Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report updated July 16th

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for July 16th

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at about 460 cfs. The river spiked a little today with the rain so it will likely be off color for a few days. The fishing on the EC should improve over the next week. The river is fishable but wading is still challenging in many areas so be careful. At this flow try nymphing with a lot of weight using stones, caddis and San Juan worms. Fishing streamers on a heavy sink tip or full sink line can be very effective at high water. 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 12-16, copper johns 12-16, pheasent tails 12-14, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers- buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 91cfs and is fishing well. 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, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16, black and olive micro may’s 16-18 and San Juan worms in natural and red. 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 little yellow stones 14-16. Streamers through the pocket water has also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 600 cfs. It is coming into shape but still fishing pretty tough. Try sreamers on a full sink or sink tip line or nymphing with caddis and stoneflie nymphs. Use lots of weight to get the flies down to the fish and make lots of drifts in the same area to pick up fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are at 349 and Fishing has been good. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has dwindled a bit with the higher flows. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopaholive 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. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 227cfs and it is fishing well. The extra water has spread the fish out and they are happy. 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. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and drakes. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing reort– Flows on the Truckee are 252cfs  in the town of Truckee and 549 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well above Prosser Creek. 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. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, 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, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, 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 and blood midges should produce fish. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well  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– Will give you a report as soon as we know!

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing 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. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Fishing well. 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 reort– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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.

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Tahoe Area Fishing Report. July 4th, 2010

East Carson River- Currently flowing at about 800 cfs. Conditions are improving quickly on the East Carson. The river is fishable but wading is not recommended. At this flow try nymphing with a lot of weight using stones, caddis and san juan worms. Fishing streamers on a heavy sink tip or full sink line can be very effective at high water. 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 12-16, copper johns 12-16, pheasent tails 12-14, little yellow stonefly nymphs 14-16. Streamers- buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 6-16, ec caddis 14-18, tan elk hair caddis 14-16, parachute adams 14-18, henry’s fork yellow sally 14-16.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River- Currently at 140 cfs and is fishing well. 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, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and San Juan worms in natural and red. 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 little yellow stones 14-16. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River–  Currently running at around 1000 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 call (530-541-8208).

East Walker RiverFlows are at 265 and Fishing has been good. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish and there has been some good dry fly action through out the day and in the evenings. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopaholive 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. Dries- EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18.  Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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 call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River– Flows on the Truckee are 176 cfs in the town of Truckee and 698 cfs below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well above Prosser Creek. 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. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, 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, Green Drake, yellow stones 14-16, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

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 call (530-541-8208).

Caples- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake– Fishing well  try olive and black buggers from shore. Blood midges under an indicator in the evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Blue Lakes– .

Silver Lake– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

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.

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Truckee River

I enjoyed a great morning with two great kids, Oren and Chris of Orinda, Ca, yesterday. They both did great and had a great time. Each landed two nicely sized rainbows and had others on for quick releases. The water is freezing, wear a layer underneath the waders. Both took a swim so we did some wardrobe changing mid-morning. The flows are right at fishable, the water is clear. We took wading staffs which helped tremendously. Caddis and drake immitations were the nymph choices of the day. It has to go deep and have a lot of weight so 5 weights or a light six are the tools needed. We were upstream from Glenshire and somehow avoided the typical dog park scenario with the tennis ball getting confused with your strike indicator as the giant yellow lab chasing it swims through your drift, so that was an added bonus. Be extremely careful, more than a minute in these water temps and it is going to get ugly. Have fun out there. Be ready for crowds, as the Truckee is going to start looking like a Cabela’s demo day here pretty soon.

Corey Funk

Guide/Instructor Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

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

WEST AND EAST CARSON OPENER

Saturday April 24th is the Sierra opener.With cool temperatures this week flows should be good for weekend.Be sure to have your license with you and follow regulations.Try streamers like wooly buggers in black or olive.Nymphing the deeper holes with golden stones and copper johns.GOOD LUCK!
Peter guide TFFO

EAST WALKER RIVER REPORT & Guide Notes

Springtime on the East Walker means frequent flow adjustments.Go with the flow!The fish become more resilient to these adjustments,fish through the change .The fish seem to bite again after an hour or so.If there is a big rise in flows move up stream closer to the dam.Fishing has been good with midges in morning and baetis in the afternoon.Dry dropper rigs with an attractor dry and black micro mayfly size #18 and a size #20 chocolate sprinkle has worked well.Mike Wiers sprinkles are great to have in your box in different sizes and colors.Other flies that have been working zebra midges,wd 50s,rock worm caddis, red midge patterns #18 and #20.Streamers in yellow and white.Dry flies in bwo patterns #18 and #20, parachute adams,blue dunns.In Nevada golden stone flies #8 and #10 also skwalla nymphs and dries,san juans,baetis,micro mays and midges.Fishing in Nevada should pick up with a stretch of warmer weather.This is a good time to book a guide trip on the Scierine Ranch private water limited to four rods a day.The per rod fee this year is $90 for full day and $60 for half day.Our guides are ready to put you on fish and teach you how to rig and catch them.Get out and go fishing.
Peter guide TFFO

FIRST TRACKS ON THE EAST WALKER RIVER

On monday January 25TH after a week of storm systems I called my good fishing buddy and fellow guide Scott Freeman who recently returned from a couple months of steelhead fishing on the Trinity River,to meet me on the East Walker for some fishing.The recent storms had left about 18″ of fresh snow around the river.I arrived at around 10:30 am and dug a spot out to park,shortly after Scott showed up we rigged up and bust first tracks in the fresh snow to get to the water. As soon as we could see the water we could see fish feeding on mdges on the sutface.We had good action on small midge dries for several hours on mostly 10″ to 15″ brown trout. I decided to try nymphing in a deeper slot with a size 18 zebra midge in black trailed by a size 20 barrs emerger and was quickly hooked up with a large brown 23″long it ended up.We had alot of fun and released a lot of fish. Don’t sit at home and get cabin fever when there is good fishing to be had we are on the water constantly and are ready to put you on some nice fish.So dust off your gear and give us a call and let’s go fishing.Guided trips available 7 days a week. Thanks and good fishing Peter guide TFFO

Winter fly fishing as seen in the Entertainer Magazine!

Fly fishing with Victor Babbitt 1-1-10

 

Can’t really say the fly fishing is going to be great at this time of the year, but it can be if the weather cooperates and you don’t mind fishing in the cold!  Or Go Ice Fishing!  There are quite a few choices for fly fishing when it comes down to it.  The East Walker River is probably number one and the rest kind of depend on your willingness to drive and or suffer the conditions.  Pyramid Lake can be good, The Little Truckee River can be good, The Yuba River can be good as well as the American River if you want to chase Steelhead or you can make the pilgrimage to the Trinity River with all the others that can’t help themselves!  Steelheading is an addiction that can only be cured by a good day on the water and not all Steelheading days are good days or should I say days that you catch fish!  When it is good it is really good and you get that feeling of accomplishment and when it is not, well let’s just say it can be frustrating at best…  If none of these do it for you, like I said earlier, Go Ice Fishing!

 

If you end up on the East Walker River you will need some tiny stuff like Midges in size 20 & 22 as well as Baetis Nymphs in 18 & 20 and possibly the use of flies we can barely see let alone tie on…  Those flies that take a young eye to thread or tie a knot to!  I just can’t see them anymore and when I can get one tied on by some fluke and if it is on the surface I don’t even bother trying to keep track of the drift and I set the hook when I see a rise within a mile of the fly.  It works but not the best way to do it.  Or, fish a San Juan Worm which always seems to take a fish or two whatever time of the year it might be!  And when all else fails, Stay home or Go Ice Fishing…

 

The American River opens up for Steelhead fishing on New Years Day and the flows are in good shape this year!  This could be the year of the Steelhead on the American and it is an easy drive over Highway 50 and closer than the drive to the East Walker!  Glow Bugs, Beads, Caddis Nymphs and Stonefly Nymphs for Nymph rigs and Leech patterns for the guys that like to swing the old fashion way…  My favorite spots are the areas just below the hatchery off of Hazel Avenue or along the American River Parkway above Sunrise Blvd.  Look for the fish to be holding in the seams, tail outs and in the side channels! Don’t forget your Steelhead Card that is a requirement when fishing waters with Steelhead…

 

You probably thought I was kidding about the Ice Fishing!  Actually it has been quite good this year with all the fish they put in to Caples Lake this past season.  Find a hole or drill your own with the best spots being along the first dam and at the Spillway area just before Kirkwood.  Jigging, soaking worms and power bait will all produce fish!  If they don’t seem to be biting, switch holes until you find one that is working.  Red Lake is also a good choice and usually the catch there is Brooke Trout!  My favorite method is Jigging with a ¼ oz. Kastmaster or with a Crappie Jig tipped with a piece of corn, the kids love it anyway!  If you have never tried Ice Fishing before and would like to give it a shot, we are offering guided Ice Fishing trips to Caples Lake this winter and it makes for a great family outing!

 

For more information on these fisheries or any others in our area, give us a call at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and we will be glad to point you in the right direction or take you out on a guided adventure.  We can supply everything you might need for a day on the water or Ice for that matter!  We can be reached at 530-541-8208 or stop by the shop at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. next to Midas Mufflers and about 3.5 Miles from the Casinos!  Good luck fishing and Happy New Year!

 

 

YEAR ROUND FISHING

As our regular trout season comes to an end on sunday november 15th don’t despair, we have year round fishing.The East Walker below Bridgeport reservoir,the East Carson,the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers offer good fishing at times through the winter months.Good hatches of midges and baetis during the warmest part of the day can get fish active.Fishing blue wing olive dries to rising trout can be great during periods of snow showers,midge patterns also can be effective.It can be dumping snow here at the lake and still fishing great at the East Walker.Don’t give up! Bundle up with layers of fleece and a good jacket and go fishing you may be surprised.Stay in contact with us at TFFO for the latest information and conditions.GUIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE ALL YEAR LONG. Thanks and good fishing .

Peter guide TFFO

PS. WE ARE ON WINTER HOURS 10 TO 5 . CLOSED WEDS. AND SUNDAYS, GUIDING 7 DAYS A WEEK!

EAST WALKER RIVER fishing/guide report

East Walker River Fall fishing  is in full swing.Cooling temperatures have midges and baetis hatches active through out the day.Indicator nymphing is most productive with fish also taking streamers and dry flies.Do to cool morning temperatures fishing can be a little slow in the early hours and pick up as it warms up.Fishing is good in both California and Nevada.Small midge patterns like WD50’S, Zebra midges,rainbow warriors and micro mayflies have been working well in California try a streamer like a black or green sparkle minnow.In Nevada various streamers will work well to cover lots of water but nymphing with san juan worms and small midge patterns listed above has been producing more fish.Good counts of both rainbows and browns with big fish going 20 inches plus.If you have the time, get out and fish. Take a day and treat yourself to a guided fishing trip with one of our guides licensed in California and Nevada learn something new and catch more fish.Take it up a notch and fish private water on the Scierine Ranch with one of our Nevada licensed guides.Don’t hesitate or you’ll miss out on some of the best fishing of the season.  (530) 541-8208

 

GOOD FISHING!

Peter Santley Guide TFFO