The Fish Report - July 30, 2015

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Looks like temps in the 80's this weekend for Long Valley and upper 90's in Bishop. With some afternoon storms to cool things down.

Fishing is good in the front country

and really good if you're willing to hike a bit!

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The Fish Report - July 23, 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.




Glen Atkison bumped into Scott on Hot Creek. Scott gave him some pointers that paid off!

Scott seems to be catching more than just trout these days.

Scott went for a hike and found some big goldens!

They're out there if you don't mind the hike.


John Sickler braved the weeds at Hot Creek with Jon Carleton last week and hooked into this colorful brown.

Brian Edwards also fished Hot Creek with Jon and stuck another nice brown.


Mark Hamlin hooked this big brown with a dry fly during a Caddis migration on the Upper Owens with guide Steve McGrath







Haylyn Reynolds hooked into this 21" Cutthroat on Crowley the other day. Well done!

Scott Flint fished with Phil Anderson on Sotcher Lake last week.



Steve McGrath guided Ian on the Lower Owens with a nice brown!

One more from Jon Carleton's client Roger Warren with a nice Hot Creek Rainbow.





Mike Ramos hit Crowley with Jim earlier this week and stuck this beautiful Cutthroat in McGee.



Bob Crigler fished the San Joaquin last week and stuck this holdover from last season. (Right before he went for a swim)


Damsel flies are everywhere on crowley right now!

Nice close up shot from the other day. They're very curious!



People often forget about Callibaetis. If you see one, more than likely there is a hatch going off!




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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather       Road is open subject to plowing.

Water Conditions: Clear and Cool.

Temps in the low 60's mid-day.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Definitely better in the AM. Not so great mid-day. Fish are deep mid-day. Definitely need a float tube or a boat to get to the best fishing.

Seeing some fish rising early and late. Try a stimulator or a hopper with a nymph below.

Upper Twin is choked with weeds right now.


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 13 CFS as of 7/30

(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

Despite the weeds, it's fishing very well if you can find an open lane to fish in. Tricos super early giving way to some midges, and then Caddis in the PM.

Don't forget to try some terrestrials along the far banks. Couldn't hurt to throw a small dropper on there too.




Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Grasshopper, Fat Albert, Chernobyl Ant, Chernobyl Grizzly,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.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   Road is Open - Manditory Shuttle after 7am.
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Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are down to 12cfs as of 7/30

Water temps are in the mid 60's by mid-day.



Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair

No recent reports. Water is very low.

Dry dropper or hopper dropper is the way to go. Most of the deep pools aren't even deep anymore, and a foot to two feet of distance between your top fly and your nymph should do the trick for the most part except for a few select places.


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 rising ever so slightly every week.  Present elevation is 6,764.2 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

The water temps are starting to rocket and but still only a hint of algae. Water is still crystal clear. Uncanny year.

Second Crowley Cam at the Fish Camp with streaming video is online.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fleet is now concentrated in the North arm. The fish are spread out, and not concentrated in any particular area. Finding fish from 15ft all the way to 19ft.

McGee is pretty much dead for the time being. Still some fish in the Hiltons if you can find the stripe of cold water. Bait season officially ends Sunday, so that should thin out the crowds.

Get out the bottom thermometers and see if you can find a stripe of cool water any colder than 68.2° F, the prevailing bottom temperature everywhere.

If so, throw the anchor over . . . they will be there.

Recommended Flies:

Nymphs: Albino Baron, Disco Baron early then Copper Tiger, Dubbed Head Flashback Gray/Black Optimidge later in the AM.

Try Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge brightest part of day and you might stick a real monster.

Hang a Damsel up above your midges - the alternative meal. Also put it one on the bottom if you see 10 crawling up your anchor rope.

Streamers: AP Emerger, Damsel Fly nymph patterns, Slow strip midge trailers.

Guides Hint: With water rising in temperature fish will cling to the bottom and the residual slightly colder temp of the mud. Try 4" off the bottom and you might be surprised.


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Poor

Flows are at 39cfs as of 7/30

Water running clear above and below the confluence. Temps in the low 60's at the confluence.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

There are a few fish in just about every bend above the bridge. Nothing big, mostly recent plants that moved up from the bait section. The water has cooled some and is fairly clear. Seeing plenty of big caddis on the water early before the winds come up. The further up you go the better right now.




Recommended Flies:

DRIES: EC Caddis #16-20, Stimulator #16-18, Hackle Stacker #18-20, Bi Visible Dun #18-20, Grasshoppers, Chernobyl Ant, Fat Albert

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

Nettles might be a problem. Same goes for snakes.

Not much water running through here. DWP is doing repairs on the power generation station.

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 on the decline.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Almost down to river level. Not much of a lake to fish at the moment.


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 39cfs as of 7/30

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Still running dry droppers with just basic attractors on top. Don't over complicate it and try to match the hatch. The fish here just aren't that picky.

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 at 35cfs as of 7/30

Water temps in the mid 60's with clear water. 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

Seems most of the fish are up high, by the campgrounds. Not much going on down lower. Few small fish here and there...



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 at 98cfs as of 7/30

Water temps around 62 by mid day.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Really good early if you can get down here before the sun comes up. Lots of Tricos but the fish are focusing on the smaller caddis that are hatching at the same time. Pretty much over at 11. Starts to pick back up in the later afternoon when the Caddis start hatching. Gets pretty nuts around dusk.

Flows are perfect, (at least for fishing anyway.) You can fish pretty much the entire river at these flows. Unfortunately the weeds are starting to get pretty bad down below the wild trout section so that limits some of the places that we would normally be fishing.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: Drowned Trico #22, Zebra Midges #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: Wooly Buggers #10-12, Muddler Minnows #10-12 Sculpin #10-12

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 29cfs as of 7/30

Water temps in the 70s

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.


Guides Hint :


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