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
I have been out of town and basically “off the grid” for the last two weeks. Last week was football camp at the University of Idaho which is probably pretty uninteresting to anyone reading this blog post but it is the week before that which should get your attention. That week I made my way up to the Owyhee River in Southeastern Oregon on a solo trip for 5 days. It had been on my list for the last couple of years and I had read a bit about it. So I hooked up the trailer and headed out for a trip that I thought was going to be about 7 hours tops to get there and due to some poor research it wound up being more like 9. Not an easy place to get too, but once there I figured out the lay of the land and found a simple campsite at the dam for $5 a night. This included a flat grassy area to put the trailer, big cottonwoods for shade, an outhouse, and a spigot for water. All this 50 yards from the water. Nirvana! There were more fisherman than I thought since Boise is about an hour and half away. I was able to find good water to myself for the entire time I was there as I worked a 2 to 3 mile stretch from the dam to below the campground. There is so much more river to explore. Fishing was spectacular! Lots of fish 18 inches and bigger. I caught them slack line and straight line nymphing without any weight. Leave the indicators at home. On the surface, since there was a decent PMD hatch every afternoon, and finally on streamers. I have included a few photos but taking pictures of the fish you caught by yourself with your smart phone is never easy and I am sure quite comical to watch. I was amazed by the both the quality and quantity of the fish. Mostly browns with a few rainbows mixed in. This is definitely not an easy place to get too and my advice is to top off your gas tank at every gas station since this is a pretty remote area. I almost paid a price for not adhering to that rule. There are no hotels or restaurants in the area so if you are not going to camp you would be traveling about 3 hours every day to and from the river. It was great being off the grid for three days. It is about 40 miles round trip to get any cell service. I was also warned about the amount of rattle snakes in the area but I never saw any. It was an awesome trip that I will definitely do again and if you like adventure with your fishing so should you.
Just a reminder, I will be running the first of my summer full day Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this Saturday 6/25. Contact me or the shop if you are interested or have any questions. Let me get you started or help you with any issues you might be having. Local waters are fishing very well and that will continue throughout the summer.
Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, email@example.com
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.
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 morning starts off as do most days off, the alarming blaring some odd 80s song. I quickly turn off the alarm and get up. After rambling about, feeding the dog and throwing the gear into the car I get my bearings about and shoot Chris a msg. “I’ll be by in a few”. I grab the pup and jam over to his house and we quickly shuffle the gear into his truck along with the dogs. Today isn’t just about us….like most days on the river. We are bringing our buddies along for this adventure. In the truck they go and we are off!
After a bit of a quick jaunt down the highway we break off the road and down onto a dirt road we head. We are going where those with cars cannot go, that stock truck wont cut it either. A bumpy journey it is. We bs and reminisce about life. How grand it is. After we drive this shatty dirt road for what feels like an eternity the river suddenly appears into view. There she is. Finally! We get out of the truck and let the mutts out to let out all that piss and vinegar that they have so politely kept bottled up. Now its our turn.
We grab our sticks and head down to the first of many runs and holes. Of course we start hucking the big dry. Todays bug of choice is the “Chubby Chernobyl”, its that time of year. Hoppers skittering about every where! I love it! And so do our slippery friends that lay tucked in these quick seems. They are eager to smash the big dry, chase it down stream and just plain inhale the thing. This river has a many nice runs and deep holes. We chuck streamers in the deep holes hoping for that big grab. The fish you call home about. We didn’t find her today but we did find quite a few of her friends. Feisty they were. And so excited about the new change of weather. It’s finally cooled off a bit. And boy can you feel it on that first step into the river. How long til I can put off breaking out the waders?
All in all it was a great day! The dogs had a blast. And by the end of the day, I think they were more tired than we. We got to explore some new water and huck big dries at fish that rarely see a person, let alone a fly. So if you too would like to enjoy one of those off the beaten path gems feel free to give us call or drop on in the shop.
The good news is here up high in the mountains. Summer is on her way out and fall is quickly on her way in. If watching those beautiful aspens shed their fiery leaves while kicking drifts down soft seams is your thing, well now is the time! We had our first frost of the morning yesterday with temps kicking back up into the mid to high 70s in the afternoon….perfect weather! The water temps have also dropped drastically in our area with these cool nights and mild day time temperatures. The fish are eager and willing as long as your able to come spend the time in to trick these feisty trout. We have the October caddis hatch popping off any time now. And soon after that comes the snow….well so we hope. Fingers crossed. So if you would like to get out one last time before that white stuff hits the ground feel free to drop on in the shop or shoot us a ring. We at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters would love to show you guys and gals around in our backyard.
Fall is nipping our heels…our shall I say brushing our legs. With the morning temperatures quickly plummeting how much longer can we enjoy the leisure of fishing in our shorts? A week? Two weeks? Nobody knows except good ol mother nature. Today it was quite nippy in the Tahoe region. The river was quite brisk this afternoon as we crossed throughout the day. Id say we are safe as far as dangerous water temps for our fishy friends. It’s go time! And if you want to get out a few more times before we need to pull our waders out of the closet, now is it! Come join us for a day on the water while summer tries to cling on and fall begins to barge in.