The Fish Report - October 2, 2015

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Feels like fall up here, and it's starting to look like it with the leaves starting to turn. Should be in full swing by next weekend.

Unsettled weather for Sunday and Monday clearing for Tuesday.

Temps climbing back into the 70's by the middle of next week.


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The Fish Report - October 2, 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.


Here's Mike's girlfriend Kai with a nice Crowley Cutthroat.



Mike's client and first timer Monica with a brown from the Lower Owens.


Mike also guided Dale and his wife Lynn on the Lower Owens

Not to be outdone by her husband here's Lynn with her brown too.



Here's Cosntance Angelopoulos with a nice Crowley rainbow.

She also landed a nice brown!



Desmond also fished Crowley with Jim and landed a nice brown too!



Here's longtime friend of Otis' Tim Bartley on Crowley

Otis guided Michelle Ford from Aromas, CA on the Lower Owens recently.



Jon Carleton guided David Spencer to this nice brown on the Upper Owens.

Robert Carder also fished with Jon recently, but this time on the Lower Owens



Here's Jim bent up on a big Kodiak Island Coho. This was taken right before the rod broke.

Still managed to land the fish though. Lots of sea lice on the fish this year!



Here's a photo from Jim's perspective with Kent in the background bent up.

Here's Jim with a trophy flounder caught at the mouth of the Olds River.








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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather    

Water Conditions: Clear and Cool.




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Nightime temps are hovering around the freezing mark, cooling of the water considerably. Fish are congregated on the southeast side of Mary at the drop off.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis, stimulators, foam hoppers, royal wulff.

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #14, Red Copper John #14, Zebra Midge #16, Callibaetis Nymph, Damsel nymphs

STREAMERS:Black or Olive Wooly bugger, seal buggers,

Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 12 CFS as of 10/2


(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

Flows jumped around with recent rains. Not enough to flush out any weeds. Water is a bit off color, but should return to normal.

This is about as technical as it gets here. You have to run very short drifts in order to hook fish instead of weeds. This is the lowest the water has been in a very long time. With that being said don't be afraid to take off that indicator or to throw that hopper at that hole in the weeds on the far bank. Goes without saying that the caddis are plentiful still.






Recommended Flies:

DRIES: 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.

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SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   Road is Open - Manditory Shuttle after 7am.
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -   

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 6cfs as of 10/2




Fishing conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports. Check with the visitor center to see if the road is open before you drive up though.

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:


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


Water Conditions:

Water levels are dropping slowly. Present elevation is 6,763.3 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

Water temps are on the decline with recent cold nights. Temps are holding in the low 60's for now.

Water is clear with only a slight green tint.

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Great one day, and painful the next. The weather hasn't been doing us any favors. The wind came up early with some rain on Thursday, and blew hard all day Friday. Things are supposed to settle down by Tuesday though with warmer temps on the way.

Pumped a fish today and definitely found some daphnea. Also had a lot of grey midge pupa in it. Seeing a mix of fish right on the bottom and some fish suspended. These suspended fish can be temped to eat a leech if you hang one at the right depth.

Seeing fish in 15-18ft of water in the north arm, and west of the bathroom in McGee at about the same depth.

Recommended Flies:

Nymphs: Albino Baron or Red/Black Optimidge Early, Copper Tiger, Flashback Gray/Black Optimidge later in the AM.

Streamers: Leeches, especially black/red and wine colored ones.

Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Poor

Flows are at 43cfs as of 10/2

Water running clear above and below the confluence.

Temps in the low 60's at the confluence.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The section from the bridge down to the monument is closed as of 10/1

Walked the entire section from the monument to the lake the other day and only saw one big fish. There have been reports of the occasional large fish up above the bridge though, but the staging fish are still down in the lake chowing on daphnea.




Recommended Flies:

DRIES: EC Caddis #16-20, Stimulator #16-18, Hackle Stacker #18-20, Bi Visible Dun #18-20,

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




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Dry dropper is going to work best at these flows. Still lots of nettles down there.


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 rising.

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 34 cfs as of 10/2


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Check for road closures after this Sunday. They're calling for snow at higher elevations.

Still fishing well up high. Definitely check out the inlets and outlets of the lakes. More than likely ther are going to be a bunch of hungry brookies waiting up there.

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 now at 14cfs as of 10/2

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

With flows down to a trickle stealth is key if you're going to fish here.



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 up to 249cfs as of 10/2

Water temps around 60 by mid day.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Flows were bumped up again this past Tuesday, not enough to change anything dramatically. Just be careful wading at these flows.

Still seeing midges and tricos early. Then it kind of shuts down until mid-day when the baetis get going.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: 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 #20

STREAMERS: Higher flows are just begging to be fished with a streamer. Try a generic wooly bugger or something perch like.

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 are at 19cfs as of 10/2


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.


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