It’s go time!

Well it is go time folks, the California general trout season opens tomorrow! With that being said you know we are excited. Sure we have plenty of water that is open year round, but our options are now almost endless! With the promise of water all summer and near perfect flows for the opener things should kick off with a bang.
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We took a drive out to the Carson Rivers today and man are flows about perfect. A little bit of off color on the East and just a bit into the grass on the west. A bit of color never hurts, I think sometimes it actually helps. You can get rite up on your fish without spooking them, and the higher flows push fish out of the main current and into the side seams.
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If you are in north lake tonight make sure you stop by Blue Coyote in Truckee for Trout Unlimited’s “Fishmas eve” celebration. It’s a great cause with a bunch of great dudes! Also if you get out on the water this weekend feel free to stop by the shop and let us know how you did!

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter all, I hope you had a great day. I have had the pleasure of being on the water most days this week and man is it great! We have a nice BWO hatch in the afternoons, and indo fishing with small baetis and midge patterns in the morning will do some damage as well.
The Truckee rarely gives up fish easy, but the next 6 weeks or so (river flow/weather permitting) should be some of the best fishing of the year. Come on up and lets get after it before the crowds of summer are here!

The canyon is alive and well. Truckee River Fly Fishing.

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This morning the air is crisp.  The canyon still has some shade in it.  But up along the steep canyon banks of the Truckee River the sun is a blazing and the hoppers are still jumping about.  This week feels like summer is trying to peek her head out for one last hoo raw.  The water has a nice bite to it, we are still wearing our shorts because we are not ready to put those crusty waders back on. ( I found out how leaky they are this past week at pyramid, yuck).  The fish are eating well and appear to have made it through the summer in great shape.  Well, at least the ones down here below the mouth of Boca through out the deep canyon.  We are best to avoid the drought ridden upper sections.  It is quite sad in the town of Tahoe City these days along the Truckee River.  And even worse one might say down in the desert of Nevada where those beastly fish once roamed.  Hopefully mother nature is kind to us and our fishy friends this winter.  But for now a small section of the river is still in great shape and fish able in a good way.  You just have to know where to look.

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Fly Fishing tail waters in the Sierras

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This week we went off and explored some temperamental tail waters.  Not all tail waters are so inconsistent.  But in a huge drought year everything can be all over the place as far as flows.  We have the Little Truckee river for instance being a tail water that is a bit more consistent, than say the East Walker the past few years.  All these streams or rivers rely on flows being released from lakes via dams.  Being that we have been in a bit of a drought the last few years we have had very little water to let loose on these streams.   Some of these water sheds are managed a bit differently than others, in return they fish differently as well.

Yesterday we were able to go and check out some tail waters that were way too low this season for fishing at all.  With that being said a few of them have been rippin the past few weeks.  Water is being sold down stream and the fish are loving it!  The cool thing about some of these sections is the numerous types of trout that hold in them.  If persistent one could snag a hat trick on a single river.  That’s right…rainbow, brown and even a brook trout.  With that being said, these tail waters turn off at the drop of a hat.  So do some research before making that drive.  Or better yet, pop on in the shop  to bs or spend a portion of your day with one of our guides.

Fishing Truckee River, Nevada

So Today I floated the Truckee River on the Nevada side, yup that’s right we do have Float trips alvailable, with a couple of friends of mine and fishing was pretty good! we mostly nymphed all day, but there are fishing rising to midges in the morning and to Micro BWO’s in the mid after-noon. Yes Fish rising this time of year!! So if you are a Dry Fly Finatic you don’t have to be depressed about waiting till next spring to throw Dry’s!!! I also have to give Kuddos to my buddy Cleve who landed this nice 26″ Fat Bow. There are still some Toads to be found!!

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker rivers, the East and West Carson Rivers, the Lower and Little Truckee Rivers and the Tahoe area stillwaters. Updated 7/23/2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 23rd

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 240 cfs and is fishing well. The fishing is better early and later in the day. Midday nymphing has been the most effective technique. Look for good hatches of pmd’s, yellow sallies and caddis in the evening. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 68-18, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16 and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 75cfs and is fishing great. The best fishing has been in the morning and evening. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 also San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 400 cfs. The flows are finally down to a fishable level. Try a mix of streamers in olive, black and white. Nymphing with caddis, stoneflies has been good.Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish. In the mornings and evenings look for caddis and pmds to hatch, beetles and ants are also a good bet this time of year. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are down to 179 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 99cfs and it is fishing well.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 282cfs  in the town of Truckee and 485 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibetis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– 

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. 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 weekly so check www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report updated July 16th

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 16th

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at about 460 cfs. The river spiked a little today with the rain so it will likely be off color for a few days. The fishing on the EC should improve over the next week. The river is fishable but wading is still challenging in many areas so be careful. At this flow try nymphing with a lot of weight using stones, caddis and San Juan worms. Fishing streamers on a heavy sink tip or full sink line can be very effective at high water. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 12-16, copper johns 12-16, pheasent tails 12-14, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers- buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 91cfs and is fishing well. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 and San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 600 cfs. It is coming into shape but still fishing pretty tough. Try sreamers on a full sink or sink tip line or nymphing with caddis and stoneflie nymphs. Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish and make lots of drifts in the same area to pick up fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are at 349 and Fishing has been good. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has dwindled a bit with the higher flows. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopaholive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 227cfs and it is fishing well. The extra water has spread the fish out and they are happy. Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing reort– Flows on the Truckee are 252cfs  in the town of Truckee and 549 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well above Prosser Creek. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers and blood midges should produce fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Will give you a report as soon as we know!

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective trailed behind a small streamer. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing reort– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Sawmill Pond- For kids 14 and under only. Adults can help kids to fish but cannot fish on their own. This is one of only a few ponds in the state of California dedicated to young anglers. It will be stocked throughout the summer. Various nymphs under a bobber and streamers work great here fished with a casting bobber for catch and release fishing. For bait try power bait and worms.

We offer guiding on most of these waters. 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 weekly so check back for the most up to date info on fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

EAST WALKER RIVER fishing/guide report

East Walker River Fall fishing  is in full swing.Cooling temperatures have midges and baetis hatches active through out the day.Indicator nymphing is most productive with fish also taking streamers and dry flies.Do to cool morning temperatures fishing can be a little slow in the early hours and pick up as it warms up.Fishing is good in both California and Nevada.Small midge patterns like WD50’S, Zebra midges,rainbow warriors and micro mayflies have been working well in California try a streamer like a black or green sparkle minnow.In Nevada various streamers will work well to cover lots of water but nymphing with san juan worms and small midge patterns listed above has been producing more fish.Good counts of both rainbows and browns with big fish going 20 inches plus.If you have the time, get out and fish. Take a day and treat yourself to a guided fishing trip with one of our guides licensed in California and Nevada learn something new and catch more fish.Take it up a notch and fish private water on the Scierine Ranch with one of our Nevada licensed guides.Don’t hesitate or you’ll miss out on some of the best fishing of the season.  (530) 541-8208

 

GOOD FISHING!

Peter Santley Guide TFFO

West Carson

I had the pleasure of guiding the West Carson today and had a ball. I checked the flows before leaving and saw the dreaded blue line shooting straight up the graph from yesterday’s rains. I gambled on it being fishable and won. Who says gamblers don’t win in Tahoe! It nymphed extremely well and my clients took the oppurtunity to learn how to fish without an indicator. The fish ranged from 6″ to 17″ and were hungry. The pocket water is fishing great. Take those strike indicators off and turn up your Zen and feel the take. It is a very rewarding way to fish and fun in fast moving water.

Winter fishing is anything but cold

Due to the recent warm weather, and the lack of snow, we have been able to do a lot of fishing.  And just about everywhere has been fantastic!  In the past few weeks I have fished the Truckee, the Little Truckee, the East Walker, and the Yuba.  All have fished well and have put out consistent numbers of fish.  

The Truckee has fished well from Hirschdale to Reno.  Water temps have been in the 40 degree range with warmer temps in the Reno area and up high at Hirschdale where the Little Truckee confluences with the Truckee.  Indicator nymphing has been the most successful.  Root Beer baetis 18-22, flashback pt’s 16-22, golden stones 8-12 have been working. With low water temps the fish have been lethargic, so getting a good dead drift is key to getting the fish to eat. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Truckee has been fishing good to excellent.  I have spent quite a few days on the river in the past month and have seen great numbers of fish caught almost every day.  Water temps are consistent because of the bottom release dam out of Stampede resevoir.  Fishing from top to bottom on the LT has been great so go check it out.  The road to the river is not plowed in the winter, so good ground clearance and a 4wd are the only way to make it up there.  But as soon as it snows again, access will again be limited to snowmobiles and snowshoes.  Indicator nymphing has been the most productive, but we have seen fish rising to bwo’s and midges in the warmest part of the day.  Try Trina’s extended body bwo’s, and small adams sizes 18-22 on the surface, and rootbeer baetis, flashback hares ears, micro mayflies sizes 18-22 as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The East Walker has also been good due to the warm up.  The river is at its winter flow rate of 20 cfs but is still fishing well.  The anchor ice has disappeared in the deep pools making them fishable again.  We saw great numbers of midges on the surface all day long, but didn’t see fish rising to them until the end of the day.  Indicator nymphing was again the most productive but we did hook a good number of browns on biot midges, Griffith’s gnats, and one actually took an ant pattern which was a last ditch effort used as an indicator dry fly ahead of a midge pattern.  Look for the fishing to stay great with warmer air and water temps.  Try golden stones 8-14, zebra midges 18-24, pheasant tails 16-20, brassies 20-24, and leech patterns sizes 10-16.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lower Yuba has also been fishing well.  With a lower elevation, water and air temps are not an issue.  Fishing from the highway 20 bridge up and downstream has been productive.  Floating is available below the bridge for around 4 miles to the Sycamore Ranch take out.  They offer a shuttle service so hit them up for a ride back to your vehicle when you are done fishing.  Dry flies are the key on the Yuba.  Skwala stones,pmd’s, and bwo’s have been around in rather impressive numbers.  There is nothing like catching a Yuba rainbow on a huge dry fly!  This river also has steelhead and salmon in it right now.  So you never know when you might hook an adult steel on a 5 weight.  It is a beautiful stretch of water that is deep in spots making it difficult to wade, but is easily crossable in the right areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guiding is available on all of these waters.  It is a rare opportunity to have such good fishing in the winter months in the Sierras so come take advantage of it.  We all know how big the snow storms can be, and we are only a couple of storms away form being back where we should be this time of year pertaining to snow pack.  Let us know if you want to do some winter fishing, it really has been epic.  Tight lines and pray for snow, because without it, the fishing will be tough through the summer months.

Derek TFF retail/new guide