Mid Summer Fishing Update

It’s here those long summer days we dream of all winter. Summer bugs ants, beetles, caddis, pmds, etc. It has been hot up here for a while but with the high cold flows the fish were still behaving like it was early June. Sometime over the last ten days tho(depending on which body of water) the switch was flipped.
Look for fish to be a bit more spread out instead of just fishing the deep buckets with heavy nymph rigs try dry droppers in the soft edges. A stimulator with a soft hackle is always a good starting point. Don’t be afraid to “skitter” those drys either. Temps are about perfect and trout love to chase a big big in distress.

Fishing mid day will start to slow a bit depending on where you are. Think about getting out early or staying late. We always say a head lamp should be involved, either that early or that late! We have been incredibly busy guiding lately but with our large roster of guides we can normally get you out there. Give the shop a call or stop by if you are in the area. See you out there-J

Come join the fun!

We have had a lot of fun on the water this past week. Fishing has bin great, especially in the afternoon. Its that time of year where things can change real quick tho so check that forecast and bring the rain gear!
Nymphing in the mornings and dry dropper rigs in the afternoons seem to be a good bet. Fish are certainly moving out of those super slow winter lies and into a bit faster water to feed. Come on up and book a guide to make the most of your time, or stop by the shop for bugs and details!

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 Sept 4th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for Sept 4th 2010


East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 60 cfs. Above Hangmans Bridge – The section above Hangmans bridge will be well stocked for the holiday weekend. This section is a great place for beginner anglers to get into fish. Try Hopper dropper set ups with a size 16-18 bead head nymph and small streamers. Catch and release section below Hangmans Bridge-The dry fly fishing has been pretty good throughout the day using hoppers, ants and 16-18 Ec caddis. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been working well. A quiet approach is a must at this flow and a good dead drift is essential. Nymphs-  Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, 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 16-24, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, Wier’s hopper and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 16cfs and is fishing well. Dry fly fishing is pretty good throughout the day usind size 16-18 parachute adams, elk hair and ec caddis. Fishing a  hopper with a small beadhead nymph trailor can also work well at this flow.  Nymphs- 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. Dries- try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Small streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 63 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year.  Plenty of fish being stocked for the weekend. A great time to fish a Wiers Hop-icator with a small beadhead trailor nymph. 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- Wier’s Hopper 10-12, 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 197 and the fishing has been pretty good in both Nevada and California. Hopper dropper rigs have been productive. 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, buckskin caddis 16-18, caddistailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- Wiers Hopper 10-12, Para Hopper 8-12, 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 219cfs and changing often. Small para adams, ec caddis and blue duns have been working to pick up a few 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 the most effective. 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 157cfs  in the town of Truckee and 500 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. Make sure to get your flies down deep. Hoppers have also been picking up some fish throughout the day. Try Wier’s hoppicator with a double dropper. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, 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 getting better as temps cool and days get shorter. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try slow 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. Hanging a midges under an indicator has also been producing fish.  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. 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– Good 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 www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

Hopper Time!

Recently, I had the opportunity to fish the East Carson with Rick McGuire.  We had a highly productive day catching fish on dries and nymphs.  We were catching some fish nymphing dead drift crawdads, micro mays, and small pmd’s.  But the real success came on the surface with various hopper patterns.  We found consistent numbers of fish in the shallow riffles, and in the faster shallow runs in depths of 1-3 feet.  Both areas produced numerous rainbows with the occasional brown here or there.  We noticed big hatches of trico’s that filled the air.  But, despite the trico swarms, the fish were not really keying in on them yet.  

The weather is getting cooler, and fall is in the air.  This means better fishing!  With temps in the 30’s over night, it shouldn’t be too long before the fish start their feeding frenzy.  Look for the action to be consistent all day long either above or below the surface.  Fishing in the fall is my favorite time of year.  You don’t have to be on the river at first light, water temps are perfect, and there aren’t too many other anglers around.  If you are having trouble hooking fish then think about booking a trip with one of our guides.  Now is the best time of year.  There is no better way to learn than with a private fishing trip witha professional fisherman. Have fun out there and please catch and release.


Derek Rust

Retail Sales/new guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Hot Creek Ranch, dry fly fishing at its’ best!

The tradition continues!  Hot Creek Ranch, outside the town of Mammoth Lakes-California, has once again hosted my kids and myself for a wonderful three days of fishing dry flies and only dry flies!  The fish were big this year and they were eating like there was no tomorrow!  The kids helped and also caught a few themselves as well as a lot of hours on the big swing in front of the cabins.  The hatches started with a Caddis migration from 8am – 11am with a few Baetis showing towards the 11am hour followed by a snooze and lunch and starting again around 2pm with the Caddis emergence.  The Caddis hatch was amazing and actually fished better in the afternoon than the morning and ended around 6pm!  The nights fished great for those that stayed out till dark with a barrage of fish eating on the surface right before dark!  With the kids I chose to hang out and eat and be merry verses fish till I dropped…  What a break/vacation!  If you ever get the chance the fish Hot Creek and you like dry fly fishing, it does not get any better!!!


Victor Babbitt


Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

West Carson, still fishing good

The flows may be getting low 30 cfs, but the fish are still very active. The key here is to find the faster moving pocket water. The fishing has been excellent from Sorenson’s resort all the way down past Woodfords. This is a place where you can fish dries all day! Adding a small beadhead dropper nymph below an attractor dry will get you plenty of action in the midday heat if the surface action slows a bit. Ask about our two hour evening dry fly trips its a lot of fun.


Aaron Fox/Guide

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters