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


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


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


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!




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


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



Peter Santley Guide TFFO

As seen in the Entertainer Magazine for July!

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt

July 09


For a year that we all thought was going to be a drought year, the water conditions are fantastic and I think they will stay that way all summer!  Thank goodness for all the rain in June!  There are numerous highlights at this time of the year and I can’t list them all just know that the fishing in all directions is going to be great!


The river we guide the most is just getting into shape and already we have seen numerous fish caught over 20 inches… The East Carson River should fish better this year than last and probably better than most years in the past 10!  The Caddis hatch is going to be thick and the Yellow Sallies are already in force.  Look for some good big fly fishing as well including Stones, Drakes and Crawdads.  As we get to the end of the month, I would expect the fishing to be best early and late and the Caddis will rule.  For those that like to fish above the bridge, there are going to be numerous huge fish stocked this year and will be a great place to cut your teeth on landing big fish!  Don’t forget, all of the fishing below Hangman’s Bridge is barbless, artificial and Zero Limit!  The West Carson River has good flows as well and lots of fish, a great place to keep a fish if that is what you like to do. 


Just to list a few other rivers, in our area, worth a fish give these a try for a bit of variety!  The Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers north of Tahoe, The East and West Walker Rivers Southeast of Tahoe and the Tributaries to Lake Tahoe which open on the first of July.  Standard bugs, on the rivers, for this time of year are going to be Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Caddis and Terrestrials!  A few of my favorite patterns this time of the year are the EC Caddis, Yellow Stimulator, Parachute Adams,  Ants and Beetles for dries and Copper Johns, Sparkle Pupas, 20 Incher’s, Flashback PT’s and Wier’s Caddis Pupa!


Most of our lakes are in great shape as well and a few of the standouts will be Indian Creek Reservoir, Caples Lake, Red Lake and Spooner Lake.  Brookes and LCT in Red, Rainbows in Caples, Browns and Rainbows in Indian Creek and a mix of Lahontan Cutthroat and Rainbows in Spooner!  These all can be fished from shore but the best fishing will be from a float tube.  Make sure you have a full sinking fly line and the option to fish a floating line as well!  Some of my favorite Lake patterns are as follows:  Damsel Nymphs, Dragonfly Nymphs, Water Boatmen, Hares Ear Nymphs, PT’s and Midge Pupas for the sub-surface and Para Adams, Ants , Beetles and Chernobyl Ants for the Surface patterns!  Look for cruising fish!


I hope this helps get you into a few fish or at least gets you out fishing!  If you have questions on any of these waters or any others in our area, give us a call or stop by the shop and we will do our best to set you up with whatever it takes to get you into the fish!  I have a bunch of good guides this year and they all love to teach the sport of fly fishing.  We take beginners as well as advanced anglers and if you are looking for that perfect day on the water, give us a call and we will be glad to get you started.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd next to Midas Mufflers about a mile form the Y intersection.  530-541-8208  www.tahoeflyfishing.com  Thanks for reading and get out and fish!

Recent Entertainer Article by Victor Babbitt

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Kids, Kids, Kids!  It’s that time of year when we all get together and help the kids on the newly named “Dale Sare Memorial Sawmill Pond Kids Fishing Derby” put on by the Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, “Mac The Naw” (Doug Busey), Raleys Grocery Store and a host of other volunteers.  Saturday, June 13th from 8am until 1pm.  All kids 14 and under are welcome to fish!  Bring the family and help your kids learn the wonderful outdoor activity of fishing.  There will be fishing rods to use as well as prizes, food and of course lots of help from all the great volunteers!  There will be Big FISH this year so bring your cameras and make sure your fishing tackle is ready for the challenge…  Of course we have to pay for all these fish for the kids so please donate, if you can, to the Sawmill Pond Fish Stocking Fund.  Drop off your donations at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and if you have questions about the Kids fishing day or other ways to donate to the fund, please contact Victor at the fly shop 530-541-8208.  We are really looking forward to having a great day with the Kids!!!


As the month of June progresses, the run-off on our streams should start to wane and the fishing should start to get really good on waters like the East Carson River and the West Carson River.  Some of the rivers are already starting to fish well at the end of May including the Truckee River flowing out of Tahoe and the upper sections of the American River.  It looks like the East Carson should be float/fishable by the first week of this month and hopefully the flows will hold on through the 3rd week of the month.  My favorite flows for fish/floating are from 1000 CFS down to 400 CFS.  There is nothing like floating a river, camping and fishing and don’t forget the natural hot springs as well.  If you are going to attempt to fish the East Carson during the higher flows, I would suggest fishing with streamers and or large Stonefly Nymphs until the flows get down below 400 CFS.  The West Carson River is getting better day by day and running clear and some anglers are catching fish but it should be good for all anglers by the beginning of the month!  Fish with Stoneflies, Buggers and Mayfly imitations, the fish seam to be spread out this year so try some of the out of the way spots for better success!


The best fishing this Spring has been on the East Walker River in California!  Look for Caddis, Midges and the occasional Mayfly hatch.  Streamers are always a good bet especially at the end of the day!  Another fishery that has made a nice comeback is Kirman (Carmen) Lake off of hwy 108 (Sonora Pass).  This lake has Brook Trout as well as Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and both can be very large!  Buggers, Leeches, Blood Midges and Water Boatmen all seam to work well!  An easy walk in or you can use a mountain bike which doesn’t help much on the ride in but the ride out is a blast. 


If you are heading for the Truckee River, fish the sections above the Boca Outlet area.  The flows are looking pretty good and the fish are starting to eat with some consistency and will only get better as the month progresses.  Golden Stones, March Browns, Green Drakes, Caddis and Crawdad Patterns should all be good choices.  The Little Truckee River has a few good fish in it, but the fish are well educated and if you are looking for the ultimate challenge give it a try!  They will eat off the top at the right time and if you are in the right place it can be a blast!


These are just a few of the great fisheries that we have to offer in our area and if you would like more information on these or any other fisheries in our area, give us a call or stop by the shop.  We will be able to set you up with whatever it takes to get you into fish and a few tips on where to go as well.  We do have guides available for lessons or guided adventures on local streams or lakes, take a guide out today and increase your fishing pleasure!  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is located at 2705 Lake Tahoe blvd. next to Midas Mufflers about 1.5 miles from the Y intersection.  530-541-8208!  Thanks for Reading

Guiding Shaun Hill & Adam Snyder on the Little Truckee River

Shaun with another nice Bow on the Little Truckee River!

Shaun with another nice Bow on the Little Truckee River!


Shaun Hill and Adam Snyder of the 49ers!

Shaun Hill and Adam Snyder of the 49ers!


Shaun Hill with a nice Bow on the Little Truckee River

Last week The 49er Foundation was at the Resort at Squaw Creek for a fundraiser. On friday I guided Shaun Hill (quarterback) and Adam Snyder (offensive lineman) of the 49ers. We had a fun time ,in great weather, fly fishing catch and release style for trout on the Little Truckee River. Adam and Shaun both were able to catch and release nice rainbows, their first on fly tackle. It was a good  day of fun and laughs on the river,the guys were great students. They were very competetive always keeping track of each others progress. I must say I could not have been on the river with two nicer guys than Adam and Shaun. If the guys play as well as they fished the 49ers will be  in good shape this season.    
Peter Santley guide TFFO.