The Fish Report - March27, 2015

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Perfect fishing weather to continue with little wind, lots of sun and mild temps.

Hot Creek, and the Lower Owens are the place to be right now.

 

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The Fish Report - March 27, 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.

 

 

 

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Kent finally giving Pyramid a try!

 

Looks like he's having a good time...

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Ryan Higuchi with a Pyramid Slab from last week.

 

Pyramid is giving up some big fish these days!

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Mike Lynch fished the Upper Owens with Pat and caught this nice Crowley specimen.

Pat fished with Jeff Nelums of Reagan's in Bishop. This was his first fish on a fly rod. Nicely Done Jeff!

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Pat went fishing with his two daughters and it looks like Maggie had some fun with the Tenkara rod!

Here is Isabella standing on a milk crate bent up on the Tenkara. I guess they just don't make waders that small do they?

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Sam from the shop took his girlfriend Larissa fishing down on Hot Creek. Nicely done!

 

Don Goodyear fished with Mickey up at Pyramid and stuck this pig!

Here's Mickey with another Pyramid Lake Toad!

 

 

 

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

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Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 13CFS as of 3/27

Clear and Cold.

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:Excellent

The weeds are not as much of a pest, but don't expect that to last. Sporadic baetis hatches throughout the day, with a spattering of Caddis in the afternoon, so long as the wind stays down.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20–22, parachute Adams 20, Parachute Caddis #18-20, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18-20, Mercer's Missing Link #18

NYMPHS:Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18-20, Fox's Poopah Green #18, Buck Skin Caddis #18, Grey RS2 18-#20, Tungsten Psycho 18-#20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22,Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, Frostbite Midge #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

Guides Hint:

 

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   Surface Elevation

Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

 

Water levels are definitely on the rise.

 

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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 42CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 3/27

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.

Things have slowed here a bit, but if you're patient you can find a big one.

Plenty of fish in the 12-16" range down below the confluence eating Caddis mid-day on.

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Stimulator #16, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Fox's Poopah Green #14-16, Nitro Caddis #14, 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 many people fishing here after the recent derby. Might be a good place to hide. Water temps are primo right now too. Good place to get your stillwater fix until Crowley opens in a month...

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Wouldn'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

Guides Hint: 

 

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 estimated at 65cfs as of 3/27 (Station is broken again)

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Excellent

 

Things start off slower in the morning but shift into overdrive around 1pm when the bwos start hatching. This doesn't last much more than an hour, but if you time it right its a blast.

It can be crowded on the weekends so be respectful of other fisherman and give them plenty of room. This time of year it doesn't make much of a difference where you fish on this river. There are fish everywhere so explore some new water!

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, griffith gnat, Elk Hair Caddis #18

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:Most of us carry two rods. One rigged up for indicator fishing, and another for topwater. The timing of these hatches can vary, so it helps to be prepared with a second rod. If it's not windy, break out that 3 weight!

 

 

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

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Pyramid Lake - Local Weather - Updated 3/27

Water Conditions: Good 

The water hit 53 degrees this week, way above normal for this time of year.  The Summit Lake strain of fish are moving along the drop offs every afternoon.

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing this past week has been very tough each morning.  You may catch a couple early in the dark on streamers or beatles.  But, once the sun hit the water, it was over till lunch time.  Around 12:00, we would start seeing fish move along the drop offs.  Then, from 12:30 to 3:00 it has been pretty good.  After 3:00 it started to taper off.  The North and South Nets have been producing good numbers on the Summit Lake spawners, along with a few of the Pilot Peak fish.  Pelican, and Cattle-Guard have also been producing fish.

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Nope

NYMPH: Holographic Wine and Copper Zebra Midges, Albino Barons, Black and Silver Zebra Midges.

STREAMERS:Black beatles or buggers in the dark.  Olive or white wolley buggers once the sun is up. 

Guides Hint: When you see fish moving along the drop offs, cast your midges 15 to 20 feet beyond them.  There are also fish moving parallel to the drop offs in the deeper water.  The shallow fish you can see, can also see you, and will not bite. The ones hanging out deeper are the ones you want to target.

 

East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20CFS as of 3/27

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatch: Poor

Not looking good right now. Bridgeport resevoir is still pretty empty and the flows haven't really budged all winter. Still a shot at some good snowfall this March.

 

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