The Fish Report - August 19, 2017

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Fishing is great everywhere!

Last chance to get up here

before your kids go back to school!


We're are on Summer hours 6am - 8pm


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


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


A nice brown caught by Caden Barger from Pleasant Hill, Ca fishing with Kent and Grandad, Floyd Mize, on Crowley.  It was one of the many he boated along with Rainbows and Cutthroats for a "Hat Trick" recently.


Steve Vance was also along for the ride and managed this fat rainbow.

Here's Eric Rowley with a quality Cutthroat caught with Jim on Crowley this past weekend.

Mike's client Julie with a rainbow caught on the Upper Owens.

Here's Austin with a nice brown from an undisclosed location...

Steve's client Austin Adams stuck this chunk of a rainbow in the tube right after the lakes basin opened up.


Crowley is insane right now! Here's Sam Mobley who stuck this 23" Rainbow with Jim Friday.

Here's Jim's client Pete with a chunk of a rainbow out in McGee Wednesday.

Here's Kate Leese with her first fish on a fly rod. Nice Cutthroat Kate!




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The Fish Report - August 19, 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:

Lakes are fishing well with the exception of lake george. Otherwise it's hard to miss.

Recommended Flies:

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

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

Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 63CFS as of 8/19

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

Still plenty of hoppers everywhere. Should last another few weeks before it starts getting too cold at night. Otherwise fish midges and tricos in the early am before the sun hits the water. After that it's caddis city with a lot of hoppers snapping about.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Elk Hair Caddis #16, Chernobyl Ant #8, Foam Beatle, Parachute Kicking Hopper, Chernobyl Grizzly, Fat Albert

NYMPHS: San Juan Worm Red #14, Western Coachman #14, Prince Nymph #14, Red Copper John #14, Nitro Caddis #14

STREAMERS: BH Docs in Black, Conehead double bunny white/olive, Dirty Hippy Rainbow, Slump Busters

Guides Hint:


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

Water Conditions:

Flows are at 112cfs as of 8/19

Mandatory Shuttle runs from 7am-7pm.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Water has warmed up a bit to around 57 degrees mid day which makes for better hatches. Seeing big green drakes hatch from about 11am onward. With some BWOS around noon thrown in the mix. Things are still good about an nour before dark too with some major fish activity on the surface.

Recommended Flies:

Dries:Baby Boy Hopper, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Taylor's Fat Albert, Stream Bank Hopper, 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 to mid 60s mid day.

Just as the algae was getting bad, the surface temps crept up into the 70's and killed most of it off. Just a tinge of green for now.

The lake is at capacity, not sure if it's going to stay there or not.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Well, it had to happen sometime or another. The dreaded daphnea have been found en mass all over the lake. Midge hatches have been sparse as well, making for some very inconsistant fishing. There are still a bunch of fish in McGee in about 10-12ft of water eating perch fry under the indicator or stripping just above the small weeds on the bottom.

There are also a bunch of fish back in Crooked right now, but they're out deep in 20-25ft of water. At least they're eating midges right off the bottom, but don't bother getting there early. Bite gets going around 10 back there.




Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.


Nymphs: Bead Head Black Optimidge #18,Copper Tiger Small, Red Baron Small, Albino Small, Shaft Emerger Small

Streamers: Punk Perch Olive, Hare's Ear, Hula Damsel, Ditch Damsel.

Guides Hint: If you're stripping perch fry, 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

Flows are at 68cfs as of 8/19 Above the confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

There are still a bunch of small fish eating Caddis and hoppers on the surface up above the confluence. Not much going on down low with the exception of a few recently planted fish down by the bait fishing section.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Little elk hair caddis. Baby Boy Hopper, Fat Albert

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:Good

Flows are at 455cfs as of 8/19



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are to the point where you could fish the upper stretch where the river is wider with a ton of weight. Not sure if they're going down any further this summer though.

Recommended Flies:




Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are holding at 337cfs as of 8/19

Water temp is 63 mid-day and the water is your typical east walker "tea" color. Not a spec of algae either.




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing has been good, but so have the crowds. Flows dropped below 400 and now everyone is headed there to grab a piece of the pie. Time to go exploring. Flows haven't been this high since 2011 so there is PLENTY of water to fish. Think outside the box as the miracle mile is being hit hard right now.


DRIES: Chernobyl Ant #6-8
NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Gould's Drowned Spinner #20, Buckskin Caddis #16
STREAMERS:Swing big and nasty stuff.



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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