I think it’s safe to say that winter is here. With that being said its a good time to look back at the fall season and to look forward to winter fishing. We experienced the wettest October on record for much of the northern Sierra and man were the fish happy! October rains with a mild start to November produced some of the best fall fishing we have seen in years. Perfect flows, warm daytime temps and of course plenty of Sierra sunshine. We are still not out of this drought by any means, but if winter goes as planned we should be looking at a great summer ahead!
As far as winter fishing goes it’s day to day. My favorite part is that you can typically fish any hole you want because chances are your going to be the only one out. I also enjoy the lite is rite mentality of less is more. You need midges,bwos, and maybe a few San juan worms or glow bugs. That’s really about it, it’s not rocket science fly selection it’s more about finding the rite water. With the extra room in my bag I now have a spot for my thermos full of coffee and whatever other luxury items I want to bring.
If you are planning a family ski trip and want some “you time” it’s a perfect time of year to book a guide trip and decompress on the river. It’s also a great way to learn the winter techniques. Hope to see you on the water and pray for snow!
We are still at it up here folks, we had an early dose of winter and then mild first half of November. Flows have bin perfect with the October weather. While the fishing will stay good until the big freeze sets it I want to remind everyone that general trout season for California comes to a close tomorrow! It is your responsibility to know where you can and cannot fish so do your research!
As far as bugs go they are about to end, small midges, glow bugs, San Juan worms, and a few stonefly patterns should be about all you need. If you are unfamiliar with winter tactics it’s a great idea to book a guide to learn the nuances of it. Hope to see you on the water!
It’s bin a great week up here on the north shore. Overnight temps are consistently get cooler and cooler. We have mild daytime highs, and the bite is all day now.
I did make it a few days on the Carsons and fishing was good, maybe not red hot, but good. We had plenty of action on the surface with rubber leg stimulators and royal wolfs. Gotta love meat and potato style dry fly fishing.
As far as the Truckee goes its bin a smorgasbord of flys…..streamers, crays, hoppers,pts, midge patterns, extra…. It’s still early and it should only heat up as the temps drop. Call now and book that trip!
It’s about that time folks, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. We should be looking at about 6-8 weeks of great fishing. The early early bite is about done and we are happy to sleep in a bit. With cooler temps the rest of the week water temps should not be an issue going forward. The touch of fall in the air also has our big Browns starting to move a bit more. Don’t expect quantity but if you put your time in you should find some quality out there.
We have had some great days hiking the canyon on the Truckee lately, but also some slow days as well after all she is the Truckee. The next few weeks is a great time to throw the crayfish in the fast stuff, or even just take the streamer rod and commit to that one or two big whacks. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques it’s an excellent time to come fish with a guide and get dialed in (I bet you are not fishing enough weight!).
We have also had some great days on the Carson the last few weeks as well and it should only get better. We tend to have our best dry fly action this time of year. Water is low tho and stealth is key! I will be down there a few days this next week and will try to update good or bad…..wait actually a any day on the water is a good day! I’ll try to update on the catching then. See you on the water-Jay.
Fall is rite around the corner here folks. Cooler longer nights, less crowds on the river, and some big bugs will make for some happy fish! And if you get up here should make for happy anglers as well. Now is a great time to set aside a few days for mid September thru end of October.
With this talk of changing seasons let’s also not forget that rite now we have wet wading, evening caddis, hoppers,tricos, ect….. Yeh it’s summer there’s a lot of pressure and fish aren’t exactly feeding with reckless abandon but trust me in January we will all be dreaming of these days. Getting out early or exploring up high with 3 wts is still the ticket in my book. We have a lot of overlooked fisheries in our area. Sometimes just pulling out the map and picking a blue spot can be a great adventure. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Not catch anything? It’s not like that doesn’t happen time to time anyways! Quick playing on the internet and get out there and fish already…… See you on the water- Jay
The dog days of summer are here and it’s time to start fishing accordingly. Early mornings seem to be the ticket. If you are fishing later in the day please bring a thermometer. Flows on the Little Truckee have also bin pinched with a long hot summer and lots of pressure it may be a good time to think outside the box and go explore some.
Sight fishing up at Sawmill has bin red hot lately if stalking big bows with dry flys sounds like fun to you give us a shout. We have morning and afternoon session guided on unguided. Other high alpine lakes in the area should be fishing similar as well. So grab the pack rod and get out there and get some, we will all be daydreaming of these summer days in January!
Sorry for the lapse in posts guys! I have bin in the middle of moving and busy season. I am figuring out how to post by phone in free time. As far as fishing goes it full on summer, wet wading, evening hatches, and of course crowds!
With the crowds I mentioned now is a great time to check out private water and no better place than our own sawmill lake. We have had lots of fun sight fishing with ant and beetle patterns. It’s also a great mid morning game if you aren’t into 445 am wake ups!
With warm weather we our ditching waders for guard socks and board shorts. This is what we dream about in January! Also with the warmth and long days we are getting great evening hatches. Caddis caddis caddis, and some great pmd action as well. It’s a good idea to go late and stay late! We offer 2 hour evening rise trips this time of year and it’s a great opportunity to fine tune your skills and have someone else deal with threading that 5x thru that size #18 hook for you. Give the shop a call for more info and get out there!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
I had the pleasure of doing my first LTCC fly fishing class in a couple of years this past Sunday. What a great time I had with the 4 students who had signed up for the class. We spent the entire day learning and practicing a variety of skills to help them get on the water, catch some fish, and have some fun. We started at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters where we talked about equipment, then to Paradise Park in Meyers to work on casting skills, and ended the day on the West Carson River. I was impressed with their determination and work efforts with their casting, line management, and mending skills. All of them showed great improvement by the end of the day. I fully enjoyed their company throughout the day as I got to know them all personally. That to me is the payoff at the end of a long day. Connecting with others through an activity like fly fishing is what makes outdoor activities special and meaningful. I will be doing 3 other full day Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this summer. They take place on 6/25, 7/16, and 8/6. Contact myself or the shop to sign up or get more information. Class size is limited to 6 people, so sign up and allow me to connect with you. Also, stay tuned as we are working to make these Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops even better this summer by adding a few things. I will keep everyone updated to those additions when we finalize them.
Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, email@example.com
Full Day Introduction to Fly Fishing Course — $100 per person
Course Curriculum Includes:
*Knots and riggings
*Entomology and fly selection
*Safe wading techniques
*Presenting the fly & understanding the drift
*Fly casting–including the overhead, roll, and lob cast…
*Local fly fishing options
As this is a non-fishing course you will not need a license unless you are going to fish after the course is complete.
Most of the class will take place outside, weather permitting.
Participants need to bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, a portable outdoor chair, and any of your own equipment. Rods, reels, waders, and boots (all necessary except waders in the summer) can be rented at the shop.
This course will provide you with all the necessary information and techniques to begin your own personal fly fishing adventure!