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
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
Truckee/Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide School 2018!
Join us for our annual Guide School, become a guide and live out your dreams!
Spring is right around the corner and so is our Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide school! Do you enjoy teaching fly fishing to others, being outside, and sharing your knowledge? Then now is your opportunity to learn from some of the best fly fishing guides in the area. In addition to some of our guides at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, we are excited to have Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors again this year.
Our guide school consist of 8 days total. 6 days almost exclusively on the water, and 2 additional days watching and helping a guide in action. With that time we teach you how to teach others, brush up on techniques, answer questions, and have a bunch of fun. With a half day of marketing yourself/business, opportunities outside of Tahoe, and some great speakers to follow up. The last day of the school will be spent on drift boats and you on the oars!
Dates this year are from April 30- May 5. Call or email now to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out or put it off until next year! Come join us and learn from some of the best guides in the Tahoe area!
We still have a few openings if you are interested!
Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email at email@example.com
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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.
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!
Well as we predicted the temps rose and so did the flows. Not to worry tho the Stillwater action is red hot. Callibaetis, ants, midges, and baitfish patterns are all fooling fish rite now. I have heard good reports from South Lake area lakes and can tell you first hand that Jackson Meadows and Milton are good to go. To fish all day a float tube or boat is good idea, but midday ant bite is just fine from shore. Just play those wind lines, no wind means no ants in the water.
If you have never fished our private water (sawmill lake) now is a great time. We restocked last week and water temps are perfect. We can take you on a guide trip or you can fish on your own. We limit mixed groups to a max of 4 rods at a time to ensure a quality experience. Sawmill is truly Tahoes premier Stillwater and now is the time to get a taste of the best! As always give the shop a call with any questions. See ya on the water-Jay
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.
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
Just a quick update folks. We have had some great days out there and we have had a few tough ones as well. With the temps yo-yoing and the water flows doing the same the fishing has bin a bit fickle. Runoff is here and the water in the big “T” has bin cold. Don’t expect fish to move much for your fly, your gonna have to put it on their nose to get a grab. The Little Truckee got a bump in flows which is great for fish, but made the angling tuff with all the slime and snot in the drift. I would expect that to be cleared up by now tho. Bottom line is get out and fish, but know that like always the fish eat on their schedule not yours! Tend those drifts and make everyone count…….see you on the water -Jay
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.
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!