Truckee River Fly Fishing!

Truckee River fly fishing is just about ready to pop!  The flows on the lower sections of the Truckee River are getting into shape and the water is becoming clear!  The next couple of weeks should be hit and miss and then hang on for the Baetis hatch towards the end of January…  I will be doing a bit more guiding this Winter and Spring and am looking forward to guiding the East Truckee River.  There will be three of us guiding the Nevada sections of the Truckee River this Winter and Spring!  Join either Peter Santley, Mike Curtis or myself for a fun day of guided Fly Fishing on the Truckee!

Victor Babbitt


Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

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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.

Tight Lines!

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!

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!

Recent Entertainer Article by Victor Babbitt

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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

As seen in the Entertainer

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt 02-09


One might not think there would be fishing this time of the year, but the fishing has actually been really good lately due to the Year-Round regulations that the California Fish & Game put into effect a couple of years ago.  Prior to this regulation change, our only options were to drive ridiculous amounts of time to fish waters that were not that great or we would have to fish Nevada waters which have always been good during the winter months, but an expensive license.  Another bonus, for the time being, is the amount of snow on the ground which has opened up other opportunities like the Little Truckee River.  You still need Four Wheel Drive and some clearance but it is accessible and fishing quite well!  Another good fishery has been the East Walker River, below Bridgeport Reservoir, in California.  The water coming out of the dam tends to be warmer then the water down stream in the Nevada sections and the hatches have been more prolific because of it. 


Baetis, Baetis and more Baetis and of course a few midges as well!  This time of year this is all you need to catch fish with the exception of a few Stones and maybe a San Juan Worm.  As long as the weather continues as it has for the month of January, the fishing will hold strong and should continue into the month of March as well.  March does not need as good of weather for the fish to be active due to the longer days and usual warmer temperatures that the month brings.  So, if it is raining or snowing here at the lake, don’t be afraid to venture to one of these fisheries you might be pleasantly surprised! 


If you do not mind the drive, there are other fisheries worth checking out including Pyramid Lake, The Yuba River, The Trinity River and of course the American River can turn on this time of year as well.  Pyramid will start to pick up towards the end of the month fishing with full sinking lines and various bugger patterns!  The Trinity has been hit and miss with a few fish being caught lately and waiting for more weather to bring more fish but always worth a shot this time of year.  The Yuba is always a safe bet during the month of February fishing with Stoneflies, Baetis and midges!  For the most fun, try floating the river from the highway 20 bridge down to Sycamore Ranch.  Big bugs on the surface this time of year!  The American has Steelies in it but needs a little more water to improve. Look for storms to move more fish up in the Hazel Avenue area.  Swinging Articulated Leeches with a Spey Rod is a blast!


Since the skiing hasn’t been so great, now is the time to try a bit of Winter fly fishing!  All of these waters should only get better as the month progresses and without much snow pack, this might be the best time of the year to fish!  Otherwise, hope for more snow so we can have some fishing this Summer…


Thanks for reading and if you’re looking to have some fun on one of our local waters, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will get you set up with whatever it takes to have a great day on the water!  We offer full guide service for the fly angler as well as the spin angler and we specialize in the family fishing experience!  We are located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd about 3.5 miles from the Casinos and next to Midas Mufflers.  Our Phone number is 530-541-8208 and our web address is  Please catch and release all of your wild trout!



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!


Hot Creek Ranch, dry fly fishing at its’ best!

The tradition continues!  Hot Creek Ranch, outside the town of Mammoth Lakes-California, has once again hosted my kids and myself for a wonderful three days of fishing dry flies and only dry flies!  The fish were big this year and they were eating like there was no tomorrow!  The kids helped and also caught a few themselves as well as a lot of hours on the big swing in front of the cabins.  The hatches started with a Caddis migration from 8am – 11am with a few Baetis showing towards the 11am hour followed by a snooze and lunch and starting again around 2pm with the Caddis emergence.  The Caddis hatch was amazing and actually fished better in the afternoon than the morning and ended around 6pm!  The nights fished great for those that stayed out till dark with a barrage of fish eating on the surface right before dark!  With the kids I chose to hang out and eat and be merry verses fish till I dropped…  What a break/vacation!  If you ever get the chance the fish Hot Creek and you like dry fly fishing, it does not get any better!!!


Victor Babbitt


Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters