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Anybody have experience fishing in the Tahoe area? I'll be in Lake Tahoe, CA, for a conference the last week of June. I'll have my late afternoons and evenings free, plus I hope to stick around for a couple extra days to fish. Anyone have recommendations for fly fishing that wouldn't require a guide? I'd love something close by for the evenings during the conference, but I'd also love something remote--maybe either small streams or alpine lakes--for a few days afterwards. I was researching the Upper Truckee, which looked promising, but it looks like it isn't open to fishing until July 1. Also, what's the deal with not being able to fish near the mouths of streams that empty into Lake Tahoe? Does that also mean you can't fish those streams upstream from the lake? Lots of rules, lots of water, and lots of questions ...

Question by Jan J. Mudder. Uploaded on May 23, 2012

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I've had some great fly fishing for trout on the Little Truckee. Take care to avoid the private stretch of the Truckee it is owned by a group of San Francisco high rollers and they hire armed guards. But the Little Truckee is open and good fishing.

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from MNHunter wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I cannot say much about fly fishing, but we had a good outing on a charter trolling for trout in Lake Tahoe. Lots of Lakers and although they were not huge, we caught all we wanted on a 4-hour charter. That was in December during the week of Christmas so I don't know how things are in June.

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from Jan J. Mudder wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Is the Little Truckee open to fishing during the last week of June?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Many tributaries are closed at the mouth of lakes. In areas that get hit pretty hard with fishing pressure, the fish sometimes are just too vulnerable at the confluence because that's where the bulk of the feeding for the big ones will be done. It's also possible they might be closed for spawning purposes that time of year, but that's just speculation. Better make a phone call to the authorities out there. It would be money well spent.

Curious, what kind of business takes you from central asia to Lake Tahoe in a few weeks? I could go for that kind of travel.

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from Jan J. Mudder wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I'm a school teacher. I've spent the past four years in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and before that I was in Kabul, Afghanistan, for three years. (I had rods and tackle with me and an offer from a student to take me out trout fishing, but the logistics never worked out.) Now, my wife and I are transferring within our network to a school near Hong Kong, and I need training for an IB program ("International Baccalaureate"--it's a British program that's writing intensive and focuses on learning how to learn) to teach several of my classes in the fall. My network gave me a choice of workshops to attend at their expense, and I chose Tahoe over Petersburg, FL, because the flight times matched up better, and Tahoe has trout.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Weather can still be an issue in June at that altitude, but I'd predict good fishing on the Little Truckee that time of year. There are two small lakes nearby that I also fished, but can't remember the names of now.

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from Jan J. Mudder wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

Here's a quick update.... I was able to get out most mornings and most afternoons, before and after my 3+ day teaching workshop. I tried the Truckee in 5 different places, but it was always late afternoon, and it was ALWAYS windy--too windy even for my 6 wt. I tried swinging streamers, but that wasn't the best method for this water, and I had no luck. I also tried a few local lakes and a couple small streams, but I also had no luck. It wasn't until the final day, when I had all afternoon, that I was finally able to drive up to the upper part of the Little Truckee. The lower sections were too low from little water flow, and I couldn't keep the red-sided minnows away from my flies on the meadows section, but I found a nice little section of the upper stream a couple hours before sunset, and it seemed like an entomologist's dream: green drakes, PMDs, tricos (or midges--they were microscopic), and at least three types of caddis were on the water. I greased up my line, leader, tippett, and fly, and all that was necessary was to drop it into the head of the run. I was using a PMD and caddis emerger tandem, and I often had double-hook-ups (though I never landed two at a time). They were all small brookies (with the exception of a couple of the ubiquitous red-sided minnows), but it was still a blast.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I've had some great fly fishing for trout on the Little Truckee. Take care to avoid the private stretch of the Truckee it is owned by a group of San Francisco high rollers and they hire armed guards. But the Little Truckee is open and good fishing.

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from MNHunter wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I cannot say much about fly fishing, but we had a good outing on a charter trolling for trout in Lake Tahoe. Lots of Lakers and although they were not huge, we caught all we wanted on a 4-hour charter. That was in December during the week of Christmas so I don't know how things are in June.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Many tributaries are closed at the mouth of lakes. In areas that get hit pretty hard with fishing pressure, the fish sometimes are just too vulnerable at the confluence because that's where the bulk of the feeding for the big ones will be done. It's also possible they might be closed for spawning purposes that time of year, but that's just speculation. Better make a phone call to the authorities out there. It would be money well spent.

Curious, what kind of business takes you from central asia to Lake Tahoe in a few weeks? I could go for that kind of travel.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Weather can still be an issue in June at that altitude, but I'd predict good fishing on the Little Truckee that time of year. There are two small lakes nearby that I also fished, but can't remember the names of now.

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from Jan J. Mudder wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Is the Little Truckee open to fishing during the last week of June?

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from Jan J. Mudder wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I'm a school teacher. I've spent the past four years in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and before that I was in Kabul, Afghanistan, for three years. (I had rods and tackle with me and an offer from a student to take me out trout fishing, but the logistics never worked out.) Now, my wife and I are transferring within our network to a school near Hong Kong, and I need training for an IB program ("International Baccalaureate"--it's a British program that's writing intensive and focuses on learning how to learn) to teach several of my classes in the fall. My network gave me a choice of workshops to attend at their expense, and I chose Tahoe over Petersburg, FL, because the flight times matched up better, and Tahoe has trout.

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from Jan J. Mudder wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

Here's a quick update.... I was able to get out most mornings and most afternoons, before and after my 3+ day teaching workshop. I tried the Truckee in 5 different places, but it was always late afternoon, and it was ALWAYS windy--too windy even for my 6 wt. I tried swinging streamers, but that wasn't the best method for this water, and I had no luck. I also tried a few local lakes and a couple small streams, but I also had no luck. It wasn't until the final day, when I had all afternoon, that I was finally able to drive up to the upper part of the Little Truckee. The lower sections were too low from little water flow, and I couldn't keep the red-sided minnows away from my flies on the meadows section, but I found a nice little section of the upper stream a couple hours before sunset, and it seemed like an entomologist's dream: green drakes, PMDs, tricos (or midges--they were microscopic), and at least three types of caddis were on the water. I greased up my line, leader, tippett, and fly, and all that was necessary was to drop it into the head of the run. I was using a PMD and caddis emerger tandem, and I often had double-hook-ups (though I never landed two at a time). They were all small brookies (with the exception of a couple of the ubiquitous red-sided minnows), but it was still a blast.

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