Tahoe/Truckee Area July Fishing Report

Overall the rivers and lakes in the Tahoe area are in pretty good shape even with a mild winter. Do check water temps and stop when it gets too warm for safe catch and release tactics, above 65 degrees means its too warm.  It is not worth harming the fish you an still catch later in the year just to get a grip and grin.  Keep them wet and give them time to revive.   We have seen the majority of runoff on the freestone rivers (West Walker, West Carson, East Carson).  Tailwaters have been dependent on the release upstream (Truckee, East Walker, Little Truckee).  Don’t forget to be aware of the regulations of the waters you are fishing.

West Walker- Good flows and plenty of fish.  The stockings have been good and the river looks great.  Golden Stoneflies, PMD’s, and plenty of caddis.

East Walker- Go early and keep an eye on water temps. The water coming out of the reservoir is off the top so it can get warm quickly in the California side so take a thermometer and be considerate of the fish.  Not worth stressing or even worse killing the fish.  PMD’s, Caddis, Beatis, and Midges.

Truckee River- Flows are great but be careful crossing if you don’t know the section you’re fishing well.  A few crowds enjoying the river so be courteous and aware of others.  Temps have been getting warm in the afternoon so shoot for earlier mornings and take the thermometer. Golden Stones, PMDs, Beatis, Midges and Caddis

Little Truckee – Flows are up and higher than normal which has been great to see.  Crowds have been big for a small water way. Please use river etiquette and respectful to others while fishing.  PMDs, Caddis, Midges and Beatis.

East Carson –   Flows are lower than normal for this time of year but water temps have been good so far.  We expect to see a little warm up of those with higher temps in the forecast.  Morning seems to be the better time but fishing in the evening you will see a few more caddis and a few more heads pocking up.  Golden Stones, PMDs, Caddis, and midges. A few hoppers starting to move around too.

West Carson –  Flows are great for dry fly fishing and fish are looking up.  Mid morning into evening for dries and early morning you may need to add a dropper.  Golden Stones, Caddis, PMDs, Midges, and a few hoppers.

Caples Lake – Water temps have coming up but fishing well with fish higher in the water column in the early morning and late evening.  Balanced Leeches, midges and callibeatis under the indicator.  Big Foamy/Bushy Dries in the evenings.  Leeches, Callibeatis, Chironomids, Ants, Beetles, and Hoppers.

Spooner Lake –  Getting weedy along the edges.  Try to cast out past the weed line or get on a float tube/kayak for the best results.  Leeches, Tui Chub Imitations and Chironomids. Indicator with floating line or sinking line best for streamers/leeches.

June 2020 Tahoe/Truckee Area Fishing Report

Here in Tahoe we had a pretty mild winter but still a decent snowpack.  Our rivers are starting come into better shape as temperatures have been pretty moderate overall.  We did have a few hot days that increased the melt and could see a few more to come but we don’t anticipate any major spikes in flows.

The West and East Carson Rivers have come down considerably in the last week and look great.  Still mostly subsurface but dry flies are started to become a realistic option.  Golden stoneflies, caddis, PMD, and midges have been on the menu.  Streamers swung or dead drifted can be fun and productive as well.

The East Walker is still in great shape and producing quality fish on most days.  River has been a bit crowded and the pressure has made numbers per day drop a little but still fun! Golden stones, caddis, beatis, and midges.  PMD’s should start about any day if not already.  Don’t forget the streamers!

West Walker is still a bit high but look for flows to come into shape.  Big stoneflies, soft hackles, worm patterns, and streamers if you do go.


The Truckee River is looking good and has had some really good hatches of march brown mayflies, caddis, beatis, PMD’s, and golden stoneflies.  Flows are still higher below the boca inlet than above but fish can be found top to bottom.  Nymphing is a go to but don’t forget a few dries as some heads have been spotted sipping.


Suggested patterns:  12-14 Soft hackle Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tails, Pat’s Rubberlegs in 6-12, Kyle’s Beerhead Beatis, Micro mayflies or PT in size 18-20, Zebra midges in 18-20, Jig Head wolly buggers, and Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow

Tahoe Truckee Fishing Report for March 2020

This winter the weather has had a hard time making up its mind on what it wants to do.  We have had some wonderful spring like days with highs in the 50’s, and now we are watching it snow.  The white stuff falling from the sky is more than welcomed as we head into spring, and our rivers and lakes will rise from the snow melt.  We have definitely enjoyed the abundance of water the last few years and the fish have agreed.

We had some really good fishing on spring days with bugs showing up most of those days.  Flows are good about everywhere that’s open to fish. Keep an eye on water temp for the most active feeding times for trout.  Below 45 degrees can make it very tough.

The Truckee below 267 bridge to state line has had some consistent midge hatches with a few BWO’s still flying around most sunny days. Flows are good, but get a bit bigger below boca reservoir. Keep an eye out for skwalas. Nymphing is still the most consistent action with a few heads showing here and there.

East Carson below Hangman’s Bridge has some good flow with midges on the warmer days, a BWO here and there, and a few skwalas showing up.  Little more opportunity to throw a dry/dropper now that the fish have seen a few stoneflies. Streamers can be affective.  Dead drift or strip slowly with the colder water temperatures.

East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir has had flows low most of the season at 20 CFS.  They raised it and dropped it back down to around 50 CFS.  The fish don’t respond well to changes but give them a day or 2 to settle in.  Nymphing is most productive but not uncommon to see a rise on the warmer days when the bugs are a bit more active. Streamers can be affective if you are tired of the bobber. Carrying a couple setups is not a bad idea so you can switch tactics on the fly, pun intended.

Recommended Patterns:  Zebra Midge Olive, Black, Red 18-22, Flash Midge Pupa 18-22, FB Pheasant Tails 18-20, GB Hair’s Ear 16-20,  Barr’s Emerger 18-20, San Juan Worms Red & Pink 14-16, Pats RL black 10-12, Griffiths Gnat18-20, Parachute Adams 18-20, Wolly Buggers Olive, Black & White 10-12

Mid Winter options 2020

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt January 2020


The Winter season is in full swing with mild conditions for now which has created some pretty fun opportunities to wet a line! Last year at this time we were pretty much buried and the fishing opportunities were far and few between. The East Walker is happening but the flows are at a minimum which pods up the fish. The Truckee is looking perfect for Winter conditions particularly in the Nevada sections. The East Carson continues to be accessible and the flows are in good shape. Pyramid is still kicking out some larger fish but not the numbers. Topaz opened on the 1st and Steelhead fishing opened on the American River! All these fisheries are within an hour or two and fun to fish during the Winter months.

The East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir and into the Nevada sections has been fishing well with Midges and Baetis as well as a few opportunities with Streamers. I like fishing the slower pools with depth which tends to hold more fish than the runs until we start to see more water. Dry fly opportunities are best on cloudy days and can be had at the cooler temperatures as in frozen rod days. A size range of Parachute Adams from 18-24 can be good this time of year. As for Nymphs, small dark and with a little flash can be deadly. A pink San Juan Worm can get the job done if nothing else is working.

The East Carson River below Hangman’s Bridge has had some Midges hatching and the occasional Baetis as well. On this River, due to its’ Freestone structure, can be good with a Stonefly Nymph added with a Zebra Midge or small Baetis Nymph. Rarely do the fish get up on dries this time of the year but once in awhile the fish will get up on a Midge hatch. Streamers can be effective but you need to put it right in front of them as they will not move far to eat in these colder waters. Again look for the slower moving water for best action.

The Truckee River in California has good flows and good access as long as we don’t get too much snow on any particular storm. Parking can be challenging if not impossible right after a good storm. The Glenshire lot tends to be best for access and can be fished upstream from the bridge. Look for the pockets and fish smaller nymphs like the Baetis or Zebra Midge options. This in another water that a Stonefly will work as a bottom fly with a smaller dropper above. Cloudy days might bring some dry fly shots during the middle of the day so keep your eyes peeled and take a look around!

The Nevada Truckee is on the comeback trail and has been fishing a bit shy of the glory days but should be well worth a fish. Swinging streamers is effective otherwise I would be looking for dry fly eaters for the best entertainment value. The Baetis hatches can be blanketing on a warmer/cloudy day. There are numerous walk wade options but better fished from a raft for access. Look at the longer/slower runs for swinging or for pods of fish eating dries.

An old favorite of mine is Topaz Lake which can be a lot of fun from a float tube on the South end of the lake. Look for Midge hatches and fish up on top. Also good for indo fishing from a boat with Chironomids and a bit more comfortable. Pyramid is continuing to be hit and miss but the big boys are still around and worth a shot! Steelhead fishing has been good this year and the American below Sailor Bar is now open which offers a close to Tahoe option and a fun spot to swing up a Steelie.

For further information on any of these fisheries or any others in the local area, stop by the shop or give us a call as we will be glad to help in any way we can! We are located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in the center of South Lake Tahoe or we can be reached by phone at 530-541-8208. Thanks for reading and good luck with your fishing!


Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Summer has finally begun and is in full force. The weather is getting warmer and flows are coming down on all of the rivers. With the warm weather and lower flows comes warmer water temperatures so be sure to look for faster water in the lower rivers and watch the temps as the mornings progress. We are focusing on the morning and evenings and leaving many of the rivers alone during the hotter part of the day.

The East Carson flows have finally come down and the water is a good color. Most of the river is fishing well right now. Stonefly, caddis, and general attractor nymphs have been productive and streamers can still work in the deep pools. Look for dry fly action with hoppers and caddis later in the day.

The West Carson flows are quickly dropping so the deep pockets and holes are the most productive. Dry droppers have been working as well, so has single dry flies during the early morning and late evening hours. Stimulators, caddis and hoppers are all good dry fly patterns to try right now.

We haven’t been fishing the East or West Walker much just yet. It is still pretty hot on the East Walker and flows are holding around 330cfs. This is a great river and one of our favorites for the fall once the temps and flows come down a bit.

The Truckee continues to fish well this summer but the focus needs to be on the early morning and evening hours. With the recent warm weather we’ve been having, the water temps are getting high during the middle part of the day. During the dog days of summer we strive to avoid fishing during the middle part of the day to help relieve pressure on the fish. Nymphing has been the most productive in the deeper pools with caddis, midges, small mayfly and stonefly patterns being successful. Dry droppers can be productive in the shallower runs, especially later in the day. Make sure you have a good variety of bugs as the hatches can be a little different every day.

The Little Truckee has been at a good flow but has been getting heavy fishing pressure this summer. In these situations it’s a good reminder about fishing etiquette. Always ask which way someone is working if you plan on stepping in above or below another angler. Kindness goes a lot further than the alternative attitude. If you decide to fish up there please be respectful to other anglers! We are all out there to enjoy the fishing and nothing can ruin a day faster than an argument over fishing etiquette. Caddis, a variety of mayflies, and midges are on the menu as usual. Once again go armed with plenty of bugs in the box!

Upcoming Travel and Classes

Belize Saltwater Trip – We are excited to be working with Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize and will be hosting a saltwater fly fishing trip there March 7-14, 2020. Turneffe Flats is a world-class fishing, diving and eco-tourism resort that offers great vacation options for the serious angler or non-angler. If you’ve ever wondered about saltwater water fly fishing, are an experienced angle, or just want to spend some time on the beach come join us for the amazing trip. If you’ve never hooked a bonefish, permit or tarpon on a fly there is no other fishing experience that comes close. Give us a call or visit our saltwater trips page for more details on pricing and availability.

All-Day Introduction to Fly Fishing – We have all day introduction to fly fishing classes coming up on August 24th. This is a great way to learn fly fishing in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing this is a great way to start and is a good intro to have before hiring a guide for the day.

Guide School – Ever considered guiding as a profession, or just want to learn more about fly fishing and how to teach it to others? Our next guide school is scheduled for May 11-17, 2020 and we are starting to take reservations. This is a great class that is focused on learning more about teaching fly fishing to others, as well as becoming better anglers. Each year our school gets larger so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.

Fly Fishing Report For The Tahoe Area Early Summer 2019

Guide School 2019, Look for these up and coming guides this season!


Talk about an extension to Winter… cold and cloudy but June should be the month that kicks us into Summer and the fishing should follow! The Rivers are going to have high flows through the month but as long as they are clear, the fishing will be good. Look for the fish to continue to move to the edges and hang out in the slower flows. They have to eat so put the bug in front of them and make the best of it.

The East Carson was low enough to fish during this past cold snap but we are expecting the flows to go up and to off color again as we warm up into June. I think we are seeing the highest of it and hopefully that will mean off colored but not Chocolate Milk. Big bugs that the fish can see will be the best choice and anything that has a worm like look should also be good. Heavy Stoneflies to get to the bottom with a dropper of a San Juan Worm should be good. Look for fish hanging out in the back eddies and along the edges looking for anything that floats by as I am sure they are hungry!

The West Carson River is in good shape and should stay that way now that the big plug of water has already come through. Yes it will get higher but not high enough to become unfishable. Big Mayfly imitations as well as Stones should be good here and since most of the fish are stocked in this section the worm and egg combo will work. To get away from the crowds head into the canyon section and fish the pocket water areas, especially the overgrown areas where most anglers do not want to access.

The Truckee River has once again put out some pretty good fish over the last month of so with the high flows. Once again fish the edges and look for the fish to be hanging in the slack water along the edges and along the main current seams. There have been some reports of dry fly activity recently and when the Green Drakes start later in the month, the fishing should be pretty darn good. Look for fish setting up in a feeding lay looking for the bugs on the surface. Nymphing of course will be your best bet. Stones, worms and bigger Mayfly Nymphs should do the trick.

The Little Truckee is looking good with the flows dropping into a fishable flow and the Baetis fishing should improve. Green Drakes will start late this year but when they do the fishing should be incredible. Look for fish taking dries on some of these cloudy days as we progress into the later part of the month.

Stillwaters are late but as they Ice Off the fishing will be fun. Look for Red Lakes, Caples and Silver to thaw soon and take advantage of the fish feeding along the edges. Streamer fishing should be best along with indicator fishing as well. Dries might be tough for a while but it never hurts to try particularly when the flying ants start to hatch. Some other opportunities for lake fishing will be Spooner Lake, Martis Creek Reservoir and Indian Creek Reservoir and best fished from a float tube. Leech patterns, Blood Midges and Damsels starting soon!

These are just a few of the opportunities we have in the greater Tahoe area. If you have questions on these fisheries or any others in the near vicinity, drop by the shop and or give us a call and we will be glad to set you up with any information you might need for a day on your own or with one of our guides. We offer clinics, classes and first timer outings for the beginner to the advanced angler. Our shop is full of gear from Spinning Rods to Fly Rods and just about everything else you can think of. We are located about 3.5 miles from the Casinos in to California at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and can be reached by phone at 530-541-8208. Thanks for reading and we hope you get the chance to wet a line in the Tahoe area!

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt March 2019

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt March 2019

I hope you all appreciate this amount of snow we are getting, it does make for better fishing! Short term it reeks havoc on our ability to get to the water and wet a line. But I will always take every drop we can get because sometime down the road it will have had a positive effect on our fisheries. Think fish tank with an Oscar… fish gets bigger in a bigger tank. On the other side is drought, that nasty word that only brings off season fishing but kills opportunity and fish when flows get too low. I liked last year, good fishing most of the Winter and then one month of snow to catch us up and to help fill our reservoirs. This year has its’ ridiculousness though and I am ready to see the sun shine and the fish to rise, bring on Summer!

The Talk of the town again this March is Pyramid Lake. Pyramid has been off the charts for large fish this Winter and the numbers game should start soon. Indo fishing or stripping buggers etc have both been working but I think as we get closer to Spring the Indo fishing will increase. Chironomids and balance leeches are best but don’t be afraid to try something new or something you have designed, the fish don’t tend to be too picky. Be in the right place at the right time and hang on!

In past posts over the years I have always been afraid of high flows on the Truckee. But after the 2017 Season with all that snow and with the similarities to this year the fishing should be fine particularly when the flows are bank to bank and pressing the 5-6 thousand CFS range. The fish just move to the side and they still have to eat. It is when the river goes to chocolate milk that the fish get hard to find. The river has made a great comeback again this year and we should look forward to seeing some sizable fish this Summer season!

The Little Truckee River could get a bit of a forced break this Spring due to the tough access which makes for less pressure and the fish get a rest. There are still a few hardy souls that access via machine but not nearly as many as when the road is drivable. When we do get access this year it will probably be on the high side but fishable well into the Summer. Think the month of May but not easily crossable.

The East Carson River was a jewel last season during the Winter but somewhat unfishable this year since early January and it could be a long while before we see it again. To compare to the 2017 season, we did not get on the river until the second week of August. Makes for great drifting/rafting but a little tough on the fishing. Maybe a few opportunities during the end of March and into April if the runoff doesn’t get an early kick off. Always check the flows and anything under 600 CFS if it is clear to green is fishable!

Indian Creek Reservoir, with the low level snow, has been a tough haul to get to. I believe you can get to it from the back road but not yet from the front side. Blood Midges and Leech Patterns in the shallows should do the trick!

Topaz Lake tends to be a good option when we have all this snow. Fish the shallow end to the South and look for fish rolling or eating off the surface. This lake has a good population of Blood Midges as well as leeches that the fish tend to get on especially on some of the warmer days.

This is just a synopsis of the fishing to come and if you are a diehard angler, you will find some fishing opportunities over the next month and not just at Pyramid Lake. Think travel, think coastal or even Steelhead opportunities over the next month and enjoy!

December 2018 fishing report for the Central Sierra Mountains area

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt December 2018


What kind of Fishing Season/Year/Winter are we going to have?

It is starting off pretty well so far with a good storm over the Holiday bringing much needed moisture and a little snow pack as well.  It seems all of the rivers are making a good comeback as far as fish numbers and health are concerned.  The Truckee in California and in Nevada, The Little Truckee, The East Carson River below Hangman’s and the Walker Rivers.  All have been fishing well over the past few months. Now it just takes a little luck for the conditions to cooperate and we could have a full Winter of good access and successful angling.  Storm days or cloudy days tend to be the best for the hatches with fish rising to Baetis and Midges.

The fish will eat numerous other items under the surface during the Winter months.  A Stonefly Nymph is always a good option as they are always in the water column due to their multiple year life cycle.  Try from size 14 to as big as a size 8 in darker colors. Pat’s Rubber Legs tends to be a good all around option paired with a Midge or Baetis Nymph.  You have to put it on their nose as they will not move far for a meal with the colder water temperatures. When the rivers are healthy, it seems we get about one out of every three or four years that we get to fish hard through the months of December and January.  Cross your fingers and hope for the conditions to line up!

Pyramid Lake!

There are other places to fish as in Pyramid Lake which has been producing some really nice fish so far this year.  Pyramid has become the go to Winter fishery for those that can hack the conditions which tend to get pretty nasty, some will do anything to get at one of those beasts.  If you haven’t fished Pyramid Lake yet and would like to get a quick start, hire a guide which will expedite your success rate and fill you full of knowledge for your next visit.  I say next visit because once you have experienced the thrill of landing a large Cutthroat most anglers have to return!  The Northern beaches have finally reopened which has given everyone a chance to spread out again and not spend so much time a Pelican Beach which has been hammered over the past few seasons.  The shop has all the ingredients needed for a successful day at Pyramid including flies, rods and reels etc. Give it a shot but be prepared!

Ice Fishing!

Fishing through the Ice is another form of recreation that can be a good time over the next couple of months.  Ice Fishing has its’ own challenges and the conditions have to be just about right for good success.  Of course the Ice needs to be stable and it is no fun if the wind is really blowing.  My favorite days are the sunny ones with little wind which happens more often than not, a California type experience.  Red Lake and Caples Lake are the two we access the most with Red Lake seemingly having more fish but on the smaller size and Caples lake having the opportunity for a larger catch but not as consistent.  It is really convenient at Red Lake with easy parking in the Dam area and the fishing is best right in front of the Dam in 3 to 15 feet of water which equates to about 10 to 30 feet out from the Dam face.  Caples can fish well near the Spillway or in front of the Dam as well.


Contact us for more information!

For more information on any of these opportunities or any others in the general area, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will do our best to get you set up with whatever it takes to get out on the water or Ice over the next few months.  No need to put your fishing rods away, it just takes a little more planning for a comfortable day on our area waters.  We are located 3.5 miles into California from the Casinos here on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and we can be reached by phone at 530-541-8208.  www.tahoeflyfishing.com  Thanks for reading and we hope you can get out and enjoy some time on the water!

Tahoe/Truckee Area Fly Fishing Report


Truckee/Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report April 18


Tahoe/Truckee Fly Fishing Report April 2018

The Tahoe/Truckee area has been saved by Mother Nature once again during the Month of March! We have Water so no longer do we have to worry about the survival of fish this Summer, now we can concentrate on catching them and helping them on their return to significance. Angling opportunities, as we call it, an opportunity to catch a fish by angling. Those opportunities have become farther and fewer in between because of numerous reasons and some being the removal of Trout that are considered invasive to our area waters. Let us hope the agencies figure some way to bring back the LCT, as of late they have not been successful via Science or conjecture. Long live the 98% fish, extinct but not…

Those fisheries that have been seeing a bit of a comeback from the drought years of the recent past are showing signs of recovery! The East Walker River has made a quicker recovery than I thought it would and has been fishing quite well on both sides of the state line. Hatches have been good and the river is cleaned out and looking very healthy. Streamer fishing has been good at the higher flows with Baetis and Squallas working for the nymph anglers and for the occasional dry fly opportunity when the flows are down. Look for Squallas and micro Caddis to be best during the month of April.

The East Carson River has seen some good fishing this Winter and should continue to fish well into the month of April with the general opener at the end of the month. Stones, Baetis and Midges have been fishing well with Egg patterns and Worm patterns working when the water color is tinted. Streamers will work especially on those runoff days as the flows reach the 600 CFS rate and above. As the water starts to warm the fish should move out of the deeper holes and into the runs as well as spreading out amongst the river.

The Truckee River slowed for a bit with the snow storms but has already returned to fishable conditions. The Glenshire, Hirschdale and Canyon sections in California have all been productive with Stones, Baetis and Midges this Winter and will continue to fish well during the month of April. The Little Truckee will get more and more consistent as we get deeper in

to Spring as it is getting a little bit of a rest with access issues due to snow. Those that can get up there should be looking for a strong Baetis hatch especially on cloudy days. Watch for spawning fish to start up any time now and please stay away from the Redds!

Pyramid Lake has had a great kickoff this season and is looking to fish as good as ever this Spring. All the usual flies have been working including the Boobies, Beetles, Tadpoles and a long list of other foam flies for stripping. Buggers, Streamers, Chironomids, Nymphs and just about anything else you tie on has been working. The fish are abundant and they like to eat!

Indian Creek Reservoir is another fun place to fish this time of year and should be done from a float tube for best access. Or fish the shallow end which can be waded along the South shore. Blood Midges are the usual hatch this time of the year but they will eat Leech Patterns, Chironomids, Prince Nymphs and occasionally a San Juan Worm under an indicator. These are Stocked fish so approach the fishery with that in mind because you are going to see a lot of fish taken along the shore and of course not returned to the water!

Get out and fish while enjoying the outdoors, Spring is upon us and Summer is just around the corner. For more information about these fisheries or any others in Tahoe area, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will do our best to get you on the right track and hopefully into a fish or two! For those that would like to get an early start we are offering our Introduction to Fly Fishing course, during the month of April, 2 for the price of one. You can find us at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd or call us at 530-541-8208.

Fly Fishing Report Tahoe Area March 2018

Fly Fishing Report with Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

March 2018


Fly Fishing Report March 2018.  Normally I would say it is time to get out and fish but as I watch the snow fall (finally), in an amount that might count, I reflect on all the fishing we have had this past Winter due to the small amount of weather we received previous to this particular storm. March 1st is usually the time we hit the Walker River or the Lower Truckee and sometimes the East Carson River but we already have and it was good. Stones were hatching early, fish were eating with the elevated water temperatures and the drive was simple. We need the water so I am not complaining about the break that is forced upon us and with a little snow on the ground it shouldn’t stop us from getting back to it.  Enjoy the Fly Fishing Report!

Pyramid Lake is the Crown Jewel of the month of March and is just starting to fill in with numerous fish being caught this past week and it should only get better as we get further into the month. Bobber fishing has been tops with Chironomids, Nymphs and Balance Leeches. Traditional stripping has been producing some action as well with Boobies, Buggers and Chub Patterns. Pyramid Lake would be your chance at catching a fish of a lifetime with many fish going over the 10-20 pound size. Take a Pyramid style ladder, 2 rods (one set up for stripping and one for bobber fishing), warm clothes, Good Gloves and waders that do not leak. Nothing worse than not being prepared for the conditions at Pyramid!

The East Walker River has seen a bit of a resurgence of late with some larger fish being caught with streamers and a mixture of sized fish under an indicator. The best part of March on the East Walker is the opportunity to fish with dry flies. Skwala Stones, Midges and Blue Wing Olives, especially on a cloudy day. One of my old favorites was a Turks Tarantula fished dry then stripped back as a streamer! Everything from the Miracle Mile all the way down to the Elbow has been fishing well, maybe not like it did a bunch of years ago but definitely worth the effort!

The East Carson River has been fun this Winter season and fishing way better than I can remember since they opened it below Hangman’s to year round fishing some years ago. Even with the snow on the ground the fishing has held its’ own and should continue to over the next month or so. Take a hike and get down stream for better opportunities. The Skwalas, Baetis and Midges have been around as well as Worm patterns, Egg patterns and occasionally a streamer bite.

The Truckee River has also shown that it is quite resilient and fished well in the Nevada sections this year as well as the California side. Stones, Baetis and Midges as well as Worm patterns and Streamers. The Lower River is on its’ way back and hopefully within a few years should be great again if we continue to get water. We floated a couple of sections of the river last month and had some marginal success but caught fish. The Little Truckee has been accessible all Winter until now and the hatches have been good. depending on how much snow we get will determine access going forward. Not a bad thing in my opinion as the River could use a bit of a rest.

Indian Creek Reservoir is another opportunity in the lower elevations and has been fishing well with Buggers, Blood Midges and Chironomids under an Indicator. Float tubes give you the best shot at these fish but shore fishing can be successful as well. Look for the best fishing to be in the shallow end or along the Dam face. There are numerous other opportunities in the greater Tahoe area, just ask!

Thanks for reading and I hope this gets you out on the water! Stop by the shop for more up to date reports and further details, we can set you up with whatever you might need for a wonderful day on the water!   Good luck fishing and enjoy your surroundings. 530-541-8208  www.tahoeflyfishing.com