The Fish Report - May 25, 2016

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Mixed bag of weather through Friday clearing up just in time for the weekend.

Crowley is still red hot!

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The Fish Report - May 25, 2016

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Troutfitter guide Ryan Barker recently took a trip to Christmas Island where he caught this monster Trevally!

Ryan also hooked into some nice looking Bonefish.



Another Christmas Island native for Ryan.

Jim Holloway fished with Jim right before the Marina closed and stuck this nice brown in Hilton



Otis guided Bernard Luther on Crowley over summer.

Here's Bernard on the Upper Owens



William and David Tonic sent these photos in of the two of them on the Upper Owens last week.

Pyramid guide Chris Wharton sent this in, what a monster!



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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather  

Water Conditions:

Mary, Mamie and Twin have iced out, not sure about George. Call the shop for the latest.





Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Road is now open to Mary.

Water on twin lakes already has a ton of weeds.

Recommended Flies:




Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Poor

Flows back down to around 40 CFS as of 5/25. When the weather warmed up the flows were upwards of 70cfs!

Water is currently clear until the temps come back up.

(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

The creek looks a lot healthier at this flow. The water is clear and there are spots we haven't been able to fish for years that are holding fish right now. Lots of scuds and caddis in the water right now too.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Parachute Caddis #18, Mercer's Missing Link #18, Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Clownshoe Caddis #18

NYMPHS: 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: Still too low but when those flows bump back up from runoff it's a whole new ballgame.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows    Open for fishing...Pending when Mammoth Mountain will plow the road.
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -   

Water Conditions:


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint:


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


Water Conditions:

The lake is not full full but a lot higher than the last few years. There is a defined subsurface channel in the north end and McGee Bay

Bottom water temps are from 53°F to 54°F and crystal clear.

Minimal if any weeds going yet.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fish are pretty spread out as usual for this time of year.

Seeing good numbers of fish inside Big Hilton in 11-14ft of water.

Sandy Point has been the most consistant all along the subsurface bank in 13ft to 18ft of water with a few fish inside.

There are fish along Greeen Banks but don't tread too close to shore or the Spin Guys may sling some hardware at you.

McGee has fish west of the bathroom in 13-14 ft of water but pretty spread out.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron early then Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge mid morning. It has been pretty gray skies so subtle colors like gray and olive have not produced too much even midday.

You might try other bright pattrens like Copper John and Flasback Pheasant Tail trimmed to look like a Chironimid.

Guides Hint: Try a purple (or black) leech half way down the water column.

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 41cfs as of 5/25

Water is fairly clear above the confluence, and dirty below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

There are still a bunch of fish in the system following the cutthroat up for their spawn.

Try and be respectful and leave spawning cutthroat be, especially if they're paired up in shallow water. Also try not to wade through their reds. If you're not sure of what the reds look like, you're better off staying out of the water all together and fishing from the banks.

Remember, the more of these fish that get to spawn, the more there will be in the future, especially considering how little DFW has been planting the last several years.

Recommended Flies:


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, Anything big and furry!

Guides Hint:


Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions:



Flow is a constant 45 cfs year round per DWP.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Dry dropper is going to work best at these flows


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

Water levels are rising.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Now that the water levels are up, the fish are holding deep where the food is.


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:

The Lake has iced out and the road is open.

Flows are at 47cfs after hitting upwards of 70 when it warmed up last week.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.

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

Guides Hint: 


Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions:

Flows are 120cfs above Grant, and 51cfs below as of 5/25

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair.

Finally some water moving through here. This should flush out a lot of the silt that's been collecting here over the past several years. Probably isn't going to help the fishing until it clears up though so stay high by silver lake.

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:Good

Flows are down to 250cfs as of 5/25

Water is pretty dirty.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

Still nothing magical, although it will be spared most of the weather headed our way it's probably not worth it.

Things have been slow down here and have gotten even slower since the water clarity has tanked.

Saw some baetis hatching around 1pm, but very sporadic.

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: Birds Nest is always a staple in the Lower owens.



 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

Water Conditions:   

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No Reports.

Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows slowly ratcheting down to 188cfs as of 5/25


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

These are the flows we've been dreaming about for some time. This should be a fishable flow for the entire river! Fish will still be holding behind big boulders and at the bottom of the deepest slowest water at this point.

I flipped over some rocks and saw lots of bugs! Despite the low flows for such an extended period of time, this river has survived and a lot of the big fish are still around and are very healthy looking.


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  

Water conditions: 47.5 degrees & very clear
Clear and Cold

Fishing has been very good when there is some wind & clouds and a little slower on the bluebird calm days. Had two days last week that two clients had 45-50 fish days and two days later two clients had over 50 to 8lbs.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Midnight Cowboy & Olive Buggers, Albino Winos, Orange Crush and Chewy Tui's have been getting most of the grabs.

We have been fishing the drop offs with shooting heads.


Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint: The report came from Chris Wharton. I met Chris for the first time last year at Pyramid and he was super helpful in getting my game on. I think you could not do better than getting the same treatment before you try your hand at Pyramid. He even has ladders for his clients. -kent

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