The Fish Report - October 17 2014


Fall is here with daytime temps in the 60's in

Mammoth and low 70's on Crowley and Upper O.

Crowley is red hot!

The Upper and Lower Owens are fishing great as well!





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The Fish Report - October 17, 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, Mick Coughlin,

fished two days with me last week

and got this 22" Cutthroat among many.



Mick brought a new client, Paul Davis,

who held up his end of the deal with

this Crowley "Football".

Nice going boys!


Annual Kodiak Silver (Coho) Salmon trip was

great as usual sight fishing right near the

mouth of several rivers. "Steelhead on Steroids"

New twist this year we jumped in the float

tubes and cast to porpoising fish in the

shallow lakes upstream. Jim's 8-weight

bendo on another Silver.

I told the guys at Outcast the rulers on the

Super Fat Cat were woefully inadequate.

Landing these guys in a tube was a major

happening as in taking an unwanted bath.

We finally bought a cheapo big ass net

at Walmart - problem solved.

We are thinking of doing a hosted trip next

year for any of the Crowley tubing set

that need a heavier dose. "The tug is the drug"

E-mail if you are interested.

Justin Townsend with a denizon

of the Upper Owens.


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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cool


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

The days are getting shorter and the best time to fish is mid-day. Don't bother getting here at first light.

Stick to the float tube for now either stripping with sink line or under the indicator.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffiths Gnat 16-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, Stimulator #18, Yellow Humpy, Callibaetis Spinner #16

NYMPHS: Zebra midges 18–22, Tan and Olive Bird's Nests 14-16, Pheasant tails 14-16, Hare's Ear #16, Callibaetis Nymph, Copper Zebras. Copper Tiger, Red Copper John #16.

STREAMERS: Olive and black Twin Lakes Specials 10-12, Olive and black Wooly Buggers 10--12, Flashabou bugger black or olive.

Guides Hint: Don't just fish one fly, tie a smaller nymph trailer off your streamer. You'll get a lot more grabs that way.


Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 13CFS as of 10/17 Water 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

Water temps are starting to fall, but without some flushing flows from runoff the dead weeds are going to choke up the river.

Mid-morning to late afternoon is the best time to hit the creek. Seeing some mayflies in the afternoon with a spattering of Caddis mixed in.




Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended body blue winged olive 18–22, CDC Caddis 18–22, Brooks' Hot Creek caddis 18–20, parachute Caddis 18–20, parachute Adams 18–22, Elk Hair Caddis 16–20,

NYMPHS:Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #20, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #20, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #18, Buck Skin Caddis #20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Zebra midges 20–22, WD-40 20–22, Micro May Fly 18–22, Pheasant Tail 18–22, Grey Scud 16


Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows

Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 - You can drive down Red's Meadow again (Fee Required) - No manditory Shuttle Bus.

Water Conditions:Poor

Flows are at 4cfs as of 10/17




Fishing conditions and Hatches: Poor

With the flows as low as they are, there isn't much in the way of moving water. Pretty much slow water moving between standing pools at this point. If you can find fishable water, there's probably a couple of fish in there.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Parachute Adams #14-16 Yellow Humpy #14-16, Stimulator #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis #14-16, Chernobyl Mini #12-14, Fat Albert #14

Nymphs: Chartruse Copper John #14-16, Pheasant Tail #14-16, Prince Nymph #14-16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #14-16


Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE - Local Weather           Crowley Cam          Surface Elevation

Updated 10-19

Water Conditions:

Lake levels have stopped dropping. 'Now at 6,755.9 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway. The islands just outside the marina have finally popped out - be careful and give them a wide berth.

Water temperature is slowly dropping at 57°F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere on the lake.

Water has some algae near and on the suface but not affecting the fishing beyond changing fly colors some.

Weeds across the lake are almost gone. If you find some you will find fish most likely.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

There are still fish in McGee Bay but spread out. Use your fish finder in 15 to 20 ft.

Six Bays mostly towards the south most bay. Fishing from shore is good if you do not want to join the fleet of boats and tubes.

Sandy Point has been producing on most days.

Leighton Springs down towards Sometimes Island is on and off.

Alligator Point in a stripe north and south in 15 to 17 ft has been consistant last several days.

Big Hilton has also been consistant in about 15ft about half way back into the bay on the north shore.

The recently planted fish are "everywhere". Try moving, sometimes only 50 ft, to get off them and let the slower-moving, big fish get to your fly.

It has been a later bite, usually starting about 9:00 to 9:30am.

Recommended Flies:

Red/Black Optimdge or Copper Tiger all day. Go to Gray/Black Optimidge or Shaft Emerger also midday.' Time to get out the leech patterns both for stripping and hanging under the indicator

Fewer hits but bigger fish for those who want to try a Dubbed-head Olive Optimidge in size 18 midday.  

Stripping has been on and off for the tubing set. Try a stillwater hare or trail a small PT or Hares Ear behind the usual Perch fry imitations - Hornberg's, Perfection Perch and Punk Perch.

Be sure and just twitch it up slowly the last 10-15 ft just like a Midge or Callibaetis acending.




Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows at 57CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 10/17

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The section between the bridge and the fishing monument is now closed to all fishing until next season.

Seeing the occasional Crowley fish in the mix but mostly smaller planted fish. Still dredging the bottom with big attractor nymphs or swinging streamers.

The water up above the HC confluence is very clear and these fish can see you coming for sure so fish way below your fish and try not to cast a shadow with your rod.

Not seeing much in the way of rising fish still except the tiny 3-4 inch fingerlings.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: EC Caddis 16-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-18, Stimulator 14-18.

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.

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Red or Wine leeches. Black conehead wooly bugger.

Guides Hint:


Water conditions: Good


Clear and cold.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.



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

STREAMERS: Matuka, Goat Leech, Crystal Bugger, hornbergs

Guides Hint: 


Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Local Weather   

Water conditions:

Water levels are dropping.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.




Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, Parachute Adams, Groffith'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

Water conditions: Fair

Flows stable at 37CFS as of 10/17

Creek is clear

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Overnight temps are below freezing up high, so don't bother getting here before 9am. Rock Creek lake was planted heavily this summer. Kick around in the tube for the best results, the season will be over before you know it!

On the river you can throw small elk hair caddis and stimulators for the most grabs. You definitely have to be sneaky with how clear the water is right now.


Recommended Flies:

Dries:  Parachute Adams #16-18, Hi-Vis Blue Wing Olives #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators

Nymphs:  Crystal Hunchback Baetis #18-22, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Split Wingcase BWO #16-20, Zebra Midges #18-20, Pheasant Tails #18-22, Hares Ear #16-18.

Streamers:   Olive or black Wooly Buggers #10-12.

Guides Hint: 


Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows

Water conditions: Poor

Flows above Grant Lake are up to 21CFS and 38CFS below as of 10/17


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

Some bigger fish should be making their run up the river from Grant lake. Concentrate on the deeper water to find them. Might be a little tough considering the flows.



Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis 14-18. Stimulator 14-18.

NYMPH: Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymphs 14-18, Micro May Fly 16-20, Micros Stome 10-16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Pheasnt tail 14-20, Bird of Prey, Tan #16, Hare's Ear 14-18.

STREAMERS: Wounded Sculpin, Matuka, BH Carey Bugger, Crystal Bugger, BH Pop's Bugger, Rickard's emerger bugger

Guides Hint: 


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Good

Flows bouncing around but are at 139CFS as of 10/17

Water is tinted green.

Water temps have come down a bit in the past couple of weeks.




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

It's starting to go off! Lots of mayfly action before 1pm. They're eating bigger caddis in the afternoon. Quality fish too, not the usual small fish either.

The entire river is fishable at these flows don't be afraid to explore. A lot of these fish haven't seen a fly in ages.

The flows are prime for drifting too!







Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: RS2 Grey #18, Black Flashy WD 40 #20, Copper Zebra midge #20, Tungsten Black Beauty #20-22, Micro mayfly Olive #18, Olive birds nest, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20

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

Guides Hint:.


 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

Water Conditions:   

Very Low Water -

Maximum depth around 15ft.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis by the inlets.

NYMPH: Zebra Midges16-20, Shaft Emerger #16, No Name damsel #12, Bird's Nest Olive 14-16, Jensen's Callibaetis 14-16, Richards AP Emerger 12 -16, BH Sparkle Ex-Leech 10-12.

STREAMERS: Twin Lakes Special #12. Hornberg 6-10, Matuka 10-12, Wooly Buggers, Olive and brown, 10-12, Hale Bopp Leeech 10-12, Punk Perch 10-14.

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20 CFS as of 10/17



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.






Guides Hint :


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