The Fish Report - January 22, 2015

 

Warm and Dry through the weekend.

A shot at some moisture by the middle of next week.

 

Hot Creek and the Lower Owens

are where it's at this week.

Big fish on the upper too!

 

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The Fish Report - January 22, 2015

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

 

 

Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Long time customer, Joe Raymundo, and

son, Noah, did the Upper Owens the other

day with great success it looks like.

Noah's good lookin' Brown touts his

prowess. Guide positions are available

for up-and-coming young bucks.

Jim was scouting Crowley the outher day

and found some staging Browns in the

North Arm. 'Best it has been this time of

year in years.

Proof of the puddin', as they say, was this

Crowley 'Football" Jimn's client,

Curt Ries, popped the next day.

Marina closes next Friday . . . time to

get in that last trip!

 

Jim found some big Crowley fish already

up the Owens above the lake as well.

Jeff Dritley fished with Jim on the Lower O

and result was this bright Brown.

Jeff's son, Allen got the other "bookend".

 

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Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.

 

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local WeatherClosed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 12CFS as of 1/22

Gate is open and the road is clear.

(Note flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon)

Fishing conditions and Hatches:Good

The days are getting longer, and the water is warming up. Plenty of actively feeding fish mid-day. Doesn't seem to get going until 11 at the earliest right now. Plenty of midges on the water, not seeing much in the way of baetis right now.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20–22, parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS: Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, San Juan Worm, Frostbite Midge #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

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SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows

Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

Flows are at cfs as of

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CROWLEY LAKE - Local Weather           Crowley Cam - Offline         Surface Elevation

Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

Frozen almost everywhere.

 

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Guides Hint: With the winter upon us, if you've never seen Kent's Crowley University, it's a lot of great information that will make you a better Crowley angler. Buy it here - http://www.thetroutfitter.com/book-dvds.html

 

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows

 

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows at 46CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 1/22

Water is clear above Hot Creek confluence, dirty below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

The river is now closed below the bridge until next season.

The roads have dried up and can now be accessed without 4wd.

Still some big spooky fish up by long ears. With the right approach you can get em, but they can't see you coming or the game is over. Different story down below the confluence as you can't see any of the fish holding there. They're not as big, but they're easier to catch...

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Don't bother.

NYMPHS: Red Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Flashback Hare's Ear 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Red San Juan Worm 12, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.

Guides Hint:

 

Water conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

DWP will be increasing flows in the gorge from here on out due to a recent court ruling. This is great news! Now all we need is some more water!

 

Read more here:

https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/permanent-flows-ordered-to-restore-owens-river-gorge/

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, extended body bwo, cdc baetis dun, stimulator

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph, Flashy PT, prince nymphs, hares ear, birds nest, wd40, zebra midge, disco midge, micro mayfly #16, Copper John #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guides Hint: 

 

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Local Weather   

Water conditions:

Clear and Cold

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not much changing here. Mid-day is best as the sun doesn't shine down here for long. With water temps on the rise, hop in the tube and dredge the bottom with a sink line and some streamers. Slow strips work best right now. Won't take much to get their attention.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Wound't bother...

NYMPHS: Red BH Optimidge, Mickey's Red Baron, Copper Johns, #18 Black Beauty, WD40, Disco Midge, Zebra Midge #18-#20,

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Flahabou Buggers Olive, Rickards Seal Bugger, Big and Black Streamers

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Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water conditions:

Flows stable atCFS as of

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The road to rock creek lake has closed for the season.

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Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water conditions:

Flows above Grant Lake are up to CFS and CFS below as of

 

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Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 77cfs as of 1/22

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

Lots of people down here lately. Please be respectful of people you come across on the river. Nobody want's to fish 20 feet from someone else.

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, griffith gnat

NYMPH:Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Olive birds nest #18, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Micromayfly Olive #16-18, Zebra Midge #18, Kyle's Drowned Mayfly #16-18,

STREAMERS: Muddler Minnow 6-10, Olive and Black Wooly Bigger 10-12, Mini Sculpin 6-10

Guides Hint AKA Pat's Report:

Ask Eastern Sierra locals and they say if the weather were any nicer, it would be snowing.
Most Januarys are clear and cold and this holds true in 2015. Our days have been getting noticeable longer each day, slowly but surely kicking up water temperatures in our Lower Owens. The water flows are consistent for the last few months at a normal 79 cubic feet per second.
The blankets of hatching midge (small-22ish) have lengthened our fishing days; still gentleman-like but it’s not out of line to be wetting a line by 9 a.m. Hanging small beaded nymphs under a dry-fly or small indicator has proven productive on my watch. In the next weeks, we will see trout keying on midge clusters, so don’t forget to tie-up some Griffiths Gnats or pick up a few at your favorite fly shop.
The trout are holding in slower moving plunge pools and deeper runs before the tail-outs. The use of a little extra fly-line and stealthy approaches come highly recommended. Bottom ticking nymphs with split shot will be fruitful.
Every day Streamers with sink-tips have produced some of the bigger fish of the day, but as water temperatures rise this tactic will be a go-to. Overall fishing has been very good, really worthy of the drive up. 
I truly have never seen so many fish in the river, these yearling brown trout, 6-10 inches, are a reflection of a healthy river and a bright future. The midday Mayfly hatch has been sporadic and with this San Diego weather, infrequent. But the rocks on the river bottom are full of mature Mayfly nymphs. This up-coming generation debut traditionally happens from Super Bowl Sunday on. This Baetis is no. 15 in size, truly one of our larger Mayflies of the Eastern Sierra.  This bug loves cloud cover, wind, rain or snow, so don’t fret if you see weather on the horizon.
I get phone calls all summer about drifting the Lower Owens River. My response is “when the sun shines make hay.” It’s time to make hay.    

 

 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20CFS as of 1/22

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatch: Poor

With the flows around 20cfs we definitely feel for the fish at this point as the flows usually don't drop this low until wintertime. Hopefully we'll get a big snow year and this fishery will bounce back.

 

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