Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing

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Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing is now open for business! Let’s go fishing, book a guide or a session on Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing. Our Fly Shop Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is also open for business as of the 8th of May, 2020. Now booking Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Truckee River and the East Walker River.

Turneffe Flats Permit

Turneffe Flats – Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Part 2 – Fishing at Turneffe Flats 

This is the second installment of our blog from my recent trip to Turneffe Flats Resort. You can read the fist part here. We are hosting a Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters trip there on October 24-31, 2020. You can see tahoeflyfishing.com/travel-trips for more trip details or tflats.com for more resort details. 

My saltwater fly fishing to date has been primarily for bonefish in the Bahamas. Our trip to Belize gave us the chance at permit, as well as bones. We were not there during peak tarpon season but there are resident tarpon that reside around the atoll year round so we hoped to also get a few shots at those elusive species. Over the course of 6 days of fishing we were pleasantly surprised at the number of fish we saw within legitimate casting range. 

Picky Permit 

Turneffe Flats is world famous for permit fishing and this was the species we came primarily to target. Permit are notoriously picky eaters and some of the most difficult fish to catch on a fly. Many people can go years before actually catching a permit. Getting a legitimate shot at a permit is half the battle. 

On our first morning of fishing, also my wife’s birthday, we were getting ready to fish when a school of permit appeared in the distance. After some quick coaching, rushing and fumbling to get everything ready, my wife caught her first permit on the third cast. It seemed way too easy – and it was. We had many more shots at permit over the course of the trip, but that ultimately was the only one landed in the boat. The addiction was fueled, however, and that is what keeps us coming back.

Bones on the Brain

As mentioned, we came to Turneffe Flats to target permit. However, the number of bonefish we had shots at, and caught, was surprising. I had always heard that Belize did not have the number of bones that can be found in the Bahamas. From what I saw, I am not sure I agree. 

On our trip, bones were the “consolation prize” for when we couldn’t find (or catch) permit. We did spend part of a day walking a flat targeting bones and caught a ridiculous number of them. However, most of our time was spent poling in a flats boat. When we saw tails, we would switch rods and catch a few bones. 

The other major difference from the Bahamas is in the size of fly we used. The typical bonefish patterns work in Belize, but the flies need to be smaller – primarily size 6 and 8 flies. This does not mean that the bonefish are smaller than in the Bahamas, just more “dainty” eaters.

For someone new to saltwater fly fishing that wants to start with bonefish, Turneffe Flats offers a great opportunity.

Other Species at Turneffe Flats

While permit and bonefish were our focus, there are other species that can be targeted with a fly rod. We got a few shots at resident tarpon. There are also opportunities for snook, barracuda, triggerfish and other species. It really comes down to how you want to spend your day and if the season is prime (especially for tarpon). If you get there and decide to target a different species than planned, Turneffe Flats has gear you can rent, if needed.

The Saltwater Addiction

For those new to saltwater fly fishing, it is more like hunting than fishing. You can spend hours walking flats or poling in a flats boat looking for fish. Once spotted, it can be a mad rush to get organized, cast and hope the fish eats the fly. It can be very frustrating at times, but, once you hook that first saltwater fish, it becomes a full -fledged addiction and you will spend the entire plane ride home planning the next saltwater fly fishing trip. As we found, Turneffe Flats offers expert anglers through beginners an amazing fishing experience. We hope you come join us for our next hosted trip.

 

Turneffe Flats permit on the fly
The birthday permit
Hunting for permit
Saltwater fly fishing is more like hunting – sometimes you spend hours looking for fish.
Turneffe Flats bonefish on a fly
We found plenty of bonefish willing to eat small shrimp patterns.
Bonefish hookup
When it all comes together and your rod is bent it just fuels the addiction further.
Turneffe Flats bonefish
The Silver Ghost.

Turneffe Flats – Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Return to Hosted Travel

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is currently reinvigorating its hosted travel business. Turneffe Flats in Belize is definitely a trip at the top of the travel list. Over the years, Victor has hosted several trips to Turneffe Flats. After telling me about the great fishing, lodge, staff and food, I had to experience it for myself. 

I booked a trip for myself and my wife this past November to Turneffe Flats for a week of saltwater fly fishing. The trip definitely exceeded our expectations. The fishing and guides were fantastic and the lodge is a first-rate operation. For those wanting to diversify their experience, it also offers several activities other than fly fishing – snorkeling, eco tours, diving and site-seeing in Belize City.

We are excited to share this opportunity with others, by again hosting trips to this destination. We have secured dates for a Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters hosted trip October 24-31st, 2020. 

For those wanting to learn more, I encourage you to continue reading the following multi-part blog. You can learn more about our experience, as well as pick up tips and recommendations for making the most of a trip to Turneffe Flats.  You can also see tahoeflyfishing.com/travel-trips for more trip details or tflats.com for more resort details. 

Part 1 – Getting to Turneffe Flats

Getting there is relatively easy as there are direct flights to Belize City from multiple US cities. One of the key aspects of a trip to Turneffe Flats is that you must be on the ground in Belize City by 3:30pm in order to make the transfer boat from Belize City. Most trips to Turneffe Flats are for 7 nights/6 days and run Saturday to Saturday. They only run one boat on Saturday afternoon so travelers need to be aware of that schedule and plan accordingly. In the event the boat is missed, there is a hotel at the marina and the option to ride the guide boat, or a private water taxi.

Arrival in Belize City

It seems like you can’t have a multi-flight trip these days without a delay at some point. While on our layover in Dallas we watched our flight departure continue to push back. The potential of missing the boat started to look inevitable. Fortunately, we were able to land in Belize City with just enough time. Once we made it through one of the slowest Customs I’ve experienced, a lodge employee promptly met us outside the airport and took us to the marina (a short 30-minute bus ride). For future trips I would seriously consider an earlier arrival. Another option is to stay an extra few days and see some of the additional sites near Belize City (more on that later…..)

Boat Ride to Turneffe Flats

The boat trip to the resort is a 90-minute ride on a 48 foot boat. The boat travels through offshore cayes, the Barrier Reef, open ocean and then through the interior lagoon to the resort. The portion on open ocean can be rough so travelers that are susceptible to sea-sickness should plan accordingly. We did experience some rough water on the way over, but once you are past the reef the seas calmed down and it was very pleasant. As the sun started to set, we passed through various mangrove lined channels in the atoll. As darkness began to cover the sea we came around the final corner to see the lodge ahead.

 Next up: Part 2 – Fishing at Turneffe Flats

Tahoe Truckee Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018

Spring is right around the corner and so is our Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide school!  Do you enjoy teaching fly fishing to others, being outside, and sharing your knowledge?  Then now is your opportunity to learn from some of the best fly fishing guides in the area. In addition to some of our guides at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, we are excited to have Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors again this year.

Our guide school consist of 8 days total. 6 days almost exclusively on the water, and  2 additional days watching and helping a guide in action. With that time we teach you how to teach others, brush up on techniques, answer questions, and have a bunch of fun. With a half day of marketing yourself/business, opportunities outside of Tahoe, and some great speakers to follow up.  The last day of the school will be spent on drift boats and you on the oars!

Dates this year are from April 30- May 5.  Call or email now to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out or put it off until next year!  Come join us and learn from some of the best guides in the Tahoe area!

We still have a few openings if you are interested!

Contact:

Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email at rob@tahoeflyfishing.com

Or Victor Babbitt at (530)541-8208 and or email at info@tahoeflyfishing.com

Panning for gold.

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It’s about that time folks, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. We should be looking at about 6-8 weeks of great fishing. The early early bite is about done and we are happy to sleep in a bit. With cooler temps the rest of the week water temps should not be an issue going forward. The touch of fall in the air also has our big Browns starting to move a bit more. Don’t expect quantity but if you put your time in you should find some quality out there.
We have had some great days hiking the canyon on the Truckee lately, but also some slow days as well after all she is the Truckee. The next few weeks is a great time to throw the crayfish in the fast stuff, or even just take the streamer rod and commit to that one or two big whacks. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques it’s an excellent time to come fish with a guide and get dialed in (I bet you are not fishing enough weight!).
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We have also had some great days on the Carson the last few weeks as well and it should only get better. We tend to have our best dry fly action this time of year. Water is low tho and stealth is key! I will be down there a few days this next week and will try to update good or bad…..wait actually a any day on the water is a good day! I’ll try to update on the catching then. See you on the water-Jay.

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

North Lake Tahoe fishing update 5-17-16

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Just a quick update folks. We have had some great days out there and we have had a few tough ones as well. With the temps yo-yoing and the water flows doing the same the fishing has bin a bit fickle. Runoff is here and the water in the big “T” has bin cold. Don’t expect fish to move much for your fly, your gonna have to put it on their nose to get a grab. The Little Truckee got a bump in flows which is great for fish, but made the angling tuff with all the slime and snot in the drift. I would expect that to be cleared up by now tho. Bottom line is get out and fish, but know that like always the fish eat on their schedule not yours! Tend those drifts and make everyone count…….see you on the water -Jay

It’s go time!

Well it is go time folks, the California general trout season opens tomorrow! With that being said you know we are excited. Sure we have plenty of water that is open year round, but our options are now almost endless! With the promise of water all summer and near perfect flows for the opener things should kick off with a bang.
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We took a drive out to the Carson Rivers today and man are flows about perfect. A little bit of off color on the East and just a bit into the grass on the west. A bit of color never hurts, I think sometimes it actually helps. You can get rite up on your fish without spooking them, and the higher flows push fish out of the main current and into the side seams.
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If you are in north lake tonight make sure you stop by Blue Coyote in Truckee for Trout Unlimited’s “Fishmas eve” celebration. It’s a great cause with a bunch of great dudes! Also if you get out on the water this weekend feel free to stop by the shop and let us know how you did!

Come join the fun!

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We have had a lot of fun on the water this past week. Fishing has bin great, especially in the afternoon. Its that time of year where things can change real quick tho so check that forecast and bring the rain gear!
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Nymphing in the mornings and dry dropper rigs in the afternoons seem to be a good bet. Fish are certainly moving out of those super slow winter lies and into a bit faster water to feed. Come on up and book a guide to make the most of your time, or stop by the shop for bugs and details!