4th Annual Cast Hope Pyramid Lake Tournament


Join Cast Hope for their annual Pyramid Lake Tournament this spring! For the 4th year in a row supporters of Cast Hope will gather at the iconic lake in search of a prehistoric 20+ pound Lahontan cutthroat!

This is by far the biggest fundraiser for the Reno/Tahoe region with 100% of the proceeds directly benefitting under served youth in the area.

As you can see below, last years tournament was off the charts for big fish!

Event Date: April 2-5, 2020
Location: Crosby’s Lodge & Pyramid Lake
Cost: $4,000 per team of two/$2,500 for singles
Included: Three nights lodging, two full days guided fishing, catered gourmet meals with drinks included. Door package includes a Simms backpack, Simms shirt, and SWAG. 
Not Included: Tribal fishing license, guide gratuity 

Also try your shot at our annual pool tournament with even more prizes to the winners!

Contact Mattheronflyfishing@gmail.com or 518-225-6587 for more details. 


November/December Truckee River Fly Fishing Report- 2019

Other than an exceptionally cold week about a month ago, we’ve had quite the Indian summer so far this fall in the Truckee area. 


From a fishing standpoint there are pros and cons to this weather pattern. 


Pros being the water on the Truckee is as clear as I’ve ever seen in November. I absolutely love to sight fish and this is prime time. We usually don’t see water this clear until mid winter. 


Finding flashing rainbows in slow riffles has never been eaiser. Most of the time they seem to be keying in on baetis and midges, with the occasional caddis in the mix.


Although there have been a few extraordinary exceptions to the the rule (see photo), the cons to this perfect weather everyday has kept the fall baetis to a minimum. 


It looks like this week we may finally have a bit of moisture headed our way. Make sure you have a good selection of size 16-20 baetis with you. There’s a really good chance we’ll see more fish on top this week than the last month combined.

 
On top of that, don’t forgot your streamer rod. Crappy weather and clouds can really turn on the streamer bite, especially with post spawn browns. 
I’m a big fan of smaller streamers in the 3-4 inch range in natural colors. Blacks, olives and browns area good starting point. 


Good luck out there this fall. It’s an amazing time to be on the Truckee! 

Shoot us a message here to book!

Two Multi Day Fly Fishing Schools with Lodging

We’re thrilled to announce that starting the spring of 2020 we’ll be hosting two separate, 3 and 4 day fly fishing school options. These fantastic school offerings will include everything except a fishing license and dinners each day.

Geared towards beginner and intermediate anglers, these options will have a bit of everything for everone. Weather you’re looking to improve your dry fly fishing, indicator presentations or try your hand at Euro Style Nymphing, we’ve got you covered!

Option #1- Truckee Trout School

What- 3 days instruction/guiding, 4 nights lodging at the Cedar House Sport Hotel

When- June 21-24th, 2020, 6 spots available &

July 12-15th, 2020, 6 spots available

Join the talented team of guides and instructors at Matt Heron Fly Fishing for their all inclusive three day, four night, Truckee Trout School.

Already regarded as one of the top schools in the country, this A-Z program will cover all aspects of any aspiring trout angler could possibly want to cover in three uniquely different fishing venues.

Day one will start with an outdoor, classroom style lesson plan covering an introduction to gear, knots, rigging and a beginner’s guide to aquatic entomology.

We’ll finish with formal casting lessons and guided fishing on our private, stocked ponds.

We’ll follow up day one with a day on the famous Truckee River in Lake Tahoe. Here students will learn about all aspects of indicator fishing, tight lining, streamer fishing, live bug sampling and more.

On day three, school will conclude on the banks of the Little Truckee River, the regions local tailwater. Here students will be versed on all things dry fly including dry dropper techniques and fighting big fish on light tippet and small flies.

Pricing

$1,769.00/pp for shared, double occupancy room

There is an additional charge of $110/pp/night for a single occupancy room.

Included

-4 nights lodging at the Truckee’s famous Cedar House Sport Hotel, three full days of instruction and guided fishing with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, breakfast and lunch each day, all necessary equipment (waders, rods, terminal tackle, etc.)

Not Included

-CA fishing license, dinners, guide gratuities, transportation

Numbers

Min- 2 students, Max- 6

*All times are subject to change based on weather, fishing conditions, etc

**All students are highly encouraged to add a day or two at either end of the school to take advantage of the endless opportunities the Lake Tahoe region has to offer!

Option #2- Subsurface School

What- 4 days of instruction/guiding, 5 nights at the Cedar House Sport Hotel

When- May 24-28th, 2020, 6 spots available &

June 14-18th, 2020, 6 spots available

Did you know in many cases up to 90-99% of a trout’s diet can be subsurface? Join the team at Matt Heron Fly Fishing for one of the most comprehensive four day nymphing clinics on the market.

Subsurface School will cover every detail about fishing two of the most effective methods out there, indicator fishing and Euro Style Nymphing (ESN).

Days one and two will focus exclusivity on beginner to advanced techniques for strike indicator fishing. Days three and 4 will do the same for Euro Style Nymphing, or tight linning as it’s commonly known.

We’ll give you skills and tools needed to effectively cover all water types using both techniques on the famous Truckee River in Lake Tahoe, California. The Truckee, famous for its large, hard fighting wild trout and is a nymph fisherman’s dream.

The Truckee is your classic western freestone consisting of riffles, runs, pools and tailouts. Not to mention endless miles of pocket water, perfect for tight line style fishing.

Pricing

$2,259.00/pp for shared, double occupancy room.

There is an additional charge of $110/pp/night for a single occupancy room.

Included

-Five nights lodging at the Truckee’s famous Cedar House Sport Hotel, four full days of instruction and guided fishing with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, breakfast and lunch each day, all necessary equipment (waders, rods, terminal tackle, etc.)

Not Included

-CA fishing license, dinners, guide gratuities, transportation

Numbers

Min- 2 students, Max- 6

*All times are subject to change based on weather, fishing conditions, etc

**All students are highly encouraged to add a day or two at either end of the school to take advantage of the endless opportunities the Lake Tahoe region has to offer!

3rd Annual Cast Hope Pyramid Lake Tournament

Join Cast Hope for their annual Pyramid Lake Tournament this spring! For the third year in a row supporters of Cast Hope will gather at the iconic lake in search of a prehistoric 20+ pound Lahontan cutthroat!

This is by far the biggest fundraiser for the Reno/Tahoe region with 100% of the proceeds directly benefitting under served youth in the area.

Event Date: April 4-7, 2019
Location: Crosby’s Lodge & Pyramid Lake
Cost: $4,000 per team of two/$2,500 for singles
Included: Three nights lodging, two full days guided fishing, catered gourmet meals with drinks included. Door package includes a Simms backpack, Simms shirt, and SWAG. 
Not Included: Tribal fishing license, guide gratuity 

Also try your shot at our annual pool tournament with even more prizes to the winners!

Contact Mattheronflyfishing@gmail.com or 518-225-6587 for more details. 

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report- Winter 18/19

As we look forward to the 2019 winter season, we can’t help but be a little excited. We’ve got several good water years under our belt since the drought and have had a pretty wet fall thus far. Not bad considering most of our water usually comes later in the season. 

On to the fishing. 

It’s been a pretty good start to the winter season so far. We’ve had really consistent flows,temps and the fish are definitely fattening up for the cold months ahead. 

Temps are around the mid 40s for the most part and almost all fish have started to stage in winter holding water. Remember, when it gets this cold think “low and slow”. Fish will be concentrated on the bottom, in slower water. Although they won’t move as far to eat this time of year, usually when you find one, they’ll have some buddies with them. 

Nothing special as far as flies go. Your normal winter selection will do the trick. We’re fishing a mix of bacon and eggs (worms and eggs), baetis 18-22, midges 18-24, although there are almost no crayfish around, rubberleggs and crays may not be a bad attractor. 

Unfortunately our dry fly fishing has been nothing special recently. We’re finding the occasional fish looking up eating baetis and midges, but for the most part we haven’t had any significant hatches since our last set of storms from Thanksgiving to early December. 

That said we have an excellent winter outlook over the next few months. The bugs will eventually hatch in decent numbers, fish will start eating on top and if you’re lucky you might just stick a Truckee giant!

-Matt

Enjoy a few pics from the start of our winter season…

Truckee River Fly Fishing Report- April 2018

Well to say run off is in full swing would be an understatement.  As many of you know it kicked off a few weeks ago with a big rain-on-snow event,  followed by two weeks of 50 and 60 degree weather.

Flows are in the neighborhood of 2500-4500 CFS between Truckee and the upper canyon. For many this is a great time to stock up on some last minute fly tying before summer. For others this is prime time.

There is no question that these big flows have fish feeding like crazy and you should take advantage! The mix of cold, high water has the fish on the banks and at your feet.

Other than the few days of mud, fishing has been outstanding. The color is a “steelhead green” and just right for big fish. Make sure to concentrate on water walking speed or slower.

We’re throwing 3x-0x leaders & tippet and lots of different flies. Worms and eggs are always on the menu this time of year, but try a little bit of everything. Rubberlegs, March browns, attractors like Copper John’s in every color and even crayfish.

This is also a great time of year to get fish on streamers. Fish 12-15 lbs leaders and pound the banks with a slow retrieve.

Don’t forget it’s prime time for spawning rainbows too. Especially on the Little Truckee. Be mindful of their redds, watch your step and leave them alone to do their thing.

We have guides available each day this spring and May is shaping up to be an outstanding month for us with early run off.

For daily fish pics check out our Instagram @mattheronflyfishing and reach out anytime for bookings at mattheronflyfishing@gmail.com or 518-225-6587.

A solid two footer in high water!

Truckee/Tahoe Guide School 2018

Host- Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing

When- April 30- May 5

Where- North and South Shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters (shop)

Cost- $1,600/pp

Sponsors- Sage, Rio, Simms, Umpqua

As a student you will be taught by some of the Sierra’s best fly fishing guides and instructors. It is this staff that characterizes the quality of instruction that you will receive as a student in our guide school. Take a look at our instructor biography page to gain further insight into the teachers, guides, and instructors that will be working with you.

Your guide school experience will include 6 days of outside and on the water instruction. This will include a half day classroom session and a full drift boat day. We feel that being outside instead in a classroom is the best environment to learn how to be a successful guide.  Also included is the opportunity for every student to spend two full days with one of our guides as a shadow in an actual guiding situation.  That comes out to eight full days of guiding instruction to give you the most comprehensive guide school experience in the industry.

School curriculum includes: teaching fly casting with an FFF Certified Casting Instructor, entomology and fly selection, guest services, guiding & teaching the beginner to the expert, local waters, risk management, fish and game laws, public service, marketing strategies, and many other topics designed to help you become the best fly fishing guide possible.

Our generous sponsors also provide all students with some of their products as gifts for their involvement in our school.  With all of that, the choice is simple when you choosing a fly fishing guide school as you pursue your dream.  Truckee/Tahoe Guide School is the one!


MONDAY 4/30/18

7:00 AM‐ MEET AND GREET AT SHOP

8:00 AM‐ 1:00 PM‐ CASTING CLINIC WITH MATT HERON @ PARADISE PARK or LTCC

1:00 PM‐ 2:00 PM‐ BBQ LUNCH AT PARK or SHOP( JAY)

3:00 PM‐ 7:00 PM‐ WEST CARSON RIVER

 

TUESDAY 5/1/18

6:30 AM- MEET AT SHOP, BREAKFAST AT RED HUT (JAY OR RICK)

8:00 AM- 12:00 PM- CLASSROOM SESSIONS @ CAL TROUT OFFICE

RICK MCGUIRE/MATT HERON- GUEST SERVICE 8:15-8:50 am

ERIK ELLIOT- CA FISH AND GAME: F&G AND GUIDE PARTNERSHIP 9-9:30 am

JORDAN ROMNEY- FLY FISH GUIDING IN ALASKA 9:30- 10 am

MICHELLE SANTOS- MARKETING STRATEGIES 10- 10:50 am

MIKE WEIR, CAL TROUT REPRESENTATIVE- SUSTAINABILITY 11:00 am-11:50 am

RICK- RISK MANAGEMENT 12:00 PM- 12:15 PM

MATT-INTRO TO ENTOMOLOGY 12:15 PM- 12:45 PM

12:45 PM- 1:30 PM- LUNCH (JAY/RICK)

1:30 – 5:30 PM- WEST CARSON, EAST CARSON, PLEASANT VALLEY

 

WEDNESDAY 5/2/18

7:00 AM‐ MEET AT SHOP (JAY OR RICK TRANSPORT)

8:00 AM‐ 5:00 PM‐ TRUCKEE/LITTLE TRUCKEE LUNCH‐ MATT/JORDAN

 

THURSDAY 5/3/18

7:00 AM‐ MEET AT SHOP (JAY OR RICK TRANSPORT)

8:00 AM – 11:00 PM‐ STILLWATER GUIDING ON SAWMILL LAKE

11:30-12:30- LUNCH‐ MATT/JORDAN

2:00 PM‐ 5:00 PM‐ TRUCKEE/LITTLE TRUCKEE

 

FRIDAY 5/4/18

7:00 AM‐ MEET AT SHOP

8:00 AM‐ 1:00 PM‐ EAST CARSON RIVER

2:00 PM‐ 3:30 PM‐ WRAP UP, INDIVIDUAL STUDENT EVALUATIONS, COURSE EVALUATIONS/GRADUATION

3:30 PM‐ 4:30 PM‐ CASTING COMPETITION

5:00 PM‐ 6:30 PM‐ GROUP DINNER @ JALISCOS LUNCH‐ JAY

 

SATURDAY 5/5/18

6:30 AM‐ MEET AT SHOP

7:00 AM‐ 8:30 AM‐ DRIVE TO SAILOR BAR, AMERICAN RIVER

8:30 AM‐ 4:00 PM‐ INTRODUCTION TO DRIFT BOAT GUIDING LUNCH‐ RICK

 

*LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER OR RIVER CONDITIONS

A few snap shots of last years guide school…

Truckee River Report- Best in the west? Maybe.

Before I get ahead of myself with the headline, let’s talk about what we have going on with conditions right now locally. The Truckee and Little Truckee are experiencing  the biggest, most consistent runoff conditions in nearly a century.  Both rivers have been 5-10x flows for months and that’s only going to go up over the next 4-6 weeks. Current spring projections are big, really big. Can you imagine if Stampeede really releases 2,500 cfs into the Little Truckee in preparation for the runoff that’s about to happen? Did Squaw Valley really just hint they might stay open ALL Year?! There’s 15-35 feet of snow left at high elevations? This is what we’re dealing with, and it’s not going to change anytime soon.

High water is the new norm around here and if you don’t adjust to the conditions, you’ll be telling “fish stories” at Bar of America every evening while sipping an Old Fashioned or PBR, angler’s choice. Here are a few things you have to consider this season when you’re fishing the ‘new Truckee’.

  • Be careful when wading. The water is high and fast and banks have eroded everywhere. You can go from 6 inches to 4 feet in one step.
  • Thankfully you don’t’ have to wade much, fish close to the bank and look for slow water. The fish are under your rod tip!
  • We’ve been fishing 3x-1x all spring. The fish are not at all leader shy, go heavy or go home. It will also help when snagging all the wood that’s accumulated on the bottom this winter. There are snags everywhere. You just gotta deal with it.
  • If you’re fishing two flies, go with one big and one small. Classic example, rubberlegs and a mayfly. There are bugs around, but the dry fly fishing hasn’t really happened at all. That said if you put your time if you will see a few noses eating baetis.

The big boys have come out to play in the high water.

Now, it isn’t all doom and gloom for the Truckee and LT. If you’ve followed us at all on social media the last few months you’ve probably noticed a huge influx of huge browns taking over your feeds. It really is incredible what’s happened with our browns and the high water. They’ve let their guard down, moved into feeding lanes and have been chowing like crazy. Although the Truckee is famous for putting out big browns from time to time, the rate we’ve been getting them recently has been off the charts. The Truckee has always been a size, not numbers game. This has never been truer than right now. I just spent almost two weeks in Montana and on my first guide trip back every fish we landed was bigger than any fish from my road trip.

As challenging as the fishing has been, a two footer is a possibility in these flows.

That said it’s still the Truckee and we are absolutely working our asses off for fish in these conditions. The river is big, it’s intimidating, has color, and is absolutely ripping. But if you’re willing to put the time in you might just find yourself hooked into one of the biggest browns in the west and won’t have to tell a fish story after all.

Matt Heron

Jim had one request this week, to try and catch a brown. To say the least, he succeeded with flying colors!

One more gator nose for good luck.

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