The Fish Report - December 8, 2016

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Rain and snow in town today, with the possiblity of more later in the week. The roads to Hot Creek and Upper Owens are clear as of 12/8.

We're are on our Winter hours 8am - 4pm Daily


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Our shop employee Kyle landed this nice brown last week.

Chris Wharton with Don Olson's 14 lb. Pilot Peak male

Chris Schroeder with his thick 17 1/2 lb. male cutty

Jim's longtime client Bryant Hebner and his daughter Victoria pose for a picture on the Lower Owens

Cleve Ferguson with a 21 lb. Cutty.

Traveling nurse Emily landing a 15lb. in her first time fly fishing..

Glass is not dead, and it makes these little kokanee much more fun!

The Sullivans fished Crowley with Chad and landed some great fish. Here's Nancy with her big cutt.

...and bill with his. Great job!

Here's Chad Day doubled over on a big cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Here's Robin Cartwright with a 15lb cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Jim Law and his son Brian fished Crowley with Jim and caught some quality fish.

Another one on the glass rod, stripping leeches.


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The Fish Report - December 8, 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   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 29, 2017

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:


Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 16 CFS as of 12/8

Water temps have cooled down.

Water is running 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

DFG has planted several thousand fish all in the sub catchable size range into hot creek from the lower parking lot all the way up throughout the ranch. These are not sterile fish and will be able to reproduce once they reach a certain size. A lot of people are on the fence about whether or not this was appropriate for a "wild zero limit" fishery. Keep in mind that the fish that were in hot creek were only there because they were planted a long time ago. Overall, this should help but it's going to take some time for these recently planted fish to shore up the numbers.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Stimulator #20, Elk Hair Caddis #20, EC Caddis #20, Extended Body BWO #22, CDC Baetis DUN #20

NYMPHS: Tungsten Psycho #18-22, Crystal Hunchback Baetis #18-22, Zebra Midge #22, Miracle Nymph #22, WD-40 Black #22, WD-40 Olive #22, JuJu Baetis #22, Olive, Gray, and Orange Scuds #14-18,

STREAMERS: Don't bother stripping, but tight lining a wooly bugger or any perch imitation through the deeper holes can yeild some larger fish.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 29, 2017
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions:



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Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation


Water Conditions: Fair


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Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Good

Flows are down to 53cfs as of 12/8

Expect the water to be off color with the rain and snow.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The larger fish have moved in, but they are spooky. Try to fish area's that haven't had much foot traffic. Park below where you want to fish and walk upstream slowly and quietly.

The fishing is variable day to day, with several large fish caught one day, and not much caught the next. Stick with the basic attractor patterns down there as those larger fish are looking for a meal.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: You may see some caddis or blue wing olives on warmer days, but the fish don't seem to be keying in on them.

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any sizeZebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Black or Olive Wooly Buggers #8-12, Mohair Leech in black, Perfection Perch #12-14.

Guides Hint: Streamers can be an excellent way to turn some big heads this time of year. Try dead drifting or tight lining through those undercut banks just like you would a nymph.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good

Guage is still broken as of 12/8

The flows are up and it seems like the the guage coming out of Pleasant Valley Res is broken, it's been showing around 3,000+CFS for the past few weeks which is not the case.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

It's pretty slow early in the morning. Mid day onward has been the best right now with a decent baetis hatch around 12:30-1:00.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPH: Black Bead Birds Nest Olive #20, Zebra Midge #22, Birds Nest Natural or Olive #14-18, Tungsten Psycho #18, Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Swing small streamers or soft hackles right now.

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 28cfs as of 12/8



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing can be excellent day to day. Some big fish being caught, with smaller fish being caught in larger numbers.


DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22
NYMPHS: Zebra Midges #18-20, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16
STREAMERS:Black Wooly Bugger #8-12, any perch pattern #12 .

Guides Hint: Don't be afraid to fish the pocket water downstream from the miracle mile. The fish will be smaller, but there are generally more of them.


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

Water conditions:

Clear and 52-53 degrees.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing has been about average for this time of year, with the colder water now the bite seems to be best about 9-11 a.m. and then from 2-4 p.m. Still some trophy fish being landed with a couple in the 20 lb. range landed last week. Nymphing is starting to pickup on the days with some wind and clouds, fish the drop offs and ledges where the fish like to cruise..

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Balance Leeches such as the Chewy Tui and Peacock, Black and Olive Wooly Buggers, Orange Crush and Mahalo Nymphs and Popcorn Tadpole and Black Mamba Beetles..

Guides Hint: Always try to fish with the wind coming straight in or to the sides, a wind from the back will shove the bait and fish out into the deeper water.

I have fished world famous Pyramid lake with Stillwater Guide Service owner Chris Wharton

and would recommend him for guide trips to this water, he has over 33 yrs. experience on this stillwater. - Kent

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