The Fish Report - March 16th, 2017

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We've had a long deserved break from winter up here for the last week or so with daytime temps in the upper 50s!

Winter will make its return next week, but it looks like a nice weekend ahead!

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


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Chris Wharton with Don Olson's 14 lb. Pilot Peak male

Cleve Ferguson with a 21 lb. Cutty.

Traveling nurse Emily landing a 15lb. in her first time fly fishing..

Glass is not dead, and it makes these little kokanee much more fun!

Here's Chad Day doubled over on a big cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Here's Robin Cartwright with a 15lb cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Another one on the glass rod, stripping leeches.


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The Fish Report - March 16th, 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   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 29, 2017

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Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 22 CFS as of 3/16

Water is clear and running in the upper 40's most days.

The road is closed at the ranch, and still has several feet of snow on it. Depending on temps, the snow is soft enough to post hole up to your crotch, so bring snow shoes if you plan on making the 30 minute hike in.

(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

Hatches have been decent, with plenty of midges on the water, with sizable (16) mayflies coming off around 11. Best time to be here is between 10 and 3 when the bugs and fish are the most active. Water has been fairly clear, depending on snowmelt, but even on warm days the water is suprisingly clear. This means you should be sticking to more realistic patterns and not big and flashy. Most of the fish I've been catching have been on very small midge patterns, and very generic baetis patterns.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Stimulator #20, Extended Body BWO #22, CDC Baetis DUN #20

NYMPHS: Egg patterns #12, San Juan Worm #12, Tungsten Psycho #18-22, Crystal Hunchback Baetis #18-22, Zebra Midge #22, Miracle Nymph #22, WD-40 Black #22, WD-40 Olive #22, JuJu Baetis #22, Olive, Gray, and Orange Scuds #14-18,

STREAMERS: Tight-lining a wooly bugger or any perch imitation through the deeper holes can yeild some larger fish.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 29, 2017
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Guides Hint:


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


Water Conditions: Fair


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UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 76cfs as of 3/16

The road is closed at the bridge and is accessable via snowmobile or snowshoes. There is still several feet of snow on the road and depending on temps, the snow is soft enough to post hole up to your crotch, so bring snow shoes if you plan on fishing here.

Water is running clear above the hot creek confluence, and a little dirty below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The fishing here has been inconsistant at best. Water temps have been fluctuating with snow melt from the warm weather and heavy fishing pressure.

If you do head out, be aware that it's technical fishing, and these fish have been seeing a lot of people and flies. Try swinging streamers with a sink tip to try and get that big fish to come out from under the undercut bank.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Don't bother, these big fish are hugging the bottom of the deepest bends in the river, and have zero interest in a fly several feet above their heads. Especially below the confluence where the water is dirty.

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 sizeZebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Black or Olive Wooly Buggers #8-12, Mohair Leech in black, Perfection Perch #12-14.

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Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good

Flows are at 708 cfs as of 3/16

Dangerously high water conditions for the forseeable future. For your safety please don't wade!

If you must fish here do so from the bank and even that's not very safe considering the water will have weakened it and your weight might be enough to make it collapse into the river!


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

You will need to use a lot of weight to get down in this high dirty water. We haven't seen flows this high in ages, and the fish haven't either. Probably a safe bet that they're hugging the bank in any shallow slow water they can find.

Recommended Flies:


NYMPH: Black Bead Birds Nest Olive #20, Zebra Midge #22, Birds Nest Natural or Olive #14-18, Tungsten Psycho #18, Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Big and bright is the name of the game.

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East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 346 cfs as of 3/16



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing will be a bit rough with the higher water. Wait for the levels to drop, and the water to clear up in a few weeks.


DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22
NYMPHS: Zebra Midges #18-20, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16
STREAMERS:Black Wooly Bugger #8-12, any perch pattern #12 .

The weather moved some large rocks off the hill side and into the water giving these fish some more cover below the bridge!


Pyramid Lake, NV   - Report Courtesy of Chris Wharton Call 775-851-1558 for more info or bookings.

Water conditions:

Water temps. are running about 45 degrees which is warm for this time of year due to the warm & wet storms we have been having. South end of the lake is off color from the dirty Truckee river water but it is not open at this time anyway.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The lake opened back up partially on the 18th. Open areas for fishing are from the N. Nets to Shotdog headed North. The fishing has been good with fish 15-16 lbs. landed this last wknd. and some double digits days had as well.

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Balance Leeches such as the Chewy Tui and Peacock, Black and Olive Wooly Buggers, Orange Crush and Mahalo Nymphs and Popcorn Tadpole and Black Mamba Beetles.

Guides Hint: As we start to get into the spring bite in a couple of weeks, make sure you have two rods setup with a fast sink shooting head setup on one and a floater for nymphing on the other. Different times of the day the fish may be looking for larger or smaller food items and this will save you alot of unproductive fishing 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. experience on this stillwater. - Kent

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