Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Stillwaters. Updated for June 20th, 2012!


Fishing Report for the Truckee River and Little Truckee River, East and West Walker Rivers, West and East Carson Rivers, and many Tahoe area Stillwaters. Updated June 21, 2012!  

We offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker Rivers.  Caples, Red Lake, Spooner Lake, Indian Creek Reservoir and Boca Reservoir as well.

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 178 CFS.  June 21, 2012

Both sections of the East Carson are now Open 

Above Hangman’s Bridge Fishing has improved with the lower flows and cleaner water.  Running heavy nymph rigs can produce fish, with caddis pupae, San Juan Worms, Glow Bugs, Copper Johns and Stonefly Nymphs! Also running a streamer during these high water times can produce fish as well.  The stocked sections around the bridges and the Carson River Resort have been fishing well for Rainbows and our newly added Lahontan Cutties.   

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge is good with the lower flows.  A lot of the Lahontan Cutthroat have worked their way down and are eating nymphs readily.  It is crossable in most areas.  There is a bit of green slime in places making it a little more slippery than normal for this time of year.  Nymphing is good early in the day and slower in the afternoons on the hotter days.  The fishing has been great one day and mediocre the next.  The dry fly fishing is primarily in the evenings with caddis, pmds and yellow sallies coming out when the wind isn’t ripping.  Again, different from one night to the next. 

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently at 59+ CFS and stable.

The West Carson Riveris very fishable. The river has been stocked, fish are being caught Nymphing: S J worms, Stoneflies and Copper Johns and on Streamers: White, Black buggers, White Muddy Buddies.  Fish the sections around the bridges which are where the fish will be congregating after being dumped from a truck!  The West Carson Fish are starting to look up at big stone flies, caddis and little yellow stones on the surface so try some dries, too.  

West Walker River Fishing Report– Currently flows are at 336+ CFS. 

The California sections along hwy 395 are fishing well as are the sections above the highway.  Lots of fish have been planted which makes for a good time for those that like an easier fishery!  Flows are getting lower and the fishing is improving daily.  Try Buggers, Eggs and brightly colored Streamers!  The dry fly fishing is great in the evenings with ample caddis hatches.  If the wind is blowing, look for fish rising in more protected areas or where wind will blow the bugs against a bank.  

The Nevada sections can be fun and stay open all year.  Try the Hoye Canyon section above Wellington or the Wilson Canyon section below Smith Valley.    Another fun fishery is the Tube below Topaz Lake which can hold some pretty nice fish as well as stockers from NDOW. They have dropped the flows in this section and the water has cleared.  There are caddis hatches in the evenings through the whole lower river right now. 

East Walker River Fishing Report– Flows are 154+ CFS. June 20, 2012

CA section:  The Miracle Mile is still fishing well with Midges, Baetis, caddis and pheasant tails below the surface.  Caddis Nymphs and pmds are moving around and the fish are looking for them.  Some of the more fun days have been fishing dries!  The caddis fishing varies depending on where you are on the river.  There is a good pmd hatch some days and the fish are eating them. The pocket water below the mile is nymphing well with caddis pupae and pheasant tails.   Where it was fishing in the first ¼ mile most of the winter the fish have now spread out and the whole river is holding fish.  Get away from the crowds and fish the roadside spots all through California.  Streamer fishing is also picking up with the water temperatures increasing and the release of a bunch of fingerlings up high.  Dead drift or with action and white tends to be a good color.

Nevada section: The Rosachi Ranch section has been very fishable for a few weeks now and should continue to fish well into the early summer.  It looks like the flows will stay down for most of June (fingers crossed) which bodes well for Nevada fishing. Nymphs and streamers are your best bets on the Rosachi right now.  Nymph up and streamer back down.  The flows are such that even after you walk through fish they will slide back into their holding spots so remember where you spook the big fish crossing.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  We have been guiding and fishing the EW quite a bit lately and producing numerous fish days!

Little Truckee River Fishing Report– Flows are 335+ CFS.  June 20, 2012

This is a great time of the year for the LT.  The green drakes and PMDs should start any day.  There are always midges about on the LT.   Midge, Baetis, and Caddis Nymphs and Emergers are working great.  There has been some terrestrial activity.   Sight casting for eating fish can be a lot of fun!  Still waiting on great PMD hatches.   Watch for crowds!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208)  

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee are above 335 CFS near the town of Truckee and 746+ CFS below Boca Bridge.  June 20, 2012

Open above the 267 Bridge.  There is a lot of water but the caddis and sally hatches in the evenings should bring fish to the surface in the slower sections.

Year round section below 267.    The fishing became much more challenging with the release of water out of Tahoe but every day has been different.  Some days are on fire and some are tough.  The water temps are holding but finding accessible fish can be tough. Fish with green drake nymphs, pheasant tails, caddis pupae and smaller streamers. The pocket water is fishable, but very interesting wading still.  

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report– Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are 800+ CFS.

The fishing has slowed but fish can still be caught using high water tactics as long as the flows don’t go crazy.  Stones, Baetis, Caddis have been getting fish. Look for the fish to move closer to the banks with the higher flows.  Streamer fishing has been getting fish but you’re looking for a few grabs and those grabs could be big!!  Golden Stone Nymphs, Baetis Nymphs.  Big Black or White Streamers are always worth trying for the big eat!

Flows are still good for floating!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee this Summer, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwaters:  June 20, 2012

Pyramid Lake- Finally starting to pick up just when you think it is done for the year.  Fish the points and drop offs with Buggers and Beatles as well as “Heave It And Leave It” with Chironomids, Copper Johns and Hover Nymphs.  Closes June 30th.

Indian Creek Reservoir – There are still plenty of fish in Indian Creek but thinning quickly.  It will probably not get stocked again for a while.  Buggers in Black, Olive and or Brown have been working well.  The Blood Midges go on certain evenings and the only way to hit is to be out there!  Full sinking lines from a float tube have produced the best results.  Fish a bugger followed by a Blood Midge Nymph.  There are some rising fish on calm evenings.  The damsels are going but will be better with warmer temps.  The weeds come with the warmer temps so get your ICR days in now.  The wind report out of Minden will give you an idea of the winds at ICR.   Should be fun for awhile until the fish get taken out. Fish in the channels among the weed beds.

Caples Lake – Fishing well from a floatation device.  Sinking lines are working the best in and around rocky areas.  Look for the inlet area to fish earlier than it has as well as a few spots around the dams.  Streamers, Streamers and more Streamers.   A small nymph or lake nymph trailer will increase your odds.  Rent a boat at Caples Lake Resort for a fun experience and fish the Emigrant Bay area!

Red Lake Fishing Report– Red is fishing okay with periods of bite during the day and better without a gale force wind.  An intermediate line with a Woolly Bugger and small nymph trailer is your best bet.  You can also do slow wind drifts with an indicator on Red and be productive. 

Silver Lake fishing report– Silver is fishing similarly to Caples.  Fish from a boat or floatation device and cast toward shore with slow retrieves of streamers and small nymphs. 

Spooner Lake Fishing Report– The Lake is thawed and there are numerous fish in the lake!  Walk the shore and look for moving damsel nymphs and put your tube in there.  Leeches, Buggers, Blood Midges and Worms will work the best!  Float tubing is the way to go.  I think some of the best Stillwater fishing in the Central Sierra and the opportunity to catch a Tiger Trout!

Guides Available call (530-541-8208). 

Marlette Lake Fishing Report– Closed until this summer!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report– The gates and campgrounds are open.  It is fishing well by the dam and in the calmer coves if windy!

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. The shop is fully stocked with all the latest equipment and flies needed to fish the Eastern Sierra and more. Call 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop for more info. We will be updating our fishing report often so check for the most up to date reports!

Get out and fish!


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