The Fish Report - February 11, 2016

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Beautiful weather for the holiday weekend!

The sky is blue, warm weather, and the fishing is great!

We're are on our winter hours 8am - 4pm Daily

 

 

It's that time again to go Bonefishing on the Joulters Cays Andros Island, The Bahamas

Kent is doing two hosted trip this year for four anglers each. The first trip and half the second is sold out to repeat offenders but there are still two open slots on the trip May 25 to June 2.

7 nights and 6 days of fishing the Bonefish Captital of the World

Click Here for all the lurid details.

You won't live forever . . this is a Bucket List item!

 

The Fish Report - February 11, 2016

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

(7 in Winter) on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.

 

Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

 

A lunker on the American River!

Another one of Chris's clients on Pyramid

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Here's Clara's husband Steve with his brown. She pointed out several times that hers was bigger though.

Jim Holloway fished with Jim right before the Marina closed and stuck this nice brown in Hilton

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Otis guided Bernard Luther on Crowley recently.

Here's Bernard on the Upper Owens

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William and David Tonic sent these photos in of the two of them on the Upper Owens last week.

Here's another one...

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Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.

 

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 

Water Conditions:

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Road is now closed for the season.

Recommended Flies:

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STREAMERS:

Guides Hint:

 

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 13 CFS as of 2/11

 

(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:Fair

Don't forget about scuds. When the flows are up, those little buggers get flushed out from under the rocks.

This is about as technical as it gets here. You have to run very short drifts in order to hook fish instead of weeds.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Griffith's Gnat #18-22, OGrey RS2 18-#20, Parachute Caddis #18-20, Parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-22 (black, silver) Flashback Black Beauty #22, Miracle Nymph #20-22, Tungsten Black Beauty #22, Black Flashy WD-40 20–22, Grey or Olive Scud #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low and too weedy to bother.

Guides Hint:

 

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows    CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -   

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Dries:
Nymphs:

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CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam       Surface Elevation

CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 

 

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UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows

 

Water Conditions:Poor but improving


Flows are at 42cfs as of 2/11

Water running clear.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The section from the bridge down to the monument is closed as of 10/1

We've been hearing of some BIG fish hanging out in the Upper Owens lately, above the bridge. Check under the cuts and banks of the the river, those fish are out there!.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:


DRIES:


NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen, #16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, San Juan Worms (red), Fox's Poopah Olive #16, Zebra Midge #18


STREAMERS:Doc's Twin Lake Special, Wolly Buggers Olive #10-14, Anything big and furry!

Guides Hint:

 

Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions: Good

Clear

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

This is a great place to hide when the temperatures drop as it usually stays a few degrees warmer down in the canyon.

Dry dropper is going to work best at these flows

 

Recommended Flies:
DRIES: Mr. Rapidian, Yellow Humpy, Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, Kaufman Stimulator
NYMPHS: Flashy PT, MicroMay, Copper John #16-20, Soft Hackle Hares Ear, Zebra/Tiger Midges
Tungsten Drowned Ant, San Juan Worms
STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guides Hint: 

 

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Local Weather   

Water conditions:good
Clear and Cold

Water levels are rising.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Remember that the water levels were very low for most of the summer, and now that they're up the fish are holding deep where the food is.

 

Recommended Flies:


DRIES: Kaufman Stimulator, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator
NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-22, Tiger Midge #18-20, Copper Johns, Hares Ear, Birds Nest, Lightning Bugs, Soft Hackle
STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Hornbergs, Big and Black Streamers

Guides Hint: Dark streamers (black/purple) ;

 

Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 

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Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 


Water conditions:


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

 

Recommended Flies:

 

Guides Hint: 

 

Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good


Flows are up to 115cfs as of 2/11

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Still fishing well. Water temps are hovering around 40 degrees right now.

Flows are now returning to what would be considered "normal" for this time of year. This opens the lower section of the river to wading once again and should allow everybody to spread out.

Plenty of midges flying around early with the occasional trico. It slows down for a while before the baetis start popping which is sometime around noon. Once that happens the fish are a little more inclined to eat your flies.

Recommended Flies:


DRIES:Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPH: Birds Nest, Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Copper Johns #16-18,Hares Ear #14-18, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Flows and water temps aren't the best for streamers.

Guides Hint: Birds Nest is always a staple in the Lower owens.

 

 

 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

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East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor


Flows are at 18cfs as of 2/11

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing is actually the most consistant it's been all summer with the temps in the mid 50's.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:


DRIES: ?
NYMPHS: Zebra midges, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails- all #16-20
STREAMERS:?

Guides Hint :

 

Pyramid Lake, NV  

Water conditions: Water is in the low 40's & clear
Clear and Cold

Fishing has been better than average for this time of year, look for cloudy off weather days with a little wind for your better number days. Fish being landed to 19 lbs. on Buggers, Beetles and the indicator with nymphs and midges. Try to get a wind coming straight in to you that is best.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Midnight Cowboys and white Buggers, Tui Chub Balance Leeches, and Popcorn and Purple Haze Beetles. American River: Water Cond. River is running at 550 C.F.S. it is a little low but the fish have been there. Fishing Cond. The rains have pushed some nice chrome fish into the system and they have been grabby, last week was epic, had a 9 fish day on Weds. and the people in my clinic on Thurs. all hooked 3-4 fish with the largest being 15lbs. Flies. Egg patterns, size 12 Copper/Copper Johns and Prince nymphs also accounting for hookups.

We have been fishing the drop offs with shooting heads.

 

Recommended Flies:


STREAMERS:

Guides Hint: The report came from Chris Wharton. I met Chris for the first time last year at Pyramid and he was super helpful in getting my game on. I think you could not do better than getting the same treatment before you try your hand at Pyramid. He even has ladders for his clients. -kent

Stillwater Guide Service . . . chris@out4trout.com or 775-851-1558.

 

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