The Fish Report - January 18, 2018

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Winter weather for Thursday and Friday this week, clearing by the weekend, then winter returns again by Monday.


Lower Owens flows are down under 100cfs and the East Walker is at 140cfs. These flows should start to spread everyone out, and away from Hot Creek and the Upper Owens which have been getting hammered.


Don't forget to come in and pick up your 2018 fishing license before you head back out after the new year!


We're are on Winter hours

8am - 4pm 7 Days




Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Pat Jaeger has some openings to drift the Lower Owens this month. Give us a call at the shop to book.


Pat is doing Half Day drift trips on the lower owens in his beautiful Hyde drift boat. The flows are prime for winter drifting right now.


Here are a couple of submissions from guide Chris Wharton up at Pyramid Lake.


From the land of Giant Cutthroat, another submission from guide Chris Wharton up at Pyramid.


Tom Hampton fished the Upper Owens with guide Mike Villemaire and caught a couple of quality Crowley Fish.


Here's Tom with another big migrant crowley fish.













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The Fish Report - January 18, 2018

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   Road closed for winter as of 11/4

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Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 30 CFS as of 1/18 (Includes 20cfs for spring + Mammoth Creek flows)

Water is running clear and cold.

(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

Flows have come back down, and the water is clear.

Lots of small fish around from when they planted back in November. Not seeing much in the way of wild fish, mostly just been catching these 6" plants. They're getting smarter by the day though and refusing flies now, where a few weeks ago they would eat just about anything you'd throw at them. Bring your 3 weight. Also it wouldn't hurt to switch to 6x.

Seeing lots of midges and a fair ammount of BWOs early to mid morning. Been seeing Caddis on the very warm days.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Brook's Sprout Midge #22, High Vis Hatchmatcher BWO #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Extended Body BWO #18, CDC Baetis DUN #16-18, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, JuJu Baetis #18, Micromayfly #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Barr's Flashback Emerger #18, T-Midge Black #22

STREAMERS: Might be able to dead drift a black or olive bugger, but there are lots of places to snag.

Guides Hint:Use a lighter hook set unless you want to send these small planted fish into a low earth orbit...


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  Road closed for the season as of 10/19
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

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Guides Hint:


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


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UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Closed to all fishing below Benton Crossing.

Flows are at 108cfs as of 1/18 Above the Confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Flows are up from water being diverted from Grant Lake.

Still plenty of small fish with the occasional crowley fish. The brown's didn't make a huge run this year. At least on the Upper O. It's been very crowded out here the last couple of weeks so try and give other people their space and be respectful.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, High Vis Parachute BWO #18

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 size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Double Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leech, Maribou Leech.

Guides Hint: Ditch the bright colored shirt and avoid getting into the water unless you're crossing.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are down to 98cfs as of 1/18

Water is clear and very cold.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are stable at 98cfs and the water is running around 43 degrees mid-day. The fish seem to be used to these flows and temps and will eat a midge if you drift it through the deepest slowest water. Things should improve in the coming weeks with stronger and stronger hatches as the days get longer and warmer.

Recommended Flies:


NYMPH: Zebra Midge #20, T-Midge Black #20-22, WD-40 Black #20, Tiger Midge #20

STREAMERS: Water is too cold.

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are up to 140cfs as of 1/18




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows bounced back up a bit over last week. Hearing from some people that it's better in the mornings. But the common theme is that it's pretty slow, with the occasional bigger fish.


DRIES: Not seeing much surface activity.

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Buckskin caddis #16, Bottom Roller #14, Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18

STREAMERS:Type 3 sink tip just about anywhere with bright colored streamers.



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

Water conditions:

The lake water temp. is currently at 46 degrees and very clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fish seem to be holding in a little deeper water this year, especially on the clear calm days. We have been fishing from tubes in 10-25' of water on the calmer days and having some great success. One client had a 24 fish day last week with two fish over 10lbs. It has been an early morning bite then will turn back on about 2:00 p.m. until sun down.

Recommended Flies:

Tui Chub patterns have been working very well, also Buggers and Balance Leeches in white. Remember dark flies dark days and bright flies on bright days. My go to flies on the dark days are Midnight Cowboys and Buggers in purple and olives.

Guides Hint:Always start of in the shallower water and only work your way out if you have to.

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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