The Fish Report - March 4, 2015

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The Fish Report - March 4, 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.

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 14CFS as of 3/4

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:Good

This is prime time for the creek. With the shorts and t-shirt weather coming this weekend, there should be some pretty solid hatches. Not to mention we start daylight savings time Sunday.

It's a rare occasion when we can fish all day long here in March. FIsh are keyed on mayflies but will take midges early and late. Keep an eye on the water for surface action.

 

 

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, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, San Juan Worm, Frostbite Midge #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

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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:

Ice Free. Don't bother bringing the skates...

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 46CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 3/4

Water is somewhat clear above Hot Creek confluence, dirty below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

The river is now closed below the bridge until next season.

A completely iced out Crowley doesn't help the fishing up here. There are some big fish to be found, but not in the numbers like last year. Definitely will have to walk a bit to find them. A few smaller resident fish hanging out too, but they're all pretty spooky, so try not to get too close to the water you want to fish as you risk spooking the two foot long monster hanging out in that deep pool. The water is pretty clear up high.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Don't bother.

NYMPHS: 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:

Blake Jones derby is next weekend, so fish it while you can!

 

 

 

 

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 75cfs as of 3/4 (Station is broken again)

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

This place is in it's prime right now. Shame there isn't a bit more water running through it. Either way the mayflies are popping after 10 and we've even seen the occasional caddis and stonefly mixed in there. Plenty of midges early in the day too. Last weekend before the derby too.

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

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 3/5

Water Conditions: Good 

A series of winter storms rolled through this past week.  The high winds and overcast skies churned up the water, and brought the bigs out to play. 

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Pyramid really turned on for BIG fish this past week.  The overcast skies and high winds made for ideal conditions.  The hot spots were the South Nets, and Pelican Point. Fishing streamers and beatles at first light was good, once the sun was up, the midge action took over.  The North Nets, and Popcorn also produced some fish.  The forecast is for sunny skies, and mild winds this week.  This will make things a bit tougher.  Find the beaches with a little breeze, and hit them early and late in the day.

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Nope

NYMPH: Holographic Wine Albino, Red Zebras, Small Copper Tigers, Small Red or Silver Zebras, Small Wine/Copper Zebras

STREAMERS:White Popcorn Beatles, White Wooly Buggers, Zonkers

Guides Hint: On the bright calm days, go light, and go small.  I've had some good days dropping down to 6 lb test, and size 18 flies.  You probably wont be able to stop a 20 pounder, but you can have some fun with the rest.

 

East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 22CFS as of 3/4

 

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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