West Walker

The River originates above Leavitt Meadows, on the west side of Sonora Pass on hwy 108 below Pickel Meadows. The river flows east to hwy 395 and then north to Topaz Lake and Yerrington, where it flows north-east merging with the East Walker river and on to Walker Lake. This river seems to get overlooked a bit but always seems to fish exceptionally well, especially in the dog days of summer when our usual haunts tend be a little tough in the mid-day heat. There is a variety of water and techniques to try to fish through out the entire system. Antelope Valley in Mono county, just below the town of Walker is 35 miles south of Gardnerville and a pretty quick jaunt from South Lake. Nymphing here with bead head nymphs has been producing great numbers of wild and stocked trout and fishing with dries and dry/dropper combos will also do well. Its amazing sometimes how effective indicator nymhing can be.  If you are not proficient at high stick nymphing, getting a dead drift, mending, bumping line and having a lightning fast hook set, let one of our guides teach you the finer points of these techniques and you can become a more effective fly fisher.

 

Aaron Fox/guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Alberts First Fish

     Monday I had the opportunity to spend a day on the Little Truckee river with Albert of Las Vegas and Incline Village on his first fishing trip at 63 years of age. We enjoyed a beautiful day of  instruction on the basics of fly fishing from casting, rigging , and fighting fish. Albert was a great student who showed more interest in learning proper techniques than actually catching fish. After a couple of hours the green drakes and pmd`s started hatching.  This gave us several chances to hook fish on dries.  Several rises and grabs later, Albert is on to an acrobatic 18″ rainbow.  Patience and instruction paid off with the landing of Alberts first fish.  Way to go Albert!  Good company, fishing and the beautiful scenery of the Little Truckee river made for a great day for both Albert and myself.  As for the fishing on the Little Truckee, nymphing in the early morning is effective and then switch to pmd dries in late morning when hatch starts . 

Young fisherman on the East Carson

I spent the morning with two great guys on the East Carson, Jayden and his grandfather Jay.  It was Jayden’s first fly fishing trip and being only 7 years old, the youngest client I’ve ever had.  He picked up casting incredibly fast and is one skilled fisherman when it comes to fighting fish.  He was able to land three and had a few more on.  We had the most success drifting and swinging nymphs through the riffles.  There seem to be a lot of fish in the faster moving water due to the high temperatures and these areas are usually left alone by the spin fishermen.  Swinging flies is a great way to catch fish on a fly rod and it is easy to do.  Try this technique using small pheasant tails, copper johns, and hares ears in sizes 16 and 18.   Jayden was also extremely patient for a guy his age and is a good example of how to catch more fish.  Be persistent and don’t give up.  Thanks again Jay and Jayden for an awesome morning. 

Client comments!

Aaron: thanks so much for a great time on Tuesday.  We had a lot of fun.  Very informative about the many facets of fly-fishing.  You definitely know your stuff and are a great ambassador for the sport and the shop!! I would definitely be interested in doing that again and will be in touch.  I attached a copy of the photo you took for us.

Please know if there is anything we can do for you, just ask.

Dan and Ilene Finkelstein

Good Job Aaron!  Victor

 

 

Victor, my wife, daughter and I had a most pleasant day fishing and I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the knowledge and professionalism of Corey and Brendan.  We all agreed that we’d like to do this again.  You’ve got a good team.  Thanks, DAN

Another great comment about our guide service!  Families are always welcome.  Well done Corey and Brendan!  Victor


Thanks for hooking us with Peter for our 4 day trip, a week ago. We and he all had a great time. We learned a lot and saw lots of big fish. Although I was not good enough to catch nor bring many in. However we all had a great time hanging out with Peter. We all enjoyed lots of good times and meals together.

Please thank everyone at the shop and especially Peter for helping out us city-folks.

Tim Spangler

Fun trip for Peter!  Well done.  Victor

 

 

General Report for the area!

It’s that time of the year, the East Carson River is turning prime!  Flows are in the 300’s and the wading is getting easier day by day.  Stonefly husks are everywhere, Caddis are starting to pop as well as PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and a few large Mayfly Drakes as well.  The evening hatch has been great!  Streamers are still fooling a few fish during the day but Stonefly Nymphs, Caddis Nymphs and Little Yellow Sally Nymphs have been the most successful.  The West Carson River is prime and has been for a few weeks now.   Corey has had a few guide trips on the West Carson Riverthat have caught fish all day long on dries, not big fish but a lot of action!  Fish with Yellow Sallies, Humpies, Small Stimulators and Beetles!   The Stillwater fishing has slowed a bit but can still be good early in the day and evenings.  Look for Calibaetis, Damsels and a few Blood Midges late in the day.  Red Lake, Caples and Indian Creek are worth a fish!  Call the fly shop for further details and have a great day of fishing!

Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly fishing Outfitters