The Fish Report - October 15, 2016

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Great fishing is on hold for the next couple of days until this windy weather system moves through. Should start to clear up Monday afternoon.

Then we go into indian summer mode with temps back up in the 70's again by late next week!



We're are on our fall hours 7am - 7pm Daily


Some locations have recently been removed from our

report as the updates to the locations were not frequent

enough to justify having them in our report. We apologize if this is an

inconvenience but not listing these places is better than outdated information.



Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Jack Fry fished Crowley with Jim on Thursday before this weather system moved in and landed this toad of a cutthroat!

The Sullivans fished Crowley with Chad and landed some great fish. Here's Nancy with her big cutt.

...and bill with his. Great job!

Here's Chad Day doubled over on a big cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Here'sRobin Cartwright with a 15lb cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton


Jim Law and his son Brian fished Crowley today with Jim and caught some quality fish.

This was one of many doubles for the day!

Father and son duo with Brian on the left and Jim on the right.

Now's the time to fish Crowley!


Mason fished Crowley with Jim last week and with a little help, stuck this pig of a brown! It's as big as he is!

Mike Jim and Dave fished with Jim the last 3 days and wanted the oligatory group photo. Don't they look the part?

Here's Dave with an early Upper Owens brown.

Dave again with a big Crowley rainbow too! No cutthroat unfortunately.

Mike sent in photos of first timer Vic and Cindy on the Lower Owens the other day. Here's Vic with a nice lower owens specimen.

Here's Cindy with hers.






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The Fish Report - October 15, 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:

The fall colors are just getting going up here. Great time to come and check out autumn in Mammoth and catch a few fish while you're at it. Plenty of planted fish to keep everybody happy with the occasional wild brookie.

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:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 15CFS as of 10/15

Water temps are on the decline.

Water is running 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:Fair

DFG has planted several thousand fish all in the sub catchable size range into hot creek from the lower parking lot all the way up throughout the ranch. These are not sterile fish and will be able to reproduce once they reach a certain size. A lot of people are on the fence about whether or not this was appropriate for a "wild zero limit" fishery. Keep in mind that the fish that were in hot creek were only there because they were planted a long time ago. Overall, this should help but it's going to take some time for these recently planted fish to shore up the numbers.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Stimulator #20, Elk Hair Caddis #20, EC Caddis #20, Extended Body BWO #22, CDC Baetis DUN #20

NYMPHS: Zebra Mide #22, Copper Zebra #22, Yankee Buzzer #22, WD-40 Black #22, WD-40 Olive #22, T-Midge Black #22, JuJu Baetis #22, Split Case Baetis #20, Olive Scud #16,

STREAMERS: Don't Bother.

Guides Hint:Downsize tippet to 6x. The water is super clear!


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   Road should be closed for the season.
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: Fair

DWP is dropping the water level pretty fast now.

The water temps are starting to come down and the algae is getting a little annoying but nothing like it was this time last year.

The weeds are finally dying off and should continue to decline through the rest of the season.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Plenty of fish off alligator and Layton. Good mix of sizes, some fish are pretty small recent plants, and some are just toads. You never know what you're going to get so make sure you're watching that indicator.

Also seeing some fish off Sandy once again but not in the numbers we're seeing over in Layton.

The Perch fry are pretty much over and done with.Stripping has been pretty slow compared to fishing under the indicator. If you're going to strip in the tube, big buggers and leech patterns are best right now.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern has been the go to early morning. Later go to Red/Black bead head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and maybe Shaft Emerger if the red/black slows down. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to bead head Olive or gray Optimidge when sun is overhead. Don't forget about leeches! This is the time of year the fish forget about the perch fry and start keying in on leech patterns. If you're going to strip from the tube make sure it's deep, dark and slow!





Guides Hint: When you are fishing in a fleet of boats and/or tubes, always try and get a spot on the perimeter. When it is tough go to a single fly and go small. Look at it from the fish's point of view. Every time you bite one of those two size 16-18 flies 16" apart, not wiggling, and not swimming up, they never taste good at a minimum and sometimes they take you for a lip ride. Oh, a nice little single #20 . . . I'll give it a try.

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Good

Flows are steady at 96cfs as of 10/15

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Still not much in the way of big fish, if you're waiting for them, it might be a while. The runs didn't start until early November last year.

The fishing here is starting to pick up. The water is very clear up high, and the fish can see you coming, but that doesn't stop them from eating basic attractor patterns. There aren't many fish, but there are a couple in each bend. Make sure to give it a few casts and move on.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Not seeing much in the way of hatches. The fish aren't interested in the hoppers I still see falling into the water. They're ignoring them completely.

NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen San Juan Worms, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS:The water is certainly high enough, be creative as the fish haven't seen too many. Not sure it makes too much of a difference.

Guides Hint: If you're headed to long ears, leave the orange colored shirt in the suitcase and get something light blue or brown.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good

Flows down to 91cfs as of 10/15

Think that's about it for higher flows on the lower until next spring. These flows are typical for the wintertime and they honestly open up so much more of the river to wading.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The weatherman says that the wind is supposed to avoid the Bishop area for the most part. So if you're really itching to fish, this is the place for you!

Tricos are pretty much done with, and the caddis petered out a while back. That leaves us with mostly very small midges early morning with sporadic PMDs hatching throughout the mornings and into the early afternoon.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPH: Birds Nest Olive #20, T-Midge #22, Copper Tiger #18, Surface Emerger #18, Split Case BWO #18,Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Swing small streamers or soft hackles right now.

Guides Hint:



East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 37cfs as of 10/15



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are down to almost winter minimums. No recent reports.


DRIES: Baetis Dries - #14-16
NYMPHS: Zebra midges #16-18, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16
STREAMERS:Ditch the sink tip and stick to flies with some big bead heads. Flows are too low for that kind of fun now.

Guides Hint :


Pyramid Lake, NV   - Report Courtesy of Chris Wharton Call 775-851-1558 for more info or bookings.

Water conditions:

Weeds are starting to break up on the bottom due to water temp, but are not hindering any fishing.

Water temp. is 61 degrees & dropping.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Most fish being landed are in 15-25' of water out of the tubes, we are also starting to get fish from shore at times. The best bite has been from 6:30-12:00. Most of the big fish are in 50-60' of water still waiting for the water temps to get into the 50's before they start moving into the shallows to hammer the bait balls of Tui Chubs. 

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Balance Leeches ( Chewy Tui's & Black Mambas ) Bunny Buggers or Wooly Buggers in black & olives.

Guides Hint: Nov. is coming up & it is my favorite time to target trophy fish until about Xmas time. I put in all the time I can on my own as these fish literally feel like they are on steroids during this time frame.

I have fished world famous Pyramid lake with Stillwater Guide Service owner Chris Wharton

and would recommend him for guide trips to this water, he has over 33 yrs. experience on this stillwater. - Kent




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