Angler’s Edge Fishing Report: July 26


Report by The Angler’s Edge – Fly Shop, 1598 Esmeralda Ave., Minden

PLEASE take along a thermometer and use it!  At 69 degrees, stop fishing.  We have the old style and laser/digital thermometers in the shop

E. CARSON:  CA: Flows:  124 cfs With today’s rain and possibly 2 more days, the river will be slightly blown out.  Getting some nice reports above Hangman’s in the stocked area.  If doing catch & release, start watching the water temps especially below hangman’s bridge, it hs not been fishing very well this year due to DFG and FWS mandate to only stock triploid trout for the last 3 years and the river is not getting viable fish.  To get into fish, you’re going to have to access in the lower area’s (like Airport or Hellhole, leviathan).  Small hoppers (12/14) with a  drop of of a red or green Copper John, PT, Hare’s Ear, Red zebra midge.  Dries: Stimulators in Yellow or orange, PMD’s, Para Adams, EHC.  Caddis pupa in olive or cream doing well.  Buggers in Olive and black, PT’s, Copper Johns in red or green.

E. CARSON:  NV: 115 cfs Flows:   Still doing quite pretty good.  Certainly crossable in the higher reaches.  If willing to borrow someone else’s 4 x 4 take a trip down China Springs entrance.   Buggers in Olive and the Yellow Crystal Bugger.  Skating a Elk Hair Caddis or an orange stimulator with a small drop of a Bubbleback, little yellow stone  Prince, Hare’s ear, Micro May flies, Copper Johns. Dries Mosquito, adams, EHC, Yellow Sallies.

PLEASANT VALLEY FLY FISHING PRESERVE: Flows: 21 cfs Flows remaining steady. It’s been fishing very very good! Fish are podded up in the holes, and the deeper cut banks and water is clear as of today, so stealth is the key.  pretty active on olive or black buggers.  Red snow cones, red copper johns.  Dry flies (Para Madam X, EHC, Comparadun adams. Para Caddis.Pond area: buggers, Hare’s Ears, PT’s in size 16, damsels, Snow cones (call shop for Reservations)

W. CARSON: Flows 28 cfs:  May be blown out due to rain for a few days. Pocket water is fishable with  dry fly action on the little ‘bow and brookie wilds:  Elk Hair Caddis(14 or 16), Royal Wulff, black ant and orange or yellow Stimulator.  Hare’s ear, Princes, and copper johns in black or red BH prince in a 16.

E. WALKER CA: Flows 91 cfs: Flows holding pretty good.  It’s time to start carrying your thermometer and start taking temps by 10:30 am!!!  If temps start approaching 68 degrees, be a responsible fisherman and stop fishing.  Start early (like 6 am)  Fish during the day are starting to get a bit spookie.  They’re rising to naturals, but persnickity on your pick. Late evening fish are readily rising to tricos or small BWO’s.    You can get the flows  on our website   Micro mayflies, Caddis puppa, crystal caddis, Flashback PT’s, Little Yellow stones, Trico, WD40’s in grey or olive, buggers in Olive and brown.

E. WALKER NV: Flows 91 cfs:  Nice flows.  It’s getting slimy down there.  It’s time to start carrying your thermometer and start taking temps by 9:30 am!!!  If temps start approaching 69 degrees, be a responsible fisherman and stop fishing.  Start early (like 6 am)   Yellow Sallies, and small hoppers in tan.  Of course, the Hot Pinks San Juan, Rubber legged golden stones, and the Little stones are hatching. Black or olive buggers, Dragon Fly nymphs along the weed beds.  yellow stones/yellow sally’s, PT’s, red or black zebra, Micro Mayflies, tent wing caddis,  Hoppers are starting to show, but are small. Caddis pupa in olive or cream.

E. WALKER: NV ELBOW AREA Flows 89 cfs: Fish are looking for the deeper holes and shadows.  Mid morning out in the riffles,  readily taking stones, buggers and dries skated.

ASPEN LAKE RANCH: Starting to get the algae bloom, which is great shade for the fish.  Buggers (dark) Damsels, Nealy’s Dragon, PT, Hare’s Ear leach and Snail Patterns (call shop for Reservation, all equipment is provided, other than your rod, line, flies, 3X minimum tippet, these boys are big!)

WEST WALKER : CA: Flows: 86 cfs  Flows are  down.  The How Big is Big contest began July 1st, so stocking will pick up.  Though fish are there, they’re holding their spot and deep.  Flows will decrease a bit more.  Standard Summer fair of Yellow Crystal Bugger (dubbed by someone as the West Walker Special ), Yellow stimi’s, prince, red copper johns, EHC’s and humpies in red or yellow.

WEST WALKER  NV (Hoye Canyon):  Flows 102 cfs:  Weed beds are getting a bit bigger (more bugs) and the slime is growing, make sure you wade with felt or Svelts from Korkers. Little Yellow stones were hatching along with some nice sized PMD’s.  Olive or black buggers, epoxy back yellow stone, hare’s ear, pink or red san juan, fish were striking the indicator, so try a chartreuse para Madam X, para adams or  EHC.

TOPAZ: Crawdad patterns, Olive buggers and even san juan worms.  Bass are showing up along the north-west side.  Trout have gone a bit deeper with the heat about 25 – 30′, use an intermediate line or type III or IV if float tubing.

SPOONER: Leach patterns Prince, PT’s, Hare’s ears in size 14 and smaller.  Stocked 3 times now in the last 2 months.  Olive and black buggers, zug bugs, Furred Stillwater nymphs. Float tubing produces a bit more than the shore fishing.

DESERT CREEK: Has had 3 stockings in about 2 months.  Best way yo get there is take the road further down on 338, the road near Wellington is getting very rutted.  EHC, Para MX chartreuse, small olive buggers are taken easily.

HOBART: Still getting great reports from Hobart. It was stocked with some small tiger trout. And the fish will key in on the bait fish patterns easily.  Olive Buggers, leach patterns for streamers, PT’s, prince, and red copper johns on a strike indicator, Dry fly: adams, Light Cahill & ant patterns They’ll take just about anything.

INDIAN CREEK: The hold overs are headed to the deeper water and fishing has waned due to the lack of stocking. Stillwater nymphs, Martis Midge emerger, Rainbow warriors, zebra midges in red or black, olive buggers, leach patterns Intermediate line, or a full sink tip with a blood midge on a finger crawl is the way to go since they are a  bit deeper.

CRATER: Water is dropping but still fishing well for the dry fly.  Fish are starting to go a little deeper, if they don’t play on top, start finger crawling a scud in olive, price, sheepcreek.   With the heat coming up, it will force the fish a little deeper.  In Alpine County, South of Interstate 80 an additional 10 brook trout less than 10 inches total length may be kept in addition to the regular five-trout bag limit (though not Red Lake).

BURNSIDE: A few hold-overs showed themselves one as long as a man’s forearm (nice) and stock truck has showed up, olive buggers and black copper johns

KIRMAN: still getting good reports from shore fishing  Red,  the color this week for the brutes, Red Copper Johns, Snowcones, red zebra midges, on a dry line with strike indicator.  Want to make them angry?  Use a zuddler!

BRIDGEPORT RES: Midging is still doing great, water is lowand getting warm.  Recent thunderstorms may give it some fresh water, but south side will be off color.   Doing well with Rootbeer or black buggers with a drop of a wiggle damsel, zebra midges, still water nymph in orange.

TWIN LAKES: Red Butt bugger on an intermediate line, followed by a zebra midge or red copper John has produced a few fish, but it’s not wide open.  Lower twin where the inlet comes in has done well even from shore, but they are liking the shiny buggers

ASSORTED REPORTS: Let us know if there are waters that you want reports on!  We’ll place them here.

The Angler’s Edge can be reached at 775-781-7112 or

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