The Carson River runs approximately 150 miles from its headwaters in Alpine County in the northern Sierras to where it terminates in the Carson Sink in northwestern Nevada. This watershed is nearly 4,000 square miles.The East Fork starts in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and the West Fork’s headwaters begin near Carson Pass. The two forks join in northwestern Nevada, east of Lake Tahoe.The East Fork was designated an Aquatic Diversity Area because it contains 8 types of native fish species. Along with the native Lahontan cutthroat trout, you can also find wild populations of brook, rainbow and brown trout.The stretch of the East Carson River that many fly fish is from Hangman’s Bridge on Hwy 89 downstream 11 miles to the Nevada boarder. As it flows northeast it heads out into the middle of nowhere, so finding solitude is not a hard thing to do. Trout here can run 15 to 20 inches, with some specimens going over 24, making this a favorite place for many fly fisherman. You can also drive into the Indian Creek Reservoir and airport access, and then take the trail 1.5 miles down to the river. This puts you a few miles downstream from Hangman’s Bridge and right in some remote trophy water. This hike isn't for the faint of heart, so you need to take it easy or be in tip top shape.
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