The Fish Report - April 21th, 2016

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Season opener is just over a week away!

Crowley is filling up and the docks are in.

Cooler temps and a mixed bag of weather for the next week.

We're are on our spring hours 8am - 4pm Daily

Thurday before Opening Day we go to 6am to 8pm daily

Kent's Picks

Fundraiser Dinner for Jon Carlton

This isn’t the usual Kent’s pick but it is very noteworthy.  Two of the Troutfitter’s long time guides, Jon Carlton and Nathan Wray, were in the back country about two weeks ago when Jon suffered a serious heart attack.  With an amazing amount of courage and Nate’s help, Jon managed to fight back the intense pain and made it down 5,000 ft to civilization. 

Mammoth hospital brought out the A team and got him stabilized so he could be airlifted to Reno. After several operations to eliminate the blockage he was moved to UC Davis after about a week, where he is today. The plan is he will leave the hospital on Tues,

4/26 and convalesce at his parent's home in Encinitas until he is able to return to altitude.

Although Jon has been a full time guide for years, you may know him from the store as he and lead guide, Scott Flint, have put on the "The Troutfitter Morning Show", opening the store at 6am every Saturday and Sunday morning forever.

The reason for the Kent’s Pick, besides giving as many of Jon’s friends and clients the heads up as possible, is to let everyone know there will be a fundraiser dinner for Jon at the Mammoth Brewing Company (old Whiskey Creek location in Mammoth) on May 2 at 6 pm.  You can imagine the cost of his medical bills and he is expected to only be able to get back to guiding late in the summer so the financial hardship on Jon and his wife, Monica, is huge.

There have been a ton of donations from the local Mammoth fishing community in the form of guide trips and fly fishing gear that will be auctioned off at the dinner.  Everyone is invited and all the profit from the food sold that evening is also being donated by Mammoth Brewing Company.  There will be a live band so come and enjoy the music and maybe pick up some great fishing gear or a guide trip at a deal price.

If you cannot attend, and would like to make a donation, you can send a check made out to Jon Carlton to the Troutfitter PO Box 1882, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

For further info, email or call Nathan Wray at natewray7@gmail.com       (760) 695-7596          -k

 

 

The Fish Report - April 21th, 2016

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

(7 in Winter) on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.

 

Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Jim's longtime client Bryant Hebner fished the East Walker and stuck a few big fish despite the low flows.

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Here's Bryant's friend Bruce Norman with a perfect East Walker brown!

 

Troutfitter guide Ryan Barker recently took a trip to Christmas Island where he caught this monster Trevally!

Ryan also hooked into some nice looking Bonefish.

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Another Christmas Island native for Ryan.

 

 

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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 

Water Conditions:

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Road will more than likely not be open by next weekend.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

NYMPHS:

STREAMERS:

Guides Hint:

 

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 20 CFS as of 4/21

 

(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

Still pretty weedy, water is generally clear in the am, but once the afternoon warmup occurs the water clarity tanks. That is of course until the temps drop this week, then it should be pretty clear all day.

Start with midges early, nothing too flashy. Been seeing a halfway decent baetis hatch down here on most days around 11am. After noon or so switch to something with some flash to it.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Griffith's Gnat #18-22, Grey RS2 18-#20, Parachute Caddis #18-20, CDC Baetis Dun #18, Extended Body BWO #18

NYMPHS:Black Flashy WD-40 18-20, Zebra Midge #18-22 (black, silver) Flashback Black Beauty #22, Miracle Nymph #20-22, Tungsten Black Beauty #22, Grey or Olive Scud #16, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18

STREAMERS: Water is too low and too weedy to bother.

Guides Hint:

 

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows    CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -   

Water Conditions:

 

Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Dries:
Nymphs:

Guides Hint:

 

CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam       Surface Elevation

CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 

 

Water Conditions:

Lake is considerably higher than the beginning of last season.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Guides Hint:

 

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows

 

Water Conditions:Improving


Flows are at 41cfs as of 4/21

Water running clear early, turning murky by the afternoons.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The section from the bridge down to the monument is closed as of 10/1

Not much going on here right now. Went looking for fish and didn't find many, the few that were found weren't too eager to eat anything. Cutthroat run isn't too far off though. Next week or two we should start seeing them in the system.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:


DRIES:


NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen, #16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, San Juan Worms (red), Fox's Poopah Olive #16, Zebra Midge #18


STREAMERS:Doc's Twin Lake Special, Wolly Buggers Olive #10-14, Anything big and furry!

Guides Hint:

 

Owens River Gorge - Local Weather   

Water conditions: Good

 

Clear

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good


No recent reports.

 

Recommended Flies:
DRIES: Yellow Humpy, Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, Kaufman Stimulator
NYMPHS: Flashy PT, MicroMay, Copper John #16-20, Soft Hackle Hares Ear, Zebra/Tiger Midges
Tungsten Drowned Ant, San Juan Worms
STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guides Hint: 

 

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Local Weather   

Water conditions:good
Clear and Cold

Water levels are rising.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Been seeing a fair ammount of bait fisherman down here. Will probably be like that until the opener.

 

Recommended Flies:


DRIES: Kaufman Stimulator, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator
NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-22, Tiger Midge #18-20, Copper Johns, Hares Ear, Birds Nest, Lightning Bugs, Soft Hackle
STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Hornbergs, Big and Black Streamers

Guides Hint: Dark streamers (black/purple) ;

 

Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 

Water conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:
Dries:
Nymphs: 

Guides Hint: 

 

Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016 


Water conditions:


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

 

Recommended Flies:

 

Guides Hint: 

 

Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good


Flows are down slightly to 297cfs as of 4/21

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Mornings are incredibly slow for the time being. The colder weather headed our way probably won't help that at all. Decent baetis hatch around 1, with plenty of fish eager to hit dries as long as you put it in a good place. Concentrate on tailouts, behind rocks or just about any slower moving water right now to get the grabs.

Recommended Flies:


DRIES:Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPH: Birds Nest, Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Copper Johns #16-18,Hares Ear #14-18, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Flows and water temps aren't the best for streamers.

Guides Hint: With the flows this high, a lot of the parts of the river are deep, make sure you're using enough weight to get down.

 

 

 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather -

Water Conditions:   

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:
DRIES:
NYMPH:
STREAMERS:

Guides Hint:

 

East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor


Flows are bouncing around between 50 and 80cfs. 64cfs as of 4/21

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

There are a number of quality fish that managed to survive the extreme stresses this river has put on them in these drought years. They are as strong and healthy as I've seen, but there aren't a lof of them. Focus on the deepest water you can find, and there will probably be a bruiser in there. But be careful, a lot of the water is deceivingly shallow.

They're eating mainly big crowley sized midges and bigger baetis patterns. Action doesn't start til at least 10am. The takes are also super subtle so keep both eyes on your indicator.

The next few weeks might be our only chance to fish here as the resevoir is still very low and the flows might not be like this for long.


RECOMMENDED FLIES:


DRIES: Don't bother.


NYMPHS: Zebra midges, Tungsten Psycho, Hogan's S&M Nymph, Mickey's Copper Tiger.


STREAMERS:Water is still too low and weedy.

Guides Hint :

 

Pyramid Lake, NV  

Water conditions: 47.5 degrees & very clear
Clear and Cold

Fishing has been very good when there is some wind & clouds and a little slower on the bluebird calm days. Had two days last week that two clients had 45-50 fish days and two days later two clients had over 50 to 8lbs.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Midnight Cowboy & Olive Buggers, Albino Winos, Orange Crush and Chewy Tui's have been getting most of the grabs.

We have been fishing the drop offs with shooting heads.

 

Recommended Flies:


STREAMERS:

Guides Hint: The report came from Chris Wharton. I met Chris for the first time last year at Pyramid and he was super helpful in getting my game on. I think you could not do better than getting the same treatment before you try your hand at Pyramid. He even has ladders for his clients. -kent

Stillwater Guide Service . . . chris@out4trout.com or 775-851-1558.

 

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