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Water just right for fly-fishing Tahoe

Column by Victor Babbitt

Fly Fishing Report supplied by Victor Babbitt

Hot! Hot! Hot! And more hot! Get out early or late in the day because the water is getting quite warm during the middle hours of the day. The fly- fishing has been great and should continue to be great for the rest of the summer. Water is an issue in some parts of our country but not really a problem here in the Tahoe area. The East Carson River is still flowing above the 100-cubic-feet-per-second mark and will probably stay that way through the month of July and into August.

The West Carson River has plenty of water as well, and will continue to fish with dry flies in the pocket water.

The backcountry is in perfect shape for those who like to hike and get away from the crowds. And the local lakes have been producing some awesome action on the surface and under the surface, float tubes being the best access.

At the East Carson River, below Hangman’s Bridge, the fishing is excellent with big bugs. The Golden Stones have been hatching along with some great Caddis action later in the evening. Turk’s Tarantulas, Stimulators, Chernobyl Ants and X-Hoppers have been the bugs of choice.

Drop a small bead head nymph underneath it and hang on! The EC Caddis works wonderfully for the evening rise! The West Carson is similar but fishing is a bit better during the early afternoon.

Take a trip to the Little Truckee for some mid-day action and then again at the end of the day. The PMD’s are hatching and finishing the day with the spinner fall. Streamers fished along the bottom will produce a take or two as well. The main Truckee River has an amazing evening hatch of Caddis and shouldn’t be missed. Try the EC Caddis in a 14 or 16 and once again, hang on!

For more information, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters or call (530) 541-8208. We offer full guide service as well as a complete selection of flies and tackle to meet anyone’s needs.

Please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout!


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