Angler’s Edge Sierra Fishing Report: Aug. 2


Weekly fishing report from our friends at The Angler’s Edge Fly Shop


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:  59 cfs The river is slightly off color from last week’s rain. Getting some nice reports above Hangman’s in the stocked area. Looks like some Lahontans were stocked in the upper waters along hwy 89 & 4along with som rainbows yesterday (7/31).   If doing catch & release, start watching the water temps especially below haengman’s bridge, 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 along with Franks and little yellow stone patterns.  Buggers in Olive and black, rainbow warriors, Copper Johns in green.

E. CARSON:  NV: Flows:  70 cfs   Still doing quite pretty good.  Taking a little trip into the back country (walking up from rafting take-out) is a nice evening stroll.  We do the ‘5hole” walk and fast foot it up to Horseshoe bend and fish our way out.  Buggers in Olive and the Yellow Crystal Bugger.  Skating a Elk Hair Caddis, little yellow sally or an orange stimulator with a small drop of a Bubbleback, little yellow stone  Prince, Hare’s ear, Micro May flies, Copper Johns.

PLEASANT VALLEY FLY FISHING PRESERVE: Flows: 31 cfs  The past 2 weeks client trips were fabulous and after it clears we expect the same.  Flows remaining steady. Water went off color this past weekend due to the storms and is slowly clearing. Fish did spread out a bit since the higher flows, but will pod up later this coming week as the water clears.  We find that they are very social up there. Pretty active on olive or black buggers, zebra midges yellow stones and Nitro Caddis Puppa.   Dry flies Para Madam X, EHC, Comparadun adams. Pond is off color but when clear:  buggers, Hare’s Ears, PT’s in size 16, damsels, Snow cones (call shop for Reservations)

W. CARSON: Flows 32 cfs:  Clearer than the East Carson, flows have come a bit due to the irrigation water. Stocked yesterday (7/31) Walk away from your bumper and crawl through the bush to get into those beautiful wild rainbows and brookies through the pocket water using a dry fly: 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 60 cfs: Flows hhave dropped in the past few days.  Bit will hit closer tot the exact time that we should be watching water temps.  Tricos and small PMD’s doing well if you’re looking for dry fly action.  The fish will be held in the pools with them looking for more oxygen in the riffles. Start early (like 6 am)  F 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 57 cfs:  low 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)   Fish will be looking for the oxygenated water, so hit the riffles.  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. Nitro Caddis pupa in tan or rainbow warrior or Frank (yes, we developed a fly and called it ‘Frank’)

E. WALKER: NV ELBOW AREA Flows 57 cfs: Fish are looking for the deeper holes and shadows.  Mid morning out in the riffles,  readily taking hare’s ears, buggers and dries skated.

ASPEN LAKE RANCH: Taking reservations for September,at this time we’ve closed it for the month of August for the safety of the big brutes (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: 61 cfs  Flows are  stable.  The How Big is Big contest ended July 31st.  Though fish are there, they’re holding their spot and deep.  Pickel Meadows area was fishing pretty darn good,. 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 86 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, taking crawdads and sparsley tied clouserpatterns, if you don’t have those, use a white bugger. 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.  Getting much more difficult for the shore fisherman.  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, though if you’re willing to wait for that line to sink you certainly can play, especially just mid-lake and then towards the dam.. 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: Stocked and playful.   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: Lower Twin along the inlet side, doing well for shore and boat.  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.

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