The Fish Report - July 21, 2016

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Just when we thought it couldn't get any hotter.

Temps expected to climb into the mid 90's in Long Valley this week.

Time to start setting those alarm clocks for 4am!


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


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


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.


Richard and Derek Roppa fished with Jim last week and hooked into a few nice fish on Hot Creek.


Here's his son Derek with his Brown.

The Fischbachers fished with Jim last week with some good results. Here's Kelly with her Lower Owens brown.


... and here's her son Evan with his.

Mike guided Jessie on Hot Creek to this nice brown.


Mike and Nathan took a trek down to the San Joaquin despite the higher flows the other day and caught some small wild browns.






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The Fish Report - July 21, 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:

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: Great place to beat the heat.


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 23CFS as of 7/21

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

Get here early before the water starts to warm up. With temps creeping up towards 70 the earlier the better.

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 coming down fast. Now at 38cfs as of 7/21

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


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Definitely better early morning and early evening. Mid-day is not the best time to be fishing here, that's for sure.

Plenty of small wild browns to be caught, but they are pretty selective when it comes to your drift. They won't grab just anything, your presentation has to be spot on, or they'll refuse it.

Most of the fish are hanging out in the faster moving riffels. Try a small dropper below your dry fly to improve your odds.


Side note: Still no fish planted this year, and that really comes at no surprise if you think about how little they planted last year. For a fishery with general regulations (ie bait and barbs) I've seen stringers with 5 inch long fish on them. I know most of you are catch and release fly fisherman, but please spread the word as keeping these wild fish is going to have a major impact on the fishing. We need to fight for the fish here for once! -Jim

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.


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation Updated 7-21


Water Conditions:

DWP just pulled the plug out with flows outward of 500cfs

Algae is getting stringy in some areas, others are still fairly clear depending on the wind.

The weeds are going off and all water under 17ft of depth is pretty much weeded out.

Temps are getting up there and with no rain or cloudy days in sight, it's only going to get warmer. Fish are now concentrated anywhere that there is cold water entering the lake.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The McGee Miracle has stalled for now, but there are fish spread across the bay and concentrated in a long stripe just outside the the old stream channel in 17 - 20 ft of water.

The stripe moves east and west some each day depending on currents and being right on thecold water stripe will be 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 Hilton and Crooked, but not in big numbers.

Recommended Flies:

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 Damsel patterns up very slowly up from the bottom possibly with midge trailer or any bright streamer fast for that aggression strike.

There are also some big fish chasing Tui Chub fry in the here and there even out to 19 ft in McGee for the float tube set.



Guides Hint: Twitcth that indicator a lot, especially before 9am.

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 41cfs as of 7/21

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not much going on here right now. Bunch of small fish picking off the occasional Caddis up top.

Mainly your 12 inch stocked fish down below the bridge. The water below the confluence isn't the coldest, so higher is better right now.

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:


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

Not many recent reports since the opener.


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 39cfs as of 7/21

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are back down to what's considered fishable. Mostly planted fish down by the campgrounds. Hike up a bit to find some wild fish hitting on top.


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 109cfs above Grant, and 51cfs below as of 7/21

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 just jumped up to 439 cfs as of 7/21


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

This is a huge increase over the flows from last week in the mid 200s. Probably not worth fishing at these flows unless you go way up by the dam, and even then bring a lot of split shot and a wading staff.


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 at 178cfs as of 7/21

Water temps in the low 70's already 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 : Make sure you bring that wading staff with you...


Pyramid Lake, NV  

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