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.

Truckee River Guide School 2017

Host- Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing

When- May 1-6

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.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is the one!


MONDAY 6/1/17

7:00 AM‐ MEET AND GREET AT SHOP

8:00 AM‐ 1:00 PM‐ CASTING CLINIC WITH JAIME LYLE @ 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 6/2/17

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 6/3/17

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

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

 

THURSDAY 6/4/17

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 6/5/17

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 6/6/17

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 Fly Fishing Report 12.6.16

It’s been forever since my last report and I’m happy to say that the Truckee has been alive and well this fall. The rainbow fishing the last three weeks as been as good as I’ve ever seen it. With the end of fall nearing, we should be starting to see a few more browns post spawn appearing as well.

With winter weather here as of the last week, our fish should be starting to move to winter holding lies over the next month. Start thinking slower, deeper water as we get closer to the new year.

Fly selection is pretty normal for this time of year. For nymphing, we’ve been doing well on rubberlegs, worms, winter stones and birds nests as our attractor. Droppers have been a variation of all colors and sizes of baetis and midges.

If you’re lucky enough to hit a day in the 40s or higher with some crappy weather be ready to fish some dries. Have a wide range of baetis in 16-20s, duns and emergers. If they are being picky throw a 20-22 midge off the back.

The week before and after the holidays are always our busiest week of the winter. I would recommend booking sooner than later. We do still have a few guides open but they will go fast. If you can sneak up to Truckee in the next few weeks, plan on having the whole river to yourself!

To book call Matt at 518-225-6587 or email him at mattheronflyfishing@gmail.com visit. You can also check out recent catches at the bottom of our home page.

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A near perfect bow on a cold day.

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A huge male brown in all his spawning colors.

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Some purple rain on the Truckee!

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Truckee River- Lake Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report 5.20.2016

 

The perils of spring runoff are upon us on the Truckee and that isn’t a bad thing. Runoff has been slow and steady and fishing conditions are near perfect for the big river. Water temps have been between 45 and 55 depending on weather and snow pack left above the smaller tribs.Although the water is out of its banks in parts, the water is clear and very fishable. The normal late spring bugs are around. We’re seeing baetis hatches mid day and into the afternoons. The spinner fall has been the following morning.

We’re still getting some march browns in our bug samples. Although we’re not seeing many adults around, brown nymphs around a sz 12-14 have been some of our top producers. We’ve also been seeing all sizes of caddis throughout the day. Maybe time to get that summer box out?

Temps are getting better for streamer fish by the day. We’re getting a good number of follows and a bunch of eats. If you’re getting refusals by the bank, change colors and slow your retrieve a bit.

Sawmill Lake has been on fire for us this season so far. It’s been numbers and size, especially with the rainbows. This will book up fast this summer so call us with questions!

If you haven’t booked your Truckee trip for this season, I might want to get on it. Check out our recent “Top 10” and you’ll know why this will be our biggest year ever!

TOP TEN

Contact us anytime at Mattheronflyfishing@gmail.com or 518-225-6587 to get one the water with one of our guides. We’d love to show you around.

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The water is high, but the fish don’t mind!

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A nice Sawmill brown that took a bead head PT.

A near perfect brown.

A near perfect brown.

What is the Truckee famous for? This!

What is the Truckee famous for? This!


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