Walker River Fly Fishing guides

Christine with a Nice Walker river Brown winter 09!

Fall fishing on the East Walker River is at full speed!  The Big fish have moved back into the Rosaschi Section of the East Walker River in Nevada over the past few weeks and the Ranch is fishing great!  The weather has started to cool and the fish are eating Baetis, Midges, San Juan Worms and attractor Dries!  We have had a couple of great guided days with clients catching multiple fish and some breaking the 20+ inch range!  This is the time of the year to catch a big brown on the East Walker River… the flows are the best we have seen in many years!  Peter Santley is guiding the Nevada sections of the East Walker River which gets you away from the crowds on the Miracle Mile.  Call the shop or call Peter directly at 530-318-7073, the fishing should be good through the month of November!

Victor Babbitt

Owner/Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

530-541-8208

Fishing Report for the East and West Walker Rivers, East and West Carson Rivers, The Lower and Little Truckee Rivers, and many Tahoe area still waters. Updated Sept 4th, 2010

Tahoe area Fly Fishing report for Sept 4th 2010

 

East Carson River fishing report – Currently flowing at 60 cfs. Above Hangmans Bridge – The section above Hangmans bridge will be well stocked for the holiday weekend. This section is a great place for beginner anglers to get into fish. Try Hopper dropper set ups with a size 16-18 bead head nymph and small streamers. Catch and release section below Hangmans Bridge-The dry fly fishing has been pretty good throughout the day using hoppers, ants and 16-18 Ec caddis. Fishing a Wiers hoppicator with a size 16 or 18 beadhead nymph dropper has been working well. A quiet approach is a must at this flow and a good dead drift is essential. Nymphs-  Wiers Caddis lime and tan  14 and 16, Fox’s poopah tan 16-18, size 18 Z-wing caddis, micro mayfly’s black and olive 16-18, pheasent tails 16-18, zebra midges 18-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20. Streamers-buggers in olive in black, woolhead sculpins, crystal buggers, meat whistle olive and black.  Dries-yellow stimulators 12-16, ec caddis 16-18, tan elk hair caddis 16-18, parachute adams 16-24, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, Wier’s hopper and ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Carson River fishing report – Currently at 16cfs and is fishing well. Dry fly fishing is pretty good throughout the day usind size 16-18 parachute adams, elk hair and ec caddis. Fishing a  hopper with a small beadhead nymph trailor can also work well at this flow.  Nymphs- size 16-18 pt’s, 14-16 fox’s poopah, 16-18 copper johns, 16-18 hares ears, Wier’s caddis tan 14-16 and black and olive micro may’s 16-18. Dries- try ec caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, and hoppers. Small streamers through the pocket water have also been effective. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

West Walker River fishing report–  Currently running at around 63 cfs. Hoppers, ants and beetles have been picking up fish mid morning. Hopper dropper rigs can work great this time of year.  Plenty of fish being stocked for the weekend. A great time to fish a Wiers Hop-icator with a small beadhead trailor nymph. Nymphs- stones in golden and black 6-10, micro mays 16-18, PT’s 14-16, fox’s poopah 14-16. Wiers caddis in tan and lime 14-16. Dries- Wier’s Hopper 10-12, Ec caddis 14-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18, stimulators 12-16, hackle stacker pmd’s 16-18, para hoppers 10-12, ants and beetles.Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

East Walker River fishing report- Flows are 197 and the fishing has been pretty good in both Nevada and California. Hopper dropper rigs have been productive. Nymphing is still producing lots of fish. The dry fly action has been pretty good using caddis and terrestrials. Streamers have also been producing some bigger fish. Nymphs- Wiers Caddis 14-16, Fox’s poopah olive and tan 14 -18, Wiers sprinkles in chocolate and vanilla 18-20, buckskin caddis 16-18, caddistailwater tiny’s in olive and black 18-20, zebra midges in 18-20, PT’s 16-20, tailwater tiny’s black and olive size 18-20. Dries- Wiers Hopper 10-12, Para Hopper 8-12, EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 16-20, elk hair caddis 14-18, hackle stacker pmd’s and ants and beetles. Streamers- Olive and Tan cone-head sculpins, olive and white buggers, natural and pearl zonkers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Little Truckee River fishing report– Flows are 219cfs and changing often. Small para adams, ec caddis and blue duns have been working to pick up a few risers.  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 the most effective. For dries try hackle stacker pmds 16-18, parachute adams 16-20, ants 12-14 and hoppers. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Truckee River fishing report– Flows on the Truckee are 157cfs  in the town of Truckee and 500 below Boca bridge. The Truckee has been fishing well throughout the entire river. 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. Try dead drifting crayfish patterns and a caddis trailor under an indicator. Make sure to get your flies down deep. Hoppers have also been picking up some fish throughout the day. Try Wier’s hoppicator with a double dropper. Nymphs- golden stones 6-12, dead drift crayfish, Wiers caddis tan 14-16, Fox’s Poopah olive and tan 16-18, pheasant tails 16-20, Wiers sprinkles 18-20, prince nymphs 14-18. Dries-EC caddis 14-18, parachute adams 14-18, pmd’s 18-20 hoppers, ants and beetles. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

 

Tahoe area Still waters

Indian Creek Reservoir fishing report– Fishing is getting better as temps cool and days get shorter. Buggers, blood midges, damsels and callibeatis should produce fish. Evenings have been ok with fish rising. Try slow stripping small nymphs just under the surface. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Caples Lake fishing report- Fishing well try streamers and terrestrial from the shore. Hanging a midges under an indicator has also been producing fish.  Best bite is in the early morning and evening. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

Red Lake fishing report– Fishing well and recently stocked.  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– Recently stocked and fishing well. Try olive and black mini leaches with a water boatman as a trailer. Sight fishing for cruisers with terrestrials can be fun also. Fish early and late.

Spooner Lake fishing report– Fishing well in the early morning and evenings if you can get through the chubs. Try Rickards seal buggers and small woolly buggers. Aggravator princes and hares ears size 12 -16 have been effective. Caddis 14-16 have been working on the surface in the evenings.

Blue Lakes fishing report– Good reports. 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 report– Fishing well. Try natural zonkers, black and olive buggers from the float tube or shore. Terrestrials have also been picking up a few fish. Very early and till dark are the best fishing times. Guides Available call (530-541-8208).

We have offered guiding on most of these waters for over 15 years. 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 www.tahoeflyfishing.com/blog for the most up to date info on fly fishing the Tahoe Region.

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East Carson river guide trip

Fished the East Carson river today with clients Chris and Bob. We decided to get a really early start and it payed off.  Chris and Bob had never fished streamers before and after a short demo they each landed fish over 20 inches on olive woolly buggers. We also got some nice fish on terrestrials and nymphs. The day turned out to be great and we never saw another person. 5 fish total to the net and 3 over 20 inches. The key is to get out there early or fish late. The fishing is slowing down from about 12 to 5:30. Guides Available.

Mike O’Dell

Guide/Instructor

Bob with his first fish on a streamer!

Chris with a nice rainbow

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

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt April, 2010!

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt 4-10-2010

as seen in the Lake Tahoe Entertainer…

Sun, sun, sun then snow, snow, snow!  Welcome to a fairly normal Spring…  Just when you think Summer is kind of here and the fishing has been great we find ourselves right in the middle of Winter again!  Not that the fishing gets worse it’s just that the comfort level gets down right horrid at times.  Actually the fishing tends to get better in these conditions, on cloudy days they eat dries and on sunny days they eat nymphs and sometimes they eat both and everyone is happy in fishing land.  Personally I prefer the sunny days when they eat dries and luckily we have had a few of those during the last month and I am sure it will continue into the month of April as well!

Have you caught a big fish on a tiny fly lately or maybe a big fish on a BIG FLY?  There are two times a year when this tends to happen right now and in the Fall.  BIG Stones, little Baetis, little Midges and the Caddis are on there way as well.  So get out and fish it while the going is good and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year.  If you are into moving water you need to fish one of these two rivers, The Little Truckee River or The East Walker River both being tailwater fisheries which means they are controlled flows and not as effected by the runoff and tend to fish incredibly well during the month of April.  The East Walker River has about 15-20 miles of good fishing with some of the best just bellow the Dam at Bridgeport Reservoir as well as in the Nevada sections called the Rosachi Ranch.  If you really want to try something a bit out of the way, head for the Elbow section about ten miles below the Nevada State Line.  The Elbow is stocked on occasion and sees far fewer flies then the previously mentioned sections and can be incredible when fished with Dry Dropper set ups with a Stimi on top and a Baetis Nymph below.  Don’t be fooled by the regulations that allow fish to be kept, the same fish that we catch in California swim through this section as well and rarely get fished this time of year.

The Little Truckee should have lots of fish this year with the flows fairly high this spring which allows for a bunch of fish to come into the system.  Most of the fish are a pretty good size and have already been eating quite well.  Expect to see a fair amount of pressure on the two miles of water between Boca and Stampede but if you pick the right kind of day to fish this section the crowds tend to be lighter.  My favorite days are when the clouds roll in and it is snowing or raining which tends to keep most anglers off the water.  The dry fly fishing also excels on these kinds of days and keeps the Baetis popping as well as the Midges!  Watch for Redds and try not to disturb them if at all possible.

My favorite Springtime Stillwater is Indian Creek Reservoir!  The Blood Midges are back and the fish are eating them off of the surface whenever the winds are down.  If you like fishing from a tube, fish a Krystal Bugger with a Blood Midge Dropper on a full sink line, stripping slowly which can produce an incredible strike and on occasion the fish will eat the flies on the sink too.  Hang on, there are some really big fish in this lake again this year and I have heard of more than a few anglers that have lost rods by not paying enough attention while trolling from a boat or a float tube!

These are just a few of the wonderful places we fish this time of the year and if you were to draw a 2 hour circle around the South Shore area of Tahoe you would find hundreds of fisheries that are all fun and even some that you won’t see another angler fishing!  For more information on these fisheries or any others in our area, stop by the shop for a detailed map and a helpful hand at getting you into fish, if you are not having fun fishing we are not doing our job!  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters located on Highway 50 next to Midas Mufflers and just 3.5 miles from the Casinos.  Guide service available 365 days a year!