The Fish Report - December 18, 2014

 

Wintry weather seems to be over for now.

Looks like a nice sunny weekend ahead.

 

Hot Creek and the Lower Owens are fishing well.

Bring your rod up along with your skis this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crowley Cam is down, possibly for the winter.

We are looking into replacing it with a new one for next season.

 

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The Fish Report - December 18, 2014

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

 

 

Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Long time customer, Joe Raymundo, and

son, Noah, did the Upper Owens the other

day with great success it looks like.

Noah's good lookin' Brown touts his

prowess. Guide positions are available

for up-and-coming young bucks.

Jim was scouting Crowley the outher day

and found some staging Browns in the

North Arm. 'Best it has been this time of

year in years.

Proof of the puddin', as they say, was this

Crowley 'Football" Jimn's client,

Curt Ries, popped the next day.

Marina closes next Friday . . . time to

get in that last trip!

 

Jim found some big Crowley fish already

up the Owens above the lake as well.

Jeff Dritley fished with Jim on the Lower O

and result was this bright Brown.

Jeff's son, Allen got the other "bookend".

 

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Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.

 

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local WeatherClosed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 12CFS as of 12/18 Water is clear. Runoff from snowmelt may change this.

(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

The gate into the canyon section is open, 4wd is not necessary yet.

Good hatches and a lot of the weeds have been flushed out with recent rain and snowmelt.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended body blue winged olive 18–22, parachute Adams 18–22,CDC Baetis Emerger #20-22, CDC Baetis DUN #18-20, Hatch Matcher BWO

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22, JuJu Baetis #20, Micro May Fly 18–22, Pheasant Tail 18–22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

Guides Hint:

 

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows

Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

Flows are at cfs as of

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Dries:

Nymphs:

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CROWLEY LAKE - Local Weather           Crowley Cam - Offline         Surface Elevation

Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Guides Hint: With the winter upon us, if you've never seen Kent's Crowley University, it's a lot of great information that will make you a better Crowley angler. Buy it here - http://www.thetroutfitter.com/book-dvds.html

 

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows

 

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows at 46CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 12/18

Water is clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The river is now closed below the bridge until next season.

The roads are very muddy so be careful! 4wd is a must if you're headed up high!

Still some big fish in the system, but they are spread out. Definitely quality over quantity right now...

Easier below the confluence, as the water is pretty dirty and the fish can't see you coming.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Don't bother. Their heads are down and only the 3 inch fish are interested in anything up on top right now.

NYMPHS: Red Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Flashback Hare's Ear 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Red San Juan Worm 12, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.

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Water conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Still pretty good. Plenty of small fish sipping drys on top.

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, extended body bwo, cdc baetis dun, stimulator

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph, Flashy PT, prince nymphs, hares ear, birds nest, wd40, zebra midge, disco midge, micro mayfly #16, Copper John #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guides Hint: 

 

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Local Weather   

Water conditions:

Water levels are actually rising now.

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Hearing guys are getting em on the strip right now. Type III Sink line from the tube. Water is pretty cold though so don't strip too fast.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis patterns, Griffith's Gnat

NYMPHS: Red BH Optimidge, Mickey's Red Baron, Copper Johns, #18 Black Beauty, WD40, Disco Midge, Zebra Midge #18-#20,

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Flahabou Buggers Olive, Rickards Seal Bugger, Big and Black Streamers

Guides Hint: 

 

Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water conditions:

Flows stable atCFS as of

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The road to rock creek lake has closed for the season.

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Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water conditions:

Flows above Grant Lake are up to CFS and CFS below as of

 

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Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Good

The water flows have now dropped below the gauge's range.

Flows estimated to be around 75cfs as of 12/18

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Excellent

The bulk of the feeding fish are in shallower water. Black and Olive mayfly nymphs have been getting it done under the indicator. I did see some rising fish and a decent baetis hatch, but it was pretty short. It's been cold down there so the window is pretty small for surface action.

A dry dropper will work pretty well in water too shallow to fish with an indicator as the spash from it seems to spook fish really easily.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, griffith gnat

NYMPH:Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Olive birds nest #18, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Micromayfly Olive #16-18, Zebra Midge #18, Kyle's Drowned Mayfly #16-18,

STREAMERS: Muddler Minnow 6-10, Olive and Black Wooly Bigger 10-12, Mini Sculpin 6-10

Guides Hint:.

 

 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 22 CFS as of 12/18

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatch: Poor

With the flows around 20cfs we definitely feel for the fish at this point as the flows usually don't drop this low until wintertime. Hopefully we'll get a big snow year and this fishery will bounce back.

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