The Fish Report - August 20, 2016

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More hot weather expected with some scattered afternoon thunderstorms.



Crowley is the spot to be right now!



We're are on our summer hours 6am - 8pm Daily


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.




Scott Flint guided Don Stepner to this fat rainbow on Hot Creek

Scott's been a busy man, so here's another of one of his clients this time its Ryan Kelly on the San Joaquin

Here's Kendrix Rodgers with a healthy Lakes Basin brookie.

Not to be outdone by Kendrix, here's Paul with his brookie too.

Here's Scott's client Brian Edwards with a gorgeous golden he caught from the tube.

Scott Flint isn't the only guide who sends me photos! Here's Mike's client Craig Pfent with little brownie from the San Joaquin.

Heres Mike's clients Kathy on the San Joaquin with her brown.

...and Kristin with hers.

Mike also sent in this photo of a ton of stonefly casings on the rock walls of the San Joaquin


The Kevin Kodama Family from

Fresno assulted Crowley and

plucked about a dozen Legals

from the Lake. Sarah shows off

a nice humpback Crowley football.

Brother, Colin, did his part with one of his

fat Rainbows. Dad, Kevin, got his share too

but was camera shy.

Gordy Shiozaki from SF fished with Kent

a few days back and popped this sweet

McGee Bay Cutthroat

Otis fished with Ford and Chase Peterson the last few days. Here's Ford on the Upper Owens

Here's Ford on Crowley with his first fish on the fly.


... and his brother Chase with his!

Matt Hoffman fished Crowley with Jim earlier this week and stuck this shiny chromer.


Otis also guided Hannah on the Lower Owens and she managed this nice brown.






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The Fish Report - August 20, 2016

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.


Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.


Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather  

Water Conditions:

Clear and Cold.




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not much changing here from week to weekand to be honest, not many of us fish up here.

Some stockers being caught in Mamie and Mary, with the occasional bruiser planted by Mono County from up in Oregon since they stopped getting fish from Alpers.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis Dries, Parachute Adams, Stimulators

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge, Copper John, Prince Nymph

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lake Special in Black or Olive, Crystal Bugger Black

Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 17CFS as of 8/20

Water temps are in the low 70's mid day, so fish here early before it gets too hot!

Water is running pretty clear now.

(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

So many weeds, it's almost not worth even going down here until the fall.

Things have slowed down at the creek, mainly because of water temps. Fish early or late for the best shot at fish. Mostly Caddis unless you're here at the crack of dawn, then use the smallest midges in your box. I'm taking 24s if you have them!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Taylor's Fat Albert, Chernobyle Ant, Foam Hopper, Parachute Caddis #18, Mercer's Missing Link #18, Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Clownshoe Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Flashback Scud #16, Tungsten Zebra Midge #20, Old School Caddis Emerger #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #18 Olive, Nitro Caddis Olive #18, Buckskin Caddis #18, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #18, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #18

STREAMERS: Water is back down, so streamer fishing is a bit challenging.

Guides Hint:Downsize tippet to 6x. The water is super clear!


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   
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Water Conditions:

Flows bottoming out at 14cfs as of 8/20

Water is very clear and temps top out in the low 60's by mid day.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Well, it had to end at some point. If you don't mind boney water and mending over rocks, you can probably still score a few fish down here.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Mr. Rapidan, Yellow Humpy, Chernobyl Ant, Foam Hopper, Kaufman Stimulator, Royal Wulff

Nymphs: Copper John, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail, Black Bead Bird's Nest, Zebra Midge

Guides Hint: Use a longer leader and try running shorter drifts with smaller tippet.


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation Updated 8-13


Water Conditions:

DWP is slowley dropping the water level but the lake is still nice and full.

Algae is a non issue right now. Small specks here and there, but very clear.

The weeds are going off and all water under 14ft of depth is pretty much weeded out.

Fish are now concentrated anywhere that there is cold water entering the lake or over springs.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The North Arm went off a few days back, and it's pretty evident based upon the fact that there were close to 30 boats up there! The fishing is good early in 15-17ft of water til around 11.

The Stillwater Classic contest went off without a hitch and lots of new faces on the podium this year with the folks that fished the north end prevailing especially those on the edge of the fleet at the southerly end of the armada.

The fish in McGee are spread out but still concentrated right outside the weed line and in a long stripe just outside the the old stream channel in 14 - 20 ft of water.

The stripe moves east and west some each day depending on currents and being right on the cold water stripe will be the very best fishing but it is good about everywhere in the bay.

Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats to 24+" and a bunch of new arrivals 13-14" recently planted by DFW.

Some fish still in the Hiltons and Crooked, but not in big numbers.

The fish are really getting after the Perch fry so time to get in those float tubes and strip streamers. Get your arm straighten out when they whack your fly at speed - the best of all Crowley fishing!

Recommended Flies:

Hang a small Perfection Perch right on the bottombefore 8 am, then Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern early, as usual, then Red/Black Bead Head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and Shaft Emerger or Flashback Bead Head Gray/Black Optimdge midday. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge when sun is overhead.

Strip perch imitations right along the bottom where they hide and along defined weed lines. Perfection Perch, Hornbergs, Stillwater Hares.




Guides Hint: When you are fishing in a fleet of boats and/or tubes, always try and get a spot on the perimeter. When it is tough go to a single fly and go small. Look at it from the fish's point of view. Every time you bite one of those two size 16-18 flies 16" apart, not wiggling, and not swimming up, they never taste good at a minimum and sometimes they take you for a lip ride. Oh, a nice little single #20 . . . I'll give it a try.

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 41cfs as of 8/20

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

This places is incredibly inconsistant right now. Great one day, and absolutely awful the next. Depends on the stocking schedule, and how many fish the bait guys pull out. If you go up above the confluence, the water is super clear and the fish can see you coming a mile away, so stealth is key if you plan to go up high.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Kaufman Stimulator #16, EC Caddis #16

NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #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

Guides Hint: If you're headed to long ears, leave the orange colored shirt in the suitcase and get something light blue or brown.


Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions:



Flow is a constant 45 cfs year round per DWP.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Nettles are everywhere. Be careful, it's a long itchy walk back to the car.


Recommended Flies:
DRIES: 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


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

No Reports. (Been too hot down in bishop anyway)


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

Water conditions:

Flows are at 29cfs as of 8/20

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing here is better if you go for a hike up a little bit. The further you go from the trail head, the less people you will see, and the more fish you will see.


Recommended Flies: Red Copper John #14-18, Hares Ear #16-18, Zebra Midges #14-18

Guides Hint: Another great place to beat the heat this week. Bring bug spray, plenty of mosquitos!


Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions:

Flows are 32cfs above Grant, and 52cfs below as of 8/20

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair.

Otis mentioned that there was "rock snot" or Didymo algae is all over the creek. If you wade here, please don't use the same gear in any of our other waters. Come rent some clean boots from us instead to prevent the spread of this nasty stuff.

None of us have been spending much time up here this year. If you would like to contribute to this report shoot us an email and we'd be happy to post it here.

Recommended Flies:

Red Copper John #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18(Purple), Wooly Buggers #10-16 (Olive, black)


Guides Hint: 


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Poor

Flows holding around 405 cfs as of 8/20


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are on the decline, still a bit too high for our liking, but it might be worth a shot as soon as it drops below 400.


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: Perch patterns, buggers and big nymphs on the swing.

Guides Hint:



 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

Water Conditions:   

Lake level is still pretty low, although better than years past.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No Reports.

Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows slightly up to 114cfs as of 8/20

Water temps are still pretty high mid-day.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Water is warming to the point where it's not good for the fish if you're there after 11am.

The fishing is better the lower you go. If you go down far enough you will need a Nevada license which can be obtained at Ken's sporting goods in Bridgeport.

Seeing plenty of baetis hatching throughout the day but the fish are just very spread out. Give a spot 10 min and move on as there probably isn't a fish where you're running your drift. With the flows this high the fish just arent concentrated in the usual spots anymore.


DRIES: Baetis Dries - #14-16
NYMPHS: Zebra midges #16-18, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16
STREAMERS:Definitely, get creative! Big and meaty should work, considering the size of the fish being hooked here.

Guides Hint :


Pyramid Lake, NV  

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