The Fish Report - July 19th, 2018

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Sunny weather continues this week with warming water, fishing will only get better and better as we get into summer.

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Never to old to read a map,Kent managed to find his way to Hot Creek




Austin, guided by Dave Harvey, with a nice Upper Owens rainbow on the Hopper pattern! Nice fish Austin.


13 year old Sydney on Hot Creek


13 year old Sydney on Hot Creek


Kyle Randolph with a healthy brown. Nice fish dude!



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The Fish Report - July 19th, 2018

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily from Bishop to Bridgeport.

Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.


Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather

Water Conditions: Great

Snow is gone and all trails are open.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Summer doldrums appear to have arrived and aside from the weekly plantings fishing has slowed down but there are opportunities to be had.Early and late with midge patterns is probably the most consistent but all of the lakes have Callibaetis and Damsel hatches with Twin Lakes having the best hatches of both. Mayflies start emerging between 9:30 and 10:30 with the damsels starting an hour or two later.Don't forget that the mayfly's spinner fall coincides with the emergence so you'll have to figure out which of three stages they're keying on.



Lakes have been stocked again with larger fish.And again

Recommended Flies:

Streamers: Doc's Twin Lakes Sepcial #10-12, Crystal Bugger #10-12, Beldar Bugger #10-12, Pops Bugger #8-12

Nymphs: Barr's Copper John #12-18, Zebra Midge #14-18, Lightning Bug #16-18

Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Fair

Water has cleared up and the flows are dropping. Flows are at 20cfs as of 7/19.

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:Good

Best fishing seems early to mid morning but there's something going on all day. Runoff is over but we've been getting thunder storms keeping the flows up.Even with the increased flows the weeds are growing fast, combine that with fishing pressure and the fishing is getting a lot more technical.Caddis hatches have become more consistent, good throughout the day.PMDs start hatching around 9 but they're close to being done.Little Yellow Sallies are done. Female Trico hatches are getting stronger.Don't forget the male Trico emergence in the evening.




Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #16-20, Extended Body BWO #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Caddis, #16-18, Stonefly dries #14-16, trico and spinner patterns #18-20

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18-20,Split case PMD # 16,Bottom Roller Caddis #14-18, Nitro Caddis #16-18, Anderson's Bird of Prey #14-16, Iron Sally #16-18, trico nymphs #18-20

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, Crystal Bugger and D's Hoover Mover.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  ROAD IS OPEN
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions

Flows at 88 cfs as of 7/19

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.

Fishing conditions:fair

Fishing is still inconsistent as are the hatches.Fishing pressure means that hiking away from the campgrounds is no guarantee of solitude.A surprise,nymphing has been more effective than dry.Zebras,# 16 bead pmd nymphs.

Recommended Flies: #18-20 Zebra Midges, #16 Golden Stone, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Purple Prince Nymph

Dries: #16-18 Yellow or Tan Stimulator, #18 Elk hair Caddis, Ant and # 14-16 mayfly patterns

Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation UPDATED 7/10


Water Conditions:

Lake had actually been coming uo but it looks like they're starting to drop the lake. The level is now about 5 ft below the spillway. The lake should be nice and full for the forseeable future.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

It's on,most boats are way up in the Mcgee channel but if you don't want to be part of the zoo there are fish all the way out to 20'.The fish are NOT glued to the channel but are also spread out over the flats feeding on midges,mayflies,damsels and....wait for it.....PERCH FRY!

Sandy Point has fish on the edge of the drop off on the north side?

The fish planted a month ago have had time to scatter and the Hiltons have gone very quiet.

Alligator Point is also spotty?

Some fish in north arm channel and off Green Banks Bay, some in 13 ft, but most out in 20+ft. Also in 2-7' feet along the shoreline but this is not consistent. IN A NUTSHELL,I've been working 7 days a week between the shop and guiding streams.All the guides I've talked to have been in Mcgee so I won't have an update until this weekend when I get a chance to explore it myself.

Recommended Flies:


Albino Barons, Red Barons early and later in the morning go to Copper Tigers, Red/Black dubbed head Optimidges, then Flashback Gray/Black Optimidges, Shaft Emergers when sun is overhead - all small.

Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are 100 cfs as of 7/19


Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Water's clean and the fishing is picking up,especially above the bridge and it's definitly hopper time.Older planters are starting to move upstream and if Crowley's algae bloom continues to build we might start to see the first push of browns coming out of the lake.Tricos have started hatching, giving us a better reason to get out there early,6 am is not too early.Look out for fish keying in on specific hatches midday.

Most decent sized fish are eating under the cut banks.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-20,HOPPERS!

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Anderson's Bird of Prey #14-16

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, D's Hoover Mover. Big and ugly. Dead drifted on stripped under the banks on a Type 3 sinking line.

Guides Hint: Hoppers are beginning to make an appearance, try a foam hopper or even a Parachute Kicking Hopper.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

gauge on the fritz,???? cfs as of 7/19. I don't think the flows will stay down for long with Pleasant Valley Reservoir filling fast.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:???? to poor

Last weeks thunderstorms muddied the river for several days and I have not gotten an update,I'll try to stop by in the morning for a quick check.The flows have stabilized but with the hot temperatures very few people are fishing down there, try starting at 6 for the Trico and Caddis emergence,.Tricos early and caddis late,you can find fish in the slower water feeding on the surface.Tricos are coming off very early, done with the fall by 9am,after that it's a varitable potpourri .

Recommended Flies:

Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20, Para Adams #18-20, Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Parachute Caddis #16-18, Yellow and tan Stimulators #14-16

NYMPH: Zebra Midge #18-20, Baetis B/H $18-20, Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16, Tungsten Caddis #14-18, Birds Nest Olive or Natural #12-16 Stonefly nymphs #14-16

STREAMERS: Big and ugly!

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 219 cfs as of 7/19.

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:fair to Good

Fishing had been good but water temperature has gotten up into the upper 60's and hatches have gotten more sporadic.Don't venture to far down stream,when you get closer to Murphy's pond the slime weeds flush will foul your hooks 50% of the time.Still seeing bigger mayflies emerging early along with the Tricos but they are definitly fading


DRIES: Big flies to get fish to come up and eat them. Stimulator #8, Parawolf Purple #10, Chernobyl Ant #6-16

NYMPHS: Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, BH Prince Nymphs #12-14, Olive Birds Nest #10-14, Caddis Larva #10-16, Nitro Caddis #14-18, Stonefly Nymphs #6-10

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle #2, D's Hoover Mover Rust #4, Hornbergs #10-12

Guides Hint: If you're up towards the dam look for some of Bridgeport reservoir's legendary monster midges that are getting flushed into the river.


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

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