The Fish Report - October 16, 2017

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Brief warmup and then some winter like weather by Thursday and Friday then clearing just in time for the weekend.

Fall colors are starting to show just about everywhere too and there's not a better time to be up here!



We're are on Fall hours

7am - 7pm Fri - Sat

8am - 6pm Sun - Thurs



Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Heather fly fished for the first time ever with Jim and from the looks of it had a great time.



George Chial fished the San Joaquin with Jim a couple weeks back and stuck this rainbow on a big chernobyl ant.


Ian fished the Upper with Jim on tuesday and got a nice rainbow.



Here's Mike with his client Mike on Hot Creek last week.

Here's another with Mike and Mike.


Lily Luther fished with her dad Lex... and Superman. I mean Otis.



Wyatt got his hat trick with Jim last week on Crowley. First the brown...

Then his Cutthroat...


Then finally the rainbow!


Mike and Jim fished with Bruce on the San Joaquin Friday and caught a bunch of fish just like this one.



Mike Villemaire guided Nathan Rivera to this nice rainbow up in the lakes basin last week.

Mike V Guided Jorge to this nice brown. Location not disclosed...


Jaydon Brizendine fished with papa Kent last week and caught this nice cutthroat all on his own!






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The Fish Report - October 16, 2017

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  

Water Conditions:

Clear and Cold

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

All the lakes are fishing well stripping from the tube. These are almost all planted fish we're dealing with here so don't over complicate things. Flashy streamers or bigger nymphs should get the job done. Days are getting shorter and the water is getting colder. These fish know winter is coming and aren't shy about eating a fly right now.


Recommended Flies:

Streamers: Doc's Twin Lake Special Black/Olive #10/12, Crystal Bugger Black/OIive #10

Nymphs: Copper John #14, Prince Nymph #14, Zebra Midge #18, Hare's Ear #14

Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 28CFS as of 10/16

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

The fishing here is starting to pick up. Plenty of smaller fish in the system, with the occasional bigger fish. Caddis start to come off after noon, but seldom do you get a grab on top.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Parachute Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Drifting Little Weedy #18, Nitro Caddis #14, Zebra Midge #20-22, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #16, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive#16-18

STREAMERS: Flows are down to the point where it's not worth swinging streamers, besides there are too many weeds anyway.

Guides Hint:Use a smaller indicator to see the grab, or ditch it all together and tight line.


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions:

Flows are at 16cfs as of 10/16

The Forest Service will be shuttering for the season on the 9th, so entry will be free after that. The road will remain open until the next big snow.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Flows are down to almost single digits so the water is pretty boney. Mending over rocks is going to be the norm right now.

Water temps are still low in the AM, not even worth fishing til 10 or 11. After that, the Caddis grab gets going pretty good until sundown. Definitely better running a dropper, but you will still get the occasional take on the surface.



Recommended Flies:

Dries:Baby Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Kaufman Stimulator #16, CDC Baetis Dun #14, Purple Parachute Adams #12-14, Yellow Humpy #14, Flav Dun #14

Nymphs:BH Copper John #16, Prince Nymph #16, Flashback Hare's Ear #16, Green Drake Nymph, Micro Mayfly #16

Guides Hint:Don't head down there without some Shimizaki dry shake or the Liquid. These fish absolutely need to see the fly riding high and the regular silicone based stuff just doesn't hold a candle to these floatants.


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


Water Conditions: Clear

Temps on the bottom in the low 50s mid day.

Algae is drifting around, definitely not a concern at the moment. Some of the weeds are starting to die and drift around as well.

The lake is down about 3-4ft from it's high point this season.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Well the fish have departed McGee and are making their way to the north arm. Seeing fish spread out all over from Green Banks Bay all the way across and up to the mouth. Nothing over in Six Bays or Aligator and Layton. Scoured the lake with the fish finder and haven't been seeing much as most of the fish are in less than 10ft of water. Pumped a fish yesterday and found plenty of small black midges.

Seems like the bite on the strip is better than under the indicator right now as I had a few follows stripping in to recast.

These fish are definitely in pre-spawn mode already. So changing flies is a must right now. You'll get a couple grabs and then nothing until you switch again. This works pretty well until you run out of different patterns, then you'll have to move, and repeat the process.






Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.


Nymphs: Bead Head Black Optimidge #18,Copper Tiger Small, Albino Small, Shaft Emerger Small, Hare's Ear #14, Purple GB Optimidge #16

Streamers: Leeches, Hare's Ear, Hornbergs

Guides Hint: If you're stripping anything on crowley, don't run 5x. Make sure you're using at least 3-4x. The fish DO NOT care about the size of your tippet when you're stripping. Also make sure you're running a loop knot for the best action.


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Closed to all fishing between Benton Crossing and the Fishing Monument downstream.

Flows are at 70cfs as of 10/16 Above the Confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The fishing here is definitely starting to get better. Lots of stockers and small resident fish. There is the occasional crowley fish in the mix, but they're few and far between. Caddis still hatching aroun

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Little elk hair caddis, Mercer's missing link caddis #16, EC Caddis #16, stimulator #16

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:


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are up to 455cfs as of 10/16



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are back up again so any fishing done down here should be done with care.

Recommended Flies:




Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 159cfs as of 10/16

Water temp is still in the upper 50's and the water is dirty. Lots of algae now. Especially when the wind is coming out of the west on the resevoir.




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are down to pretty much perfect flows for the walker. There are fish almost everywhere, but you can't see them at all the water is so dirty.

Swinging streamers and nymphing are the best producers right now.


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:



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:


Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint:

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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