Carson River, East Fork (CA & NV) Professional Review and Guide
"If solitude in mountain splendor is what you like, the East Fork of the Carson is perfect. This stream provides trout anglers with many different experiences (access being one). The narrow, fast-flowing upper reaches, above Wolf Creek, are accessible only by a rough 4WD trail, on horseback, or by foot. This is a classic freestone stream with lots of riffles, rapids, deep runs, and pools. These conditions create excellent habitat for stoneflies, caddisflies, and some species of mayflies throughout the Carson drainage. The river from Wolf Creek down to Hangman’s Bridge (just outside of Markleeville, California) has several inflow tributaries that make the river grow dramatically. From Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada state line is a special regulation river section, accessible only by 4WD, on foot or, in good water years, raft or pontoon boat. Large fish are consistently taken in this stretch. The river remains a viable trout fishery where it enters Nevada and passes through the Gardnerville area. Beyond this point the river changes to primarily a warm water fishery as it flows toward Lahontan Reservoir, although trout can still be found here and there. Type of Fish: Rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. Mountain whitefish. Brook trout in tributaries. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."