Fishing Outlook 9-1-16


by Angler's Edge Fly Shop

Above: Super Mom Marcie holding and doing it all with future fly fisher, Jordyn on the East Walker River this past weekend Photo Cred: P. Richards.


WE have cooler temps this weekend and night time temps are dropping!

SATURDAY is California Free Fishing Day Heenan Lake opens tomorrow morning at sunrise.

THE above means they've stocked the rivers pretty darn well after this weekend, the 'visiting' fishermen will certainly be lower... and it's time for some beginning of Fall fishing!!!

CALIFORNIA FREE FISHING DAY ~~~~ SEPTEMBER 3rd! (All applicable laws must be followed).

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER: with the recent closing of 184 miles of river in Montana due to a parasite that is in the waters there and blossoms heavily in warm water.. and kills white fish and trout... we'd like you to take the time, if you have fished those waters in the past weeks or you might fish a water in the area in Montana.. take the time before you hit the water of the Eastern Sierra and make sure you sterilize your gear. No one wants this devastating parasite carried into the local waters. The parasite is deadly in the warm waters that rivers get in the summer... and you know.. our rivers get warm. So let's take a moment and clean our gear/sterilize it.. just in case it spreads... (they said, last year, that Zika only spread through a certain mosquito... now look where we're at)

E. CARSON: CA: Flows: average 67 cfs this week, still just 20 cfs below median flow. above Hangman's (along hwy 89/4) Rivers were stocked for Free CA fishing day, on the 3rd and the Holiday weekend. Not much has changed for the fare that the fish will take. THOUGH.. it's time if the cooler temps keep with us that the October Caddis will be moving around. Buggers in olive or black, Caddis are still sporadically hatching, PMD's and BWO's of course the hoppers and ants are still around.. the first good 3 day freeze up there they'll certainly have a die off or go to a hidey hole... the fish should certainly still recognize them though. I'd certainly skate a stimulator in yellow or orange. Para-madam X in yellow or chartreuse. Nymphing: micro mayfly, EC caddis, PT, hare's ear, little yellow stone, caddis pupa, san Juan's. Catch & Release section (downstream at Hangman's Bridge), Like the water above, decent flows. The reports that we've gotten is that it's still a bit slow.. Walk away from the parking lot. Go further down stream. Still watch for the snakes, it's going to take a few freezes to put them to bed too. Same bug patterns as above. If in the C & R area, and using artificial lures, please give the fish a chance for an easier take, and cut off 2 of the hooks on a treble (and remember to check hooks in your shirt.. it's a $490 ticket for each barbed hook.)

E. CARSON: NV: Flows average: 72 cfs, about 15 cfs below median. The NDOW stocked fish are still hanging there, that will be nice when the cottonwoods turn yellow and we can do some fall fishing down there. In the early morning go for a dry dropper set up of a caddis (Elk Hair) with a zebra midge (black) drop. Mid-day, if the fish will play, throw a bugger in a size 8 – size 12 Being clearer, start being a little more sneaky (yes, this is a fishing terminology :) Dead Drift Red Copper Johns, Golden stones, little yellow stones, zebra midges, or San Juans. Dry fly action should always include a dropper of a zebra midge, hare's ear, caddis pupa, make it a stimulator or grasshopper a cripple caddis or ant. It's almost time to start venturing up the further reaches, they'll hit s dry nicely early in the morning and late in the evening. Remember to release wilds (par marks, 'God's Thumbprints' along lateral line) and the brown trout to keep the populations going!

W. CARSON: Flows 25 cfs, running about 2 cfs below normal, and it received a bump in flows from storage from above this will last through about Sunday. The Carson Rivers are at this time of year, considered 'irrigation canals. One week(ish) for watering for the CA side, the next week for the NV side.. Will be stocked this coming week for the Holiday. Maybe even be a lucky shot at a wild or two on an ant pattern.. those little wilds are FAST! Look for the more oxygenated waters to the plunge pools for these speed demons. A note, if you do pick up a wild trout, please let it go, If using bait, just cut the line, no longer are viable trout being stocked. Dries: Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator , Stone, adams in a 16, Pale Morning Dun mayfly size 14. Nymphs: Hare's ear, PT, Prince nymph (always a go-to!), zebra midges, WD-40.

E. WALKER: NV (Rosaschi Ranch): Flows 107 cfs: flows about 80 cfs below median. CATCH & RELEASE, NO BAIT, BARBLESS NO KILL. Cool nights down there, and really, it's just so nice down there in this time of year. (A reminder, it is Dove Hunting Season.. watch for hunters down there) Can't tell you how well the Hot Pink San Juan works.. for those that scoff at using something pink..... well.... we can get you some testimony :)
Dead drift light colored buggers (light olive, white),natural zonkers, clousers, copper johns, hare's ear, rubber legged stones, little yellow stones, red or black zebra midges, bubbleback midges, Hot Pink San Juan, Tequila twist.

E. WALKER: CA Flows 105 cfs, about 80 cfs below median: CATCH & RELEASE NO BAIT, BARBLESS (Special Regulations) Flows were bumped a bit and we do have some cooler night time temps. Tricos and caddis are still coming off with the morning sun. Buggers, PT,s Chrino's , and midge on a heavy rig. A good idea is to get the CLEAR glow in the dark Thingamabobbers, you'll get use to finding it. The fish won't move off it as easily. Nymphs they weren't too picky about, ADD, ADHD, black brassies, nitro caddis, bubble back, hare's ear, E/C Caddis, .

E. WALKER: NV ELBOW AREA Flows 105 cfs. If doing C & R in that area:PT's Hare's ear, stone, Micro Mayfly, san juans. Dries: Stimi's in yellow, hoppers, PMD's.

WEST WALKER : CA: Flows 47 cfs below average: 75 It's gotten lower, so use a bit more stealth and look for the cooler more oxygenated tailouts. It may have a slight bump up in flows in the next week.. though it won't last long. Was stocked for the Holiday weekend. (REMINDER: Release the Browns, if you want to see one in the future!) Yellow Crystal bugger is a go to on this water, (Walker Bugger), red/black or green copper johns, hare's ears, Flashback Pheasant tail and rubber legged stones. Dries: Stimulator, Royal Wulff, Caddis, Adams, EHC.

WEST WALKER NV (Wilson Canyon): FYI: Hoye Canyon is NO LONGER open to the public. Only fishing on the West Walker Nevada access is WILSON CANYON on Hwy 208 south of Yerington. Copper johns in red or black, PT’s, San Juans, prince nymphs. Certainly can try a dry like a small hopper or EHC.

HOBART: CLOSES SEPTEMBER 30th. Cooler temps and then the warming sun makes them active on top, then they go a bit deeper due to the sun. Damsels, PT's zebra midges, red or black, mosquito's, black ants. For Directions for a 4 x 4 vehicle:

PYRAMID LAKE: OPENS IN 30 DAYS !!! We have guides for Pyramid Lake. Make your reservations NOW for the opening weeks, slots will fill up FAST!!! Opens in 36 days, start thinking of getting your boxes filled with patterns to emulate the Tui Chub and streamers for opener, for about the first 3 weeks they are heavy on the bait fish! Get your license online. Check your nets, waders (Did I mention we're having a sale on waders?), your ladder, and your leader supply!

TOPAZ: CLOSES SEPTEMBER 30th..... Topaz Lake is still good for …. bass. Trout have gone a bit deep, The bass will certainly hit 'big uglies', buggers, dead drift cray fish. Cooler temps , the carp are harder to find FYI the canal temps were at 70 degrees coming out of the lake. Not good for C & R.
If fishing the LAKE of Topaz, a CA (OR) an NV.. if you turn to do the outlet (Topaz Canal) you must have a NV license. As is, turning to the inlet, you would have to have a CA license. Be informed the Canal area is now marked NO Trespassing about 2 miles from head wall (It is private property).

SPOONER: A PERSONAL NOTE: catch a chub, KILL IT.. This lake has become so over populated with chub, that the trout there are competing for food. Not much has changed since last week's report: Damsels, zebra midges, copper johns, PT's buggers in white, olive, zug bugs, princes. If you see lips: Para Adams, Trico. Just want to catch ANY fish (chub) use a zug bug... it's a guaranteed take.

DESERT CREEK: A bit cooler water at this little creek, since it doesn't get the hot afternoon sun. Buggers, hoppers, ants, caddis, little yellow stones.

HEENAN: Opens TOMORROW ~~ on September 2nd!!! Catch and Release Only, No bait, No Kill, Barbless. Open September – October, only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sunrise to Sunset (Specified) A handy link from your friendly flyshop: So if you've been into the shop, you know, we've told you.. this lake is not my friend (Don has no problem with the friendship with this lake) . Typically we've got that suspended algae floating around, be sure to check your flies and clean them often.. “If you got Spookem.. you won't hookem' “ Opening weekend take every damn fly boxes you have! These fish sometimes are hard to dial in, but here's what we hear from reports in past years.. typically they do like a very fast retrieve, opening weekend use large streamer patterns, your Pyramid bugs like snow cones, Mahalo's, buggers and beetles, a prince nymph (A few swear by this). An intermediate to full sink type IV line.. We've got people going up to partake in the “bowl of fruit loops” (no, we're not calling people fruity, but the lake from above, with all those different colored tubes, looks like fruit loop cereal!) Let us know of your weekend up there, post it here on our FB page or email it in to

INDIAN CREEK: Weeds are up. Fish are going a bit deep, if fishing from shore, I'd throw a damsel or finger crawl a blood midge or sheepcreek special early in the morning, evenings; buggers olive/black/purple. As soon as we get a really good cool snap, they'll start hunting the shallows late in the afternoon to after sunset. If in a float tube, you'll do better, and start using an intermediate or sink tip. Finger crawl your nymphs. Buggers in olive, black and white. Red zebra midges, Blood midges, small Mahalo's, hares' ear, damsels, sheep creek specials.

BURNSIDE: fishing okay, this little lake only gets stocked once a year, slows down at high sun, same as ICR, go deep or go home if you are going out on the water mid day.

KIRMAN: Cooler temps in the higher elevations this week.. cooler.. 39 degrees.. We may have lost fish due to last year's low water and then a Winter kill. A few fish have been caught. Watch for rattlesnakes on the way up and out. (shiny)Scuds, zugs, damsels, olive buggers, chrino's to the weed beds.

TRUCKEE: Flows in Mogul are about 266 and holding very steady. Some days are diamonds and some days are coal... we've had good reports and bad.. it's not you.. it's the fish. Stones, Green Drake nymphs (Olive hare's ear, in a pinch) San Juans , Rainbow warriors. If you're adventurous, throw a big ugly Rabbit strip fly to clean up a run or hole. NDOW Stocked 9” fish at the following bridges, distributing 6,650 fish at Mayberry, Verdi, Crystal Peak, and Fir St. If we want the repopulation of brown trout to be there, let them go (tell your spin or bait buddies) FWS dumped in a big load of Little LCT's.. good fodder for the browns and big 'bows.

O'BANION'S ASPEN LAKE: Closed Due to summer Algae bloom.. will announce when reopening.

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