The Fish Report - July 23, 2015

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Crowley and the Lower Owens are hot!

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The Fish Report - July 23, 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.


Haylyn Reynolds hooked into this 21" Cutthroat on Crowley the other day. Well done!

Scott Flint fished with Phil Anderson on Sotcher Lake last week.



Steve McGrath guided Ian on the Lower Owens with a nice brown!



Mike Ramos hit Crowley with Jim earlier this week and stuck this beautiful Cutthroat in McGee.



Bob Crigler fished the San Joaquin last week and stuck this holdover from last season. (Right before he went for a swim)


Damsel flies are everywhere on crowley right now!

Nice close up shot from the other day. They're very curious!



People often forget about Callibaetis. If you see one, more than likely there is a hatch going off!



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!


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

Water Conditions: Clear and Cool.

Temps in the low 60's mid-day.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Definitely better in the AM. Not so great mid-day. Fish are deep. Definitely need a float tube or a boat to get to the best fishing.

Mamie and Mary have been fishing the best. George is hit or miss.

Twin lakes is choked with weeds right now.


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, Damsel Flies

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 7/23


(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

Still really weedy. But there are few open spots that you'll definitely want to focus on if you want to have any hope of hooking a fish.

Plenty of Caddis from mid-day on. Midges early, with tricos really early! like still dark early! Legal fishing time is the way to go, after that it gets warm fast.

Don't forget to try some terrestrials along the far banks. Couldn't hurt to throw a small dropper on there too.




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 after 7am.
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Water Conditions: Poor
Flows are slightly up to 20cfs as of 7/23

Slight shot in the arm from recent rains, but it won't last.

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



Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair

Not seeing too much in the way of bug activity. Flows are just about bottomed out. The fish are really spooky and aren't too interested in your dry fly. We've been catching fish on small nymphs under a big dry or a small indicator with almost no weight.

The flows are down way low, so try to put some distance between you and the fish so you don't spook too many of them.

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: Parachute Adams #22, Chernobyl Ant #12-14, Beatle, Fat Albert, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Royal Wulff #16, Rubber Leg Stimulator, Yellow Humpy

Nymphs: Prince Nymph #20, Flashback Pheasant tail #20 Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Glass Bead Olive Micromayfly #20, Hare's Ear, Olive Bird's Nest #20

Guides Hint: If you're using flies without bead, try using a bit of tungsten putty to get your flies down below your indicator. Split shot is only so small, with the putty you can really customize the size of your weight and get it dialed in.


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 7/23

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Hearing there are some big fish holding in the bait section below the bridge.

Water below the confluence is flirting with 70 degrees lately so we haven't been fishing here very much this summer. Try up high early in the morning where the water is cooler for the best shot at fish.




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: Bring a stream thermometer with you and check the temperature. If it's above 70, it's probably time to go somewhere else.


Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions: Good

Water temps are good, but not many fish to be found.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Nettles might be a problem. Same goes for snakes.

Not much water running through here. DWP is doing repairs on the power generation station.

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

Almost down to river level. Not much of a lake to fish at the moment.


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 39cfs as of 7/23

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

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 21cfs as of 7/23

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...



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 94cfs as of 7/23

Water temps hovering around 65 by mid day.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Really good early if you can get down here before the sun comes up. Lots of Tricos, if you get here late the fish are still eating the spinners. Otherwise caddis pupa are working well until lunchtime.

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:The fish are keyed in on very small patterns (22-24) Anything bigger will likely get ignored. Time to start fishing this place like hot creek.



 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 are at 38cfs as of 7/23

Water temps upwards of 74 degrees.

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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