The Fish Report - July 15, 2017

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Flows are still on the way down, another week or so and a lot of new water should start to become fishable again.

We couldn't ask for better weather for the next week and a half either.

Nothing but warm sunny days ahead.

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


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

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!


Mike's client Craig Pfent on McGee a couple weeks ago. Well Done!

Jeff Tolle fished Crowley with Jim last week and caught many browns like this one!



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The Fish Report - July 15, 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:

Roads are open, and all the lakes are iced out. Campgrounds are open, call the visitor center for the latest info.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Tons of fish were planted recently so if you're looking for a quick fix and are getting skunked on the rivers, this is where you should go before giving up. Water is still cold, but tubing along the edges or fishing from shore should give up a fish or two.

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: Fair

Flows at 175CFS as of 7/15

Water is running fairly clear, but still pretty high for hot creek.

(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:Fair

Swinging streamers in the slower water seems to be working best right now. You can still get a grab or two under the indicator but the takes are subtle. Tons of hoppers snapping about, but the fish just aren't interested in them quite yet.

Recommended Flies:


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

STREAMERS: 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 503cfs as of 7/15

Road is closed at minaret vista to vehicle traffic. Foot and bicycle traffic is permitted but be concious of road crews.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:


Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


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


Water Conditions: Clear

Temps on the bottom around 58 degrees 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.

Water levels are still rising.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

There are so many fish in McGee right now it's downright ridiculous. These fish are concentrated on a cold stripe of water coming out of the channel towards the bathroom. Fishing is better out deeper, so break out those big sliding indicators and use some weight to get your flies down to the bottom where the fish will see them.

The perch are about an inch long now, and it won't be long until these fish start to really key on them.



Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.


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

Streamers: Hula Damsel, Ditch Damsel.

Guides Hint: If the guy in front of you is getting fish and you're not, it's either your fly selection or your tippet is scuffed up.


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 94cfs as of 7/15 Above the confluence.

Water is stained above the confluence, and dirty below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

There are some smaller resident fish in here and thyre hitting on some small caddis dries up high at long ears where the water is clearer and the flows are lower. Run a dry dropper with a smaller mayfly nymph in the small eddys and really slow moving water. Starting to see some hoppers and the smaller fish aren't afraid to eat them at the moment.


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 509 cfs as of 7/15

Flows are down, but still not really in the fishable range.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are almost down to a fishable level. 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 at 969cfs as of 7/15




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are still very high.





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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