"Making the Moves to Moving Water" 7/2/18

With the official season ending at Pyramid Lake, we can’t thank everyone enough for such an amazing and eventful year!

The focus has shifted. Now its really time to start looking at our other fishing options in the area! 

Historically, by the second week of June the rivers of the Eastern Sierra have hit peak run-off and are starting to drop. And just like clock work, that’s what we are seeing. Rivers like the Truckee will continue to stabilize with controlled releases from tributary streams along the main stem. The East Carson river, a little further south, is a true freestone and has very few dam controlled tributaries resulting in what I like to call a “yo-yo” in flows throughout the day. The water will rise and fall during the day as snow melt ebbs and flows with the changing temperatures. 

Then you have the area tail waters. They’re great when the flows are stable, but now that it’s late spring/early summer (meaning with the agricultural demand for water the flows can change at the drop of a hat) This can put the fishing off until it stabilizes again. The fishing has been great and as of right now you, can catch fish with just about every technique. Dry droppers, tight line, indo, streamer and even some straight dry fly fishing! It’s a smorgasbord of bug options on the menu. You can always try and have fun to specifically “match the hatch” but this time of year, I like classic patterns. Pheasant tails, prince nymphs, rubber legs, adams and the classic olive woolly bugger. It’s not about the right bug, it’s about the right drift. On to the fishing...

The Truckee is fishing really well, top to bottom. Mornings have the fish eating right from the start with bugs hatching until early afternoon and then again during the last “magic” hour. Dry dropper rigs fished in fast water and over drop offs, have been taking fish. For dries, try ants, beetles or a big stone with a long dropper of most-any mayfly imitation. Doug O’s “peaches and cream” has been the hot fly lately. 

 This fish ate the peaches and cream under a beetle in fast water. Not bad for your first fish.                                                                                                                          Photo By: Chris Nicola

This fish ate the peaches and cream under a beetle in fast water. Not bad for your first fish.                                                                                                                          Photo By: Chris Nicola

The little Truckee is doing what it does best. Sight fishing dries to weary trout. The PMDs are just getting started, and the fish are ready for them. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Without spooking the fish of course! Take your time when approaching the river. Watch for 5 minutes. You’ll catch more fish. And don’t be the angler parked in 1 hole all day. Fish a section, and then give the next person a shot. 

 Beautiful dry fly eater from the LT.  This is a quality over quantity fishery. Don’t come looking for numbers.                                                                                                   Photo By: Chris Nicola

Beautiful dry fly eater from the LT.  This is a quality over quantity fishery. Don’t come looking for numbers.                                                                                                   Photo By: Chris Nicola

The East and West Carson’s are both fishing very good as well but with different techniques. The West is a smaller meadow stream and doesn’t see nearly the run off the the East does. This has been clear and fishable for a moth now. Dry droppers and light nymph rigs will have you hooked up throughout the day. The East Carson is very different. It’s a bigger river that flows through a canyon. The flows have dropped to “fishable” levels and the fish are hungry! It only gets better as the summer goes on. Streamers, heavy nymph rigs under a bobber, and tight lining have been the go-to. 

 Fun streamer eater from the Carson drainage.                                            Photo By: Chris Nicola

Fun streamer eater from the Carson drainage.                                            Photo By: Chris Nicola

Then there are rivers that we never say the name of. They have a special place in our hearts. When the fishing is good here, it’s great.

 Beautiful fish from a special river.                                                                 Photo By: Chris Nicola

Beautiful fish from a special river.                                                                 Photo By: Chris Nicola

So there you have it. The fishing is good, and it’s only going to get better. Get out and catch some fish! I have some open dates in July if you’re interested in learning more about our local waters. Give me call or shoot me a text if you need any help. (530) 307-9744

Pyramid Fly Co Guide Chris Nicola