The Fish Report - February 26, 2015

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Winter is making a comeback this weekend with snow in the forecast all the way down to Bishop. Not much expected to accumulate down in Bishop.

Hot Creek and the Lower have been really good so don't let the bad weather keep you off the water.

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The Fish Report - February 26, 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.

 

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Mike Lynch fished the Upper Owens with Pat and caught this nice Crowley specimen.

Pat fished with Jeff Nelums of Reagan's in Bishop. This was his first fish on a fly rod. Nicely Done Jeff!

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Pat went fishing with his two daughters and it looks like Maggie had some fun with the Tenkara rod!

Here is Isabella standing on a milk crate bent up on the Tenkara. I guess they just don't make waders that small do they?

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Sam from the shop took his girlfriend Larissa fishing down on Hot Creek. Nicely done!

 

Don Goodyear fished with Mickey up at Pyramid and stuck this pig!

Here's Mickey with another Pyramid Lake Toad!

 

 

 

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

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Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 14CFS as of 2/26

Gate is open and the road is 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:Good

Doesn't get much better than this. The water is clear and cold, and there are lots of actively feeding fish. Not much happening on the surface. Under the indicator is a different story. I've seen plenty of scuds and mayfly nymphs under the rocks I flipped over.

Action starts around 10 and runs all afternoon.

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20–22, parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS:Tungsten Psycho 18-#20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, San Juan Worm, Frostbite Midge #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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CROWLEY LAKE -  Local Weather    Crowley Cam   Surface Elevation

Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

Ice Free. Don't bother bringing the skates...

Water levels are definitely on the rise.

 

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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 2/26

Water is somewhat clear above Hot Creek confluence, dirty below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

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

The fish are spread out, and it will probably take a little effort to find them. One fish in a hole isn't uncommon.

BIg difference from last year being that the lake is entirely iced out already. The fish haven't made their way up the river and have chosen to stay in the lake as there is plenty of food available to them there with little effort.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Don't bother.

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.

Guides Hint:

 

Water conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

DWP will be increasing flows in the gorge from here on out due to a recent court ruling. This is great news! Now all we need is some more water!

 

Read more here:

https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/permanent-flows-ordered-to-restore-owens-river-gorge/

 

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:

Clear and Cold

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Should be a good place to hide from the "weather" we're supposed to have Sunday.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Wouldn't bother...

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:Fair

Flows are estimated at 75 fs as of 2/26 (Station is broken again)

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Only getting better from here on out. Good hatches, and warmer water have put this place into overdrive. Actively feeding fish are taking dries on the surface, and eating nymphs with gusto.

Starting to see stones and even some caddis now!

 

 

 

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:Most of us carry two rods. One rigged up for indicator fishing, and another for topwater. The timing of these hatches can vary, so it helps to be prepared with a second rod. If it's not windy, break out that 3 weight!

 

 

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

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Pyramid Lake - Local Weather - Updated 2/20

Water Conditions: Good 

 This has been an extremely warm winter up here, so the water temps are already moving up (47 degrees mid-day). 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

I've even seen small pods of fish moving into the shallows on some of the warm sunny afternoons.  The mornings have been a little tough though.  The fish seem to be in close from sun up, till about 8:00 am.  After this, the bright light sends them back out deeper.  In the afternoon when the sun drops below the mountains, the fish will move back in shallow.  Fish early mornings, late in the afternoon, or when you have some wind chop.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Nope

NYMPH: Small Copper Tigers, Small Red or Silver Zebras, Small Wine/Copper Zebras

STREAMERS:

Guides Hint: On the bright calm days, go light, and go small.  I've had some good days dropping down to 6 lb test, and size 18 flies.  You probably wont be able to stop a 20 pounder, but you can have some fun with the rest.

 

East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20CFS as of 2/20

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatch: Poor

Not looking good right now. Bridgeport resevoir is still pretty empty and the flows haven't really budged all winter. Still a shot at some good snowfall this March.

 

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