Nothing but good news here folks! We are ready to do this for sure. Great fishing is already happening all up and down the Sierra. We have had some outstanding days on everything from the East Walker to Little Truckee and everywhere in between. We have still got a snowpack up high which will keep river flows great until August if not through the hole dang summer. A bit of unsettled weather and cloud cover this past week has kept the run off to a minimum lately. Looking at the ten day forecast it seems summer is about to be full swing next week. Watch stream flows on the East Carson as she is very temperamental when it comes to runoff and small rises can blow it out. Also continued dam work on Stampede could still lead to inconsistent releases on the Little Truckee.
Personally the thing I am most excited for is the return of great fishing on the East Fork of the Walker River. This tailwater fishery can be world class! And I mean world class, big bruiser browns eating large dry flys. It may still be a few good water years before it is fully back in shape but everything I have heard suggests it is trending the right direction. Our guide Jason Shaw has devoted a ton of time down there this year already and I can’t wait to get out there with him soon. The Walker flows through both California and Nevada, public and private waters and we can guide it all! If you have never fished it or it has been a while give us a call and lets do this! Hope to see you on the water, Jay
Tahoe Fly Fishing winter fishing report:
By Rob Baldwin of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
The Fly Fishing Report for the Tahoe Region this winter has been quite different from last year at this point. The rivers aren’t sacked in with snow. Frigid temperatures aren’t turning the fish into ice blocks, and snow hasn’t affected parking access to the rivers. Trying to get a trout to eat feathers on a hook has been a nice alternative to the crowded limited runs at the local ski resorts. We hope that we get some snow pack soon to keep the water temps down and rivers full this summer.
Simply put, some days have been more productive than others. As expected, this winter, the spring type days have the fish and bugs more willing to cooperate. Check water temps and fish the warmest part of the day.
The Truckee river has had some unsteady flows with the rain/snow and releasing of reservoirs, but has fished well on most days. Watch the flows on the East Carson as well but it has been more consistent than others, and the fishing has been better than I remember in previous years. Do be careful when wading around the frozen edges on the Carson. The East Walker has been fishing better than previous years with flows a little higher there is more holding water for the fish, and we’ve seen a resurgence of a 10-12″ class of rainbows and browns. Overall we have seen BWO’s, midges, and some streamer patterns bring productivity.
Typical of winter time, the fish have moved into slower water with the cold water bringing them plenty of oxygen. I’ve found that tightline nymphing with a stealthy approach has helped register subtle takes but the indicator rig is always a go to when the fish are in the deeper pools more than a rod length away. Don’t forget to pinch the barbs and keep em wet for the future of our fisheries.
Contact us at (530)541-8208 to book a guide and learn more about winter time techniques for trout in the Sierras of California and Nevada.
Truckee Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018.
We’re excited to announce that we will be holding our 8th annual Tahoe/Truckee Area Guide School from April 30th- May 5th, 2018! Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing will be hosting the fly fishing guide school . Back again this year are top notch instructors: Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Jay Swartley and more.
We will be covering everything from casting, instructing others, risk management, marketing, opportunities locally and beyond, entomology, a day rowing drift boats/rafts, and much more! Rick McGuire designed this School to teach all methods of guiding, particularly Walk/Wade Guiding. See our Sample Itinerary for further details at tahoeflyfishing.com.
Added days to our Guide School.
Our guide school will be 6 consecutive days of instruction/education spent mostly on the water. We have added 2 days of shadowing a guide from our school or guide from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. This is an 8 day Fly Fishing Guide School course with our finishing school being the 2 shadow days later in our guide season. This years Fly Fishing Guide School is $1600.00.
Please call Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall fishing is in full swing up here. The crowds have vanished (midweek at least), the water flows are extremely user friendly and our trout are stacking them calories for winter. With talk of real snow by next weekend most people will be calling it for the season and shifting gears into winter mode. We however are not most people! Good fishing is going to continue until water temps really drop and anchor ice forms.
This past week felt a bit more like summer and we had bugs, bugs, and more bugs. With multiple cold fronts approaching it’s more likely to feel like true fall or early winter over the next few weeks here. Good news is those picky trouts won’t have so many options on the menu. One of my favorite things about fishing the off season is that you can normally get by with one fly box as opposed to the backpack full of fly boxes. Grab a hand full of midges and baetis patterns and stick a crayfish or sculpin imitation on your hat and your set! It’s also a great time of year to sleep in a bit. Your not racing anyone to the river in the morning and what little midge activity there is early morning will only intensify a little later on. So pack the puffy down jacket and thermos full of coffee and get your but out on the water! These are the best fall flows we have seen in a few years. Unsure where to fish or what techniques to use? Call the shop and set up a guide trip, hope to see you on the water-Jay
We have had a lot of run off this year but it is truly game on rite now. Very fishable flows from the East Walker to the Big Truckee rite now guys! I am hoping to get on the East Carson here the next few days and if I can get the chance will be down the the East Walker ASAP! Caddis, caddis, caddis along with PMDS, Tricos, and of course midges. Look for fish to be spread out during the day, hit anything “fishy” looking. Water temps are warm enough that fish will chase a streamer, even give your nymph rigs a few tugs at the end of the drift you will be surprised!
The only issue rite now is smoke from wildfires burning in California and Nevada rite now. It’s a wind direction thing. Our typical summertime wind direction is SW and anything in the high sierra has the potential to pump smoke and ash our way. Everyday is different and using area web cams can be a huge advantage. Fires themselves as of rite now are not a direct threat but prolonged exposure to heavy smoke would not be pleasant. Keep an eye on wind forecasts but get your butt on the water because it is Game On!
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 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
Summer is in full effect here minus the crowds. We are seeing a lot of runoff still but that is going to be the norm this year. On the south side I would still count out the East Carson, however the west is fishable wither the rite tactics. Finding slow deep buckets and fishing big flys will get a few takes, also slow stripped streamers in back eddies can be killer.
Up on the north end the Truckee is high but clear, the big T is always challenging so not much change there. We have pmds in the drift but fish still seem to be looking for big meals (sj worms, pats rubber legs, glow bugs, ect.) Flows on the Little Truckee have bin all over the place. Bugs are there tho and fish are paying attention to them. Find the rite water for the current flows and you should have a shot. Midges, pmds, bwos, small sj’s, green drakes, beetles, ants should all be in your box. Stillwater’s are kicking out fish as well, bass are in dam areas of prosser and stampede and can save frustrating day on river.
Fishing this time of year can be dynamic and ever changing but if you can get here before the crowds over the next week or so do it! The good days are lights out! We also opened sawmill lake last week and it’s really good rite now. Call the shop for more info or to book a trip. See you out there-jay
Last chance to sign up for guide 2017 guide school. Winter jobs are winding down, ski resorts are closing up, and summer time is almost here! Do you have a passion for fishing, outdoors, and sharing all of it with people? If you do have you ever thought about becoming a fly fishing guide? Our annual guide school is a great way to get a feel for what it really takes to be a successful fly fishing guide. Ill give you a hint being a great angler is NOT the only trait that makes you a good guide. People skills, teaching skills, organization, punctuality, and of course knowing your waters are a few of the traits of a great guide. Our instructors come from different back rounds so we can give you a better understanding of the different opportunities for guides. From walk wade to drift boats, from local waters to Alaska, and independent to working in a partnership of an outfitter.
One of the greatest parts of being a guide to me is that first fish stoke. Whether its a 10 year old with his first fish ever or its the retired guy who has fished all over but never “on the fly”. To me it just doesn’t get any better. Another perk is of course the fact that we spend all summer rite where we want to be, on the water. With no normal 9-5 schedule and no monotony of showing up at the same office to punch the clock day after day you really can just live in the moment. Not a day goes by that i don’t take a few moments to look around and take it in. If this sounds like you than feel free to call the shop or contact any of us directly for more info. We do have a few spots still open but we will be finalizing our lesson plans next week based on the amount of students.
Full Day Introduction to Fly Fishing Course — $100 per person
Course Curriculum Includes:
*Knots and riggings
*Entomology and fly selection
*Safe wading techniques
*Presenting the fly & understanding the drift
*Fly casting–including the overhead, roll, and lob cast…
*Local fly fishing options
As this is a non-fishing course you will not need a license unless you are going to fish after the course is complete.
Most of the class will take place outside, weather permitting.
Participants need to bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, a portable outdoor chair, and any of your own equipment. Rods, reels, waders, and boots (all necessary except waders in the summer) can be rented at the shop.
This course will provide you with all the necessary information and techniques to begin your own personal fly fishing adventure!