The Fish Report - July 1, 2015

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The Fish Report - July 1, 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.


Gore Verbinski, who directed the

Pirate of the Carribean movies

and The Lone Ranger, fished

with Scott recenty and showed his

fishing hand ain't bad either.

Ryan Moore caught this 22'er at Lake George


Father and son duo, Frank and

Jason Macias fished wih Kent

and got some of Crowley's finest.

Here is Franks.

And, Jason got the big Cutthroat of the day.


Kyle Gonzales and Marjorie Madrid

did hot Creek and fooled a couple of

sweet Browns.

Marjorie got the big one!


Jeff Frome with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra was helping out with the Wounded Warrior Project this past week. We ran out of veterans and familes to fish with, so we did what anybody else woud have done. Go fishing anyway!

Jeff stuck this 21" bow in McGee with a little coaching from Jim.


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

Water Conditions: Clear and Cool.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The evenings after the rain have been really good. If you fish the inlets where cold water is coming in.



Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis in the evenings right before it starts to get dark.

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #14, Chartreuse Copper John #14, Zebra Midge #16, Callibaetis Nymph

STREAMERS:Don't complicate it. Go back to the old school patterns. Black or Olive Wooly buggers, or Doc's twin lake specials. There's a reason we recommend that fly so much.

Guides Hint: Try a dry dropper in the evenings just before it gets dark.


Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 14 CFS as of 7/1

Daytime water temps are slowly creeping towards the mid to upper 60's depending on where you check.

(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

Nothing new and notable to report this week. Sticking with Caddis for the most part. Unless you get here early or late, that's the way to go. Definitely hearing some terrestrials flapping about so don't be shy about putting on a big hopper and running a caddis dry or emerger.

Weeds are ever present, but not to the point where we have to give up fishing here all together. Definitely don't need much weight unless you happen to be fishing one of the three holes deep enough to need any!





Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Grasshopper, Fat Albert, Chernobyl Ant, Chernobyl Grizzly,Parachute Caddis #18-20, Parachute Caddis Emerger #18-20, Parachute Adams 20, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18-20.

NYMPHS: Nori's Caddis Pupa #18, Fox's Caddis Poopah #18, Buck Skin Caddis #18, Grey RS2 18-#20, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22

STREAMERS: Water is too low and too weedy to bother.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   Road is Open - Manditory Shuttle starts the 13th
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Water Conditions:
Flows are down to 40cfs as of 7/1

Water temps are in the mid 60's by mid-day.

The afternoon rain is keeping this place alive for now...


Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Definitely better early and late. There just isn't much going on mid-day unfortunately. Better hatches when the sun isn't directly on the water, which translates to more active fish.

Dry dropper or hopper dropper is the way to go. Most of the deep pools aren't even deep anymore, and a foot to two feet of distance between your top fly and your nymph should do the trick for the most part except for a few select places.


Recommended Flies:

Dries: Chernobyl Ant #12-14, Beatle, Fat Albert, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Royal Wulff, Rubber Leg Stimulator, Yellow Humpy

Nymphs: Bead Head Prince Nymph #16, BH Flashback Pheasant tail #16-18 Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #14, Micromayfly #16, Hare's Ear, Red Copper John, Chartreuse Copper John, Black Bead Bird's Nest #16

Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Crowley Cam   Fish Camp Cam       Surface Elevation Updated 7-6


Water Conditions:

Water levels are rising ever so slightly every week.  Present elevation is 6,764.2 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

The water temps are starting to rocket and but still only a hint of algae. Water is still crystal clear. Uncanny year.

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The hot water has moved all the fish into the areas around the inlets, namely McGee Bay and Hilton. (Haven't looked at Crooked lately)

Get out the bottom thermometers and see if you can find a stripe of cool water any colder than 68.2° F, the prevailing bottom temperature everywhere.

If so, throw the anchor over . . . they will be there.

Recommended Flies:

Nymphs: Albino Baron, Disco Baron early then Copper Tiger, Dubbed Head Flashback Gray/Black Optimidge later in the AM.

Try Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge brightest part of day and you might stick a real monster.

Hang a Damsel up above your midges - the alternative meal. Also put it one on the bottom if you see 10 crawling up your anchor rope.

Streamers: AP Emerger, Damsel Fly nymph patterns, Slow strip midge trailers.

Guides Hint: With water rising in temperature fish will cling to the bottom and the residual slightly colder temp of the mud. Try 4" off the bottom and you might be surprised.


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Poor

Flows are at 40cfs as of 7/1

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Some resident fish being caught here and there. Nothing crazy. Been seeing some fish near the confluence mainly. Water is getting kind of warm here. Hopefully the rain cools things down soon.




Recommended Flies:
DRIES: EC Caddis #16-20, Stimulator #16-18, Hackle Stacker #18-20, Bi Visible Dun #18-20, Grasshoppers, Chernobyl Ant, Fat Albert

NYMPHS: Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, #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:


Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions: Good
Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Nettles might be a problem. Same goes for snakes.

Not the best place to fish in the summertime. It gets hot, and somewhat difficult to get to.

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

Water levels are on the decline.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

No recent reports.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Kaufman Stimulator, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator
NYMPHS: Zebra Midge, Tiger Midge, 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: 


Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions:

Flows are at 35cfs as of 7/1

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Recent rain has increased the flows slightly. Which should in turn lower the water temps a bit. Keep it coming we say!

Still running dry droppers with just basic attractors on top. Don't over complicate it and try to match the hatch. The fish here just aren't that picky.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Chernobyl Ant, Kaufman Stimulator, Foam Beatles, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator, Parachute Adams
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 at 69cfs as of 7/1

Water temps in the mid 60's with clear water. 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

Seems most of the fish are up high, by the campgrounds. Not much going on down lower. Few small fish here and there...

Reports of good fishing down below 395, if you can battle your way through the brush to fish it.


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

STREAMERS: Too low to bother.

Guides Hint: 


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good

Flows are at 97cfs as of 7/1

Water temps hovering around 65 by mid day.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Went down here early yesterday, and everything below still holds true.

Things are starting to cool down finally. Temps back into the 90's at least. FIshing is good super early ie before 7am with fish hitting tricos on top and spinners later on. Then the fish shut down for a few hours until after 10 when they key in on bwos.

Flows are perfect, (at least for fishing anyway.) You can fish pretty much the entire river at these flows. Unfortunately the weeds are starting to get pretty bad down below the wild trout section so that limits some of the places that we would normally be fishing.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: High Vis Trico #22, Bi Vis Dun #18-20 Extended Body BWO #18-22, EC Caddis #18-20, Hackle Stacker

NYMPH: Drowned Trico #22, Zebra Midges #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: 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:

None of us have been fishing here, so we're not going to make something up. If you've fished here, give us a call and let us know how it was so we can spread the word. -Jim

Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows sitting around 108cfs as of 7/1

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: ?

Haven't had any reports. Last we heard most of the fish moved downstream. It's anybody's guess now. Give us a call for the latest information.

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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