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
We had the privilege at this years guide school to have Chuck Ragan as one of our drift boat guiding instructors. Great teacher, fly fisherman, and guy. He was a perfect addition to the staff. Yes, and he is also a pretty good musician as I found out after watching several of his videos on youtube. Really liked his Hot Water Music stuff. So did my wife. Anyway I had the privilege of working along side of him and Jordan Romney on the American River on Saturday and I got to see him in his element. Chuck does his guiding on the rivers and lakes of the Sacramento Valley and does a lot of guide work for the non-profit organization Cast Hope. He will be a permanent addition to our guide school staff. Another great bat in the line up. You can check out his full bio on our website.
Rick McGuire, Guide School Director
Guide School 2016 is nearing its halfway point and what a fantastic week it has been so far. First of all we have been blessed to have 5 very talented fly fishermen as students this year. They are all sticks and great guys to boot. Secondly, the addition of Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors has exceeded my expectations and they were high to start. Casting with Jaime Lyle on Monday, multiple presentations by some great speakers on Tuesday including Mike Weir from Cal Trout, and the groups first day on the Truckee River this morning. Great instruction, beautiful weather, good water conditions, and fantastic camaraderie have made this year one of the best for us. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the week goes and I am sure it will be as good or better than the first half. Channel 4 KRNV TV from Reno came out and did a story on us today and it will air on their Exploring Our Backyard series. Reporter Alex Margulies and his cameraman Julian spent the better part of the day with the group. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guide Jay Swartley taught Alex few of the basics and even guided him a portion of the day. I had to be interviewed and although I knew it was coming and coverage like this for our school is something I have always wanted, I was still completely uncomfortable. Anyway, I am extremely proud of what we are doing and look forward to not only the next four days but continuing to grow into the best fly fishing guide school in the country
Rick McGuire, Guide School Director
As always, but especially during springtime things can go from zero to a hundred in the blink of an eye. One minute the water appears lifeless and the next it seems every fish in the river is up. A little persistence can go a long way tho. If you don’t let it discourage you and you stick it out most spring days it will turn on for you….eventually.
We are all getting excited for summer now and with that being said we are starting to think beyond just our go to Truckee and Little Truckee. With the Carsons still a swollen and the high country still snowed in its a great time for some stillwater. Spring is a good time for hog hunting and it doesn’t get much better than our own Sawmill Lake at Northstar! Rite now there is a little walking involved on account of snow and mud on the road but if you are willing to walk it is well worth the effort! Give the shop a call to book the lake or with questions. -See ya on the water!
Check this out. I will be teaching this class for LTCC again.. It is designed for anyone who is interested in getting into fly fishing or someone who is in need of a tune up. Contact information is on the flyer. Hope to see you there.
Rick McGuire, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters