Lake Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/9/2018

We are having a blast right now, fishing is really picked up the last week or so. Starting down south the East Walker is back down to about 400cfs and very fishable. Streamers, nymphing under indicator, and some dry fly action in the evening I’m sure will all produce at these flows. Word is there are some big big browns being caught lately. I drove over the West Walker a few days ago and although it’s still a bit high and a little off color nymphing the slow froggy water with big attractor nymphs Would be my go to.
Up on the Carsons the East is absolutely fishable just maybe not crossable at these flows similar to the West Walker nymphing and streamers in the slow froggy stuff is the go to until she drops a bit more. The West Carson is absolutely the place to be on the South Shore rite now with all tactics taking fish. A few years of good flows and we are seeing more quality fish again besides just the fresh stockers. Unfortunately the regulations are still set up as a catch and keep fishery and the quality will go down hill through out the summer but bows a great time to go poke around one of our prettiest rivers.

Up in my backyard The Big and Little Truckee are as good as it gets overall it’s still fishing and everyday is a bit different but overall we have all the normal players for this time of year. Evening dry fly action on PMD’s and caddis, our mid day flying ants and of course the dirty old incator. Our private Sawmill Lake is also very good right now. A bonus this year is also the South Fork of the Yuba which literally flows through my backyard. Good flows and early stocking thanks to the community of Kingvale has really got it going. Kingvale is absolutely private property and off limits but there is plenty of public access down the old 40 after Kingvale exit. Another one of our prettiest rivers in the area worth fishing.
There are also countless smaller streams and stillwater options to explore. If you are interested in getting off the beaten trail a bit call the shop and book a trip! Myself and a few other guides have a lot of places we would love to share with you that are not along an interstate highway! -see you on the water, Jay

Summer begins!

Summer is here guys, we had an amazing holiday weekend up at the lake. Weather was about perfect with crisp clear nights and just warm enough midday to be rocking shorts and sandals. River flows are dropping slowly and some of our favorite stillwaters are icing out.

With the holiday of course came the crowds but the next few weeks should be prime time. Looks like big cool down tomorrow and possibly a little weather but then rite back to summertime. If you have a chance to get up here before the crowds I would take it!
With all the water this year it’s going to be great to get off the beaten path this year and go explore places less fished. We will be expanding out of our standard spots to give you the best experience possible. Call the shop for up to date reports and flows, see you on the water-Jay

Last Chance!

Last chance to sign up for guide 2017 guide school. Winter jobs are winding down, ski resorts are closing up, and summer time is almost here! Do you have a passion for fishing, outdoors, and sharing all of it with people? If you do have you ever thought about becoming a fly fishing guide? Our annual guide school is a great way to get a feel for what it really takes to be a successful fly fishing guide. Ill give you a hint being a great angler is NOT the only trait that makes you a good guide. People skills, teaching skills, organization, punctuality, and of course knowing your waters are a few of the traits of a great guide. Our instructors come from different back rounds so we can give you a better understanding of the different opportunities for guides. From walk wade to drift boats, from local waters to Alaska, and independent to working in a partnership of an outfitter.

One of the greatest parts of being a guide to me is that first fish stoke. Whether its a 10 year old with his first fish ever or its the retired guy who has fished all over but never “on the fly”. To me it just doesn’t get any better. Another perk is of course the fact that we spend all summer rite where we want to be, on the water. With no normal 9-5 schedule and no monotony of showing up at the same office to punch the clock day after day you really can just live in the moment. Not a day goes by that i don’t take a few moments to look around and take it in. If this sounds like you than feel free to call the shop or contact any of us directly for more info. We do have a few spots still open but we will be finalizing our lesson plans next week based on the amount of students.

It goes zero to a hundred real quick

As always, but especially during springtime things can go from zero to a hundred in the blink of an eye. One minute the water appears lifeless and the next it seems every fish in the river is up. A little persistence can go a long way tho. If you don’t let it discourage you and you stick it out most spring days it will turn on for you….eventually.
We are all getting excited for summer now and with that being said we are starting to think beyond just our go to Truckee and Little Truckee. With the Carsons still a swollen and the high country still snowed in its a great time for some stillwater. Spring is a good time for hog hunting and it doesn’t get much better than our own Sawmill Lake at Northstar! Rite now there is a little walking involved on account of snow and mud on the road but if you are willing to walk it is well worth the effort! Give the shop a call to book the lake or with questions. -See ya on the water!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter all, I hope you had a great day. I have had the pleasure of being on the water most days this week and man is it great! We have a nice BWO hatch in the afternoons, and indo fishing with small baetis and midge patterns in the morning will do some damage as well.
The Truckee rarely gives up fish easy, but the next 6 weeks or so (river flow/weather permitting) should be some of the best fishing of the year. Come on up and lets get after it before the crowds of summer are here!

Fly Fishing the Sierras- East and West Carson Rivers


The good news is here up high in the mountains.  Summer is on her way out and fall is quickly on her way in.  If watching those beautiful aspens shed their fiery leaves while kicking drifts down soft seams is your thing, well now is the time!  We had our first frost of the morning yesterday with temps kicking back up into the mid to high 70s in the afternoon….perfect weather!  The water temps have also dropped drastically in our area with these cool nights and mild day time temperatures.  The fish are eager and willing as long as your able to come spend the time in to trick these feisty trout.  We have the October caddis hatch popping off any time now.  And soon after that comes the snow….well so we hope.  Fingers crossed.  So if you would like to get out one last time before that white stuff hits the ground feel free to drop on in the shop or shoot us a ring.  We at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters would love to show you guys and gals around in our backyard.

Floating the East Truckee River

A Photo of the Float by Marcus Bradley

On Tuesday, I floated the East Truckee River, with recent TFFO Guide School Graduates, Marcus Bradley and Seth Hofland. While water was high flowing at 654 cfs and slightly stained. We still hooked 9 fish and were able to land 4 of them, all about 12-16″ on the indicator, we did hook two larger fish but like typically Truckee River Steel, they took large runs and came unbutton with head shakes. We had one follow on a streamer but no takes. While Run-off has started, flows are still at a good level to fish and catch fish!! Float Guide Trips are available…. and if you have never floated I highly recommend it!

Feb. 26 2011 Fishing Report

Tahoe area fishing report for Feb 26, 2011

We  offer guided fly fishing year round on the Carson, Truckee and Walker rivers. Lots of snow has fallin around the Tahoe area right now.



East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 159cfs. Above Hangman’s Bridge – Closed till last Sat in April. Catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge Lots of snow has fallen the Tahoe Area, with this last storm. The East Carson tends to really slow down during the winter months. Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns is the best bet during this time of year. Try nymphing the slow tailouts and deeper pools with wd-40′s, zebra midges, rainbow warriors and baetis patterns. For dries try size 18-20 blue duns and size 20-22 black cripples.  Nymphs- Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasant tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wier’s sprinkles vanilla and chocolate 18-20. Streamers-buggers in Olive, White and black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries- Cutter’s E.C. caddis 18-20, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker bwo’s 16-18, Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Closed till last saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report Closed till last Saturday in April – Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are  112cfs. The fish are concentrated in the deeper buckets. Nymphs- Small baetis and midge nymphs are still working well. Dries- try small para adams, blue duns and black cripples. Fun time to target a few risers during the warmer part of the day.  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 down to 37s. No word on how the road has been after this last storm. Baetis and small midge patterns work well this time of year. rainbow warriors in black and red sizes 18-20, wd-40′s grey and olive 18-22, barrs emergers 18-20, Wier’s sprinkle’s 18-20. For dries try blue duns 18-20, para adams 18-22, black cripples Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Ca) fishing report Flows on the Truckee are 140cfs  near the town of Truckee and 411cfs below Boca bridge.  Nymphing with small baetis and midge patterns has been working well. Look for fish rising to baetis and midges throughout the warmest part of the day. Nymphs- Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wier’s sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18, micro mays 18-20, black and olive zebra midges 18-20. Dries- Blue duns 18-20, hackle stacker bwo’s 18-20, para adams 18-22 . Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River (Nv) fishing report-  Flows on the Truckee in Nevada are from 384 -500cfs depending on what stretch of the river you are on. Nymphing has been the way to go all day. Fish have been coming up for BWO’s in the afternoon, but will slow with this cold snap. Look to the longer, deeper runs to be holding fish. Nymphs- Pheasant Tails 12-18’s, Tiger Worms 10, Copper, Copper Johns 12-18’s, Psycho Prince 12-16. Dries- BWO’s 12-16 (YES you read that right!) BWO emergers 12-16, Parachute Adams 12-18, there has been a lot of midges hatching as well but hardly any fish are keyed in on them. Streamers- Olive, White, and Black Buggers, Olive and Black Woolhead Sculpins on a slow swing will pick up fish aswell! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).


Tahoe area Still waters:

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report Fishing is slowing down. Try buggers and aggravator princes with a slow strip. Midges and Small Baetis nymphs under the indicator has been working as well. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Pyramid Lake- Fishing has been incredible the last week, but has slowed with the cold snap! Fish are still being taken stripping streamers, as well as on the Indicator. Look for fishing to improve with warmer temperatures! It’s almost time for March Madness at the lake! Nymphs- Ice cream cone Midges in Black, Red, Purple. Holographic Attractor Patterns in Black, Red, Purple, and Green. Streamers- Black, Olive, White, and Purple Buggers.

Caples Lake fishing report Lots of snow. Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well! Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report Frozen, Ice Fishing is doing well!. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Marlette Lake fishing report– Closed for the season

Spooner Lake fishing report–  Frozen

Blue Lakes fishing report–  Road clased Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Silver Lake fishing report– Lots of snow. 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 often so check for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

Tight Lines!

Truckee River Fly Fishing!

Truckee River fly fishing is just about ready to pop!  The flows on the lower sections of the Truckee River are getting into shape and the water is becoming clear!  The next couple of weeks should be hit and miss and then hang on for the Baetis hatch towards the end of January…  I will be doing a bit more guiding this Winter and Spring and am looking forward to guiding the East Truckee River.  There will be three of us guiding the Nevada sections of the Truckee River this Winter and Spring!  Join either Peter Santley, Mike Curtis or myself for a fun day of guided Fly Fishing on the Truckee!

Victor Babbitt


Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

530-545-0193 cell

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Walker River Fly Fishing guides

Christine with a Nice Walker river Brown winter 09!

Fall fishing on the East Walker River is at full speed!  The Big fish have moved back into the Rosaschi Section of the East Walker River in Nevada over the past few weeks and the Ranch is fishing great!  The weather has started to cool and the fish are eating Baetis, Midges, San Juan Worms and attractor Dries!  We have had a couple of great guided days with clients catching multiple fish and some breaking the 20+ inch range!  This is the time of the year to catch a big brown on the East Walker River… the flows are the best we have seen in many years!  Peter Santley is guiding the Nevada sections of the East Walker River which gets you away from the crowds on the Miracle Mile.  Call the shop or call Peter directly at 530-318-7073, the fishing should be good through the month of November!

Victor Babbitt

Owner/Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters