and Little T have tons of bugs. Pmds, drakes, and ants will get a few heads poking. It’s gonna be quite the summer up here with all this water! Get up here and fish!
See you on the water-Jay

Don’t like the weather? Just wait an hour it will change.


It can snow any month of the year up here that’s no surprise if you have lived here a while. The past few days have bin a taste of every season. We should be wearing sandals and shorts in a few days again but today will be a thermos of hot coffe and wading jacket day on the water.

This weekend was cold and windy but that just makes for good big fish chop at sawmill and the rivers still kicked out some nice fish as well. Flows are stabilizing and bugs are getting more active. I have bin spending a lot of time fishing stillwaters this year and will probably continue to do so until we can fish all the normal summer spots and spread out more. I think the East Carson is still a month out and canyon section of the Truckee probably the same. Until then Sawmill Lake and any of the local reservoirs will most likely be were you find me. Don’t let the snow scare you we will be full summer mode by end of the week again. If you are planning a tahoe vacation and want to schedule a guide trip call now we are starting to fill up thru June and early July. See you out there-Jay

We are still fishing up here!

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We are still at it up here folks, we had an early dose of winter and then mild first half of November. Flows have bin perfect with the October weather. While the fishing will stay good until the big freeze sets it I want to remind everyone that general trout season for California comes to a close tomorrow! It is your responsibility to know where you can and cannot fish so do your research!image
As far as bugs go they are about to end, small midges, glow bugs, San Juan worms, and a few stonefly patterns should be about all you need. If you are unfamiliar with winter tactics it’s a great idea to book a guide to learn the nuances of it. Hope to see you on the water!

Tahoe area fly fishing update

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Its prime time now in the Tahoe area to get on the water! Flows recently dropped on the West Carson and she is in prime shape rite now. Caples Lake iced out last week fishing around the dam area or creek inlets is good and going to get better. The East Carson is rite at that 750 cfs this morning as well and that means game on! As far as North Lake goes the Little Truckee got another bump in flows and I would expect it to take a few to clear up, but I’m sure the fish are loving it! The Big is looking Like she should this time of year, BIG! If you know how to fish the high flows it can be excellent hog hunting, but it can also hand you your butt as well. If you are unfamiliar with the river at these flows give her the respect she deserves, fish with a partner and stay out of the heavy stuff. Boca, Prosser, Stampede are all worth a go as well and soon Jackson Meadows and Milton will be accessible.
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With our rivers back in prime shape the fish are spreading out nicely, the fish love it and we love it as well. You don’t need to fish only the three deepest buckets on the river anymore. Swing those soft hackles thru the riffles, explore the pocket water, and chuck those streamers under the cut banks. Its easy to get stuck in the rut of only dredging the bottom with heavy nymph rigs, but its not always the most effective way (even on the Truckee). Try leaving the bobber in the bag you may be surprised.
Call or visit the shop for a more detailed report and for the latest on bugs. Also we are hoping to plant Sawmill ASAP like as soon as we think we can get the truck up there without getting stuck. I hope to get down into the Walker drainage this week I will try to blog as soon as I do. Hope to see you all on the water. -Jay

It goes zero to a hundred real quick

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As always, but especially during springtime things can go from zero to a hundred in the blink of an eye. One minute the water appears lifeless and the next it seems every fish in the river is up. A little persistence can go a long way tho. If you don’t let it discourage you and you stick it out most spring days it will turn on for you….eventually.
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We are all getting excited for summer now and with that being said we are starting to think beyond just our go to Truckee and Little Truckee. With the Carsons still a swollen and the high country still snowed in its a great time for some stillwater. Spring is a good time for hog hunting and it doesn’t get much better than our own Sawmill Lake at Northstar! Rite now there is a little walking involved on account of snow and mud on the road but if you are willing to walk it is well worth the effort! Give the shop a call to book the lake or with questions. -See ya on the water!

East Carson Guided Trip Report for September 23rd 2014

IMG_1172-2Well its that time again folks, leaves are changing, nights are cooler, and the browns are getting fired up! Yes we do have smoke depending on wind direction, and yes the water is still low. If you watch the wind directions and get on it early though some of the best fishing of the year is rite now!

Low water, spooky fish and mud/silt on the bottom means bring the A-game. Try not to cross in slow moving water, think light long tippets and small fall bugs. Expect the occasional Streamer eater also tho! I have heard a lot of grumbling over the flows out there, but would argue that with adjusted tactics the fishing can be even better this year if you know where to look and how to approach it. What better time to set up a trip to learn low water tactics or just brush up on overall techniques? Go get “em!

Fishing Report for The East Carson River and West Carson River, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated July 31st, 2011

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 July 31st, 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 700+ cfs.

Above Hangman’s Bridge – The flows are really coming down and the clarity is improving with about 2 + feet of visibility.  Streamer Fishing and Big Nymphs for a while longer with access still being difficult.  So close but looking for the magical 600 CFS for safe wading and clearer conditions.   Fish eddies and the edges for good results but look forward to some great fishing within a week or so!  Rafting is great!

Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Definitely fishable but crossing is not exactly safe unless you are an experienced wader with a wading staff.    Full sinking lines with big streamers in the deep holes will take a few fish!  Big Streamers fished deep in the longer holes or Big Stones along the edges.  Caddis should start any day as well as the Bigger Mayflies and Yellow Sallies.

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 150+ cfs.

The West Carson has been stocked. The flows are in good shape and we have started guiding on it over the past few days.  Some dry fly fishing in the evenings but mostly Nymphing in the mornings and through out the day.  Nymphing has been the way to go with Stonefly’s and large attractor patterns. Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and Gray Drakes.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 12-16, Stonefly’s size 8-10, Mayfly’s black and olive 10-16, Pheasant Tails 12-16. Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black.  The pocket water in the canyon is getting better and the upper sections have been good as well.  The meadow has been hammered and needs a bit of a rest…      

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We have been waiting patiently and the fish are starting to cooperate!                                               

West Walker River Fishing Report– Currently flows are at 1000+ cfs.

Flows are still high but coming down.  Should be great fishing within a week or so with good hatches.  Look for flows to be less than 800 cfs for better opportunities.  Streamers and Big Nymphs if you have to.  The higher sections should be good this week up by the base or even higher.

East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 350+ cfs.

The River is in great shape and fishing well!  The flows are perfect for summer fishing and the temperatures are staying fishable until the early afternoon.  As usual, try to quit fishing when the temps hit the upper 60’s.  A Thermometer is a must if you want to protect the fish!  They will still eat above 70 degrees of water temperature but the stress level will kill them.  Small flies are still working the best in the upper sections but as you make your way into Nevada the bugs are getting bigger.  Streamer fishing is tops if you want the chance to get a Bigger fish.  Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and Midges as well as San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs, Larger Hares Ears for the basics.  Big, Dry and Orange will work on the surface with a dropper!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Our guided trips on the Walker have been top notch with a mixture of Dries and Nymphs.  Well worth a trip if you have been waiting!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report– Flows are 400+ cfs.

Flows are great for summer fishing!  Look for small Stoneflies, Drakes, PMDs and Small Midge Patterns working well this time of year.  Streamer fishing is worth a shot at these flows! Nymphs- Rainbow Warriors in Black and Red sizes 18-20, WD-40′s grey and olive 18-22, Barr’s Emergers 18-20, Wier’s Sprinkle’s 18-20 and don’t forget the San Juan Worm in Tan or Red. Dries- Try Para Adams 18-22, Black Cripples, Beetles, Ants and PMD’s in the Orangey color pallet.  Spinners in the evenings!  Streamers- Olive and Tan Cone-Head Sculpins, Olive and White Buggers, Natural and Pearl Zonkers. 

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Most trips are mixed with fishing on the Truckee part of the day!  Drift boat fishing at the inlet on Boca has been great with numbers of fish!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are below 200 cfs near the town of Truckee, 800+ cfs below Boca Bridge.

Prime conditions for the Truckee right now!  Fish are eating dries as well as Nymphs.  A morning fishery for the most part with the mid-days slowing until evening.  Caddis, Caddis and more Caddis with a few Drakes still hanging around.  PMD’s, Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies as well.  San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs and Streamers for the Basics.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 700+ cfs

No longer blown out but difficult to fish.  Maybe a couple more weeks to great fishing in Nevada.  If you are a die hard Nevada fan, get on it now for limited success.  Look for flows to get in the 500 cfs range for top conditions.  Some of the guides love this flow level!

Tahoe area Still waters:
Indian Creek Reservoir – Fishing is on! 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 are back and float tubing tends to give the best access!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).   

 Pyramid Lake- Closed for the season, can’t wait until next year!

Caples Lake Fishing Report– The Lake is fishing good around Woods Creek as well as the Dam area and the Spillway.  Fish will shut down around 10 am so get out there early!  Buggers, Streamers, Damsel Nymphs, Calibaetis Nymphs and Hares Ear Nymphs.  Look for fish cruising the shoreline.  Boat rentals at Caples Lake Resort make for a great adventure and better access to the back bays. (209) 258-8888

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake Fishing Report– It is fishing well! San Juan Worms and a Hares Ear Nymph under an indicator work great in the upper part of the lake.  Otherwise Streamers, Buggers, Leeches, Damsels and Aggravators on a sinking line and it fishes best from a float tube.  Shore fishing is OK…  Evenings can produce some fun action on the surface after the wind dies out!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Spooner Lake Fishing Report– Fishing well from float tubes with numerous fish being caught on Leech Patterns, Damsels and Calibaetis.  The weeds are here again which makes for a tough shore fishery.  Tiger Trout up to 17 inches and bigger are the attraction to this still water as well as Rainbows and Cutthroat!  This will start to slow as the temperatures rise!  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– Just opened and have not received any reports as of yet.  Should fish great and worth the hike!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report– Road opened recently!

No reports as of yet but the fishing should be good due to little pressure so far this season.  The stocking trucks should have been there to help out the numbers!

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

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 info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Enjoy!

Fishing Report for The West Walker River and East Walker River, West Carson River and East Carson River, The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated July 16th, 2011

 

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 July 16th, 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 1200+ cfs.

Above Hangman’s Bridge – The flows are really coming down and the clarity is improving with about 2 feet of visibility.  Streamer Fishing and Big Nymphs for a while longer with access still being difficult.  Fish eddies and the edges for good results but look forward to some great fishing within a week or so!  Rafting is great!

Catch and Release section below Hangman’s Bridge: Definitely fishable but don’t try to cross it!  Access is limited to one side or the other but worth trying.  Full sinking lines with big streamers in the deep holes will take a few fish!

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flows are at 200+ cfs.

The West Carson has been stocked. The flows are in good shape and we have started guiding on it over the past few days.  Some dry fly fishing in the evenings but mostly Nymphing in the mornings and through out the day.  Nymphing was the way to go with Stonefly’s and large attractor patterns. Yellow Sallies , PMD’s and Gray Drakes.  Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah tan 12-16, size 8-10 Stonefly’s, 10-16 Mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, Pheasant Tails 12-16. Streamers-Buggers in olive, white and black, Wool-Head Sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Meat Whistle olive and black.  The higher you go up the better the conditions!       

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We have been waiting patiently and the fish are starting to cooperate!                                               

West Walker River Fishing Report– Currently flows are at 1200+ cfs.

Flows are still high but coming down.  Should be great fishing within a week or so with good hatches.  Look for flows to be less than 800 cfs for better opportunities.  Streamers and Big Nymphs if you have to.

East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 600+ cfs.

The fish are concentrated in the deeper buckets and along the shoreline/banks. There are very few places at these flows that can be fished.  Fish are still being caught, and the larger Rainbows and Browns are going to be a little more willing to eat a fly with the higher flows. Caddis have been showing with a few being taken on the surface when the flows were a bit lower. For dries try small Para Adams, Blue Duns, EC Caddis and Black Cripples. (When the flows come down) The Streamer bite has been doable but go big and try for the trophy. Nymphs- Zebra Midges black and red size 20-22, Wier’s Sprinkles Vanilla and Chocolate 18-20, Tailwater Tiny’s in olive and black size18-22, Rainbow Warrior black and red size 20-22, Fox’s Poopah 16-18, Hares Ear size 16-20, Pheasant Tails 18-20, Micro Mayflys’s 18-20, San Juan Worms, Golden Stones, Barr’s Emergers 18-20.  Dries- Blue Duns 16-20, Para Adams 16-20, Black Cripples 20-22, Stimulators 10-12.  Streamers- Olive and Tan Cone-Head Sculpins, Olive and White buggers, Natural and Pearl Zonkers.  Look for Big Stones to hatch soon if not already.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We would like to see the flows below 500 cfs for better guiding but these flows still fish fine!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report– Flows are 600+ cfs.

Flows have come down some but still on the high side.  The fish are still on the small bugs but should switch to the bigger bugs soon!  Look for small Stoneflies, Baetis, PMDs and Small Midge Patterns working well this time of year.  Streamer fishing is worth a shot at these flows! Nymphs- Rainbow Warriors in Black and Red sizes 18-20, WD-40′s grey and olive 18-22, Barr’s Emergers 18-20, Wier’s Sprinkle’s 18-20 and don’t forget the San Juan Worm in Tan or Red. Dries- Try Blue Duns 18-20, Para Adams 18-22, Black Cripples, Beetles and Ants. Streamers- Olive and Tan Cone-Head Sculpins, Olive and White Buggers, Natural and Pearl Zonkers. 

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Most trips are mixed with fishing on the Truckee part of the day!  Drift boat fishing at the inlet on Boca has been great with numbers of fish!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are 300+ cfs near the town of Truckee, 1200+ cfs below Boca Bridge.

Fish above the Boca area and stick to the edges for best results.  The fish are eating but not as well as when the flows were a bit higher.  Look for the fish to switch to Caddis soon.  Streamers, Big nymphs, Green Drake Nymphs, Copper johns and Yellow Sallies.  San Juan Worms and Prince Nymphs are the old standby.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 1500+ cfs

Pretty much blown out…  Maybe a couple more weeks to great fishing in Nevada.  Look for flows to get in the 500 cfs range for top conditions.

 

Tahoe area Still waters:
Indian Creek Reservoir – Fishing is on! 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!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).   We are guiding from boats with good  success.

Pyramid Lake- Closed for the season, can’t wait until next year!

Caples Lake Fishing Report–  The Lake is thawed and fishing well around Woods Creek as well as the Dam area and the Spillway.  Buggers, Streamers, Damsel Nymphs, Calibaetis Nymphs and Hares Ear Nymphs.  Look for fish cruising the shoreline.  Boat rentals at Caples Lake Resort make for a great adventure and better access to the back bays. (209) 258-8888

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake Fishing Report– It is thawed and fishing well! San Juan Worms and a Hares Ear Nymph under an indicator works great in the upper part of the lake.  Otherwise Streamers, Buggers, Leeches, Damsels and Aggravators on a sinking line and it fishes best form a float tube.  Shore fishing is OK…

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Spooner Lake Fishing Report– Fishing well from float tubes or from shore with numerous fish being caught on Leech Patterns, Damsels and Calibaetis.  Tiger Trout up to 17 inches and bigger are the attraction to this still water as well as Rainbows and Cutthroat!  This will start to slow as the temperatures rise!  Big Browns, on a rare occasion, have been caught.

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

Marlette Lake Fishing Report– Just opened and have not received any reports as of yet.  Should fish great and worth the hike!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report– Road closed.

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

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 info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Enjoy!