Tahoe Area Fishing Report Aug. 23rd

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 2011-08-23 13:49:49

Fishing Report

Truckee River

The Truckee is in great shape from Lake Tahoe all the way through Reno. Flows have stabilized and the fishing overall has been fantastic.

California – The Water master has turned down the flows out of Boca, Donner and Prosser Reservoirs and more water is coming out of Lake Tahoe. Tahoe is the only Reservoir out of the 4 that the water comes off the top. What this means is the water in the Truckee is warmer overall. This enhances the need to fish in the mornings and evenings.
Dead Drifting Crawfish patterns and golden Stoneflies with a smaller dropper like a Caddis or a Little Yellow Stone for nymphing is a good way to go. Use enough weight to get your flies down to the fish. You should start to see some fish in faster water where there is more oxygen. There are still some Caddis and Little Yellow Stones hatching in the evenings as well.

Nevada – The flows are about normal for this time of year.
NDOW is stocking all the parks every two weeks or so and the fishing has been great. There have been some big wild Browns and Rainbows caught along with the thousands of planted Rainbows over the past few weeks. Nymphing in the mornings before the tubers get going has been working well. Try a smaller Stonefly with a Prince Nymph dropper. There have been some sporadic Caddis hatches in the evenings but it is very short right at dark.

Flows on the Truckee – Truckee 273 CFS, Boca Bridge 552 CFS, Farad 613 CFS, Mogul 460 CFS, Reno 509 CFS.

Little Truckee River

Flows are down to 136 CFS. This is the lowest they have been all season but still a really good flow for this time of year. There has been a PMD hatch in the early afternoons especially on non windy days. The water is cold and clear and there has been quite a bit of fishing pressure. As the flows get lower it becomes more important to have a stealthy approach. The fish are still really spread out from top to bottom. Dry dropper set-ups are a good way to go instead of using an indicator as well.

East Walker River

Flows are currently at 379 CFS. This has been changing a bunch over the past few weeks mostly due to irrigation. The flows can be very inconsistent in the summer for that reason. The fishing has been pretty good however. Tossing around a big ugly dry fly in the slower water and seems of the main current is a hoot this time of year. You can either do it with a dropper or just a dry. Stoneflies and Hoppers are the best bet. Nymphing with Caddis and Midges is a nice way to follow it up. At 373 there are not too many places to cross and it can look very inviting to do so. Be careful trying to cross. As long as the flows stay in the 350 area the water should stay cool enough to fish all day.

East Carson River

Flows are down to 225 CFS. The flows have not dropped too much over the past week. As they start to stabilize the fishing should only get better. The flows are perfect and the fishing has been awesome. They have stocked the upper section and they have really spread out. Some fish up to 18 inches or better. There are plenty of wild fish as well. The water is really getting clear and a stealthy approach is a must going forward. Fishing techniques mirror that of the East Walker except for there is better dry fly fishing in the evenings. Parachute Adams, Light Cahill’s and Elk Hair Caddis are a good way to go in the evenings.

Davis Lake

It is really warm at Davis. The lake is pretty shallow even with it being a little higher this year. Mornings and evenings are really the only time to fish it right now. Fish are scattered and can be found in a variety of places. They will not stay in the shallows too long in the mornings. Fishing faster sinking lines in 8-15 feet of water with a Wooly Bugger and a Snail dropper is a good way to start.


Frenchman’s is a much deeper lake than Davis. The water stays a little cooler especially with a little wind to break up the surface temps. The fly fishing has been really good for the past three weeks or so. In the mornings fish can be found cruising the shallows searching for Damsels, Callabaetis and Midges. You can even fish to them from the shore. As the morning wears on they move out into the channels and drop-offs in 5-15 feet of water. Stripping snails and Damsels with a sink tip or a type two sinking line has been really effective. If there is a little chop on the water hanging some nymphs under an indicator about 8-10 feet down is also working well. The fish in Frenchman’s are really healthy and strong for their size. Most of the fish are in the 13-16 inch range but fight like a fish that is 16-20 inches.

Lassen Meadows Ranch

We are now taking bookings for Lassen Meadows for the fall season. The Ranch will officially re-open for the fall in September and should fish really well until at least the middle of October. 775.742.1754 – rob_renoflyshop@sbcglobal.net

Smith Creek Ranch

Smith Creek will also re-open for the fall season in September. There was a ton of water in the Desatoya’s this year and this fall should be awesome. There will be plenty of cool water for the fish. 775.742.1754 – rob_renoflyshop@sbcglobal.net

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  • Davis Lake - Rob Anderson - 2011-08-24 11:43:11 (0)