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Best fly-fishing a short drive away

Get out there soon or plan on driving a bit! We still have some great fly- fishing in our local area and it will probably last for another week or two. Indian Creek Reservoir and Caples Lake have been fishing well from shore or from tubes. Caples will freeze over soon with the pending weather and depending on how cold it actually gets, Indian Creek Reservoir will not be far behind. Indian Creek Reservoir tends to freeze over for short periods during the months of December and January and then stays pretty well thawed for the rest of the winter.

The East and West Walker Rivers, The Truckee River and the East Carson River in their Nevada sections are worth a shot as well. All of these rivers are within an hour or so drive from Tahoe.

We also have some great steelhead fishing available to us as close as an hour and twenty minutes away. The American River has easy access and produces some great steelhead action on the fly. The Yuba River and The Feather River are a bit farther, but worth the drive for some good action from now until the end of February. If you haven’t tried fly-fishing for steelhead, we are offering guide service on the American River most days of the week.



There are two styles of fly-fishing for steelhead, Indicator Nymphing or Swinging. My favorite is the more traditional method of swinging a fly through the runs, which produces a great take. Indicator Nymphing is probably a more successful approach fishing with Egg patterns or Nymphs. Some patterns to try are Glow Bugs, Beads, Stonefly Nymphs and Caddis Pupa. For Swinging, I would try Articulated Leeches, Egg Sucking Leeches, Brindle Bugs, Freight Trains and other traditional steelhead patterns.

The basic patterns for Caples or Indian Creek are Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Olive Matukas fished with a sinking line. For indicator fishing, I would try PT’s, Zebra Midges, Prince Nymphs and or Hares Ear Nymphs.




Keep the bugs moving with a bit of a twitch for best results. When fishing the Nevada Rivers this winter you will need Baetis patterns (Blue Wing Olive), Stonefly Patterns, Egg Patterns and Streamers with the occasional Caddis Pattern.

If you have a selection of these flies, you will do fine. Just remember to cover the water well because the fish do not like to move much for their meals when the water temperatures are down.

For further information on these fisheries or any others in the area, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters or give us a call. We are open 6 days a week, closed on Wednesdays for the winter months. Our phone number is 530-541-8208. We are located next to the Timbercove Lodge and across from the new Safeway at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd. We are offering full guide service as well as fly tying classes throughout the winter for those who are interested. Please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout.


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