Truckee/Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide School 2020!
Join us for our annual Guide School, become a guide and live out your dreams!
Truckee/Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide School 2020!
Join us for our annual Guide School, become a guide and live out your dreams!
There are the obvious reasons for attending our guide school. Maybe you want to start guiding in California, Nevada, Alaska, etc. immediately. Maybe you would like an excuse to get on the water and have the option to guide one day. You may see yourself helping veterans with disabilities, children less fortunate, or other great organizations one day. Whether you have fished for more years than you would like to admit, or you are relatively new to the sport, it the passion to share it with others is what brings us together. Our guide school provides a week of instruction, marketing, education, and camaraderie. The friendships you develop over the week with the instructors and fellow students are those that can last a lifetime.
We are less than 3 months until our 10th consecutive annual fly fishing guide school with a host of great local instructors. We are excited to meet another great group anglers, and hope you can join us this spring! May 11-16th. Call the shop at (530)541-8208 or Rob at (276)525-5631 for any questions or to reserve your spot today!
Fly Fishing Report August 2019
Summer has finally begun and is in full force. The weather is getting warmer and flows are coming down on all of the rivers. With the warm weather and lower flows comes warmer water temperatures so be sure to look for faster water in the lower rivers and watch the temps as the mornings progress. We are focusing on the morning and evenings and leaving many of the rivers alone during the hotter part of the day.
The East Carson flows have finally come down and the water is a good color. Most of the river is fishing well right now. Stonefly, caddis, and general attractor nymphs have been productive and streamers can still work in the deep pools. Look for dry fly action with hoppers and caddis later in the day.
The West Carson flows are quickly dropping so the deep pockets and holes are the most productive. Dry droppers have been working as well, so has single dry flies during the early morning and late evening hours. Stimulators, caddis and hoppers are all good dry fly patterns to try right now.
We haven’t been fishing the East or West Walker much just yet. It is still pretty hot on the East Walker and flows are holding around 330cfs. This is a great river and one of our favorites for the fall once the temps and flows come down a bit.
The Truckee continues to fish well this summer but the focus needs to be on the early morning and evening hours. With the recent warm weather we’ve been having, the water temps are getting high during the middle part of the day. During the dog days of summer we strive to avoid fishing during the middle part of the day to help relieve pressure on the fish. Nymphing has been the most productive in the deeper pools with caddis, midges, small mayfly and stonefly patterns being successful. Dry droppers can be productive in the shallower runs, especially later in the day. Make sure you have a good variety of bugs as the hatches can be a little different every day.
The Little Truckee has been at a good flow but has been getting heavy fishing pressure this summer. In these situations it’s a good reminder about fishing etiquette. Always ask which way someone is working if you plan on stepping in above or below another angler. Kindness goes a lot further than the alternative attitude. If you decide to fish up there please be respectful to other anglers! We are all out there to enjoy the fishing and nothing can ruin a day faster than an argument over fishing etiquette. Caddis, a variety of mayflies, and midges are on the menu as usual. Once again go armed with plenty of bugs in the box!
Upcoming Travel and Classes
Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – We are excited to be working with Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize and will be hosting a saltwater fly fishing trip there March 7-14, 2020. Turneffe Flats is a world-class fishing, diving and eco-tourism resort that offers great vacation options for the serious angler or non-angler. If you’ve ever wondered about saltwater water fly fishing, are an experienced angle, or just want to spend some time on the beach come join us for the amazing trip. If you’ve never hooked a bonefish, permit or tarpon on a fly there is no other fishing experience that comes close. Give us a call or visit our saltwater trips page for more details on pricing and availability.
All-Day Introduction to Fly Fishing – We have all day introduction to fly fishing classes coming up on August 24th. This is a great way to learn fly fishing in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing this is a great way to start and is a good intro to have before hiring a guide for the day.
Guide School – Ever considered guiding as a profession, or just want to learn more about fly fishing and how to teach it to others? Our next guide school is scheduled for May 11-17, 2020 and we are starting to take reservations. This is a great class that is focused on learning more about teaching fly fishing to others, as well as becoming better anglers. Each year our school gets larger so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.
A quick look at the 10 day forecast for the Lake Tahoe and Truckee Area have all the staff excited here at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. It looks like the weather is going to be nice with the exception of this weekend and its time to hit the rivers and lakes, at least those that aren’t still frozen.
One beautiful thing about spring is big bugs show up and how don’t have to fish size a tandem nymph rig 18 and smaller to hook a fish. Skawlas are out and the fish always take note of such a large meal, not that you shouldn’t still be fishing a smaller BWO or midge pattern behind it or off a tag. Don’t be afraid to go big on your stones.
The flows are high as we have had a great winter with plenty of precipitation, but we still have opportunities to hit the water. The Truckee River is 2000+ CFS and even higher below Boca Inlet. The East Walker is a steady 300 CFS. High water can scare some away from fishing or frustrate those that do try their hand at it. This is the perfect time to give us a call at the shop so we can set up with one of our guides that understands how to fish high flows and where the fish should be holding.
We have had a lot of run off this year but it is truly game on rite now. Very fishable flows from the East Walker to the Big Truckee rite now guys! I am hoping to get on the East Carson here the next few days and if I can get the chance will be down the the East Walker ASAP! Caddis, caddis, caddis along with PMDS, Tricos, and of course midges. Look for fish to be spread out during the day, hit anything “fishy” looking. Water temps are warm enough that fish will chase a streamer, even give your nymph rigs a few tugs at the end of the drift you will be surprised!
The only issue rite now is smoke from wildfires burning in California and Nevada rite now. It’s a wind direction thing. Our typical summertime wind direction is SW and anything in the high sierra has the potential to pump smoke and ash our way. Everyday is different and using area web cams can be a huge advantage. Fires themselves as of rite now are not a direct threat but prolonged exposure to heavy smoke would not be pleasant. Keep an eye on wind forecasts but get your butt on the water because it is Game On!
Its no secret that we have a big big mega snow pack this spring and that we will have plenty of water this year. With the warm temps in this weeks forecast we will see some significant flows on most of our rivers and streams.The good news however is there are still plenty of places to fish and we will not have any issues with warm water temps keeping us off the river this year. It will be a great summer out there for sure!
As far as current conditions go rite place at the rite time is everything! Still waters have certainly produced the most consistent fish, however there is no shortage of big fish being caught on the Big Truckee as well, just not big numbers of them. If you are venturing out on the Truckee please be cautious, bring a friend, and don’t trust the undercut banks. Its not the time to go for an unplanned swim! Streamers dead drifted or stripped, big pat’s rubberlegs, and san Juan worms have bin the ticket. We have no shortage of bugs out there but the fish seem to be gorging on the big bites and overlooking the small stuff. We have some soft water on the Little Truckee but there’s no where to cross and crowds seem to already be out in force,on top of that the rainbows seem to be late to spawn and you should be on the lookout for reds. If you really wanna fish it think Big Truckee flys and techniques and stay out of water as best you can to stay off the reds and keep from taking a swim. Still water fishing has bin hot inlet areas and dam breasts seem to be the ticket. The bass seem to be moving into the dam breast areas, look for calm wind days so the surface water has chance to warm. Big callebaetis coming off most days and damsels already making moves. Midge hatches in the early evening have bin thick and the fish are keying in on them. It’s also a great time to go down in the dessert and chase some goldfish! If you have never fished carp on the fly it can be a blast, the visuals of stalking these beasts is a trip. Getting them to eat can be tough tho. For more info on carp fishing call or stop by the shop.
With our mega snow pack and long blue bird days it is also a great time to come up and ski a few laps at Squaw before hitting the water. The spring skiing is the best its bin in a long time and with the epic weather, festivities, and great fishing it’s hard not to have a perma grin most the day. So come on up and get sum! See you on the water (or the hill) -Jay
Summer time is just around the corner here, well in relative terms at least. The past weeks weather has bin amazing and the fishing has bin pretty good too. We are seeing some skwalas on the water and the usual bwo’s and midges in the mix as well. The Truckee has also bin kicking out some nice fish on streamers as well. With the nice weather and lack of fresh snow the river has bin busy for sure. High flows have the fish stacked in soft water and it can be a little tough to move around from hole to hole. I think most anglers are just happy to get a line wet and feel some sun on their faces tho!
With the summer season around the corner here in Tahoe you start to hear people ask each other “so what are you doing for the summer?” Well my question is what are you doing for summer work? This year we will once again be partnering with some of the best Nor-Cal guides to host our annual guide school. With Jordan Romney, Chuck Reagan, and Matt Heron we cover a broad spectrum of guiding opportunities from working with a shop/outfitter to independent guiding to guiding in remote Alaska, walk and wade style to drift boat we have you covered. If a normal nine to five isn’t your thing and you are passionate about not only fishing but also sharing your passion with others then give us a call and we can go over the schedule with you.
With high pressure hanging over us rite now it’s only logical to hang up the skis for a day or two and go chase some fish. We have bin out fishing and guiding a few days over the last two weeks. Most of the action has bin up north on the Big And Little T but I personally had a great day on the East Carson as well. As far as I’m concerned if you want the river to yourself and are up for the challenge of winter fishing now is the best time to be out there.
Fishing is best during mid day bankers hours rite now on all of our rivers so take your time getting out there. None of our waters will give up fish easy rite now (welcome to the sierras) but easy and fly fishing shouldn’t be muttered together in the same sentence anyways now should they? Think small and think slow. As far as techniques go nymphing is probably the go too with dry droppers second and slow slow deep streamers third. This is a time of year were fish will not move to take a fly so you better put it on their nose. The fish eat on their own schedule not yours so be patient and be persistent.
The days are getting longer now and it won’t be long until we are talking about the big bugs of spring. skwallas, march browns, pmds will soon be on the menu. We are looking forward to spring on the East Walker and hopefully some early skwallas. Nothing kicks off the spring like chucking big drys! The East Walker took a big hit during the drought but I am optimistic this will be her come back year. Spring is also a great time to fish ice out on our still waters and with chances at big fish cruising the shorelines and inlets large lakes with large fish become more appealing. Macks on the fly anyone? With plenty more to look forward to I could go on and on….. Why wait for spring tho? Get out there now so that your gear and techniques are dialed. just be sure to check regulations before you go! Remember it’s your responsibility to know where and when you can fish and make sure you get your 2017 license. Call or stop by the shop with any questions. – Tight lines.
It’s bin a great week up here on the north shore. Overnight temps are consistently get cooler and cooler. We have mild daytime highs, and the bite is all day now.
I did make it a few days on the Carsons and fishing was good, maybe not red hot, but good. We had plenty of action on the surface with rubber leg stimulators and royal wolfs. Gotta love meat and potato style dry fly fishing.
As far as the Truckee goes its bin a smorgasbord of flys…..streamers, crays, hoppers,pts, midge patterns, extra…. It’s still early and it should only heat up as the temps drop. Call now and book that trip!
It’s about that time folks, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. We should be looking at about 6-8 weeks of great fishing. The early early bite is about done and we are happy to sleep in a bit. With cooler temps the rest of the week water temps should not be an issue going forward. The touch of fall in the air also has our big Browns starting to move a bit more. Don’t expect quantity but if you put your time in you should find some quality out there.
We have had some great days hiking the canyon on the Truckee lately, but also some slow days as well after all she is the Truckee. The next few weeks is a great time to throw the crayfish in the fast stuff, or even just take the streamer rod and commit to that one or two big whacks. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques it’s an excellent time to come fish with a guide and get dialed in (I bet you are not fishing enough weight!).
We have also had some great days on the Carson the last few weeks as well and it should only get better. We tend to have our best dry fly action this time of year. Water is low tho and stealth is key! I will be down there a few days this next week and will try to update good or bad…..wait actually a any day on the water is a good day! I’ll try to update on the catching then. See you on the water-Jay.