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Fall 2015

East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 40+ CFS.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Flows are very low but cold temps have the fish eating again. Hike down far into the canyon where the fish see less pressure. Caddis Pupae, PT’s, Hares Ears, Golden Stones are working subsurface. When heads are surfacing, EC Caddis, Stimulators and small Parachute Adams are working.. look for the October Caddis soon. It’s a beautiful time of the year with fewer people on the river so take advantage and enjoy the Fall weather.

Above the Bridge, put and take section: Alpine County has still been stocking so if you’re looking for planters try the campground and up by the Highway 4 Bridge. Hike down into the more difficult accessed areas to find wild fish. Stoneflies, Copper Johns, San Juan Worms, Birds’ Nests, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, and E/C Caddis are all working. Strip a Wooly Bugger through the deeper slots to find the bigger fish… in general if you find the deeper water you will find the fish

West Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing 5-9 CFS:

Flows are extremely low on the west running at around 9 CFS. Now is probably the time to drive the extra 15 minutes out to Markleville and fish the East Carson… Hopefully some wet weather in the fall will get this river fishing well again before the end of October

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 40 + CFS:

This is the best freestone river we have going in our area… Mono County is still stocking the canyon campground areas and the trout habitat at Pickel Meadows. You can’t beat the scenery in the meadow there as Fall is kicking in… small Baetis, Copper Johns, PT’s, Hares Ears, and Stones are hooking fish. Find the deep water in the canyon and you will find the fish. Look for October caddis to start popping soon

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 15+ CFS. 

California section below Bridgeport Reservoir: The river is running below 20 CFS so it’s probably a good idea to fish elsewhere… the west walker has some water in it so take the short drive up 395 and fish that… Pray for Snow

Nevada section/Rosachi Ranch: this section of the river is also very low and should be avoided for now. Hopefully mother nature will bring a good winter, and this area will be fishing good by mid winter


Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 105+ CFS

Flows are back up after the stream restoration and it looks great out there… we are very  blessed to have this little gem to fish in the middle of this drought. Below the surface, Baetis, small Caddis Nymphs, PMD’s,  Midges and Golden Stones are on the menu… on the surface,  dries like Cutter’s E/C caddis and small BWO and PMD patterns are working. As the nighttime temps drop the bite should happen a little later in the day… Try 6x tippet if it seems slow… Enjoy the fall fishing out there, we’re lucky to have it.


Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 0-100 CFS+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  No water coming out of Tahoe so there is no water in the river. See below for where you can fish the Truckee.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    The Truckee river is starting to fish again as the nighttime temps have cooled the river temps are back into the 50’s… Flows have stabilized at around 100 CFS… still try to get out early to be nice to the fish… nothing above Boca is fishable so work your way down from the Hirschdale exit into the canyon where the flows are better… Midges, Baetis, and Caddis are out on the river and try stripping  some Wooly Buggers too… Pray for snow this winter to get some water back in the river for these stressed fish.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  not much water down here and it was a hot, stressful summer for the fish… wait till some winter storms bring some water back into the system and then we’ll have a opportunity to see how the fish dealt with the warm water temps of summer… This can be a great winter fishery so cross your fingers that the fish made it through


Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: May 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Opening October 1st! Is this the year someone breaks the 30 pound mark? Look for the Bait Balls to start the season off right… Game Changers along the edge!

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Fishing well!  Blood Midges, Calibaetis, Damsels and Buggers.  Float tubing gives you the best access but shore fishing works.  The shallow end is favored when the fish are cruising. The weed beds are starting to go away with the colder temperatures.

Caples Lake:  The Lake is dropping quickly giving great access along the shore.  Walking the shore looking for the cruising fish is more fun!  This is the time of year to throw big and ugly Terrestrials with lots of rubber legs to entice the take! Streamers will do the trick for those that don’t have the patience for the dry fly.

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Still a bit off colored but as we cool down the fishing will improve. Look for risers off of the dam area in the evenings. Midging under an indicator with Blood Midges and PT’s should do the trick!

Silver Lake fishing report:  Similar to Caples Lake Report.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report: Smaller fish but plenty of them.  Leeches, Blood Midges and Ants. The weeds are going away which opens up the access for shore fishing. Float tubing is always the best!

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Has been fishing well this Fall but closes at the end of this month! Get up there for the end of the season and throw Terrestrials!

Blue Lakes Fishing Report:   Lakes are low but still have a few fish in them, look for fish cruising the shoreline and throw Terrestrials or Buggers.

Echo Lake: Lots of stockers which makes for some fun times! Fish the area close to the dam with Buggers, Damsels and Calibaetis.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!

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