The Fish Report - December 7, 2017

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Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Here are a couple of submissions from guide Chris Wharton up at Pyramid Lake.


Here's another of Chris' clients with a tank!


Tom Hampton fished the Upper Owens with guide Mike Villemaire and caught a couple of quality Crowley Fish.


Here's Tom with another big migrant crowley fish.





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

Here's another with Mike and Mike.










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The Fish Report - December 7, 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   Road closed for winter as of 11/4

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Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows are up to 33 CFS as of 12/7

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

Lots of small fish around from when they planted a couple weeks back. I seriously mean a lot. To the point where it's hard to finish a drift without getting a grab by one of these 6" fish. These fish are the future of hot creek, and are capable of reproducing unlike most planted fish in the area.

Seeing lots of midges and a fair ammount of BWOs early to mid morning. Caddis are done for the season unless we go back into a big warm spell.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:High Vis Hatchmatcher BWO #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Extended Body BWO #18, CDC Baetis DUN #16-18, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, JuJu Baetis #18, Micromayfly #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Barr's Flashback Emerger #18

STREAMERS: Might be able to dead drift a black or olive bugger, but there are lots of places to snag.

Guides Hint:Use a lighter hook set unless you want to send these small planted fish into a low earth orbit...


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  Road closed for the season as of 10/19
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

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Guides Hint:


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


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UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Closed to all fishing below Benton Crossing.

Flows are at 68cfs as of 12/7 Above the Confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Still plenty of small fish with the occasional crowley fish. The brown's didn't make a huge run this year. At least on the Upper O. It's been very crowded out here the last couple of weeks so try and give other people their space and be respectful.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, High Vis Parachute BWO #18

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: Ditch the bright colored shirt and avoid getting into the water unless you're crossing.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are up to 353cfs as of 12/7



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are down to a somewhat fishable level, but it's still very dangerous to wade at these flows.

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Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 51cfs as of 12/7




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

With the flows down to their presumed winter minimum the fish are going to be concentrated in deeper runs where they can hide. Don't expect fish to be out in the wide open runs.


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:

Clear and cooling, current temp. is 50.5 degrees.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The lake is starting to pickup with the cooling water temps. Some large fish are starting to wonder into the shallows in search of bait ( Tui Chubs ). Try to fish on the cloudy breezy days if possible so the fish have some cover to pry the shallows.

Recommended Flies:

Dark flies on dark days and light ones on sunny days. If there is good chop then you can go to the Balance Leech or Baitfish imitation under the indo. Otherwise throw Buggers in Olive, Midnight Cowboy and Purples.

Guides Hint:If you come from out of town then try to fish at least three days as the weather will probably be diff. each day. Find a good beach and keep casting, you don't need to move alot. Have patience, it is a trophy lake and you need to put in your time. 

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. exp

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