The Fish Report - September 28, 2016

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Definitely fall here in the Eastern Sierra!

Been seeing low temps around freezing.

So much for wet wading!

The fall colors are going off up in Rock Creek!


This is seriously one of the best times to fish up here, moderate temps and not many people.



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inconvenience but not listing these places is better than outdated information.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



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.


Here's Mike's client Paul Dillard on what looks to be a rare overcast day on the Lower Owens.

Erin Bender and her family were up for their annual Mammoth vacation and it looks like Cog got them on some quality fish. Here's Erin with a pink Crowley Rainbow.

Here's the rest of the Bender clan with a few more Crowley fish.

Here's Jackson with his brown.

Here's Jackson again, this time on the Upper Owens. Cog's looking pretty stoked!

George Chial fished with Jim on Crowley last week and managed to stick this massive cutthroat!

Bud Schmitz from Carsbad tubed Crowley with Chad and stuck some big ones.






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The Fish Report - September 28, 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 9/28

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

Still tons of weeds, water is clear, but there are only a few clear places to drop your fly in. There was an electroshock survey here a couple weeks ago, and the largest fish they found were around 17". Most of the big fish that this place was famous for have died off. Might take a few years of good winters to recover, but until then it's weeds and small fish.

Starting to get a little cold for Caddis and hoppers, but you might see a few here and there on the warmer days. Back to Midges and Baetis patterns.

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   
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -   

Water Conditions:

Flows bottoming out at 6cfs as of 9/28


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

The road will probably close soon so get it while you can. That is of course if you don't mind the super low flows. I bet the fall colors are going off down here too!

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Mr. Rapidan, Yellow Humpy, Chernobyl Ant, Foam Hopper, Kaufman Stimulator, Royal Wulff

Nymphs: Copper John, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail, Black Bead Bird's Nest, Zebra Midge

Guides Hint: Use a longer leader and try running shorter drifts with smaller tippet.


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


Water Conditions:

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:

The north arm continues fishing just about as good as it gets. Six Bays is just getting started as most of the weeds are gone, but the water is getting a little green with the recent temp drops.

Mostly rainbows being caught now, with the occasional cutthroat. Haven't been seeing much in the way of browns.

Some fish still in the Hiltons and Crooked, but not in big numbers.

The Perch fry are subsiding and stripping has been pretty slow compared to fishing under the indicator.

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:Fair

Flows are up to 94cfs as of 9/28

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

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:Poor

Flows up to 240cfs as of 9/28


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are back up again, and the fishing is good! Don't bother getting here too early, or staying much past noon though. Pretty short window. Midges early, then the trico spinner fall starts around 8:30 and lasts til almost 10:30. After that, the PMD's start popping and the fishing picks back up again. After noon though it drops off significantly.


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 67cfs as of 9/28



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Thanks to some very cold night time temps, the river is starting to cool off, and the fishing is improving.

Water is still like pea soup. Don't bother.


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   - Opens October 1st. Report Courtesy of Chris Wharton

Water conditions:

Gin Clear but weedy on the bottom out to 23'.

Surface temp is 67 Degrees.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The Oct 1st Opener and weeks after has been epic the last couple of seasons. Many large fish have been landed to 15-20lbs at this time, fishing deep and stripping or deep water break away indicator fishing is the ticket. You would swear these fish are on steroids this time of year as they will pull your socks off!


Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Tui Chub Minnows, Balance Leeches, Chewy Tui's, Black or Olive buggers.

Guides Hint: 


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