Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated August 15th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for August 15th 2010


East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 95 cfs and is fishing well in the mornings and evenings.  Midday between 1pm and 5pm has been tough so try nymphing deep during these times or throwing hopper patterns for some opprotunistic fish. Look for decent hatches of pmd’s, and caddis in the evening. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been effective. Flies to try Nymphs- Mercers poxyback golden stones and black stones  6-10, Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 14-16, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 12-16, ec caddis 16-18, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, hoppers and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 24cfs and is fishing fair to good. The best fishing has been best in the morning and evening with some midday risers in the shady areas. Try dry dropper rigs with  size 16-18 pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 16-18 copper johns, 16-18 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and black and olive micro may’s 16-18. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. For dries try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 130 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year. Best fishing has been early and later in the day. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 290 and Fishing has been good. Keep an eye on the water temps. Once they get over 68 the fish get stressed after a long fight. Fish early and late in the day.Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, tailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, red and black zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are up to 100cfs and the fishing has been pretty good thanks to the flow bump. Ants and beetles have worked to pick up some of the mid morning risers.  Nymphing with barr’s emergers 18-20, crystal hunchback pmd’s 16-18, black and silver zebra midges 18-20, baetis 18-20, PT’s 16-20 and San Juan worms has been effective. Pmd’s have been hatching midday.For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and hoppers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 328cfs  in the town of Truckee and 490 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the Truckee but we have been seeing some fish rising mid day and in the evenings. Streamers on a sink tip has also been working. Try dead drifting crayfish patterns and a caddis trailor under an indicator. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 14-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, pmd’s 18-20 hoppers, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).


Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is slow. Water temps are getting warm. Try fishing deep with heavy tippets so you can land the fish quickly and revive them. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well and recently stocked.  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Some fish have also been rising to terrestrials. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. I fished it the other night and just casted towards the bigger rises with nymphs and picked up a few nice trout. 3 wts and under are extremely fun on this lake. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Mixed reports. Try buggers on a sinking line in olive and black. Casting at cruising fish with ants and beetles can also be effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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 weekly so check for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

Tahoe Area Fishing Report. June 15th 2010

East Carson River- Currently flowing at about 1800 cfs. Look for this to increase as the weather warms. Look for flows to drop below 800 for good fishing. It is possible to wade the river between 350 and 500 cfs but be careful and use a wading staff. We will keep you posted as too when the East Carson is coming into fish-able condition. Guides Available.

West Carson River- Currently at 380 cfs. Look for this to increase with warming weather. Fishing is possible at this flow, but challenging. Try nymphing with size 6-8 golden stones, size 14-16 Pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 14-16 copper johns, 14-16 hares ears and San Juan worms in natural and red. Large olive and black buggers can be effective at this flow. Guides Available.

West Walker River–  Currently running at around 1800 cfs. This is pretty high for the West Walker. Look for flows to drop below 600 for decent fishing and even lower for wade-able conditions. Guides Available.

East Walker RiverCurrently holding steady at around 192 cfs and fishing well. The East Walker is one of a few options in the Eastern Sierra at this time so expect crowds and be courteous. There is no reason we all can not enjoy a fun day on the water during crowded conditions as longas everyone is patient and respectful to each other. There is plenty of water and plenty of fish all along this river so respect your fellow anglers and have a great day on the water. Streamer bite has been good at times. Black and olive sculpins and crystal buggers in various colors have been picking up fish. Nymphing has been the most effective method on the EW. Try zebra midges in various colors, barr’s emergers, rainbow warriors, wd-40’s and small caddis patterns. For dries try blue duns, small parachute adams, pmd’s, ec cadis and elk hair caddis all size 16-20. Guides Available.

Little Truckee River– Flows around 41 cfs and a lot of pressure. There are a lot of anglers on the water this time of year so be patient and courteous while fishing the LT. The flows are low and clear so approach the river slowly and be stealthy. Nymphing has been effective with size 18-22 wd-40’s, zebra midges, baetis and pmd patterns. San Juan’s have also been effective. For dries size 16-20 blue duns, hackle stacker pmds and parachute adams have been working well. Guides Available.

Truckee River– Flows on the Truckee are 500 cfs in the town of Truckee and 1200 cfs below Boca bridge. Pretty high for the Truckee. Look for flows to go up over the next few weeks. Guides Available.

Tahoe area tributaries– The Tahoe area tributaries do not open to July 1st. When they open we highly encourage catch and release on all the tributaries to ensure a fun and healthy fishery. Please Report any poaching to Cal-Tip at 1-888-334-2258.

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir– Fishing Well. Try damsels just under the surface on a floating line. Buggers in white, olive and black have been effective. One of my favorite setups is to troll an olive woolly bugger with a prince nymph trailer while float tubing to find fish. Look for some fish rising to terrestrials like ants and beetles throughout the day and try blood midges under an indicator in the evenings. Guides Available.

Caples- Ice is beginning to melt try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Guides Available.

Red Lake– Ice is beginning to melt  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Guides Available.

Marlette Lake– Opens July 15th for CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING ONLY.

Spooner Lake– Starting to fish well. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective trailed behind a small streamer.

Blue Lakes– No Report at this time. Will update as soon as possible.

Silver Lake– Beginning to ice out. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Guides Available.

Sawmill Pond- For kids 14 and under only. Adults can help kids to fish but cannot fish on their own. This is one of only a few ponds in the state of California dedicated to young anglers. It will be stocked throughout the summer. Various nymphs under a bobber and streamers work great here fished with a casting bobber for catch and release fishing. For bait try power bait and worms.

We offer guiding on most of these waters. 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 weekly so check back for the most up to date info on fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor-Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Catching is only a part of it.

Most of the time when we go fly fishing it becomes only about the catching. The reality is that this is not going to be the case every time. To better take advantage of our time on the water, the following list of related activities should be helpful in making your experience as meaningful and fun as possible.

1. Do a stream seine and turn over rocks to find out more about the aquatic insect life in the water. Get some type of aquatic insect book and learn more about trout food sources.
2. Practice new casts and presentations so that when you need them, you have them in you arsenal. For you golfers, this is just like going to the practice range.
3. Learn to read the water better and find those in between areas where there are fish and most fisherman ignore.
4. Clean up all trash as you do your streamside walks so that we leave it better than we found it.
5. If you see fish, watch them intently and learn more about their behaviors.
6. Take a nap!
7. Practice new knots.
8. Just look and listen.   This sport rarely takes us to ugly places. (The Truckee in Reno the one exception.  Sorry Mike)

This list could on and on but I think it gives you an idea about using your time wisely and the water and enjoying your time out there. No doubt catching fish is fun and exciting but when things slow down on us we definitely can take advantage of that time.

Rick McGuire guide/instructor TFFO

Fall Fishing

Fall is here.  The days are getting shorter and colder, the water temps are back to normal, and the fishing is fantastic.  This time of year is by far the best time to fish in our area.  We have been seeing consistent mayfly hatches along with our usual caddis hatch including some October Caddis starting to show up.  The action has been great all day on the surface as well as below.  We have had success with stimulators and hopper patterns, tricos, pmd and evening duns, flashback pt’s, and caddis poopah patterns.  Look for fish in the faster riffles, and on the seams in the head and tail outs of the runs.  Big fish have been starting to show up again.  This is a great sign because they all seemed to have been missing for most of the summer.  We have had big fish actively chasing streamers.  Try swinging them across the current with an upstream


Derek Rust  TFFO

General fishing report for the Tahoe Region

It is halfway through October and the fishing in the Tahoe are could not be better. If the weather holds out the fishing could remain great all the way through November. We have guides available at the shop year round and with the California catch and release sections of the Truckee, East Carson, and East Walker rivers open year round, the next few months are a great time to experience some late fall, early winter guided fly fishing. Recently the fishing on the East Carson has been amazing. Bigger fish are showing up below and above Hangmans bridge and they can be taken using a variety of methods. Hopper/dropper rigs are still working great, as well as streamers, dries, and nymphs. Now is a great time to throw large stimulators and october caddis patterns. Blue wing olives and tricos have been hatching mid day and the fish are eager to take these patterns as well. Nymphing with brassies, copper johns, and pheasant tails is also working great. While fishing the deeper pools try stripping large streamers for some of the bigger fish.  Good luck!

Mike O’dell TFFO

Fall Fishing on the East Carson River at its’ best!

It’s that time of year when the cooler temperatures bring on the hatches and the fish are gorging themselves readying for the onslaught of Winter!  The East Carson may be low but the fishing is at its’ best.  A few days ago we were catching fish on Hoppers, Stones and Tricos on the surface with the occasional fish on a dropper (we really didn’t need to fish two flies since the dry action was phenominal)!  If you want to catch a ton of fish and do not care if they were stocked or not, the section of river around the Carson River Resort has been a lot of fun!  Pick your poison and head for the lower sections of the river including the Nevada side for some wonderful wild trout fishing.  The fish can be spooky this time of the year but that is part of the fun of fishing wild trout!

Victor Babbitt


Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Truckee River fishing well!

Mike T

On Saturday I had the opportunity to fish the Truckee River with a few other anglers.  We all managed to land a few fish with many other hook ups.  Mike T, a new found friend of mine from Clearwater Guide school landed a couple nice fish in the twenty inch range.  The hot flies on the menu were dead drift crawdads, lightning bugs, hunchback PMD’s, and flash back pheasant tails.  All produced fish throughout the day.  The Truckee River can be quite a challenge in more ways than one.  You always have to deal with finicky fish, other anglers, the gas money to get up there from South Lake, fast currents, and the extreme wading conditions.  Rick and myself found ourselves swimming on a few occasions which as a result left us with a jammed wrist and a nasty gash to the forearm.  Just a little reminder to everyone to wade carefully.  Big flows and slippery rocks are not a great combination for a fly angler.  Be sure of every step you take and consider the idea of using a wading staff. 

Despite all of the falls and the sketchy river crosses, the Truckee is a great fishery.  Every time you hook up with a wild Truckee River fish it makes all the hard work worth every minute of it.  I never have any regrets after a day on the Truckee and neither should you.  Don’t get discouraged on this tricky river.  You never know when you will hook up with a trophy brown.  Have fun out there!

Tight Lines,

Derek Rust, retails sales TFFO

Bye Bye Caples!

Bye Bye Caples


Well, it’s hard to accept loss, but I’m going to have to say goodbye to some old friends.  It looks like the EID (El Dorado Irrigation District) is planning on draining Caples Lake to work on the gates at the bottom of the dam.  They plan on draining the lake down to below 10 feet, which means there’s most likely going to be a full freeze out and fish kill this winter.  The plans have already gone through and the lake is draining right now at about 300 acre feet per day.  I fished last weekend out there and it’s as low as I’ve seen it since the last drain down in 1987. 

For the past 5 years, I’ve considered Caples Lake to be one of the best still water fisheries in this whole area.  There’s a great population of Rainbows and Browns that have a disposition to eating dry flies.  Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to tangle with some really nice fish out there and most of the time it’s been on dry flies.  I remember each and every one of those takes in that crystal clear water and some epic fights.  Some I won and others I lost.  I thank all those fish for those great memories and wish them the best of this bad situation. 

There are proposed plans of restocking the lake next spring with Rainbow, Browns and Mack’s.  My personal feeling it that it’s going to take a while for the insect, minnow and crawfish populations to reestablish themselves in the lake and for the planted fish to key in on these food sources that make Caples the fishery that it has been for the past several years.  One of the best parts about Caples was that there were plenty of Callbatis, Midges and Terrestrials for the fish to feed on.  This gave even the biggest of fish a reason to be cursing close to the shore and looking up.  There’s not too many places in this area where you could sight fish to 10 pound trout with dry flies.  Also, I’ve had chances at some big Mack’s from the shore out there during ice out.  Kiss that good by for a while.  We’ll have to find a new place to play for a few years. 

If you interested in hearing more about the Caples Lake issue, there’s a couple websites you can check out.  First is the EID’s website  Also, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance has been monitoring the happenings and published some very informative articles. These are both great resources for finding out more information on the project and updates as well as finding ways you can help.  Right now, there’s a plan to relocate as many of the big fish out of Caples as possible and move them to Silver Lake. The first day of the relocation is going to take place on Aug 26th . The operation is being run by the DF&G and they are looking for volunteers to help out with the project.  Trout Unlimited California is helping organize volunteers as well.  If your interested in helping save the fish of Caples Lake and would like to possibly hold a 30 lb trout in your hands, either contact Dave Lass from TU, at dlass@tu.orgor get on the Calsport website and fill out the volunteer application. 


Good luck my friends!!

Mike E. Wier, guide/instructor TFFO


Trail Humility

Ironically, in my last post, I talked about sharing.  I had a classic example of this occur on an evening trip the other day.  We headed down into a four-wheel drive section of the East Carson River the other day and ran into guys on quads.  We talked to them for a few seconds, trying to ascertain whether they were going up or down, so as not to trample over the same water.  They passed us as we parked a half mile above the river and we chatted again.  One of the guys mentioned that I had given them a ride on the American River many years before.  We parted ways and as they motored on, we lusted after their seemingly easy trip out of the canyon that we would have to hike.  We had a great fish and hiked our butts out to the truck.  The drive out went smoothly until I went a foot too far to the left over the last obstacle and dropped the truck firmly down onto its skid plates.  Thankfully, the guys on the quads hadn’t come out yet.  We tried our darndest to get the beast off of the rocks, but couldn’t.  Just as we were getting ready to get the jack out,  oh yea and it is now ten o’clock at night, the quads came rolling up, not even out of breath.  We were so close, only an inch of rock and 6,000 pounds of truck separated us from our waiting beds!  One of the quads actually had a winch on it and when it first started pulling, the quad inched toward the truck.  Not good!  The quad then actually pulled the truck off of the rocks!  Now that is trail humility for you.  A ride on the American River years before had come full circle.

Corey Funk, guide/instructor TFFO

River Humility

You have to love it when you get humbled on the river.  There may not be a better river in the area to bring you to your fly fishing knees than the Little Truckee.  I had the oppurtunity to do some personal fishing last week and had a great time on the Little Truckee.  As usual, I was fishing with the smallest flies in my box and light tippet.  I managed to land 3 great fish after working on each of them for 30-40 minutes.  I had the river completely to myself and was able to throw little tantrums each time I missed a fish.  I missed one fish, which was laying in 10 inches of water, three different times.  With the size 24 baetis emerger, it was difficult to get a grab on their lips.  An older gentleman walked up earlier in the evening and saw me catch a fish on a Pink Hacklestacker and asked what I was using.  I told him and he said he didn’t have anything anywhere close.  I told him to come over and I would give him some, as I had plenty.  The more time I spend on the water, the more I am against the hushmouth that some fishermen have.  They are just fish and the true experience is in being out there and enjoying oneself.  I encourage all of you to share knowledge and maybe a fly or two when those around you aren’t doing as well.  Hopefully, that will come back around to you someday when you are on an unfamiliar river.  I of course went out to the Little Truckee the next eve expecting to have another great experience.  There was cloud cover again and the wind was nearly calm.  I then proceeded to stand in ice cold water for 2 hours without catching a fish!  River Humility!  It is what keeps us coming back.  We never know what the next bend in the river will bring!  Have fun, share your knowledge and sit down on the side of a hole and watch the birds, clouds, and riffles once in awhile.

Corey Funk, guide/instructor TFFO