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  Thanks for reading and get out and fish!

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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.

Spring in the Sierras!

Spring is upon us in the Sierras and has brought us another two feet of much needed snow!  We now have enough snow to make for a great runoff as long as the temps stay cold at night and the day time temps don’t sky rocket.  This is fantastic news!  Our two past winters were less than average making for low water levels everywhere.  So a big thanks goes out to mother nature!

We have been lucky so far this year and have been able to fish all winter.   The East Walker has been fishing great as well as the Little Truckee and the Truckee River.  All have had impressive hatches even in the cold.  The fish have been active and have even been eating dries.   Midges and Baetis have been hatching consistently, especially in the nasty weather.  Bundle up and see for yourself.

For right now, the best place to fish would be the the East Walker River.  We have been having some fantastic days throughout the whole river system and some pretty amazing wildlife viewing.  We have seen Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, numerous deer and not to mention all the trout.  The fish are spread out again and in every seam and bucket.  Just the way the EW should be.  Higher flows have been the key for success lately….if they could only regulate the flows.  Indicator nymphing has been the most productive with small Baetis and midge patterns.  We have also had good luck with streamer fishing.  Fishing streamers is an exciting way to catch bigger, more agressive fish.  The takes are explosive and usually visible when the lighting is right.  If your streamer skills are not up to par then have one of our guides give you a private lesson.  We offer fully guided trips desiged around whatever it is you would like to work on as a fly fisherman.    Call us for up to date fishing reports and don’t forget opening day is coming up.  Reserve a guide now for the opener!

Come on by and check out our shop.  We offer some great deals on art work, and last years gear.  We also have “Fish Eye 4 ” Through anglers eyes available now.  Another great fly fishing movie  from Burl Productions.   Or you can check it out on    We will be offering over night trips on some of our waters this year, so check in for details.  We also offer intro classes, corporate trips, and fly tying classes.  Come by and check us out in our shop or on our Facebook page.

Derek Rust/new guide

Big Bugs Baby!

This is a great time of year on almost any river in the Western States.  It is Hopper time!  I had a great time with Dave Bennet this morning on the East Carson.  We fished with dries for the whole morning, raising fish continuously.  The bigger fish are hunkered down and have to be nymphed to until the evenings, but if you like surface action, the dry fly is the way to go.  Hoppers, larger mayfly patterns and small caddis were on the menu.  We caught fish on all three and had a great time.  The water is nearly clear, so you can see them come from the depths to inspect your fly.  Hopefully they eat it and you don’t get the humbling refusal.  With the hoppers, Twitch, Twitch.  The fish love it when you get jiggy with your hopper!  Have Fun!


Corey Funk guide/instructor

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Guide Trip on The East Walker with Victor 8-5-08!

Victor, thanks for the great fishing trip earlier this week. Attached are a few pictures as you requested including the one where you pushed me in the river. Hope to fish with you again on my next visit to Lake Tahoe. Best of luck with your fly shop and guide service.


Bob Williams

Oklahoma City

Thanks for fishing with us Bob!  Sorry for pushing you in!