Its fishing good and just getting better up here folks. With spring weather, no summer crowds, and lots of bugs on the menu now is the time to fish! Stop by or call the shop for info and reports, or as always book a guide trip! -See you on the water
P.S. Anyone interested in doing guide school this year should get signed up, we are filling up quick and its gonna be the best yet!
It’s officially spring folks and that means we have bugs on the menu and more bugs to come. In case you don’t know that’s a good thing! Fish like bugs and we of course like fish. Rite now we are seeing skwallas and bwo’s on the Truckee and the fishing has bin good. Next up will be March Browns and Pmds.
It’s a great time of year to come up and really take advantage of all that Tahoe has to offer. Logan here came up and skied a few days, then went out with us and stuck his first fish on the fly. Come on up and ski the fresh snow this week then let’s go fish!
Have you ever wondered what it actually takes to be a guide? What it takes to actually make the trip happen? What it takes to make a living at it? What it takes actually get people to want to come and fish with you? If the answer is yes we can help.
In just under two months we will be running our annual fly fishing guide school. As you may have seen in our previous post we are expanding our guide school this year to cover even more of what it actually takes to become a pro. We have included guides from other outfits and expanded our curriculum to provide you with a complete picture of the guiding scene. We strive to give you the real deal experience of what it is actually like to take a passion and turn it into a profession.
As a former student of the program I can tell you that it takes more than just being a good angler to become a good guide. This course is not designed to be a “fishing seminar”, however you will become a better angler in the process. As most things you get what you put into it. Completing this course does not magically make you a full time professional guide, but if you are willing to work hard it is a great stepping off point into the industry. I hope you will come join us this spring for what is sure to be our best school yet!
Winter time can be really on or really off! its all about being a the rite place at the rite time….and a little luck.
Timing wise it’s a safe bet the early morning hatch thing just isn’t gonna happen. So feel free to sleep in and be a little lazy. Your fish will be doing the same anyways. And as far as the rite place think walking speed water with some good structure.
And of course that big salty lake in the dessert is always worth a go. Look for those windy gnarly days, you know those days when you look outside and think “no I don’t think I wanna go fish today”. That’s the day you wanna go to Pyramid.
We have had some great days out there this fall and looking forward to great winter!
This past week has been cold to say the least. With temps in the teens to single digits, winter is here and the crowds are lacking. At least on the water. With the ski season gearing up for most means the fishing season is quieting down for the seasonal crowd around here. But that doesn’t mean the fish are taking a break as well. Just gotta think small for the most part. The big Truckee looks cold and icy as of yesterday. But the temps are climbing up a little bit this week as we are kicking that cold snap to the side for a bit. The warming trend should pick things up a bit this week. But while the Truckee is iced up like your guides have been all week the Little Truckee remains in great shape. Since she is a tail water her temps are much more consistent than her bigger brother through out the year. Small is the name of the game right now. Think softer water and stay persistent. Just remember, you can’t catch them sitting on the couch.
Is the weather finally here? Is El nino really going to pull us out of this drought? Is Mother Nature gonna quit being such a prude? Well, we sure hope so! The fall air has been nice and crisp lately. It seems we have finally kicked the warm weather to the way side for a bit. In the morning have seen the lower 30s and we may even see some mid to high 20s this week in the wee hour before as the sun tries to come up for those spectacular sunrises. As mountain folk we embrace this cold weather in hopes that it will freeze the ground, so that odd white stuff that has been so rare lately will maybe stick around this year. We would like to see that weird stuff hang around all summer. It used to do that.
Yesterdays white filled skies were a welcome sight to say the least. The parking lot had quite a few cars for the snowy morning. The fish are in! But boy are they selective. They too are over joyed with the new change of seasons. Small bugs are the main part of their menu. Tiny little sail boats were very sporadic yesterday. We didn’t get that blanket hatch that we had hoped for. There were a few looking up. But not as many as one would like. I can only guess the next few weeks will be memorable. Those nice over cast days should really fire. But for us any day out on the water is a memorable one. Much better than a day spent on the couch!
This morning the air is crisp. The canyon still has some shade in it. But up along the steep canyon banks of the Truckee River the sun is a blazing and the hoppers are still jumping about. This week feels like summer is trying to peek her head out for one last hoo raw. The water has a nice bite to it, we are still wearing our shorts because we are not ready to put those crusty waders back on. ( I found out how leaky they are this past week at pyramid, yuck). The fish are eating well and appear to have made it through the summer in great shape. Well, at least the ones down here below the mouth of Boca through out the deep canyon. We are best to avoid the drought ridden upper sections. It is quite sad in the town of Tahoe City these days along the Truckee River. And even worse one might say down in the desert of Nevada where those beastly fish once roamed. Hopefully mother nature is kind to us and our fishy friends this winter. But for now a small section of the river is still in great shape and fish able in a good way. You just have to know where to look.
The morning starts off as do most days off, the alarming blaring some odd 80s song. I quickly turn off the alarm and get up. After rambling about, feeding the dog and throwing the gear into the car I get my bearings about and shoot Chris a msg. “I’ll be by in a few”. I grab the pup and jam over to his house and we quickly shuffle the gear into his truck along with the dogs. Today isn’t just about us….like most days on the river. We are bringing our buddies along for this adventure. In the truck they go and we are off!
After a bit of a quick jaunt down the highway we break off the road and down onto a dirt road we head. We are going where those with cars cannot go, that stock truck wont cut it either. A bumpy journey it is. We bs and reminisce about life. How grand it is. After we drive this shatty dirt road for what feels like an eternity the river suddenly appears into view. There she is. Finally! We get out of the truck and let the mutts out to let out all that piss and vinegar that they have so politely kept bottled up. Now its our turn.
We grab our sticks and head down to the first of many runs and holes. Of course we start hucking the big dry. Todays bug of choice is the “Chubby Chernobyl”, its that time of year. Hoppers skittering about every where! I love it! And so do our slippery friends that lay tucked in these quick seems. They are eager to smash the big dry, chase it down stream and just plain inhale the thing. This river has a many nice runs and deep holes. We chuck streamers in the deep holes hoping for that big grab. The fish you call home about. We didn’t find her today but we did find quite a few of her friends. Feisty they were. And so excited about the new change of weather. It’s finally cooled off a bit. And boy can you feel it on that first step into the river. How long til I can put off breaking out the waders?
All in all it was a great day! The dogs had a blast. And by the end of the day, I think they were more tired than we. We got to explore some new water and huck big dries at fish that rarely see a person, let alone a fly. So if you too would like to enjoy one of those off the beaten path gems feel free to give us call or drop on in the shop.
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.
Fall is nipping our heels…our shall I say brushing our legs. With the morning temperatures quickly plummeting how much longer can we enjoy the leisure of fishing in our shorts? A week? Two weeks? Nobody knows except good ol mother nature. Today it was quite nippy in the Tahoe region. The river was quite brisk this afternoon as we crossed throughout the day. Id say we are safe as far as dangerous water temps for our fishy friends. It’s go time! And if you want to get out a few more times before we need to pull our waders out of the closet, now is it! Come join us for a day on the water while summer tries to cling on and fall begins to barge in.