The Angler's Edge
ADA Accessibility Notes
On the West Carson, on Hwy 88, in Hope Valley, there is ADA accessibility. The Forest Service has built a very nice area that is wheel chair accessible, and is railed so that fishing can be done, right on the river! The Angler's Edge Fly Shop is ramped and also has ADA facilities.
Established in 1994, The Angler's Edge is proud to service the local and visiting fly fishers of the Eastern Sierra. We've grown up with the area and its fisheries. Owned and staffed by avid fly fishers, our intimate knowledge of what's fishing well and when can save you frustrating hours on the water and get you into fish as soon as possible.
Many visitors ask: "Is there fishing up here?" All are surprised when we show them maps of all of the lakes, creeks, rivers and streams that are 5 minutes to 1 hour away from our door.
Do we have fishing here? Yes, we do and a lot of it! Look at the species in the area:
Trout/Salmon: Rainbow, brown, brook, tiger, cuttbow, bowcutt, golden, lahotan cutthroat, paiute cutthroat, mountain white fish, and kokanee salmon.
Warm Water Species: Small mouth bass, largemouth bass, stripers, wipers, walleye, channel cat, bullhead cat, white cat, crappie, and spotted bass.
Our shop is located on Highway 395 in the town of Gardnerville, Nevada. Just 2 blocks north of Sharkey's Intersection on the West side of the street. With a large front lawn for casting.
Areas of Service and Expertise
Here, in the Eastern Sierra, we are fortunate enough to be near 2 Blue Ribbon (Quality) Trout streams. The East Walker, that runs through both the states of California and Nevada, and the East Carson that runs from Alpine County, CA into Douglas County, NV. Our wild trout waters are located on historic gold and silver rush rivers in Alpine County. The East Walker, near the historic ghost town of Bodie, is filled with stories of stagecoach robberies and the Washoe Indian tribe's summer camp. The East Walker, a high desert river, runs through the Rosaschi Ranch, now owned by the US Forest Service, settled by the family back in the mid 1800s. Large German brown trout, and beautifully colored rainbow trout lurk in the waters with a backdrop of the snow capped Sweetwater mountain range.
The Eastern Sierra's only native trout, the Lahaton Cutthroat is making its recovery in many of the nearby waters with the help of Nevada Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
The Angler's Edge practices and encourages Catch and Release fishing. Our stocked streams in the area have increasingly been subjected to more and more angling pressure. To insure that trout are available for all to enjoy, we encourage and teach proper Catch & Release techniques to all of our customers, whether in our store location of out on the water. We will teach you how wonderful it can be to "catch" a fish, take a memory with a camera and release it back, knowing you may be able to catch him again the next time you're out!
The Angler's Edge practices "Leave No Trace". Our Eastern Sierra's have had many scars left upon our mountains in the pursuit of minerals and logging. They are now almost back to what they were 150 years ago. We are dedicated to minimizing our impact on the soil, and pack out all our trash.
Pet Friendly Notes
It is not recommend to bring animals along with you on a guide trip.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Our guide trips in California and Nevada are geared to your particular needs. Our guides are licensed and bonded and have an intimate knowledge of the waters you will be fishing on. All Guide Trips are combo walk & wade trips with an emphasis on continuing education in fly fishing and catching fish...of course! We enjoy teaching the beginning and novice fly fisherman; introducing them to a world of never ending knowledge about fish, bug and water behavior.
Guide trips take place under permit by the U.S. Forest Service when on Humboldt- Toiyabe National Forest Lands.
Our network of guides and U.S. Forest permits literally covers hundreds of square miles of the Eastern Sierra from South Lake Tahoe to the East Walker River in Northern Nevada. Odds are we can fill your guiding needs. All our Guides will also instruct you on Proper Catch & Release techniques.
Your Guide Trip will require moderate physical exertion which you should be prepared for. Activities such as walking on uneven ground sometimes for distances, walking on wet and slippery rocks, exposure to direct sunlight and or inclement weather. Some items you should bring along to make your outing more comfortable are listed below.
Sunscreen Polarized Sunglasses Wading Boots (with felt or sticky sole) Lot's of water and a way to carry it Waders (during winter, spring & fall) Hat Rain Jacket Valid Fishing License Leaders & Tippet Material Camera Did We Mention Lot's Of Water And A Way To Carry It?
MEET OUR GUIDE STAFF:
Don Weirauch, Owner / Guide / Instructor Don has been fishing all his life, mostly in the Western U.S. Growing up in New Mexico and Colorado has instilled a true love of trout fishing that never seems to be satisfied. Don's been fishing the Tahoe region for over a decade and really enjoys getting away to the back country high mountain lakes and streams on his days off. He is a licensed Guide in California and a licensed Master Guide in Nevada.
His easy going laid back style insures that your day on the water will be just what you want it to be. Don takes pride in making sure that all clients, whether new to the sport or a seasoned angler, take away one new technique or tid-bit that will enhance their future fly fishing experiences.
Liz Weirauch, Owner / Guide / Instructor Liz has been fishing her entire life, from the warm water fisheries of Michigan where she was born to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and with her husband on the Pacific Ocean for big game fish and surf fish. A decade plus of fly fishing in the Eastern Sierra and teaching her love of the sport has given Liz a unique look at trout psychology and habits that will increase your knowledge and love of fly fishing. Liz loves fishing and is more than willing to pass on her excitement and gratification of enticing a fish to take a fly.
"Fly Fishing, is the only hunting endeavor where the quarry can be released unharmed to be hunted another day."
Bob Macias, Guide / Instructor Bob is a FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor and is our Casting Specialist. He has the training and ability to analyze your cast in short order and give you the tools to become a better fly caster which will enhance your experience every time you're on the water.
As a professional Guide, Instructor and Photographer Bob has a keen eye for fish, a relaxed teaching style and a knack to point out the simple beauties surrounding your outing. Bob has been fly fishing the Lake Tahoe / Eastern Sierra region for many years and his sense of humor and teaching ability means that your day on the water will be fun, entertaining and educational.
Jim Crouse, Guide / Instructor Jim Crouse has thirty plus years experience guiding on Tahoe area fly fishing waters. In Jim's spare time... He manages and over see's our Private Water fishery, Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Preserve, a spectacular fishery here in the Eastern Sierra.
Jim can spin tales of the 130 plus years of history in the Sierra Alps, while calmly instructing you on how to make the perfect drift for large rainbows lurking under a cut bank. He'll take the time to teach you about the entomology of a trout stream and train you in matching the hatch to entice a take by leery trout.
Jay Hart, Guide / Instructor Enthusiastic, energetic, informative, these are just a few of the ways to describe Jay Hart. Jay has lived and played in the Sierras all of his life, spending his days hiking, rock climbing, back country skiing and fishing. His passion (obsession) for fly fishing and recognizing the beauty of life, are key factors which make him a great guide. His motto is... "Barbless & Hooked". A day on the river with Jay will leave you with an experience and some insight you'll always remember.