Fly Fishing Report For The Tahoe Area Early Summer 2019

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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!

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