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Fly Fishing on the Pony Express

June 11th, 2008 · No Comments

We took a family weekend at Lake Tahoe. Who would have thought we would have snow during Memorial Day weekend in California?

I was able to get away for one day to fish. The West Fork of the Carson river flows through a beautiful valley, called Hope valley. Other nearby valleys are called Faith and Charity.

The meadow section of the river is gorgeous, but tough fishing. This is very shallow, with undercut banks and some deeper pools (2-3 feet deep). My bead-head prince nymph was unable to bring anything out of these pools.

I did enjoy the walk. After passing a couple of bait guys within 100 yards of the parking lot, I walked another mile and half with the river to myself.

A few miles downstream, the river starts down hill, into a canyon. Rapids with pockets.


After a few bumped knees, I had my first and only fish of the day, a 10 inch wild rainbow. I can describe how spunky it was, the beautiful bold colors, the gorgeous parr marks and the joy of catching a wild trout. However, it was just a 10 inch rainbow.

Continuing down the hill, the river flows past Woodfords, a remount station for the Pony Express. This is where the route came south of Lake Tahoe on the way to Sacramento.

How cool was this? A bonus day fishing, beautiful scenery, and accidentally learning some history.

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