Hot Creek Ranch, dry fly fishing at its’ best!

The tradition continues!  Hot Creek Ranch, outside the town of Mammoth Lakes-California, has once again hosted my kids and myself for a wonderful three days of fishing dry flies and only dry flies!  The fish were big this year and they were eating like there was no tomorrow!  The kids helped and also caught a few themselves as well as a lot of hours on the big swing in front of the cabins.  The hatches started with a Caddis migration from 8am – 11am with a few Baetis showing towards the 11am hour followed by a snooze and lunch and starting again around 2pm with the Caddis emergence.  The Caddis hatch was amazing and actually fished better in the afternoon than the morning and ended around 6pm!  The nights fished great for those that stayed out till dark with a barrage of fish eating on the surface right before dark!  With the kids I chose to hang out and eat and be merry verses fish till I dropped…  What a break/vacation!  If you ever get the chance the fish Hot Creek and you like dry fly fishing, it does not get any better!!!

 

Victor Babbitt

owner/guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Upper Truckee

I recently had the opportunity to fish the Upper Truckee river.  I had great success despite the skinny water.  Most of the fish that I landed were very small, but was lucky enough to stick two fish around 8-10 inches long.  One of them being a perfect brook trout specimen.  Our tributaries can be a very rewarding and occasionally will yield a lunker trout that moved up in there to spawn out of Lake Tahoe.  All of the fish in our tributaries are wild and should be returned to the water unharmed.  Please practice barbless catch and release fishing.  If we continue taking wild trout from our waters then the future of fishing is doomed.  Numerous times this season I have heard from locals, ” the fishing isn’t as good as it was when I was a kid”.  Each time someone has said that to me they have each had stringers of wild fish that were slain where they shouldn’t have been.  This is a perfect example of cause and effect.   Sadly, this problem is nation wide, and something needs to be done!  The future of trout fishing is up to us!  Please catch and release, and report poachers to Cal Tip.  Have fun out there.  Tight Lines.

West Carson Fish Change Their Appetite

It happens all of the time, yet it is still surprising when the same fly has been working for what seems like forever.  I had a guide trip on the West Carson the other day and started with the fly that had been working for weeks.  To my dismay, it wasn’t working.  It had been working regardless of time of day, hatch or no hatch, it just worked.  After mulling things over and staring at my box for a couple of minutes, a trusty regular caught my eye, The Pink Hacklestacker.  I tied it on for one of the clients and it was game on again.  We fished that pattern for the rest of the day, wrapping up around 4pm with fish still taking it!  There were no bugs about and there are still great Caddis hatches in the evenings, but the fish wanted the mayfly.  So, don’t allow yourself to get bogged down with specific patterns, open up that box and try some different flies when things aren’t going the way they should be. Have fun out there.

West Carson, still fishing good

The flows may be getting low 30 cfs, but the fish are still very active. The key here is to find the faster moving pocket water. The fishing has been excellent from Sorenson’s resort all the way down past Woodfords. This is a place where you can fish dries all day! Adding a small beadhead dropper nymph below an attractor dry will get you plenty of action in the midday heat if the surface action slows a bit. Ask about our two hour evening dry fly trips its a lot of fun.

 

Aaron Fox/Guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

530-541-8208

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

Sawmill Pond Kids’ Fishing Day June 7th, 2008

Lots of prizes for the kids!

What a success!  There were tons of kids and we all had a great time.  Most of my guides showed up to volunteer their time and fishing expertise and the kids really enjoyed their help!  There are plenty of fish left in the pond and if you want to get your kid into fishing, this is the place to do it!  Sawmill Pond has been a kids 14 years and under fishery for many years now and is only one of two ponds of its’ kind in the state of California!  Great place to get a kid hooked on fly fishing, just throw a PT Nymph under an indicator and make sure they are hanging on!  2.5 miles past the “Y” intersection going West and you can’t miss the pond!  Have fun!

 

Victor

TFFO blog open for business

I am really excited to announce that our blog is up and running.  Much thanks to Brian Frias, web guru and friend of the shop, for all his hard work and effort in getting this project completed.  For all of our clients, friends and the fishing public we now have a resource for them to use on a daily basis that will give them information on what’s hot on the local fishing scene.  All of our guides and shop employees are looking forward to posting this information for you.  Also, look forward to updated fishing reports on our website as we now have that capability. 

Special thanks to Scott Freeman, the wizard of the East Walker, for hosting me and fellow guide, Aaron Fox on the Sierine Ranch section of the river.  Scott, in addition to being an unbelievable guide is one great guy to spend some time with.  This strech of private water has an incredible amount of large rainbows and browns.  I can attest to this since I was schooled by at least 2 of these beasts.  I believe everyone should treat themselves to a piece of private water every so often.  Contact the shop for details on our private fisheries.  I would like to remind everyone to please keep our fisheries clean by packing out your trash and picking up what you come across.