Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Summer has finally begun and is in full force. The weather is getting warmer and flows are coming down on all of the rivers. With the warm weather and lower flows comes warmer water temperatures so be sure to look for faster water in the lower rivers and watch the temps as the mornings progress. We are focusing on the morning and evenings and leaving many of the rivers alone during the hotter part of the day.

The East Carson flows have finally come down and the water is a good color. Most of the river is fishing well right now. Stonefly, caddis, and general attractor nymphs have been productive and streamers can still work in the deep pools. Look for dry fly action with hoppers and caddis later in the day.

The West Carson flows are quickly dropping so the deep pockets and holes are the most productive. Dry droppers have been working as well, so has single dry flies during the early morning and late evening hours. Stimulators, caddis and hoppers are all good dry fly patterns to try right now.

We haven’t been fishing the East or West Walker much just yet. It is still pretty hot on the East Walker and flows are holding around 330cfs. This is a great river and one of our favorites for the fall once the temps and flows come down a bit.

The Truckee continues to fish well this summer but the focus needs to be on the early morning and evening hours. With the recent warm weather we’ve been having, the water temps are getting high during the middle part of the day. During the dog days of summer we strive to avoid fishing during the middle part of the day to help relieve pressure on the fish. Nymphing has been the most productive in the deeper pools with caddis, midges, small mayfly and stonefly patterns being successful. Dry droppers can be productive in the shallower runs, especially later in the day. Make sure you have a good variety of bugs as the hatches can be a little different every day.

The Little Truckee has been at a good flow but has been getting heavy fishing pressure this summer. In these situations it’s a good reminder about fishing etiquette. Always ask which way someone is working if you plan on stepping in above or below another angler. Kindness goes a lot further than the alternative attitude. If you decide to fish up there please be respectful to other anglers! We are all out there to enjoy the fishing and nothing can ruin a day faster than an argument over fishing etiquette. Caddis, a variety of mayflies, and midges are on the menu as usual. Once again go armed with plenty of bugs in the box!

Upcoming Travel and Classes

Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – We are excited to be working with Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize and will be hosting a saltwater fly fishing trip there March 7-14, 2020. Turneffe Flats is a world-class fishing, diving and eco-tourism resort that offers great vacation options for the serious angler or non-angler. If you’ve ever wondered about saltwater water fly fishing, are an experienced angle, or just want to spend some time on the beach come join us for the amazing trip. If you’ve never hooked a bonefish, permit or tarpon on a fly there is no other fishing experience that comes close. Give us a call or visit our saltwater trips page for more details on pricing and availability.

All-Day Introduction to Fly Fishing – We have all day introduction to fly fishing classes coming up on August 24th. This is a great way to learn fly fishing in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing this is a great way to start and is a good intro to have before hiring a guide for the day.

Guide School – Ever considered guiding as a profession, or just want to learn more about fly fishing and how to teach it to others? Our next guide school is scheduled for May 11-17, 2020 and we are starting to take reservations. This is a great class that is focused on learning more about teaching fly fishing to others, as well as becoming better anglers. Each year our school gets larger so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.

Welcome to summertime!

Sorry for the lapse in posts guys! I have bin in the middle of moving and busy season. I am figuring out how to post by phone in free time. As far as fishing goes it full on summer, wet wading, evening hatches, and of course crowds!image
With the crowds I mentioned now is a great time to check out private water and no better place than our own sawmill lake. We have had lots of fun sight fishing with ant and beetle patterns. It’s also a great mid morning game if you aren’t into 445 am wake ups!
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With warm weather we our ditching waders for guard socks and board shorts. This is what we dream about in January! Also with the warmth and long days we are getting great evening hatches. Caddis caddis caddis, and some great pmd action as well. It’s a good idea to go late and stay late! We offer 2 hour evening rise trips this time of year and it’s a great opportunity to fine tune your skills and have someone else deal with threading that 5x thru that size #18 hook for you. Give the shop a call for more info and get out there!

Stillwater action is hot as the weather

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Well as we predicted the temps rose and so did the flows. Not to worry tho the Stillwater action is red hot. Callibaetis, ants, midges, and baitfish patterns are all fooling fish rite now. I have heard good reports from South Lake area lakes and can tell you first hand that Jackson Meadows and Milton are good to go. To fish all day a float tube or boat is good idea, but midday ant bite is just fine from shore. Just play those wind lines, no wind means no ants in the water.image
If you have never fished our private water (sawmill lake) now is a great time. We restocked last week and water temps are perfect. We can take you on a guide trip or you can fish on your own. We limit mixed groups to a max of 4 rods at a time to ensure a quality experience. Sawmill is truly Tahoes premier Stillwater and now is the time to get a taste of the best! As always give the shop a call with any questions. See ya on the water-Jay

Fly Fishing the Sierras- Get out and explore! Guides day off.

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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.

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Guided Fly Fishing Truckee River!

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Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Truckee River are back and the fishing has been good but limited due to the on going drought.  The Truckee River has taken a bit of a hit due to the lack of water, but not so much that it is not worth fishing.  Our guides can help you boost through that tough learning curve helping you find the fish of the mighty Truckee. We have another warming trend coming up as summer creeps to a crawl and fall weather starts rearing its head.  This cooling trend is what we have all been waiting for.  Not only us, but most of all the trout.  Cooler water means more active fish.  And it also allows us as anglers and guides to start playing with our fishy friends again in a safe and ethical manner.  Think higher flows…below the boca inlet would be a good place to start.  Above that the water is too low and just plain cruel to tussle in.  Again, lets keep ethics in mind.  So, with all that in mind come join us for a day on the water and your fly fishing guide will help show you a fun day out on the water, making sure your expectations are met and a good time is had by all. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters has been guiding the Tahoe-Truckee area for 20 years now and our guides are some of the best in the area!  Book your guided adventure today at 530-541-8208.

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Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing

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Come fish with us at Sawmill Lake… You wouldnt even know we are in the middle of a drought… big fish taking dries off the surface… call us to book your trip today

The skiing may be sub par, but the fishing is GREAT!

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Its that time folks, the days are getting longer, bugs are starting to pop down low and we are all getting excited! Normally we are taking long drives to pyramid, yuba, or the american this time of year to get a line wet. This year however I’m taking lunch breaks and fishing the truckee on the california side. While waiting for powder i am more than happy to get some sun and stick a few fish. Better yet looking for heads to come up on overcast days.

There is simply too much for one blog post going on rite now, everything from micro midges up high to giant streamer eating fish at Pyramid! Call the shop if you are coming up to ski and make a mega day out of it! Groomers in the am and fish in the afternoon? Yep thats why we live in California! Book a guide to show you the nuances of winter fishing, or stock up on streamers and go put your time in at the ‘Mid. you won’t catch em on your couch! and snow or no snow the next few months are gonna be great!

Truckee River Update Friday September 5th

Indian summer is here!  With cool overnight lows and warm sunny days its a great time to get up here. Getting on it early is still paying off, but with shorter days no more 445 wake up calls, hooray!  It was 35 degrees in Martis Valley this morning at 6am, and 75 by about 11am.  Come prepared dress in layers and expect everything from blazing sun to a dusting of snow over the next few weeks.

Bugwise expect to see standard tiny midges when sun first breaks onto the water, lingering pmd’s,bwo’s(cloudy days),caddis, and maybe a few stones.  lately a crayfish with a small pheasant tail off the back has bin doing just fine.  I have bin ditching the bobber and highsticking them thru the runs. Pay attention grabs on the dead drift, on the swing, and plenty on a quick strip as well.

With kids back in school the crowds are mostly gone. Lower fall flows make for easy access to lots of normally hard to reach lies.  Its an excellent time to book one of our guides and go chasing some Truckee River chrome, or check out any of our other numerous waters.  Call the shop with any questions 530-541-8208.  See you on the river, Jay