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!
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.
Its prime time now in the Tahoe area to get on the water! Flows recently dropped on the West Carson and she is in prime shape rite now. Caples Lake iced out last week fishing around the dam area or creek inlets is good and going to get better. The East Carson is rite at that 750 cfs this morning as well and that means game on! As far as North Lake goes the Little Truckee got another bump in flows and I would expect it to take a few to clear up, but I’m sure the fish are loving it! The Big is looking Like she should this time of year, BIG! If you know how to fish the high flows it can be excellent hog hunting, but it can also hand you your butt as well. If you are unfamiliar with the river at these flows give her the respect she deserves, fish with a partner and stay out of the heavy stuff. Boca, Prosser, Stampede are all worth a go as well and soon Jackson Meadows and Milton will be accessible.
With our rivers back in prime shape the fish are spreading out nicely, the fish love it and we love it as well. You don’t need to fish only the three deepest buckets on the river anymore. Swing those soft hackles thru the riffles, explore the pocket water, and chuck those streamers under the cut banks. Its easy to get stuck in the rut of only dredging the bottom with heavy nymph rigs, but its not always the most effective way (even on the Truckee). Try leaving the bobber in the bag you may be surprised.
Call or visit the shop for a more detailed report and for the latest on bugs. Also we are hoping to plant Sawmill ASAP like as soon as we think we can get the truck up there without getting stuck. I hope to get down into the Walker drainage this week I will try to blog as soon as I do. Hope to see you all on the water. -Jay
Just a quick update folks. We have had some great days out there and we have had a few tough ones as well. With the temps yo-yoing and the water flows doing the same the fishing has bin a bit fickle. Runoff is here and the water in the big “T” has bin cold. Don’t expect fish to move much for your fly, your gonna have to put it on their nose to get a grab. The Little Truckee got a bump in flows which is great for fish, but made the angling tuff with all the slime and snot in the drift. I would expect that to be cleared up by now tho. Bottom line is get out and fish, but know that like always the fish eat on their schedule not yours! Tend those drifts and make everyone count…….see you on the water -Jay
Guide School 2016 is over and as we all recover from a long but fantastic week I want to take a quick look back at this year’s experience. The addition of Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as our instructors allowed me to witness fly fishing instruction at the highest level. I would put these guys up against anyone and feel confident that they are the best. Jaime Lyle as always was at the top of the game in fly casting instruction and like every year I picked up a few tips for my own casting and teaching. Our presenters Megan Murray, Erik Elliott, Taylor Green, and Mike Weir from Cal Trout made the classroom portion interesting and informative. Their passion for what they do was evident. Channel 4 guys, Alex Marguiles and his cameraman Julian were fun to host and we look forward to seeing their report when it airs. A big thanks to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guide Jay Swartley for guiding these guys and helping out with a variety of other things. We could not have asked for a better and more talented group of students. Hossein, Eric, Ryan, Steve, and Rob will all make excellent fly fishing guides and instructors. It is always great to see friendships develop during the week and the bond of fly fishing keep them together for years to come. Chuck Ragan as mentioned in an earlier post was a late but fantastic addition to the team as a drift boat guiding instructor. Thanks also to Victor Babbitt the owner of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for all of his hard work. As I sit here and recap this years school, I can’t help but think how far we have come since our first year. We are all very proud of what we have built and feel confident that we are facilitating the fly fishing guide school experience better than anyone in the industry and we are not done. Stay tuned for information on next year’s school. Here are a few photos from Saturday’s drift boat session on the American River.
Rick McGuire, Guide School Director