The Fish Report - May 21, 2015

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Mother nature seems to have forgotten that it's supposed to be spring. Light rain and occasional thunderstorms with high elevation snow to continue.

Hasn't affected the fishing on the rivers too much. Water temps on Crowley have taken a nosedive, so the fishing is hit or miss right now.

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The Fish Report - May 21, 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.


Rich Ferdinand sent great pic of his friend,

John Martin, fishing in the snow on

Opening Day. The Harcore prevail!

Scott Wenrich popped this gorgeous

Cutthroat on the Upper O last week.

Ryan's dad Roger on his first bonefish trip in Hawaii!



Bryant fished with Jim last week and hooked a couple of nice fish like this one on Hot Creek.


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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather       Road is open subject to plowing.

Water Conditions:



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

More recent report on the way.

Recommended Flies:




Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 16 CFS as of 5/21


(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

Haven't been finding fish in the usual places. Try some different runs, you might be surprised.

The cold snap has put down the caddis for a while, seeing more midges than mayflies, and fairly small too.





Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPHS: 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


Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows           ROAD SCHEDULED TO OPEN MAY 28th
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -   

Water Conditions:
Flows are at  83cfs as of 5/21
Pretty low considering the average for this time of year should be around 300cfs

Fishing conditions and Hatches:


Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE -  Local Weather    Crowley Cam   Fish Camp Cam       Surface Elevation


Water Conditions:

Water levels are rising faster now.   Present elevation is 6,763.3 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

Second Crowley Cam at the Fish Camp boat ramp with streaming video is online.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Lots of cold rain has brought the water temps down and fish are deeper, like 20 ft at Hilton and Sandy. Both are producing some quality fish.





Guides Hint:Time to learn the new deep water indicator-less technique. Book a trip or ask in the shop.


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Poor

Flows have dropped and are stable at 42cfs.

Water running clear above Hot Creek confluence and a bit of color below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

Nothing going on up top, stil nymphing for resident fish. The cutthroat spawn is almost over. It's been crowded with everyone trying to catch a big one. Since DFG is only planting sterile fish, it's very important we let these fish do their thing if we want anything to catch 5 years from now.

With that said, focus on the deeper pools and ignore the fish in the shallows. The fish in the deep pools are mostly resident fish, or fish that followed the spawners for the feast.

Section between the bridge and monument opens tomorrow (5/22)

Recommended Flies:
DRIES: EC Caddis #16-20, Stimulator #16-18, Hackle Stacker #18-20, Bi Visible Dun #18-20
NYMPHS: Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, EGG PATTERNS, #16 Prince Nymph, Western Coachmen, Flashy Midges #14-16, RS2 #18 -20, Bird of Prey #16-18, Pheasant Tail #18-20 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18
STREAMERS: Wolly Buggers Olive #8-12, Meat Whistle #6-8, Slump Buster #8-10, Muddler Minnow #8-12

Guides Hint: Do not wade in shallow water, try and stay in water knee deep or deeper. Watch out for the Spawning beds, they will only be in shallow water.


Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

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:

Recommended Flies:
DRIES: Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators
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:
Clear and Cold

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

 No recent reports.


Recommended Flies:
DRIES: Ant and Beetles
NYMPHS: Zebra Midge, Tiger Midge, Copper Johns, Hares Ear, Birds Nest, Lightningh Bugs, Soft Hackle
STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Hornbergs, Big and Black Streamers

Guides Hint: 


Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions:
Cold with a little run off.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair
Dry dropper should be the rig of choice.

Recommended Flies:
Dries: Ants and Beetles 
Nymphs:  Pheasant Tails #18-20, Birds Nest #16-18, MicroMay #16-18, Hogans S&M nymphs
WD 40 Olive #16-20, Tungsten Psycho #16-18, Pocket water Baetis #16-20

Guides Hint: 


Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions:
Flows are dropping and are 23cfs as of 5/21
Water temps in high 40’s to low 50’s with clear water. 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Small Midges and BWOs sporadic throughout the day with some larger Mayflys coming off in early afternoon.


Recommended Flies:
DRIES: Adams and Parachute Adams #16-20 Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Stimulator #10-18
Griffiths Gnat #18-22
NYMPH: Pheasant Tail #14-18, Copper John #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18, MicroMay #14-20,
Zebra Midge #18-22

Guides Hint: 


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 123cfs as of 5/21
Water temps in high 40’s to low 50’s


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

  Mostly mayflies, and small too. Make sure you're fishing something smaller than a size 20. Seeing plenty of surface activity, so make sure you're using tiny emerger patterns trailed behind a bigger dry, they probably won't eat it, but it'll be easier to keep an eye on your size 20 emerger.

Recommended Flies:
DRIES: Bi Vis Dun #18-20 Extended Body BWO #18-22, EC Caddis #18-20, Hackle Stacker
NYMPH: Zebra Midges #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Copper Johns #16-18
Hares Ear #14-18, Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, Soft Hackle Hares Ear #16-18, Bird of Prey #16-18
STREAMERS: Wooly Buggers #10-12, Muddler Minnows #10-12 Sculpin #10-12

Guides Hint:



 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

Water Conditions:   
Extremely low. The creeks feeding it are also very low.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Word from Ken's in Bridgeport is the reservoir fishing well.

Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor
Flows back down to winter flows at 21cfs as of 5/21

Fishing Conditions and Hatch: Fair

Well that didn't last very long. Flows are now back down to what they were all winter. Not seeing many fish up in the miracle mile. Hearing most of them retreated downstream.

DRIES: CDC Baetis Duns #16-18, Hackle Stacker #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18  
NYMPHS: Zebra Midges #14-18, WD 40 in both Olive and Brown, MicroMay #16-20,
Pheasant Tails FB #16-18, Tungsten Psycho #16-18, Hogans S&M Nymph, Pocketwater  Baetis #16-18
Rainbow Warriors, Birds Nest and Hares Ears #14-16
STREAMERS: Dead Drift Crayfish, Sculpins, Meat Whistles

Guides Hint :


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