Far off and into the desert. Pyramid Lake, NV

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This past weekend was well spent with good friends from areas all over the states of CA and NV, some old and some new.  It was a pleasure as always.  We had good times in the wet and nasty weather as well as the calm bluebird weather pyramid is not known for.  I learned a bit on the vice from a very talented young buck, Austin Lindsay Jr.  This kid has the drive you see in a cougar stalking a deer.  So cool to see.  The passion is there in a mean way.  It makes you want to step it up a notch just to stay ahead.  But its also a real pleasure to see the younger generation engaged so deep into a sport we all love.  If your reading this I would assume you have the drive us fly nerds, geeks, enthusiasts, junkies and die hards all keep pulsing through our blood.  The passion is so thick, it’s not just a sport anymore.  Its a lifestyle.

This weekend was one of those for the memory books.  Not only was the fishing great, but the time spent with old and new friends was more than memorable.  The shore fishing is tough out there now. But if you can get out in a tube, kayak, boat, etc the bite can be one to remember. Strip that chub pattern like you mean it! Pyramid Lake, I love you.

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Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated April 12th, 2011

 

Tahoe area fishing report for April 12th, 2011

We  offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers. Lots of snow falling around the Tahoe area right now.

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 668cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – Closed till last Sat in April. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Look for flows to rise in the next few weeks as temps warm up. Will probably be blown out until late June early July once the runoff really begins. Be careful and dont try to wade at this flow. The river is fishable at this flow but nearly impossible to cross. Stripping streamers on a full sink line or dredging stonefly and san juan worms  along the bottom can produce some fish.  Nymphs- black and golden stoneflies, san juan worms in natural and red, Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow and orange stimulators 8-12, ec caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, trico spinners 18-20, black cripples size 20,  Wier’s hopper, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Closed till last saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report– Closed till last Saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are  227cfs. The fish are more spread out now that temps are warming. Had a fun time out there the past few days fishing below the bridge. Small baetis and midge nymphs are still working well. For dries try small para adams, blue duns and black cripples. The streamer bite has been pretty good recently. There have also been some stones around so tossing a big dry fly can produce some nice fish. Nymphs- zebra midges black and red size 20-22, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20, tailwater tiny’s size olive and black 18-22, rainbow warrior black and red size 20-22, Fox’s poopah 16-18, hares ear size 16-20, pheasent tails 18-20, micro mayflys’s 18-20, san juan worms, golden stones, barrs 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. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are down to 173cfs. Not sure on how the road is right now but should be getting close to drivable. Baetis and small midge patterns work well this time of year. rainbow warriors in black and red sizes 18-20, wd-40′s grey and olive 18-22, barrs emergers 18-20, Wier’s sprinkle’s 18-20. For dries try blue duns 18-20, para adams 18-22, black cripples Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 212cfs  near the town of Truckee and 1,040cfs below Boca bridge. Lots of snow in the sierra’s right now so look for the Truckee to be pretty blown out once temps rise. Use caution while wading.   Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working well. Look for fish rising to baetis and midges throughout the warmest part of the day. Nymphs- October caddis 8-10,  Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- orange stimulators 8-10, Blue duns 18-20, hackle stacker bwo’s 18-20, para adams 18-22 . Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters

Pyramid Lake- Fishing reports have been great lately with the water warming up. Stripping streamers and beetles has been working well. Hanging midges under an indicator has also been productive.

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is good. Try buggers and aggravator princes with a slow strip from shore or a float tube. Midges under an indicator picking up fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Frozen. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Frozen Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report– Frozen

Blue Lakes fishing report–  Road closed Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Frozen Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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.

Tight Lines!

Feb. 26 2011 Fishing Report

Tahoe area fishing report for Feb 26, 2011

We  offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers. Lots of snow has fallin around the Tahoe area right now.

  

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 159cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – Closed till last Sat in April. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Lots of snow has fallen the Tahoe Area, with this last storm. The East Carson tends to really slow down during the winter months. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns is the best bet during this time of year. Try nymphing the slow tailouts and deeper pools with wd-40′s, zebra midges, rainbow warriors and baetis patterns. For dries try size 18-20 blue duns and size 20-22 black cripples.  Nymphs- Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in Olive, White and black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries- Cutter’s E.C. caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Closed till last saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report Closed till last Saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are  112cfs. The fish are concentrated in the deeper buckets. Nymphs- Small baetis and midge nymphs are still working well. Dries- try small para adams, blue duns and black cripples. Fun time to target a few risers during the warmer part of the day.  Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report Flows are down to 37s. No word on how the road has been after this last storm. Baetis and small midge patterns work well this time of year. rainbow warriors in black and red sizes 18-20, wd-40′s grey and olive 18-22, barrs emergers 18-20, Wier’s sprinkle’s 18-20. For dries try blue duns 18-20, para adams 18-22, black cripples Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Ca) fishing report Flows on the Truckee are 140cfs  near the town of Truckee and 411cfs below Boca bridge.  Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working well. Look for fish rising to baetis and midges throughout the warmest part of the day. Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- Blue duns 18-20, hackle stacker bwo’s 18-20, para adams 18-22 . Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Nv) fishing report-  Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are from 384 -500cfs depending on what stretch of the river you are on. Nymphing has been the way to go all day. Fish have been coming up for BWO’s in the afternoon, but will slow with this cold snap. Look to the longer, deeper runs to be holding fish. Nymphs- Pheasant Tails 12-18’s, Tiger Worms 10, Copper, Copper Johns 12-18’s, Psycho Prince 12-16. Dries- BWO’s 12-16 (YES you read that right!) BWO emergers 12-16, Parachute Adams 12-18, there has been a lot of midges hatching as well but hardly any fish are keyed in on them. Streamers- Olive, White, and Black Buggers, Olive and Black Woolhead Sculpins on a slow swing will pick up fish aswell! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters:

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report Fishing is slowing down. Try buggers and aggravator princes with a slow strip. Midges and Small Baetis nymphs under the indicator has been working as well. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Pyramid Lake- Fishing has been incredible the last week, but has slowed with the cold snap! Fish are still being taken stripping streamers, as well as on the Indicator. Look for fishing to improve with warmer temperatures! It’s almost time for March Madness at the lake! Nymphs- Ice cream cone Midges in Black, Red, Purple. Holographic Attractor Patterns in Black, Red, Purple, and Green. Streamers- Black, Olive, White, and Purple Buggers.

Caples Lake fishing report Lots of snow. Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well!. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report–  Frozen

Blue Lakes fishing report–  Road clased Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Lots of snow. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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.

Tight Lines!

Winter Fishing Options and Fly Tying

The last couple of weeks I have been doing a bit more fishing and it has been great.  For those anglers willing to brave the cold, winter fishing can be excellent. I have been spending some time at Pyramid Lake and it is beginning to fish pretty well. In the last 2 trips I made with fellow guides Derek Rust and Mike C we have been hooking around 6-7 fish a piece and landing 4-5 each. tadpoles, buggers, Pyramid Wooly worms and some of Mike C’s Pyramid bugs have been working well. If you need flies and info don’t hesitate to call or stop by our shop. The East Walker is another fun place to spend some time in the winter. Nymphing with size 18-22 red and black zebra midges, tail water tiny’s size 20-22, Flashback PT’s size 18-20 have all been effective. There has also been some fish rising to small midges, I found that parachute Adams in size 20-24 and Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24 have worked great to pick up a few risers. So for those of you itching to get out and fish swing by the shop and we can set you up with everything you will need for some successful winter fishing. If you are looking to improve your winter fishing techniques we have guides ready year round. The winter is a great time to catch some nice fish with no crowds. We are also offering fly tying classes at a drop in basis. The price is $75 for 3-2 hour sessions. Winter nights are a great time to sit down and replenish your fly boxes by tying some flies. Stop in or give us a call about more info on are fly tying classes.
We will also be updating our blog regularly throughout the season, so check back often for updated fishing reports for the Tahoe region.

Mike O’Dell Guide/Instructor TFFO