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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Victor Babbitt at (530)541-8208 and or email at email@example.com
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
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
Its no secret that we have a big big mega snow pack this spring and that we will have plenty of water this year. With the warm temps in this weeks forecast we will see some significant flows on most of our rivers and streams.The good news however is there are still plenty of places to fish and we will not have any issues with warm water temps keeping us off the river this year. It will be a great summer out there for sure!
As far as current conditions go rite place at the rite time is everything! Still waters have certainly produced the most consistent fish, however there is no shortage of big fish being caught on the Big Truckee as well, just not big numbers of them. If you are venturing out on the Truckee please be cautious, bring a friend, and don’t trust the undercut banks. Its not the time to go for an unplanned swim! Streamers dead drifted or stripped, big pat’s rubberlegs, and san Juan worms have bin the ticket. We have no shortage of bugs out there but the fish seem to be gorging on the big bites and overlooking the small stuff. We have some soft water on the Little Truckee but there’s no where to cross and crowds seem to already be out in force,on top of that the rainbows seem to be late to spawn and you should be on the lookout for reds. If you really wanna fish it think Big Truckee flys and techniques and stay out of water as best you can to stay off the reds and keep from taking a swim. Still water fishing has bin hot inlet areas and dam breasts seem to be the ticket. The bass seem to be moving into the dam breast areas, look for calm wind days so the surface water has chance to warm. Big callebaetis coming off most days and damsels already making moves. Midge hatches in the early evening have bin thick and the fish are keying in on them. It’s also a great time to go down in the dessert and chase some goldfish! If you have never fished carp on the fly it can be a blast, the visuals of stalking these beasts is a trip. Getting them to eat can be tough tho. For more info on carp fishing call or stop by the shop.
With our mega snow pack and long blue bird days it is also a great time to come up and ski a few laps at Squaw before hitting the water. The spring skiing is the best its bin in a long time and with the epic weather, festivities, and great fishing it’s hard not to have a perma grin most the day. So come on up and get sum! See you on the water (or the hill) -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.
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!
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!
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!
We have had a lot of fun on the water this past week. Fishing has bin great, especially in the afternoon. Its that time of year where things can change real quick tho so check that forecast and bring the rain gear!
Nymphing in the mornings and dry dropper rigs in the afternoons seem to be a good bet. Fish are certainly moving out of those super slow winter lies and into a bit faster water to feed. Come on up and book a guide to make the most of your time, or stop by the shop for bugs and details!