Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing is now open for business! Let’s go fishing, book a guide or a session on Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing. Our Fly Shop Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is also open for business as of the 8th of May, 2020. Now booking Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Truckee River and the East Walker River.
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
Well as we predicted the temps rose and so did the flows. Not to worry tho the Stillwater action is red hot. Callibaetis, ants, midges, and baitfish patterns are all fooling fish rite now. I have heard good reports from South Lake area lakes and can tell you first hand that Jackson Meadows and Milton are good to go. To fish all day a float tube or boat is good idea, but midday ant bite is just fine from shore. Just play those wind lines, no wind means no ants in the water.
If you have never fished our private water (sawmill lake) now is a great time. We restocked last week and water temps are perfect. We can take you on a guide trip or you can fish on your own. We limit mixed groups to a max of 4 rods at a time to ensure a quality experience. Sawmill is truly Tahoes premier Stillwater and now is the time to get a taste of the best! As always give the shop a call with any questions. See ya on the water-Jay
The heat is on! We are looking at alot of warm air this week. With lots of snow still up high that will lead to big runoff. That being said check the flows before you make your plans. Better yet plan on fishing tailwaters or stillwaters. We have a lot of overlooked stillwater fishing in the Tahoe area. Give the shop a call for details, or book a guide trip to fine tune those stillwater techniques.
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.
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.
The alarm goes off. It’s 4:58am. This morning we are off in search for big trout in our High Alpine lakes. The rod is rigged with a fresh streamer tied from the night before. This morning we are looking for that one eager fish. The one that is willing to pummel our fly. This type of fishing is all about the chase!
While stalking the shoreline, climbing up giant granite boulders looking for another deep channel to huck our bugs into. We notice the serenity the new fall weather is bringing us. The holidays have past. It’s quieting down around here. I like it. And so do the fish.
Taking it all in we pull that fresh streamer off the guide of our fly rod. Strip some line off and begin flailing and waving in attempt to get some line out. We get lucky this time. It doesn’t tangle up in the trees behind us and lands out just where we hoped it would. As we strip our fly back to us we think about nothing. All thoughts are focused on this moment alone. We strip our fly back. Nothing. Go figure. Throughout the morning we see numerous prudes. Snobs I like to call them. Seeing that monster trout swim up from the depths with its eyes locked in on your streamer, only to see him turn around and swim right back down where he came from. As if his nose is held up high like he is too good for you or your bugs.
But sometimes we get lucky. You got to look at it like a hunt. After all we are hunting for that one nice fish. And when it all comes together it can be very memorable. We at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters are all about making memories. Good ones. So come join us in the fun because we would love to show you a good time out on the water.