The Fish Report - Sept 16, 2017

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Big cold front coming our way this week with high temps expected to be only in the 60's.

This is the best time of the year to fish with fall colors on the way!



We're are on late Summer hours

7am - 7pm



Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

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!

Here's Eddie Lim with another nice Crowley Cutthroat from a very mellow bachelor party. Congrats Eddie!


Here's Groomsman Gavin Morinaga bent up on a good one.

Sorry for the low resolution photo, but here's John Lim with a McGee rainbow.

Kennedy and her family fished the San Joaquin with Jim last week and caught a lot of nice browns on dry flies!


Here's the family Rianda all fishing Crowley together last month.






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The Fish Report - September 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/OIlive #10

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

Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 47CFS as of 9/16

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

These fish will still grab a hopper if it's put in the right place, but this should start to slow down especially next week where the first hard freeze of the season is expected.

Caddis are still hatching in big numbers so caddis pupa and larvae are the way to go right now under the indicator.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Parachute Caddis #18, Chernobyl Ant #8, Foam Beatle, Parachute Kicking Hopper, Chernobyl Grizzly, Fat Albert

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

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 59fs as of 9/16

Shuttle is finished for the season. Entry after 7AM is $10 per vehicle.


Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Mayflies start coming off around 11 after the water warms up a bit. Water is right around 50 degrees at 8am. So the mornings are a little slow, so dry dropper is the way to go if they're not looking up.

It's crowded now that the shuttle bus is done for the season, so get here early for a parking space.



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 mid 60s 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 a foot from it's high point this season.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Just as things started to get going in shallow, the fish moved back out into deeper water. Not all of them, but a good portion of them decided to up and leave and are now back in 20+ft of water. At least there are midges hatching again. Not seeing the blanket mayfly hatches that were happening for the last couple weeks.

Break out those sliding indicators again, yes I know you just sighed out loud like I did this morning but the party had to end sooner or later.





Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.


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

Streamers: Punk Perch Olive, Hare's Ear, Damsels

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

Flows are at 70cfs as of 9/16 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:Fair

Flows are up to 552cfs as of 9/16



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 269cfs as of 9/16

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:

Flows are down yet again, and are about as good as they ever get honestly.

Things have been slowing down up high, possibly because of daphnea from the res being flushed out of the dam. Things get better down lower. It's also been pretty crowded so get here early.


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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