The Fish Report - June 23, 2016

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Temps climbing into the 90's by the end of the week!

After a few bleek weeks of fishing, things are finally looking up.

Crowley is going off!


We're are on our summer hours 6am - 8pm Daily


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Vicky Juneau fished with Jim on Crowley and picked up this nice brown desipite the slow fishing.

Philip Laguerre with operation High Altitude and Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra fished with Jim and hooked a few nice fish.



Mike Conway caught this big brown which happened to be his first fish on a fly rod! Well done Mike!


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The Fish Report - June 23, 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:

All the lakes have iced out.




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Getting good reports on Mamie.

Grab your float tube or rent one from us to get on the most fish.

Recommended Flies:




Guides Hint: Great place to beat the heat.


Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 59CFS as of 6/23

Water is running pretty clear now.

(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

Lots of hoppers snapping about, but the fish aren't too interested. Concentrate on places that are weed free with a small ammount of weight and small caddis patterns.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Taylor's Fat Albert, Chernobyle Ant, Foam Hopper, Parachute Caddis #18, Mercer's Missing Link #18, Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Clownshoe Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Flashback Scud #16, Tungsten Zebra Midge #20, 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: Water is back down, so streamer fishing is a bit challenging.

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:

Flows at 237cfs as of 6/23

Runoff seems to have peaked and things should start to settle down here in a couple of days.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Once the water temps come up, the fishing will be way more consistant. Stick to the sunny spots and shallow slow moving water for the best shot at grabs.

Not many fish near the campgrounds, you'll have to hike to find many fish as they haven't planted anything yet.

Road opens at 7am this Saturday the 18th.

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:


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation Updated 6-24


Water Conditions:

Lake levels are getting way up like we have not seen in years.

The water is still very clear with only small flecks of algae.

The weeds are going off and all water under 15 ft of depth is pretty much weeded out.

Water temps are on the rise and the fish are gravitating to cold water sources.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

I won't say the McGee Miracle is in full swing but pretty close with big fish spread across the bay and concentrated in a long stripe just outside the the old stream channel in 16 - 18 ft of water.

Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats to 24+" last three days I have been out there and even a big ass Perch once in awhile to complete the Grand Slam for todays client, Dan, all the way from Louisville, KY

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern early, as usual, then Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge mid morning and Shaft Emerger or Flashback Dubbed Head Gray/Black Optimdge midday. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge when sun is overhead.

Strip Damsel patterns up very slowly up from the bottom possibly with midge trailer or any bright streamer fast for that aggression strike.

There are also some big fish chasing Tui Chub fry in the weeds in McGee for the float tube set.

Guides Hint: Twitcth that indicator a lot, especially before 9am.

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 43cfs as of 6/23

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not much going on here right now. Bunch of small fish picking off the occasional Caddis up top. A few larger fish remain in the system, but don't expect many.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Kaufman Stimulator #16, EC Caddis #16

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

Guides Hint:


Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions:



Flow is a constant 45 cfs year round per DWP.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Nettles are everywhere. Be careful, it's a long itchy walk back to the car.


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


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Not many recent reports since the opener.


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 104cfs as of 6/23

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are back down to what's considered fishable. Mostly planted fish down by the campgrounds. Hike up a bit to find some wild fish hitting on top.


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

Guides Hint: Another great place to beat the heat this week. Bring bug spray, plenty of mosquitos!


Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions:

Flows are 151cfs above Grant, and 137cfs below as of 6/23

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair.

Otis mentioned that there was "rock snot" or Didymo algae is all over the creek. If you wade here, please don't use the same gear in any of our other waters. Come rent some clean boots from us instead to prevent the spread of this nasty stuff.

No recent reports.

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 at 210cfs as of 6/23

Water is fairly clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

The fishing is great, but you absolutely MUST have a good drift to get any looks at your flies. It's also REALLY hot, so make sure you bust out the wet wading gear.

They're keyed in on very small midges early, and then PMD's from mid morning on. Try anything yellow you've got in your box.


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:



 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

Water Conditions:   

Lake level is still pretty low, although better than years past.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No Reports.

Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 230cfs as of 6/23


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

It's downright tough. Reports of only a fish or two all day.

Seeing plenty of baetis hatching throughout the day but the fish are just very spread out. Give a spot 10 min and move on as there probably isn't a fish where you're running your drift. With the flows this high the fish just arent concentrated in the usual spots anymore.


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 : Make sure you bring that wading staff with you...


Pyramid Lake, NV  

Water conditions:


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:


Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint: 


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