I woke up early this morning and headed out the door. Out of habit, more than anything else, I decided that I was going to hit the West Carson at my usual spot. After getting some coffee at the local 7-11 and driving the short 12 minute drive to the river, I found myself stringing up the rod is some chilly morning temps and a medium velocity wind. Gonna’ have to dress in a long sleeve and wear waders and shed layers when it warms up.
As I stood over the bank at the gaging station hole, I saw tons of bugs on the water. I knew that this would be another great dry fly morning despite the wind. I quickly waded into position and checked out the bugs flying around. Seems that there were a good combination of midges, PMD’s and even some Yellow Stoneflies floating around. A few larger drakes were still fluttering around, and I had a nice Callibaetis land on my rod tip. Don’t know why I saw the lone Calliebaetis, but I just assumed that it was “gusted” to the river from one of the nearby lakes. There might even be a small hatch of Calliebaetis on this river.
Continue reading West Carson River – 06/29/08 Early AM
One of the blogs that I read is that of Mikey Wier. Mikey is the producer of several excellent feature length fly fishing movies that I have purchased over the years from his production company Burl Productions. It looks like Mikey just did a project in conjunction with TU and here is the video promo for that project as posted on YouTube.
Mikey is a guide at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, so many of the people and places are recognizable, and that makes his films that much more enjoyable. If you want to check out some of his other films, I can recommend Soulfish as excellent fish porn that you will watch time and again.
I just cannot seem to get enough of this early AM dry fly fishing. I headed back to the West Carson River, this time to the Gaging station section. Upon arrival, I note that it is noticeably colder (my thermometer in the car read 31 degrees…brrr) than the previous morning. It was also windy. On a positive note, the water is lower and clearer each time I get a chance to fish the river.
As I string up the rod, I keep a vigilant eye on the water. Because of the winds and cold ambient air temps, I do not see nearly as many bugs on the water. I only see one little shaker splash the surface, but that is enough to encourage me to tie on a dry to start the morning.
Continue reading West Carson River – 06/24/08 Early AM
Another early morning and another day on the West Carson. Water levels are getting better by the day and the water clarity is excellent. This morning was nice and warm, so I dressed lightly and headed out the door at an early hour.
I headed to one of my favorite sections that I call “the automatic hole”. I immediately saw bugs flying around, mostly smaller mayflies (probably PMD’s). I tied on a small #16 winged Adams and started fishing. I got strikes right away. I hooked and landed two fish in quick succession with the biggest being about 10″ inches. I switched up flies to a #16 red Humpy and continued to get strikes, mostly refusals, but I still managed to hook one small 6″ rainbow. Another quick fly change to a #18 E/C Caddis, and another two small trout.
Continue reading West Carson River – 06/23/08 Early AM
Today is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year in the Northern latitudes. This day also marks the official first day of summer. Starting today, the days will start to get shorter as we slowly head back towards winter. I decided to celebrate the solstice by hitting the water very early this morning.
Although flows are still a tad high on the East Carson, I decided to fish the section of river that is literally minutes from my doorstep. There was also a rumor floating around yesterday that NDOW had planted a few thousand fish in the river at the old boat launch above the dam. The same rumor also stated that NDOW was going to plant a few thousand more fish below the dam next week.
Continue reading East Carson River (NV) – 06/20/08 Early AM