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


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

Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Preserve

Once again I had the opportunity to guide on the preserve a couple of days ago.  This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have fished and I have been to a few.  Best part is the location, right in our backyard in Markleeville.  As I have mentioned in posts earlier, I believe every fly fisher should treat themselves to private water at least once a year.  The preserve has big and beautiful fish that require a bit of technical skill to hook, fight, and land.  Attached are two examples.  We guide the area quite a bit and would be excited about teaching those skills to anyone interested.  I had a great time with Bob, Jesse, and Toby from Harrahs on this occasion and look forward to spending the day with the next group out there.  If you are interested and you should be, contact the shop for availability and rates.  As always, pack out and pick up trash.

private waters?

I had the privilege to guide and fish for three days on the Sceirine ranch, which is a 2.5 mile private section of the East Walker River. My client and I, Joe Hagler from southern California had a wonderful day with many fish hooked and landed on nymphs and streamers. The trout were all big and strong running 17″ to 21″. The scenery was beautiful and the pressure was zero, well worth the $80 full day rod fee and $50 for a half day. Contact Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for information on guided trip to “The Ranch” or any other of our private waters including, Pleasant Valley and Sawmill Lake. I would like to give special thanks to Scott Freeman at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, home of the Sceirine Ranch.

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!



West Carson report 6-06-08

I had the privilege of spending the day fishing with two awesome young men from Layton, Utah.  Jonathan and Zack picked things up pretty quickly and although the wind never let up on us, we were able to catch and land a few fish.  Great job guys!  The water is clear but still cold in the morning.  It did heat up  to 52 by the early afternoon.  Prince nymphs, egg patterns, and natural color san jaun worms were once again the ticket.  Supposedly the West Carson was on the stocking list for this week but it did not look like they had stocked anything prior to us leaving .  Maybe it came later in the afternoon.  If so, should make for a great weekend of fishing.  Sadly, I saw and picked up a bagful of garbage down in the Pickett’s Jct. area.  Please help keep the area clean by packing out and picking up. 

East Walker, Nevada 6-3-08

Another nice Brown at Red Wash, 07Average Brown, Red Wash, Nevada 07

Couple of photos from last year down at Red Wash!

East Walker River, Nevada 6-3-08

Had a great day on the Walker with one of my new guides!  Got a late start and did not get to the river until afternoon and the fishing was on from the moment we got there and slowed down around 5 pm.  Lots of stockers?  Don’t know how they got there, but every hole had numerous fish.  It was a numbers day with no big fish…  I don’t know if they were stocked at the Elbow and migrated up stream or if NDOW put them in right at Red Wash (the gate was down and vehicles had been driving past and maybe a stocking truck?) anyway, only a couple of wild fish were caught.  No dries, just emergers (Caddis) and a lot of wind.  If it is all about getting someone into numerous fish, go to the Elbow area or fish Red Wash.  We did not see another angler which is one of the bonuses for fishing Nevada instead of California this time of the year!  No photos today but I will post a few from last year just for fun!  The fishing is good, get out and fish!  Call the shop for a more detailed report.  877-541-8208

Victor Babbitt  Owner/Guide Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters